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Weight Reduction Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London and Kent  


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Weight Reduction Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Weight Reduction CBT

Weight reduction in Britain is a multi-billion pound industry. The problem with both dieting and exercise programmes is that, on their own, they do not work with the underlying reasons why people constantly lose weight only to regain it and end up with a larger body mass index than at the commencement of these programmes.

At any one time, it is estimated that over two thirds of British women in total are on a slimming regime.

Scientific research in the United States shows that patterns of comfort eating of high carbohydrate and fat rich foods begin in childhood where stress and emotional pain and their concomitant reduction of these chemicals in the brain (cortisol, serotonin uptake, endorphin or natural morphine response in the brain, moradrenal) are greatly reduced after eating high calorie, high fat foods.

Lawsuits in the US are aimed at the leading fast food chains because of the 'feel good' factor and the addictive quality the ingestion that these foods have.

Childhood behaviour patterns to reduce stress and emotional pain are carried through into adulthood, and are reinforced because they are effective in the short term in reducing the symptoms associated with low mood. It is only one of the reasons people over-eat.

Weight Reduction Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

In a society which over-emphasises slimness as the way to success, love and personal happiness, even in childhood, the relationship between self worth and a positive self image are strongly correlated with body image, and problems begin with the internalisation of these values with their relationship and meaning of food in itself.

In a nutshell, this constant striving to measure up yo-yo's between dieting and a series of self-governing rules of what is expected in order to be good enough, fit in and be part of the social expectations of their group, and the inevitable failure to keep these strict eating regimes up. This results in the devaluation of the self and the feelings of failure, worthlessness and self esteem problems because of self worth which is conditional on meeting these unrelenting standards.

Cognitive Therapy and Weight Reduction

CBT is more effective than diet and exercise regimes on their own because it works at the underlying core issues which perpetuate these gain loss cycles. By treating the underlying causes of these patterns clients are appreciably less prone to relapse.

Areas which underly these cyclical patterns in weight fluctuation are:
1) Self Esteem issues
problems of self worth, self esteem.
2) Body dimorphism
a self image which has a distorted picture of how one physically appears to others.
3) Stress related problems
difficulty in providing alternative strategies coping in anxiety and depression.
4) Social anxiety
Specific problems socially related to self-consciousness in social situations.
5) Feminist issues
Relationship issues with men/women in the physical/sexual presentation of the self.
6)Identity confusion - Childhood problems which have been unresolved and make maturation into adulthood more difficult.

These are but a few of the underlying problems which cause people to overeat. In the initial assessment clients come for a CBT assessment using extensive diagnostic tests to determine what these problems are, and to design an individual treatment plan based on this diagnosis to change these.

Weight Reduction Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The advantages of using CBT together with conventional weight loss methods is that by improving self esteem and better stress management strategies, clients use other coping skills besides food to regain and hold their weight loss gains, and this mitigates against relapse by approaching these problems both on a symptom and core belief level, instead of operating purely externally where food is the main problem.

Stage One

Assessment and treatment plan to modify symptoms, challenge negative thoughts associated with self image/worth. This includes visualisation, relaxation, stress management, left/right brain reversal and improved overall coping strategies.

Stage Two

Identifying and modifying underlying core beliefs/schemas formed up to the age of 16, which form the self concepts, especially in the areas of: -
Emotional deprivation (nurture, empathy, and mentoring)
Social Isolation (feeling isolated/disconnected from others)
Defectiveness (feeling inferior to others)
Abandonment (the problems of feeling rejected or abandoned by others growing up)

CBT treatment for the problems underlying this spiral of yo-yoing of weight gain/loss will improve: -

1) Self esteem/worth
2) Self-confidence
3) Social skill/communication
4) Overall improvement of mood
5) Identity problems


Weight Reduction Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


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The Centre For Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
68 King William Street, Monument, London, EC4N 7DZ
Chislehurst Business Centre (South East London)
Sunnymead, 1 Bromley Lane, Chislehurst, Kent. BR7 6LH
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Telephone 020 8468 1026 - C. London - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Telephone 020 8468 1026 - S.E London - 9.00am to 5.30pm
Mobile 07971 099 590 - Mob - After 5.30pm and weekends