Bariatric Psychological Services
If you are interested in reducing your weight then surgery is something you may be considering. At Anxiety Stress Center, we assist with initial bariatric evaluations, pre-surgical counseling, and follow up counseling as needed.
Pre-Surgical Evaluations include a number of steps to make sure that you are prepared for the next phase in your weight loss journey. Our assessment will provide a comprehensive overview of your strengths and weaknesses going into surgery as well as an unbiased, professional opinion regarding your ability to overcome possible bumps in the road. 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.
Anyone considering bariatric surgery will need to complete a full assessment.Our Bariatric Assessment includes three assessments, a series of questionnaires, a clinical interview, review of the testing data, and a follow-up appointment before surgery. You will complete your assessment in person in our office with our clinical therapist. The testing takes up to 2 hours and includes questionnaires and lifestyle assessments. Approximately two weeks later you will return for a discussion of your results.
After surgery, you may wish to continue counseling
Counseling after surgery is very effective in helping you to continue your weight loss journey. There are a few aspects that counseling can help with including:
- Better weight loss outcomes. People who participate in weekly, bi-weekly or even monthly therapeutic counseling have better success rates.
- 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.
- Changes in relationships. Relationship difficulties are not uncommon after weight loss. Counseling can help you navigate through the process of change.
- 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.
12 month Bariatric Coaching Program
In the first 12 months after surgery, we recommend that you work with our counselor to make sure you move forward with specific goals and challenges. These include:
- Evaluating expectations after surgery
- Understanding your relationship to food
- Understanding the connection between food and mood
- Managing stress and stressful situations
- Transference of addiction
- Barriers to successful weight loss
We look forward to helping you successfully navigate your weight loss journey. Please feel free to contact us at 000-000-0000.