Weight Management

Weight management can include weight loss. There can be many reasons why weight loss and managing a healthy weight can be difficult. Common factors include one’s relationship to food and exercise, occupational and relationship stress, time and situational constraints, medical and psychological issues, self-sabotaging behaviours, and poor body image. One or more of these factors can prevent an individual from reaching and/or sustaining their weight loss goals.

At Integrative Psychology we do a full assessment of the individual including historical factors that may be sabotaging present weight management success.  We are pro-active in encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach which can include dieticians, fitness trainers, and GPs.

In addition, to these services a therapist can help with psychological aspects such as:

  • Successful goal setting
  • Identifying and managing negative thoughts about self and body image
  • Support in keeping a food, exercise and mood diary
  • Support in maintaining healthy eating patterns
  • Improving stress management skills
  • Assistance in managing difficult relationships in your life
  • Identifying and managing unhelpful and self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviours
  • Development of strategies for social situations involving food
  • Understanding the relationship between identity and body weight and shape
  • Redefining a new sense of self

Counselling can also address more directly unhealthy eating behaviours including comfort eating, binge eating and roller coaster dieting. Please see our section on unhealthy eating patterns and eating disorders for more information.

Counselling

We prioritise the use of effective psychological therapies in the context of a quality therapeutic relationship.

The relationship between you and the therapist involves being supported in an alliance focused on your healing and growth. The therapeutic relationship allows for the direct experience of a healthy relationship that promotes self-inquiry and exploration in a non-judgmental manner. The therapeutic relationship promotes self-understanding and relationship skills such as healthy boundary setting, assertion, self-esteem, and the capacity to give and receive care, while addressing the specific issues you wish to resolve.

At Integrative Psychology we provide counseling services for a wide range of issues including but not limited to:


Feel free to contact us if you have a particular request or issue you would like help with and we will do our best to match you with the right psychologist.

Family counselling (otherwise known as Family Therapy) involves a number of family members together attending counselling to address a range of issues, which can often be long standing. Family therapy can be directed at assisting a family to clarify and better manage relationships amongst family members as well as assisting families in dealing with major changes or distressing circumstances or events, such as grief and loss or mental or physical illness. Dealing with past family based trauma can also be a focus.

As with all therapies a counsellor is there to assist the individual, couple or family to gain their own clarity about a situation and develop better ways of managing that situation. The counsellor is not there to guide the individual or family members toward values or beliefs personally held by the counsellor. Counselling is non-judgemental and respectful at all times.

At Integrative Psychology our therapists are trained in a variety of approaches to assist with a range of relationships.

Group therapy can be a very effective way of overcoming feelings of isolation and hopelessness while facilitating change in a relatively short duration of time. Group therapy can differ according to length, size of group and criteria for inclusion. Groups may also differ in the degree of group participation required; generally therapeutic groups require greater group participation than psycho-education seminars and workshops. If you have any concerns about group participation please discuss these with the nominated contact person for the group you are considering, prior to registering for that group program.

Group programs available at Integrative Psychology:

  • Love more, fight less- group therapy for groups
  • Self-esteem, confidence and assertion
  • Life after an eating disorder
  • Interpersonal group psychotherapy

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