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Welcome Dr. Jessica Twehues!

 

Our newest therapist certified to provide The Anderson Method is:

Jessica Twehues, PsyD
8595 Beechmont Avenue, Suite 303
Cincinnati, OH 45255
(859) 640-7122
drtwehues.com

On her website, Dr. Twehues describes her training and practice:  “I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) degree.  I graduated with my Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.  I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree from Centre College in Danville, KY.

I am licensed to provide psychotherapy and psychological assessment in both Ohio and Kentucky, although most of my work at this time is provided in Ohio.

With regard to psychotherapy, my areas of interest include weight loss, postpartum/prenatal depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and marriage/couples counseling. I have experience in the treatment of a wide range of other presenting problems, including, but not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and relational problems for adolescents, adults, and families.

With regard to psychological assessment, my areas of particular expertise include disability evaluations, worker’s compensation evaluations, guardianship evaluations, ADHD/learning disability evaluations.”

Welcome, Dr. Twehues!

Welcome, Dr. Tara Travia!

 

Our newest therapist certified to provide The Anderson Method is Tara Travia, Ph. D., of Reston, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D. C.

Dr. Travia obtained her Ph.D. at Kent State University and has been practicing as a Licensed Psychologist since 2003.

In her Psychology Today listing, Dr. Travia states:

“My areas of specialty are weight loss, trauma, processing sexual abuse, mindfulness/holistic healing, psychological assessment, and forensic psychology.

I work collaboratively with clients to increase their well-being, achieve goals, and better manage life’s challenges. I believe everyone has the innate capacity to manage these inevitable difficulties and experience more joy everyday. Although healing comes from within, it is sometimes elusive and my work is to help you with that process, providing direction when needed, and stepping out of the way when the work is done. I utilize a mixture of Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) techniques which have been found to have significant benefits for those seeking treatment.

I am certified to provide the Anderson Method of Weight Loss to clients. If you are currently struggling with weight issues and have a desire to change your relationship with food for lifelong health, please contact me for an in-office appointment to assess your fit with this method at no charge.”

Tara Travia, Ph.D.
1984 Isaac Newton Square West
Suite 204
Reston, VA 20190
(724) 664-9943
http://drtaratravia.com
http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/name/Tara_Travia_PhD,CSOTP_Reston_Virginia_111505

Welcome to the Anderson Method Network, Dr. Travia!

Weight Loss and the Solution to the Obesity Epidemic – The Huffington Post

 

This is from my latest article on The Huffington Post, published there yesterday:

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve been bombarded recently with startling news about the out-of-control obesity epidemic and the ruin it is causing. It’s been in the headlines repeatedly and is the subject of HBO’s Weight of the Nation TV special. What you haven’t seen in the headlines is that we now know the solution to the epidemic and we can implement it immediately. The solution is described below. First, some of the alarming news:”

Click here to read the entire article

William Anderson a ChooseHelp.com Expert in their “Ask the Expert” Q&A’s

In it’s infancy, before it became a national clearinghouse for mental health and addiction treatment information, ChooseHelp.com asked me to write for their Q&A “Ask the Expert” column.

Martin Schoel, founder of ChooseHelp.com, envisioned a website that would provide resource information for people looking for help with mental health and addiction problems.  I had been working and publishing in the field since the mid-1980’s and he liked what I had been doing. He asked me if I would consider being a featured expert in their Q&A “Ask the Expert” columns. Here is the result:  http://www.choosehelp.com/profile/TheAndersonMethod . This is my “Expert Page” on their website. My latest Q&A’s are at the bottom of the page. Explore the whole site to see what is there.

I’m glad I said, “Yes”. His website has proved to be a very professionally done work, attracting many professional helpers and many people seeking help so that they can meet on common ground to find each other and accomplish important work. I know that even in it’s early life, ChooseHelp.com has helped many people, mitigated a lot of suffering and promoted a lot of healing. 

I am listed as an expert in depression, anxiety disorders, mental illness, addictions, alcoholism, eating disorders and,  of course, weight loss.  Martin has kept me busy, too busy sometimes, answering the growing avalanche of questions coming in from people needing help and not knowing what to do. He laughed when I said I liked being the “Dear Abby” in this realm. I know what’s it’s like to be sitting by yourself, needing help, and being stuck. To be able to provide the right words, at the right time, to people sitting at their computers and otherwise stuck,  is a blessing. I know that sometimes, sending a text is all people have the energy to do.  In this age, like no other, even that little act can actually get people going in the right direction because of what ChooseHelp.com is doing. It’s a miracle, compared to the days I began working in the field.

