Can you think yourself slim? According to one groundbreaking therapist, the answer is a resounding YES.
According to ABS statistics, more than 12 million Australians are overweight, and surgeons operated on more than 22,000 people to help them lose weight from 2014 to 2015. Bariatric surgery is becoming more popular for people to shed kilos in Australia.
However, what happens when you put it back on? Julia Lorent, change expert and therapist- is receiving referrals weekly from doctors around the country who understand patients are in trouble need help- urgently. Julia is trying to educate Australians about the psychological impact of weight gain and loss and the urgent need for mind science to merge and complement surgical interventions.
"We are using a multidiscipline approach to therapy. Our bariatric program helps to scaffold the process and set up patients for success" says the behavioural therapy specialist.
"The combination process targets different brain pathology, stimulating and strengthening neural connections. It is a robust system, and the results have been exciting and empowering for patients. Everyone has a unique set of circumstances and mindset, life and perceptions, so it is incredibly crucial to use finite targeting and profiling to help the patient to have a solid mental platform. We think in a certain way because of a mix of genetic conditions along with learned behaviours and schemas. So if you can target the thought patterns, recondition the mind and provide tools and support- you have a winning combination for the patient. It all starts with a conversation."
Referred patients are coming in before surgery and after to make sure the process of surgery is successful and not sabotaged.
"There is nothing worse for a patient than to go through the trauma of a physical surgery on their stomach, lose 60 kilograms and then gain it all again. Why does this happen? Because they put a patch on the hole in the dingy without finding out why the dingy keeps smashing into the rocks. We are the lighthouse. We shine a light on why the mind is triggering behaviours, then we retrain it, reform it and revitalise the patient" says Julia.
"It has been life changing. One patient lost 50 kg and put it all back on. The psychological self-deprecation involved, the self-shaming of putting the weight back on for this man was genuinely traumatising. This is something we see so much. We quite simply have to help people unpack their neural makeup and take a more systemised approach with the psychology of a mindset. It is life changing for people, and they keep off the weight long term, but more importantly, they understand themselves and the process - education really is power" says Julia.
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