CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is based on improving thinking processes (cognitive) and actions that result from them (behavioural). As a simple example, developing the positive thought “What a nice day, I’ll go for a walk” encourages the positive action of going for a walk. CBT typically involves between-session activities, so you and your psychologist will often choose something to try, read, practice, or think about between sessions. Weight Management Psychology psychologists help clients improve the thought processes that underlie healthy behaviour changes, making improvements more sustainable for the long-term.
Read more on CBT by downloading the Cochrane Review Study.
While CBT is the most widely used and favoured psychological therapy for weight management, results show using CBT with a focus to lose weight only results in increased weight loss and slower weight regain, which is not optimal for our clients. For this reason, we prefer to use CBT techniques in combination with our other therapies. As research shows attempts to lose weight are often ineffective or harmful in the medium- to long-term, rather than focus on weight loss, we use CBT principles to help create healthy habits, holistic health improvements, and acceptance of your natural size, weight, and shape.