Please take a look at what Martin has created: http://www.choosehelp.com/

What is Behavioral Medicine and Behavioral Healthcare?

A writer asks, “I’ve heard that you are very successful helping people to lose weight with ‘Behavioral Medicine’. I also know of a counseling center that calls itself ‘Behavioral Healthcare’. What do these terms mean?”

(The author is the psychotherapist who lost 140 lbs. when he discovered Therapeutic Psychogenics,  and he’s kept it off for over 25 years. He has written about it in his groundbreaking weight loss self-help book, The Anderson Method and has helped thousands to lose weight permanently with this approach. More about it at the end of the article.)

When I refer to my practice of behavioral medicine, I am referring mainly to my work in helping people establish the behavior that will treat or “cure” their disorders related to being overweight. Many diseases are caused or worsened by being overweight. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, disability, cancer, inflammatory disorders, depression, obesity itself – the list is endless of the life-threatening diseases that are caused by excess weight and conversely improved and even cured by weight loss. I’ve helped thousands to finally solve their “impossible” weight problem, successfully lose great amounts of weight and maintain a healthy weight. I do it with my brand of Behavioral Medicine I call Therapeutic Psychogenics.

We know that  an obesegenic lifestyle is the primary cause of the problem, eating more calories than we use and storing them as fat. Conversely, we know how to lose weight, regardless of the cause of the gain.  Eat fewer calories than we use and we lose weight. Eat in balance and we don’t regain. The thermodynamics is irrefutable. Simple, right? No.

While the thermodynamics of weight control are easily understood, the dynamics of human behavior are anything but.  While some people think that everyone should just be able to make up their mind to master their habits, desires and feelings, most of us know that it’s not that easy. The forces at work that shape our behavior, the drives, the neurochemistry, the conditioning and habit formation are not often within our conscious control, even when we understand them. Self control, especially when you are talking about compelling and addictive behaviors, is not just a matter of “wanting it Badly enough” or “will power”.

That’s where I and my brand of behavioral therapy comes in. Understanding more about ourselves and the psychological technique for self-mastery are things that can be learned and developed. We treat the whole person, body, mind and spirit. The components of my eclectic formula of therapy have many names in the profession – Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Cybernetic Self-Management  Technique, psychoeducation, nutrition education – together I call it Therapeutic Psychogenics. Many names but the goal is one: to create a permanent change in our automatic habitual behavior so that the way we habitually think, feel and act makes us lose the excess weight and keep it off. It’s kind of like “reprogramming”. It’s certainly not just “will power”.  Learning and developing the psychological “power tools” is what empowers us to change the behavior, not will alone. When we can change the behavior, the body will change.

However, Behavioral Medicine encompasses more than what I’ve just described.  Here’s the textbook definition: Behavioral Medicine is the interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of behavioral, psychosocial, and biomedical science, knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

The psyche and body are one. They are not separate. Our physical condition affects our spirit, mood and mental state. Drugs and our hormonal and neurochemical state affects or mood, thinking , feelings and behavior (appetite too). Our behavior influences our neurochemistry and hormones and creates physical conditions and many states of mind and spirit. Behavioral Medicine recognizes this and integrates these dimensions for purposes of understanding and treatment. Professionals from the medical and mental health fields attend to the whole person and fashion treatment protocols that call for intervention in all spheres. This is Behavioral Medicine.

Behavioral Health and Behavioral Healthcare are terms used in a more limited scope to address all the behavior we engage in that affects our health. It is used to describe complex psychological conditions like addictions and eating disorders, but also includes the everyday habits we have that affect our health. For instance, our use of seat belts in automobiles and hand washing procedure would be included as issues addressed in Behavioral health.

Behavioral Healthcare, seen as a part of Behavioral Medicine, most often describes mental health and psychiatric care specifically, including counseling for a variety of reasons.

I hope I have not been too clinical in trying to give an accurate and complete answer to this very good question. People hear these terms and rarely know what they mean. Most of us don’t want the jargon. I know my clients don’t care what it’s called. That it helps them to solve their weight problem is all they care about.

Behavioral Medicine saved my life when I discovered Therapeutic Psychogenics as a result of my work in addictions counseling and behavioral science. I lost 140 lbs using this method, after 25 years of failure with diets and exercise schemes and I’ve kept it off for 25 years. I’ve been helping others since, teaching other therapists too, and I’ve also got a book about it. If you’ve had a terrible time trying to lose weight, Behavioral Medicine has the best solution. Go to www.TheAndersonMethod.com to get more information about my work, my growing network of therapists, and my book describing the method.