“Mirror, mirror on the wall … ”: a person-centred approach to appearance distress

Zoe Chouliara*

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    Overemphasis on appearance and strong appearance stereotypes to date are expected to contribute to the challenges and distress of people who live with skin conditions and those with appearance distress. Skin conditions are highly prevalent and are often associated with high levels of distress and disruption in the life and well-being of patients. On the other hand, demand for cosmetic procedures and elective plastic surgery has been increasing. Psychological interventions in the field of skin and appearance rarely feature person centred approaches. We intend to fill this gap by: Juxtaposing symptom-based and person centred conceptualisations; Presenting person centred ways of working therapeutically of skin and appearance related concerns and Discussing potential challenges in application of the approach in this field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages15
    JournalBritish Journal of Guidance and Counselling
    Early online date23 May 2021
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2021


    • Counselling in healthcare settings
    • Counselling psychology
    • Person-centred therapy
    • Positive psychology
    • Psychotherapy


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