Whether a weight problem is new to you or you’ve been struggling with it for years, I can help you. I was a “hopeless case” for years until I discovered the solution in behavioral science as a specialist in behavioral counseling and addictions.
I grew up overweight, the fattest ki in class many years, and I struggled and failed with diets and exercise attempts from age 7 and for the next 25 years. I only got worse every year, sometimes losing 20 or 50 lbs with some weight loss scheme, only to put it right back on. In my early thirties, I was 320 lbs. and my prospects were not good. Your quality of life is poor at that weight, and the quantity may be just about used up. Overweight people are at risk of lots of health problems.
Fortunately, my career path had followed an interest in psychology and counseling and brought me to addictions counseling. Addictions counseling is a branch of Behavioral Medicine, the branch of medicine that recognizes that some illnesses are created by the unhealthy behaviors we engage in, and the cure lies in changing the behavior. Lots of people think that changes in behavior are a matter of “just making up your mind” or “wanting it badly enough”, but with the addictions, we know differently. There are forces at work that render a person powerless to exercise their will. Sound familiar? It did to me. I had spent a lifetime trying to have the will power to do what I needed to do and stop doing what I needed to stop, and I just couldn’t get myself to do it.
So, I became an expert in behavioral medicine, an expert in the psychology and science of weight loss and hard-to-change habitual behavior. I learned of all the dynamics of addiction, behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapies, and even approaches that are somewhat foreign to traditional medicine. I discovered a formula of therapeutic application that had never been done before, and it worked. I lost 140 lbs. in 1985, and I have maintained my ideal weight, within about 10 lbs., since, pretty easily. For the last 25 years or so, I have been helping others to solve their weight problem like I did, learning more the longer I live, and now I’m training other therapists.
If you’re like me, you like to see that “experts” really have all the proper credentials. I am a Licensed Psychotherapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sarasota Florida. You can see a professional profile at Linked In. Because of my unique gift, almost 100% of my work in private practice is with weight control. I volunteer one afternoon every week in a clinic for the uninsured and medically indigent where almost none of the work has to do with weight control. There, I see clients mainly for depression, anxiety disorders, crisis intervention and severe and persistent mental illness.
But my true gift is the unique mastery I have with behavioral medicine and weight control that I learned because of my own experience being overweight for almost a lifetime, and beating it. My mission is to help reverse the obesity epidemic we are now facing. The way I intend to do that is by training an army of therapists to teach and train what I have learned, get my book in as many hands and libraries as possible, and help a whole lot of people like I was to lose weight, feel better, and make their lives work again. If you are overweight, there is a way out of it to a whole better life.
Come with me.