Behavioral Wellness

Understanding the reasons we overeat is key to losing weight and keeping it off. Bluepoint Medical Associates, with locations throughout Northern Virginia, employs a team of behavioral psychologists to provide behavioral wellness counseling.

If I’ve had weight-loss surgery, why do I need behavioral counseling?

Bariatric surgery is an amazing tool that will certainly jump-start your weight loss. However, to keep that weight off for a lifetime, in short, requires eating less than before. This, as we all know, isn’t always that simple. Most of us eat for a variety of emotional reasons, such as anxiety, depression or anger. Therefore it’s essential in order to maintain healthy eating habits, it’s essential to learn the triggers that cause you to overeat and develop strategies to override those triggers.  
 
 

What does behavioral wellness consultations at Bluepoint Medical Associates entail?

At Bluepoint Medical Associates, our psychologists create individual programs designed to motivate and empower patients to stay on track throughout their weight-loss journey. They will help you identify your triggers and behaviors that may be sabotaging your weight loss. Then they will develop behavioral strategies to overcome these to maintain lifelong success. Our psychologists are trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive behavioral treatment is rooted in the concept that an individual’s thoughts determine our actions. Using cognitive behavioral techniques, our psychologists can help you with emotional eating, mindless munching, body image, and self-image. Our psychologists can also assist you to set up a manageable eating plan, set goals, Support system from losing weight to maintaining. Help guide success habits to maintain success long-term.
 
 

Can I participate in behavioral wellness programs if I’ve not undergone bariatric a surgery?

Of course! Our psychologists have assisted patients who’ve undergone major weight loss through surgery, as well as, those who’ve had a lifelong struggle with the same unwanted 20 pounds. The underlying principles are the same. Our behavioral wellness is a one-on-one program so it can be tailored to your needs. And of course, we offer peer support groups, as well.
 
 
Insomnia is a common complaint which includes difficulty falling asleep or staying sleep despite adequate opportunity resulting in daytime impairment such as sleepiness and fatigue. Sleeplessness starts in your brain. Electrochemical signals called neurotransmitters control whether we are asleep or awake. During normal sleep cycles, the neurotransmitters should “switch off” the signals that keep us awake. When neurotransmitters become unbalanced, the signals don’t work the way they should. It disrupts the sleep patterns keeping you up all night. 
 
 

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