Weight Problems Counselling in Toronto
Weight problems are usually connected with our emotions and a distorted relationship with food. Weight and food issues can arise from many places: our upbringing, past family dynamic, negative self-talk, body image, career, or past abuse. Feeling self-conscious about our appearance can affect our relationships, career, and family situations, and can also affect our overall self-esteem.
What is Self-Esteem Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy, particularly cognitive-behavioural therapy can help immensely in the area of weight problems. Counselors at KMA help you explore the root of the issue. Our therapists also develop treatment plans which empower you to take control: Developing tools and resources to change your current environments, change automatic negative thought patterns and negative self-talk, and promote psychologically healthier patterns of living.
How does Self-Esteem Counselling at KMA work?
1. 50-Minute Consultation
Psychotherapy and Counselling here at KMA Therapy begins with a 50 minute consultation with one of our intake counsellors. In these fifty minutes, we will ask important questions to determine the nature of the problem and treatment approach needed to increase your self-esteem and self-worth. We’re also asking questions to get a better sense of your personality.
We believe the consultation is very important so we find you a counselor who is the ‘right fit’. The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions and concerns you may have. Here we will also provide you with a customized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended self-esteem counselor who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we feel would be helpful.
The fee for 50-minute consultations is $190 and this is usually covered by your workplace benefits package.
2. 50-Minute Weekly Sessions
After the consultation, clients attend sessions at our clinic on a weekly basis with your assigned therapist for the recommended treatment duration. Here, our objective is to work through the treatment plan, goals, and objectives set in your initial consultation. All sessions after the consultation are 50 minutes in length.
3. Finish and Evaluate
After completing the recommended program, we check in for another consultation appointment to check in on what your experience was like. If you’re still struggling (and everyone takes a different amount of time to work through issues), we may recommend continued therapy to keep you on the right track. If you’re feeling like you’ve made significant improvement in your issues, your weekly therapy ends here. We will likely give you reading materials to help you along the way and you’re welcome to come back for a check-in session at any time. After your therapy, we always love to hear how you’re doing and what you’ve accomplished!
Self-Help Reading on Self Esteem, Weight Issues & Counselling
“Overcoming Weight Problems – A Self-Help Guide using Cognitive-Behavioural Techniques” – Gilbert and Grace (2007).
“Self-Esteem: A Proven Program of Cognitive Techniques for Assessing, Improving and Maintaining Your Self-Esteem” by McKay and Fanning (2000).
“Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life” by Martin Seligman (1998).