While obesity is traditionally considered a physical condition, psychological support is a principal discipline that contributes to successful outcomes for patients participating in the Peak Program.
There are significant emotional and behavioural implications associated with bariatric surgery, and these must be addressed prior to, during, and post-surgery.
While some bariatric procedures are irreversible, all forms of weight loss surgery will lead to lifelong changes. Before the operation can go ahead, a thorough psychological assessment will be made to ensure that the patient has the emotional capacity to fulfil a long-term commitment to make sustainable changes into the future.
What you can expect
Psychological support will begin with a two-hour psycho-educational discovery session before surgery.
This two-way process will help the patient understand what's required of them for sustainable weight loss.
In the first session, the psychologist will raise awareness of factors that may have contributed to obesity, explore the role food has played in the life of the patient so far, and identify and implement strategies that will help achieve emotional and physical happiness.
You'll be required to complete a health management questionnaire and eating awareness record before your first session. Information provided here will form the basis of your first session.
Not only is the questionnaire a foundation for your treatment, but it also fulfils your private healthcare criteria to receive a full rebate.
When you will see a psychologist
A weight loss journey of any scale is often filled with ongoing emotional hurdles. Throughout the Peak Program, a psychologist will offer ongoing support via email or face-to-face in line with the patient's needs.
The level of support required is very much dependant on the patient. You can visit the psychologist as often as you need to achieve and maintain your healthier weight with the following consultations recommended as a minimum:
Visit one: Prior to your surgery.
Visit two: Three months post-surgery.
Visit three: Six months post-surgery.
Visit four: 12 months post-surgery or once weight has plateaued.
Visit five: At any time if you have issues adjusting to your weight loss.
Visit six: At any time if unhelpful habits such as ‘disordered eating behaviours' start to present.
If you've used up all your sessions included in the Peak Program but still require psychological support, your GP may provide a referral, so you're eligible for a Medicare rebate.
For some patients, psychological support may be required for up to two years post-surgery. Working within a structured, multidimensional team, your psychologist will consult with your nutritionist, general practitioner, and surgeon to provide support that leads to long-lasting and positive outcomes.
Who will provide support?
Our Peak Psychologists Wendy Borislavsky, Lorraine Langsford, Linda Valmadre and Jenne Turner will offer you the support you need to prepare you for your treatment and participation in our program. Most importantly, they will equip you with the skills you need to recognise and overcome any emotional and behavioural obstacles that may arise along the way.
- Wendy Borislavsky - Tugun 0755980955
- Lorraine Langsford - Cabarita and Benowa 0404 036633
- Linda Valmadre - Tweed Heads 0447 776410
- Jenne Turner - Lismore 0412 754819
Additional appointments may be arranged as required on a standard fee for service basis. Health fund and Medicare rebates may apply.