Whether you’ve been struggling with weight loss for years, or it’s a new problem, I can help. I was a “hopeless case” until I discovered the remedy as a specialist in behavioral counseling and addictions.
I grew up overweight, the fattest kid in school, and I struggled and failed with diets and exercise and for the next 25 years. I got worse every year, sometimes losing 20 or 50 lbs with various weight loss schemes, only to put it back on. In my early thirties, I was 320 lbs. and my prospects weren’t good. Quality of life is poor at that weight and overweight people are at risk of lots of health problems and a shortened life span.
My career path followed an interest in psychology and counseling, which 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. Forces are at work that render a person powerless to exercise their will. Sound familiar? It did to me. I’d spent a lifetime trying to have the will power to do what I needed to do and stop doing what I needed to stop. I just couldn’t get myself to do it.
So, instead, 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 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 pounds or so , since. The last 25 years, I have been helping others to solve their weight problems, and now I’m training other therapists.
If you’re like me, you want to know whether “experts” really have the proper credentials. I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the University of South Florida Graduate School of Education, Tampa, and a Licensed Psychotherapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sarasota Florida. But it is my experience being chronically obese for 25 years and then discovering how to solve it that is my most important credential.
Because of my unique gift, almost 100% of my work in private practice is with weight control. But my true gift is the unique mastery I have with behavioral medicine and weight loss that I learned through experience.
Come with me. Take a step toward solving your weight problem.