WEIGHT LOSS COUNSELING
PRE BARIATRIC PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
Men and women choosing gastric bypass, LapBand, or gastric sleeve surgery for weight loss are generally required to undergo a psychological assessment before the surgeon approves them as suitable candidates for surgery. As a part of my BSCA services, you will be given an in-depth questionnaire comprised of 36 vital criteria.
The detailed test results and summary will allow me to gauge your level of readiness and success on your path to losing weight and becoming healthy. In addition to this assessment, I will conduct a counseling session to make a behavioral evaluation as well as to analyze and talk about your test results.
Based on your test results and the in-office session, I will either endorse you as a suitable surgery candidate or discuss the issues that I find present that may hinder your progress before, during, and after surgery. In the event that you are not quite ready for this life-change, you will have the option for further counseling.
Throughout these sessions you will address vital road-blocks and learn to manage them so that your weight-loss path is successful. I will work in conjunction with your surgery center and surgeon to help you become a suitable surgery candidate.
For more information on scheduling your assessment, please contact me at or 972-567-5000.
I look forward to working with you and I welcome you to my practice.
Karen Israel, M.Ed., LPC
WEIGHT LOSS COUNSELING- NON SURGICAL
Individuals who have striuggled with weight-retention or obesity most of their lives have a complex and delicate path to recovery. These issues manifest themselves, with food, through :
1) Food Addiction
2) Compulsive Overeating
5) A combination of the above
Cognitive/behavioral and emotionally-based counseling can help the client discover the birth of their unhealthy relationship with food, the belief systems that perpetuate damaging food behaviors, significant incidents in the client's past that have solidified this problematic relationship, and teach them to heal themselves *from the inside-out*, and live a healthy life with a healthy food-relationship.
PRE AND POST BARIATRIC COUNSELING
At Evolve Counseling & Wellness, we offer specialized pre and post-surgical counseling services to individuals undergoing weight loss surgeries such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and LapBand.
Our goals involve helping the individual address the deep-seated issues that have in the past and, may continue to impact weight-loss despite serious surgical efforts to lose weight. These issues are, broadly:
Emotional Insight and Management
Previous Emotional Traumatic Incident
When these issues remain in the individual’s psyche, uncovered and unchanged, the following manifestations are highly likely:
Difficulty creating and/or maintaining intimate, romantic relationships.
A spike in arrogant and self-centered behavior.
Relapse/Weight gain due to stressful situations and a poor knowledge and execution of stress management skills.
Addictive behavior- alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine.
A focus, intellectually and emotionally, which equates losing weight with becoming healthier yet which excludes the lifestyle-change necessary for long-term success.