Our Clinical Services For The Treatment Of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Evaluation Service

We provide expert in-person evaluations for adults, children and adolescents. Katharine Phillips, MD has expertise in both cognitive-behavioral treatment for BDD and medication treatment for BDD. She has conducted the majority of medication studies for BDD and published the results in scientific journals. She also co-developed and co-authored (with Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, and Gail Steketee, PhD), a BDD-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) manual for therapists to use when treating people with BDD, and she has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the efficacy of this manualized treatment. Phillips has evaluated and/or treated thousands of individuals with BDD. She takes a “holistic” approach in the evaluations, addressing important concerns and issues the individual may have in addition to BDD. Read more.

Individual Therapy

We use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat BDD, which is the best-studied and most promising type of therapy for this disorder. We provide each person with an individualized assessment of BDD and other symptoms, and we develop an individualized treatment plan. We also diagnose and treat co-existing disorders. Length and frequency of treatment are typically determined by the severity of BDD and other symptoms. Our approach to treatment is encouraging and supportive. One of our staff psychologists, Rachel Simmons, PhD, is currently accepting adult and adolescent patients age 13 and older for individual therapy.

Medication Treatment

Most people with BDD benefit from treatment with certain psychiatric medications. Our psychiatrists are experts in treating BDD and co-existing psychiatric disorders. The medications that are currently recommended for BDD are the serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (also known as SRIs, or SSRIs). Certain other medications may also be helpful. Our psychiatrists offer an individualized assessment of BDD and other symptoms as well as an individualized treatment plan. Our psychiatrists work closely with your therapist (if you have a therapist) as a treatment team to provide excellent care. Our program's director, Katharine Phillips, MD, and staff psychiatrist Naureen Attiullah, MD are currently accepting adult and adolescent patients.

Scheduling an Appointment

Please contact us at 401-444-1644 or 401-444-1646 if you have any questions or would like more information about our clinical services. You can also email us at BDD@lifespan.org.