I specialize in the use of psychotherapy to obtain lasting weight loss. Many of the clients I help are actually quite good at losing weight – they have done it over and over again. The difficulty comes when they are unable to sustain the weight loss they worked so hard to achieve.
A two fold approach.
I coach behavioral modification strategies combined with insight oriented therapy. The idea is to be actually working to shape behavior to better manage food and exercise while at the same time gaining insight into the motivations that lead us to lapse into old patterns.
A personalized plan.
I don’t endorse any particular diet plan but rather, use a solution focused approach to learn what has worked and not worked in the past. Using your past diet and exercise history we will collaborate on a strategy.
Many people have a great working knowledge of food and calories but most people don’t know much about changing behavior. I teach concepts and techniques that are effective in helping to lose weight permanently. For those who do need information about nutrition, portion sizes, calories, etc., want to be weighed regularly or want assistance with a personalized meal plan, I will suggest a nutritionist to collaborate with us.
Many clients find it helpful to have someone to whom they can be accountable. I can provide that mechanism of accountability whereby there is never any shaming and every lapse is used as a learning experience rather that as an excuse to give up. I do not weigh clients and although they are free to weigh themselves, it is often helpful to take a break from the scale altogether.
When clients get discouraged I am there to “coach motivation”.
Even after weight loss or fitness goals have been achieved we will have a plan in place to maintain your results.
Post Bariatric Surgery Support.
Metabolic surgical procedures (Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy) are life changing events. Dealing with significant changes in body size, giving up “comfort eating” and/or “comfort foods” and dealing with the reactions of others can be overwhelming. I can help you with these emotional issues. If you had your surgical procedure sometime ago and have experienced complications such as weight (re)gain or other addictive behaviors, psychotherapy can help you understand and address these issues.