Online Therapy and BDD

By: Dr Carla Kesrouani May 18, 2023 no comments

Online Therapy and BDD

The Use of Online Therapy in Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a mental health condition characterized by a preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in one’s physical appearance. It can cause significant distress and impairment in daily functioning. While traditional face-to-face therapy has been the standard treatment for BDD and the use of online therapy has gained popularity in recent years. In this article, we will explore the use of online therapy in treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

What is Online Therapy?

Online therapy, also known as teletherapy or e-therapy, is a form of therapy that is conducting over the internet through video conferencing, messaging, or phone calls. Online therapy allows individuals to receive mental health treatment from the comfort of their own homes, eliminating the need for in-person appointments.

How can Online Therapy Help Treat BDD?

Online therapy can be an effective treatment option for individuals with BDD. Here are some ways that online therapy can help:

Increased Accessibility

Online therapy provides a more accessible option for individuals who may have difficulty attending in-person appointments due to physical or geographical limitations.

Greater Comfort

For individuals with BDD, the idea of attending in-person therapy sessions can be stressful and anxiety-provoking. Online therapy provides a greater sense of comfort and privacy, allowing individuals to more easily discuss their concerns.

Flexible Scheduling

Online therapy allows for more flexible scheduling, making it easier for individuals to attend therapy sessions around their work or personal commitments.

Evidence-Based Treatment

Online therapy can provide evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), which have been shown to be effective in treating BDD.


Online therapy can be more cost-effective than traditional in-person therapy, making it a more accessible option for individuals who may not have the financial resources for regular therapy sessions.

Limitations of Online Therapy in Treating BDD

While online therapy can be an effective treatment option for BDD, there are some limitations to consider:

Technical Issues

Technical issues such as poor internet connection or hardware problems can disrupt therapy sessions and cause frustration for both the therapist and the patient.

Lack of Non-Verbal Cues

Online therapy may lack some of the non-verbal cues that are present in in-person therapy, such as body language and tone of voice, which can make it more challenging for therapists to assess a patient’s emotional state.

Limited Treatment Options

Online therapy may not be suitable for all individuals with BDD, particularly those who require more intensive treatment such as hospitalization or in-person therapy.

Security and Privacy Concerns

Finally, Online therapy requires the use of technology, which can raise concerns about security and privacy. It is important to ensure that the online therapy platform used is secure and meets privacy regulations.


In conclusion, Online therapy can be an effective treatment option for individuals with BDD. It provides increased accessibility, greater comfort, flexible scheduling, evidence-based treatment, and can be cost-effective. However, it is important to consider the limitations of online therapy, such as technical issues, lack of non-verbal cues, limited treatment options, and security and privacy concerns. Ultimately, the decision to use it for BDD should be made in consultation with a mental health professional.



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