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 also editor of Trauma-Informed and Embodied Approaches to Body Dysmorphic Disorder (Jessica Kingsley, 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.

Testimonials for Dr Nicole Schnackenberg’s training

“Nicole is superb – so compassionate, curious and warm. Her knowledge is fantastic but it’s her human touch and warm approach, and clear passion for her work that really make this magical”

“The level of detail covered during the event and the follow up materials exceeded my expectations.”

“Authentic, brave, and deeply giving of herself.”

“Nicole was incredibly informed, prepared, and knowledgeable on this subject and that shone through in how she delivered the training.”

“The event was engaging, informative, interesting, and packed with information and skills to take away for the therapist.”

“This was one of the best online workshops I have attended in a while. I left the day absolutely buzzing with enthusiasm and interest.”

“I think Nicole is exceptionally knowledgeable, her presence is calming and she manages the day with absolute precision.”

“A gentle, warm, compassionate, and welcoming trainer who inspired the participants to meet her and us in their own vulnerability.”

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