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Welcome, Michele J Gustafson, DCSW, LMSW!

 

Our newest therapist in The Anderson Method network is Michele J Gustafson, DCSW, LMSW. Michele obtained her degrees in psychology and social work from the University of Michigan.  She has been practicing psychotherapy since 1982.  In addition to being a Licensed Master Social Worker, she holds a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work through the National Association of Social Workers, which is the highest clinical credential awarded through the NASW.

In her Psychology Today listing and on her website, Michele explains:

“My areas of expertise include chronic, acute, and situational depression; anxiety and panic disorder; Weight control and Behavioral Healthcare: trauma of all types; family and relationship problems; grief counseling and life transitions.  I am experienced in therapy with adolescents, adults, and seniors and I am comfortable with men and women of any sexual orientation.

I practice traditional, insight-oriented psychotherapy as well as a variety of brief, solution-focused therapies.  With today’s busy lifestyles, most people are not inclined to spend many hours in a therapist’s office, preferring to “get better” and get on with their lives.  Clients tell me they appreciate this respect of their time.

My goal as a therapist is to create a secure environment where you can identify your issues and needs, achieve clarity, and make changes in thinking and behavior which enable you to reach your full potential.  I take a comprehensive approach to client wellness and consider multiple aspects of your life in choosing the method and direction of therapy.

I am a certified practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy™ and Clinical Hypnosis with Rapid Trauma Resolution™ and The Anderson Method® for lifelong weight control.  I am highly skilled in a number of effective therapy models, including mindfulness-based techniques, clinical hypnosis, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.”

Michele J. Gustafson, DCSW, LMSW
Fenton, MI 48430
810-624-5505
www.michelegustafson.com
info@michelegustafson.com

Welcome, Michele J Gustafson, DCSW, LMSW!

 

 

Can I Lose and Control my Weight Without Exercise?

Yes! 

I’m William (Bill) Anderson, the psychotherapist who discovered Therapeutic Psychogenics, the successful method in behavioral medicine to lose weight permanently. I was s0 happy when I learned that I could solve my weight problem without having to exercise. In my prior “fat”  life, I was over 300 lbs. and everything I did was painful. I hated exercise my whole life, since I was a kid in gym class. The idea that I needed to exercise to lose and control my weight, which was something that all the “experts” said I needed to do, was so discouraging. So, it was a great relief when I found that exercise didn’t really do much to help with weight, and I could lose weight and control it even if I couldn’t exercise.

Here’s the facts: to lose weight, you need to have habits where you undereat, eating an average of fewer calories than you burn. Say you burn 2000 calories a day, you’d need to average less than that. To avoid gaining weight, you need to have habits where you don’t average over 2000. To lose a pound a week, the cumulative deficit has to add up to 3500 calories. Here’s the deal with exercise: If you go out and bust your butt with an hour walk, you only burn an extra 300 calories or so. That’s less than a donut or bagel’s worth of calories! No wonder I used to gain weight when I exercised! I’d exercise, think I should be able to have a donut now, eat one and cancel out the exercise, then have another and gain!  Lots of people gain weight when they exercise because they feel like they deserve to eat and then they have thousands more a day! If you look at the calories in the stuff you eat, you’ll see. Exercise is of no value in weight control if your eating is out of control, which is the real problem for most of us.

Getting the eating right, so that it becomes easy and automatic is no easy trick. That’s where behavioral medicine comes in. Change won’t happen by accident, and most of the so-called “experts” have no clue how its done. It’s not done with “will power”. Neither will diet pills or weight loss products help you succeed. Its done with Therapeutic Psychogenics, a method in behavioral medicine, and that’s what my program and my book, The Anderson Method, is about. It’s not a trick and there’s work involved, but the objective is to make it so weight control becomes habitual, second nature. Many clients do say it’s become easy.

So, exercise doesn’t do any good for weight control if the eating is out of control; and exercise is not necessary by any means to lose weight and keep it off. That being said, exercise is important and necessary for good health. But for weight loss, no.

For all the details on how to succeed at permanent weight loss, read my book, The Anderson Method, or call one of my therapists. I’m training therapists now all over the country to provide my counseling and therapy, in places like Atlanta and North Carolina, not just here in Sarasota. Follow us and change your life for the better and for good.