Ready to add trauma-focused mental healthcare to your bariatric practice?
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BARIATRIC ASSESSMENTS AND WEIGHT LOSS
Some studies have shown an increase in post-operative suicide risk. It can be very difficult for individuals to reach their weight loss treatment goals when they are harboring emotional baggage. This program focuses on helping the patient explore their mental health needs pre and post op. Patients will have an opportunity to explore past pains, tell their story in a safe place, as well as experience cognitive restructuring. Integrating Behavioral Health into the treatment plan gives the patient a better chance of success due to the mind-body connection and it enhances the whole person. Childhood Trauma has also been linked to obesity. This program will benefit patients who have past trauma and are struggling with their weight loss journey. Patients will be given the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Many individuals that have completed Bariatric surgery have past trauma that needs to be addressed so the patient can start the healing process. According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, there are many misconceptions. There are many that succeed in their weight loss journey and some that fail. Exploring risks and mental health barriers are needed to address problem areas for greater success. Additional services include, providing ongoing support services to patients to continue to encourage them on their journey. Counseling services are being offered on behalf of Abundance of Hope Counseling Service owned by Chikeitha Owens Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Bariatric Counselor Certified by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors. Also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
What if your patient presented requesting Bariatric surgery because they are struggling with losing weight? They go through the protocol and meet the pre-requisites but this patient is struggling with so much more. They may look good on the outside and may have even alleviated some metabollic concerns but this whole time are emotionally torn on the inside. What if this patient was a single mother, raising kids, had no self-care, experienced childhood neglect, had low or no self-esteem, experienced past verbal abuse, emotional abuse, childhood trauma, currently experiencing job stress, spiritual detachment, emotional eating, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, afraid to look in the mirror, loving heart, helper, giver, never felt the love returned, relationship problems, health and metabolic diseases associated with being overweight (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc). How many patients have made it through the clearance but truly needed so much more? Maybe they just needed a safe space and more time to open up but creating this space takes time and it was never offered. How would you feel if you could Help your patients get the support they needed along with encouragement that focused on helping them get back to their true selves? That helped them get back to being able to love themselves for who they are and not worry about what others think. That gave them the tools to feel more fulfilled so that they can have joy and acceptance about their wellness and their overall life. That helped them learn how to manage negative and obsessive thoughts and take back control. That helped them alleviate stress and provided them with coping skills to manage symptoms.
TRX Certified AFAA AFAA-CPT & AFAA-GXI
Dianne Robinson LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor