August 19, 2016

Eating and Weight Program

Eating is a prerequisite for life, an activity of daily living. For some, it is not so easy. Too little. Too much. Emotional eating. Bingeing. Purging. Thinking about food all day long. Unhealthy relationships with food.

HANOVER PSYCHIATRY’s clinicians have the expertise to help you feel more in control and make more informed decisions about your health.

Our team of therapists work collaboratively with patients and their families, as indicated, to understand and modify their eating and health related behaviors.

We can help you change your habits and thoughts about food, eating, and weight. Eating behaviors of all types respond to psychotherapy.

Some examples of the forms of psychotherapy used at Hanover Psychiatry to treat eating and health related issues include:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
  • Family Based Therapy (“Maudsley Approach”).
  • Mindfulness Based Approaches.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy can pinpoint specific thoughts and behaviors that sabotage physical and mental health and help people develop more effective responses.

Family Based Therapy (Maudsley Approach) is a highly successful approach to treating children and adolescents with anorexia and bulimia.  This approach teaches families how to nourish their loved one through food and support.

Mindfulness Based Approaches (MB-EATS, MBSR for weight loss) can help decrease stress/emotional eating and increase wise choices around food and exercise, to promote a healthy body and healthy relationship with food.

Psychological Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery can have profound effects on one’s physical and mental health, as well as on relationships and general life satisfaction.  Due to the risks associated with the surgery and the post-operative required behavioral changes, a psychological evaluation is typically required before someone can qualify for bariatric surgery.  Our psychologists at Hanover Psychiatry will meet with you to determine if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery, using both clinical interview and empirically validated assessments.  If we determine that you are not currently a good fit, we can help you set goals and recommend steps you may consider taking in order to move toward bariatric surgery.  Some reasons that people may not be a good fit for bariatric surgery include untreated depression, uncontrolled binge eating, lack of understanding of the risks associated with surgery, and inability to follow post-operative instructions.