Counseling

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Bariatric Counseling

Just by visiting our Web site and reading this material, our team has learned something about you—you want to change your life. You recognize the problem. You are ready to make changes. Most importantly, you know you need help.

Our team of nurses, dietitians, behaviorists, exercise physiologists and physicians is here for you every step of the way. We have been helping people lose weight for more than 20 years.

At Lutheran Bariatric Center, we view our comprehensive program as an essential element to your success. Because we have specialists in all areas of pre- and postoperative care, you have the support and knowledge necessary to meet your goals.

The psychology of weight management is one of the keys to success. If you don't understand the psychological and emotional triggers that led to your weight problem, you can't avoid the same traps and pitfalls in the future.

Your psychological care begins before surgery. As a preoperative patient, you will meet with a psychologist for an evaluation that is geared toward finding your unique strengths, needs and challenges. Discuss obtaining a psychology evaluation with our team and if you need help in finding choices.

Psychological care may take the form of one-on-one counseling, support groups and information sessions. One key aspect of psychological care is creating realistic goals and expectations. It is also an opportunity for you to discuss your options, fears and hopes. We help you face changes and challenges, celebrate successes and work for solutions to roadblocks. You are choosing to pursue a life-changing event, and it is essential that you select a provider that cares for you before, during and after your surgery, not as a patient, but as a person.