Written by Kirsten Macdonald
Can you think yourself slim? According to groundbreaking therapist Julia Lorent, the answer is a resounding YES.
More than 12 million Australians are overweight according to the ABS, and surgeons operated on more than 22,000 people to help them lose weight from 2014 to 2015. Bariatric surgery is becoming more popular for people to shed kilos in Australia, however with many elective surgeries on hold due to COVID19 rules the operation is not as accessible.
Julia Lorent, change expert and therapist- receives referrals from doctors around the country trying to assist patients and need help- urgently.
The psychological impact of weight gain and loss and the urgent need for mind science to merge and complement surgical interventions is crucial, says Julia, the founder of Savvy Bariatrics.
“Right now with people in Isolation our Zoom personal conferencing allows us to do the therapy for patients in their homes. Our new bariatric program helps to scaffold the process and set up patients for success with a multidisciplinary approach” says Lorent.
“The combination process targets different brain pathology, stimulating and strengthening neural connections. The results have been exciting for patients. Everyone has a unique mindset, so it is crucial to use finite targeting and profiling to help the patient. So when you recondition the mind and provide tools and support- you have a winning combination for the patient. It all starts with a conversation.”
“We shine a light on why the mind is triggering behaviours, then we retrain it, reform it and revitalise the patient” says Julia.
The successful Melbourne based therapist says people are not getting psychological assistance, and the statistics combined with the growing referral rate is evidence enough- people are in crisis. “When people are in isolation they can become depressed, eating triggers can be reactivated and old habits can emerge, we really want people to reach out now more than ever.”
For more information about Bariatric Surgery for the Mind Julia Lorent click here http://www.savvybariatrics.com
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