How Psychotherapy for Weight Issues Works
Psychotherapy for weight loss involves significant explorations of issues with food, trauma, other psychological conditions and your relationships with others. Only a very small portion of “psychological” help involves “tips” or “mental tricks” like “drink water before every meal to make you feel satisfied”
A provider’s proficiency in psychotherapy and ability to explain how it works is critical to success in therapy in general and in weight management in specific. In short, effective psychotherapy creates a relationship that allows for unconscious thoughts and feelings of the client and therapist (transference and counter-transference) to be examined, discussed and experimented with in order to create awareness and new patterns of thought and feeling.
The goal of therapy for weight-related issues is to resolve the following conflict: “Long-term weight loss is about making big changes when at present any change seems impossible.”
Clarity of mind creates clarity of strategy and a feeling of control and peaceful thoughts about one’s self and food. Psychotherapy for weight loss, disordered eating, eating disorders and food addiction seeks to create this clarity of mind.