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What are the signs of body dysmorphic disorder?

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Anna Saunders, a clinical psychologist in London, describes the feelings people are likely to have if they suffer from body dysmorphic disorder (a type of anxiety concerning the way you look). Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com

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If you have body dysmorphic disorder, you would have a preoccupation with thoughts about a particular body part that may mean you’re covering it up or changing your life to make sure that it is not seen by other people. You may spend a lot of time in the mirror trying to check that your makeup is in a particular way to hide a particular feature on your face or that your hair is hiding something or you’re dressed in a particular way. And if this becomes an overwhelming obsession or takes up a lot of time for you and controls your thoughts and your energy, then this may be becoming a problem.

Dr Anna Saunders

Dr Anna Saunders

19 June 2022

"Dr Anna Saunders completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at University College, London (UCL) with first class honours. She also completely her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UCL in 2007. Dr Saunders worked in a specialist treatment service in central London for the NHS working with complex difficulties for many years as well as developing a private practice since 2015."

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Dr Elena Touroni

Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector.


Having obtained a first degree in Psychology (BSc) at the American College of Greece, she completed her doctoral training at the University of Surrey. Dr. Touroni is highly experienced in the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, substance misuse, personality disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder and relationship difficulties. She works with both individuals and couples and can offer therapy in English and Greek.


Dr. Touroni has held a variety of clinical and managerial positions including as Head of Service in the NHS. Further she has held academic positions for the University of Surrey and the Institute of Mental Health lecturing on specialist postgraduate Masters and Doctorate programmes.


She is trained in several specialist therapeutic approaches such as schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based approaches and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). As well as holding a variety of NHS positions, Dr. Touroni is the co-founder of a private practice in Central London that has been a provider of psychological therapy for all common emotional difficulties including personality disorder since 2002. She is the founder and one of two directors of The Chelsea Psychology Clinic.