Pre & Post Weight Loss Surgery Counseling
The Women’s Therapy Service offers individual and group therapy for those who are deciding on weight loss surgery or having already undergone it. Prior to surgery, the more you understand about how you have come to use food for emotional reasons, the better your emotional adjustment will be afterwards.
Post-surgery, many feelings are triggered by this surgery, when food is no longer possible for suppressing feelings. People often get depressed and anxious and are not emotionally prepared. Body Image changes much slower than weight can drop and often the person is left with a new body and an old body image.
Without the proper emotional support during this process, binge eating can return with damaging effects. Some people finding that their reduced body size did not automatically bring them more fulfilling relationships, and they find themselves replacing their food addiction with new addictive behaviors, such as impulsive sexual behavior, drugs or alcohol, shopping, and even gambling to fill up empty or lonely feelings.
The key to successful adjustment to bariatric surgery is individual and/or group counseling prior to the surgery and after surgery. Bariatric patients have been integrated into our INNER IMAGE group program for Overcoming Emotional Eating with much success.
To schedule your initial consultation, Call Barbara Reese, LCSW at 973-783-2292 or email us.