Dr Nicole Schnackenberg

Dr Nicole Schnackenberg is a mother; a child, community and educational psychologist; a yoga therapist; and a trustee of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation. She is also a facilitator of the Eat Breathe Thrive yoga programme for food and body image struggles.

Nicole currently works as a child and educational psychologist in Southend, Essex and is a director of the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance.

Nicole has authored various books on appearance-focused distress including: False Bodies, True Selves: Moving Beyond Appearance-Focused Identity Struggles and Returning to the True Self (Karnac: Routledge, 2016) and Bodies Arising: Fall in Love with your Body and Remember your Divine Essence (John Hunt, 2019).

She also co-authored The Parent’s Guide to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Jessica Kingsley, 2020) and co-edited, Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Stories of Courage, Determination and Hope (the BDD Foundation, 2016) and The Practical Handbook of Eating Difficulties (Pavillion Press,2021). Nicole is currently editing a book exploring embodied and trauma-informed approaches to body dysmorphia (Jessica Kingsley, due for publication in early 2023).

Nicole’s doctoral thesis was into the lived experience of young people aged 16-25 experiencing BDD. She has spoken internationally on the topic and works in private practice with this diagnosis alongside her other work.

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