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Post Weight Loss Surgery Psychotherapy Support Group

  • Tue, June 23, 2020 10:43 AM
    Message # 9055111

    Dr. Michelle Matoff, Psy.D, LCSW

    Certified Bariatric Counselor

    Office address: 895 Aerovista Place, Suite 106. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

    Mailing address: PO Box 85, Avila Beach, CA 93424-0085

    Tel: 805-888-9534

    Fax: 805-439-2618



    Post Weigh Loss Surgery Psychotherapy Group

    Below is a list of possible objectives and subject to change/discussion dependent and customized to participant needs.

    Possible Group Objectives

    1.      Establish self-monitoring procedures

    2.      Learn about compulsive eating cycles and have each member identify theirs

    3.      Identify personal obstacles that inhibit the consistent practice of exercise

            and learn strategies to develop a workout routine

    4.      Develop a holistic view of body image

    5.      Stress management strategies

    6.      Feeling and needs identification

    7.      Insight orientation to emotional factors that lead to binge

            eating/vomiting/chewing, dumping and spitting food with strategy development

            of alternatives to out-of-control eating

    8.      Mood recognition and modulation to prevent undesired long-term consequences

    9.      Identify relationship issues and difficulties following bariatric surgery such as

            jealousy and sabotage by loved ones and implement strategies to keep you on


    10.  Learn the signs of lapses before the become relapses 

    11.  Develop a relapse plan

    Group Information

    Group is designed for people who have had weight loss surgery. The size of group will be limited to six people to ensure all members receive time and attention in the group process.

    Duration: 12-week commitment with possibility of continuing the group beyond 12 weeks depending on group interest. Group will be and closed sessions (no new members added during this time).

    Costs: $50.00 per session ($200.00 a month)

    Day of week: Thursday late afternoon/early evening? Time to be determined by availability of members.  Could also have group during the day if members prefer earlier time.

    Start Day: First Thursday in September 2020.

    Location: Video Conference (tele-therapy) during Corvid 19 times

    About the Facilitator: Michelle is a board-certified bariatric counselor, a member of the American Bariatric Advisory Board, EFT certified (Level 2), and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) with a doctorate degree in psychology. Michelle has a private practice in San Luis Obispo. To read more about her and to contact her see her website at

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