Psychological Services Group

Psychological Assistance and Counselling - Bariatric Patient Support and Assessment

Bariatric Patient Support and Preoperative Assessment

Bariatric Psychology is a unique and specialised area that aims to support clients who are above their most comfortable weight (overweight or obese) and who may be considering (or have previously undergone) weight-loss surgery. Our therapists can assist with weight management, motivational and behavioural (including health behaviour) problems, disordered eating (such as binge-eating disorder or over-eating), body image, body dissatisfaction, and identity issues, self-esteem and self-acceptance, support and relational stress, as well as symptoms of anxiety or depression associated with weight problems.

Psychological assessments for preoperative bariatric (weight-loss surgery) patients aim to identify any concerns and/or risk-factors relating to:

  • Understanding of surgery, risks, and management requirements as well as ability to access relevant information,
  • Motivational or behavioural problems,
  • Negative self-talk/beliefs regarding ability to manage weight effectively, including identiy as a 'large' person
  • Current and relevant previous mental health problems
  • Maladaptive health behaviours
  • Unhelpful food,eating, and weight associations and messages
  • Social supports
  • Communication and assertiveness

Importantly, management and/or minimisation strategies are also discussed for any identified concerns so that patients might be as successful following surgery as can be.

Preoperative Bariatric Assessments are only conducted at Hobson's Bay Specialist Centre, Williamstown