Bariatric Psychological Services
Bariatric psychology is multifaceted and complicated. If you are interested in reducing your weight, seeking surgery, or have already had surgery and have not reached your goal weight..this is the right place!
Our services include:
Pre-Surgical Evaluations include our 360 assessment that will provide a comprehensive overview of your strengths and weaknesses going into surgery. This is important to understand for your lasting success. The evaluation will provide you with an unbiased, professional information as well as strategies to overcome possible bumps in the road. We encourage all weight loss clients to participate in ongoing psychotherapy and psychoeducation. The process of assessment is not to prevent anyone from having surgery, quite the opposite. The more ready you are to engage in the activities that are required for you after surgery the easier it will be to incorporate the new lifestyle changes into your daily routine.
Who: Anyone considering bariatric surgery will need to complete a full assessment.
What: Our 360 Bariatric Assessment includes three standardize assessments, a series of questionnaires, a clinical interview, and review of the testing data. We invite you to come back for a follow-up appointment 6 months after surgery.
Where: You will complete your assessment at our office. Testing takes up to 3 hours.
When: Initially you will make two appointments, one for the testing, the other for the clinical interview to get your results. Don't wait until the last minute to complete your assessment, often the suggestions given will help you better prepare for surgery. Plus we need a 3-5 day turn around time for assessment reports.
Benefits of Behavioral Health
1. Consistency of information. We are happy to work with you and your doctor to provide consistent information and support.
2. Better weight loss outcomes. People who participate in weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly therapeutic counseling have better success rates.
3. You will learn how to change your relationship to food. Surgery alone will not change how you think and feel about food. Understanding the internal forces and beliefs that drive your behavior will make your journey easier.
4. Relationship difficulties are not uncommon, this includes marital, family, work and friendships. Counseling can help you navigate through the process of change.
5. Keeping motivated. After a while, the novelty of surgery will wear off, and motivation may ebb. Through counseling you will begin to set goals and employ changes that help you create the life you want, your therapist will keep you on track and headed in the right direction.
The weight reduction program is a great start and can be added to your weight loss journey (see tab). We also offer a 12 month follow up after care program, structured specifically for bariatric weight loss patients.
12-Month After Care
Pre-operative appointment: This appointment is typically held just before surgery, addressing adherence to pre-surgical diet, and any psychosocial stressors.
Post-operative appointment. This appointment is typically held, 2-3 weeks after surgery and is a checkpoint for assessing stressors that you may be experiencing. We find that it is at this point patients experience some depression or low mood.
Monthly Follow-up: Each month sessions will focus on a subject, as well as any stressors you have identified.
- Reevaluating expectations
- Understanding and changing your relationship to food
- Understanding the connection between food and mood
- Managing stress and stressful situations
- Transference of addiction
- Feeding the emotional self
- Appetite awareness
- Barriers to successful weight reduction
- Underlying beliefs that motivate your behavior
- Communication strategies
- Understanding your personality and your weight loss journey
- Achieving balance between goals and habits
If you are someone who is considering surgery, you have come to the right place. If you are someone who has had surgery and want the extra support..you have come to the right place. We are passionate about helping you achieve your goals and create the life you love!
Call Now! Request an appointment: 703-798-7109