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We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Highland Park, IL area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Holistic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Positive Psychology, Addiction Psychologist, Spiritual Psychology and Mental Health.

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Welcome To Center For Emotional Peace

Welcome To Center For Emotional Peace

We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Highland Park, IL area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Holistic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Positive Psychology, Addiction Psychologist, Spiritual Psychology and Mental Health.

Can a Psychologist Provide Weight Loss Therapy?

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Looking for information on whether a psychologist can help your weight loss efforts? Managing or losing weight can be a daunting task for anybody. The complex nature of nutrition and exercise science means that an effective weight loss program adds the stress of monitoring calorie intake, macronutrient balances, exercise and downtime into an already very busy schedule.

Psychological help can be beneficial for managing these factors.

Can a psychologist help with weight loss?

The answer to this question is both yes and no.

Yes

As Dr. Howard Rankin, an expert on behavioral change, summed up very concisely in the Huffington Post that what drives our behavior is not logic but brain biochemistry, habits and addiction, states of consciousness and what we see people around us doing, describing the importance of a tempered and reasonable understanding of what motivates human action.

The impulses that lead to weight gain are varied but include such behaviors as overeating and stress-eating, which lead to unsustainable levels of caloric intake.

These behaviors do not occur in a vacuum, however. Since multiple forms of unhealthy eating stem from underlying issues like depression and self-esteem issues, a psychological intervention can treat the issues that lead to impulsive behavior in the first place. Another way that psychological intervention can assist in weight loss is through weight loss therapy specifically. Research from the American College of Sports Medicine points out that managing a successful weight loss program creates stress in and of itself, and so seeing a psychologist skilled in stress management with a focus on the stresses of weight gain specifically can produce very positive results.

And no

It is important, however, to remember that psychology is a very involved and diverse field that has its focus on how the human brain works, not on how a person loses weight. The practices of weight loss therapy are not unique to losing weight. Instead, they are applications of psychological principles of managing stress, recognizing stressors and creating plans of action for a person to manage their own stressors for positive outcomes.

How to decide whether psychological intervention is best

If the idea of losing weight is not one that is causing you to tear your hair out, or leave you feeling worried about the challenges that it will entail, psychological intervention might not be necessary. If a positive outlook is motivating the desire to lose weight, then psychological help should not be thought of as a potential cure-all to make the process easier.

However, Psychology Today saliently points out that people naturally resist shame and self-hatred, and also subconsciously resist and undermine diets that flow from this motivation. If your decision to lose weight is motivated by feelings of guilt, depression due to your weight, or the stresses associated with social ridicule due to your weight then seeking psychological help may prove to be an excellent course of action. Skilled psychologists will help you manage your stress and uncertainty when it comes to losing weight.

Are you struggling with weight loss?

If you are trying to lose weight and believe that you could succeed with the help of a psychologist, then we invite you to contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Request an appointment here: https://drsergesorokin.com or call Center for Emotional Peace at (847) 722-6118 for an appointment in our Highland Park office.

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Welcome To Center For Emotional Peace

Welcome To Center For Emotional Peace

We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Highland Park, IL area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Holistic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Positive Psychology, Addiction Psychologist, Spiritual Psychology and Mental Health.

Take Time to Speak With an Addiction Psychologist

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An addiction psychologist provides valuable services to those who find that they have become addicted to a substance and/or a dangerous habit. If you or someone you know is struggling with a dangerous or unhealthy addiction, a psychologist with addiction training can help. Addictions cause hazardous situations, unhealthy lifestyles and put the addicted person and the people around them in danger.

What is an addiction psychologist?

A psychologist with training in addiction counseling provides support to those overcoming drug and alcohol reliance, eating disorders, gambling and other common addictive tendencies. They help patients realize the state of their addiction and provide training and therapy that helps them to change their behavior, eventually supporting them through a full recovery. Therapists and psychologists with addiction training remain a steady source of accountability throughout the journey of recovery, providing on-going sessions during which they will evaluate progress, identify new or existing issues, create and reach goals and provide additional guidance on ways to overcome these dependencies.

What is defined as an addiction?

While many people think of addiction as something severe, like an addiction to heroin, people can be addicted to many common, everyday items or habits. Smoking, overeating and even persistent cell phone use can be considered addictive behaviors. The explanation of an addiction as defined by the American Psychological Association is that it is a chronic disorder that has biological, psychological, social and environmental factors that play into it. In fact, nearly 50 percent of the risk for addiction is related to genetics (http://www.apa.org/topics/addiction/index.aspx). An intense desire to re-experience the effects produced by a behavior or substance lead to changes in the brain that cause an increase in craving for and dependence on the behaviors or substances that are being used or engaged in. Since actual changes in how the brain functions take place, it is a large challenge to overcome addiction and to avoid relapse without professional help.

How can addiction be prevented?

Addiction can be prevented if the right steps are taken early on in life. The dangers of addictive behaviors should be addressed through open dialogue with family and friends. Focusing on the following can improve the chance of addiction avoidance:

  • Building one’s self-confidence and contentment with life
  • Developing decision-making skills
  • Learning stress and anxiety management techniques
  • Zeroing in on admirable life goals
  • Surrounding oneself with the best possible mentors

Additionally, it is important to make a conscious decision to avoid the excessive use of prescription medication, alcohol and tobacco, since they may also contribute to preventing addiction. Cultivating a positive body image and focusing on healthy lifestyles are also important factors. In some cases, all the right steps are taken but addictions still develop. If this is the case, it is not too late to find help.

It is never too late or too early to seek help

If you believe an addiction is developing, you can stop it in its tracks with help. If you are already aware that an addiction is present, it is important to begin the journey to recovery as soon as possible. To learn more about how an addiction psychologist can help you or those you love, schedule an appointment today.

Call (847) 722-6118 today to reach Center for Emotional Peace.

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Welcome To Center For Emotional Peace

Welcome To Center For Emotional Peace

We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Highland Park, IL area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Holistic Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Positive Psychology, Addiction Psychologist, Spiritual Psychology and Mental Health.