Behavioral Weight Management Therapy

Behavioral Weight Management Therapy


Behavioral Weight Management Therapy Group


This is a 12 week, problem-focused therapy group led by clinical psychologist Cheryl Gelernter, Ph.D. based  on the LEARN Program developed at Yale by Dr. Kelly Brownell.  LEARN(Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships, Nutrition) is a program for people who want to learn to eat healthier and lose weight.  Meetings include short lessons as well as discussions and opportunities for problem-solving.  In this group, members explore their own habits, gain skills to overcome barriers to weight loss, and learn tools for changing diet and lifestyle in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere.  

Key topics of LEARN Include:

  • Setting reasonable weight loss goals
  • Listening to natural hunger cues
  • Acquiring effective self-monitoring strategies
  • Coping with slips and preventing relapse
  • Staying motivated
  • Dealing with pressures to eat
  • Managing family and relationship influences
  • Managing thoughts and attitudes that affect weight loss and maintenance

Other topics to be covered in the group are skills for maintaining control of eating behavior in the face of strong craving triggers (e.g., food, emotions, stressful situations) and addressing body image concerns.

The group will meet weekly on Wednesday nights from 5:30 to 6:30pm for 12 weeks.  The cost of the 12 week program is $600 and may be covered by insurance.  



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