Have you tried and tried to lose weight in the past with no success? Obesity and overweight is a widespread problem in our modern society, and many people struggle to achieve permanent weight loss on their own — which is understandable. The reasons behind an individual gaining excess weight are complex and unique to them, physiologically and psychologically, and the obstacles they face taking it off can be even more so.

Dieting, exercise, and trying to adopt healthier habits might be things you’ve tried with disappointing results. Repeated cycles of weight gain and weight loss can be damaging not just to your morale, but to your physical and mental health — as well as making it even more difficult to burn fat in future. If this is the situation you’re in, it might be time to seek therapy customised to your personality and weight loss history to help you regain control once and for all.

Our experienced counsellors at Bayside Psychotherapy can provide ongoing support throughout your weight loss process, adjusting treatment to suit your needs. Working with empathetic and knowledgeable professionals could put you in the best position to regain your health and self-confidence through lasting weight loss. We work with clients either in person in our Melbourne offices or via secure online connection, depending on what’s most comfortable and convenient for you.

Call us on (03) 9557 9113 or use our contact form for more information on how we may be able to help you — or if you’re ready to start, book your confidential appointment.

You can book an appointment by using our online booking form for online appointments. Or, if you prefer, you can book an in-clinic session.

Unpacking the problem of weight

There are so many reasons why people struggle to maintain their ideal weight. Emotional eating, reinforced eating habits, cultural associations with food, the abundance of cheap and fattening processed food, and stressful, sedentary work lives all contribute to the weight problems plaguing western society. Unrealistic societal norms perpetuated by greedy mass media don’t help either! Despite the relentless diet and ‘wellness’ narrative throughout popular culture, people who want to lose weight often feel shame and fear, and uncertainty about how to start. Weight gain is often connected to a subconscious desire for protection over a person’s development, which can make for a frustrating battle unless the reasons behind that are addressed. For all these reasons, dieting and “willpower” usually prove to be inadequate.

The good news is, no matter how deeply ingrained your weight problem is, it is possible to achieve change with sufficient support and treatment.

The therapists at Bayside Psychotherapy work with individuals to potentially help them gain insight into their unique issues with excess weight, rather than prescribing a one-size-fits-all methodology. We have more respect for you than that! Counselling and hypnotherapy for weight loss may help you gain more control over your eating habits, and more motivation to keep up exercise routines. Hypnotherapy works to strengthen the subconscious mind, bolstering determination to possibly affect permanent changes in eating habits for a healthier future.

Find out how our weight management counsellors may be able to help you work through food and body image issues!

For more information or to book a confidential assessment, call (03) 9557 9113 or enquire using our contact form.

If you’d like to get a head start on therapy, Bayside Psychotherapy offers several self-hypnosis recordings that may help with weight loss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your weight should be of concern when it starts affecting your health. It's not necessarily the number on the scales that should worry you, but what your excess weight is doing to your overall health. Being overweight or obese is associated with many health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

Is your weight making you physically uncomfortable? Does it hurt to walk?  Are you feeling tired all the time or short of breath when walking upstairs or up hills? Do you struggle to carry things? If you've answered yes to one of these, we recommend consulting with a qualified medical or allied health practitioner, such as a GP, to get thoroughly assessed before starting any weight loss regime. 

It's not always easy to lose weight, but it's never too late to try. The healthier you are, the easier life may become. Working with a doctor is recommended, while hypnosis & counselling may complement your weight loss journey. 

The duration of treatment will vary from patient to patient based on their physical and mental circumstances, the nature of underlying issues related to their weight gain, and their degree of commitment to the process. Many people may find that a longer, deeper therapy pathway may have more reliable and lasting results.

Bayside Psychotherapy also offers targeted self-hypnosis MP3 recordings that you can download that may help the effectiveness of counselling and hypnosis sessions. We recommend our Weight Management Self-Hypnosis MP3 download. 

The weight management counsellors at Bayside Psychotherapy design treatment programs to meet the patient's individual needs after a thorough assessment. We help clients with weight issues from all over Australia and even the world thanks to our online appointments. However, if you prefer counselling face-to-face, you can always book an appointment to come into our Highett clinic. So whether you live in our local region or in a different time zone, our therapists are available to you. 

Note Whilst we will do our best to assist you, we rely on our clients’ full commitment to and participation in the treatment process to optimise results. Although some of our therapists work with people presenting with this condition, no guarantees of any outcomes can be made.

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Therapists who do online

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Carolina Selvarajoo
  • Humaira Ansari
  • Kelli Tranter
  • Lawrence Akers
  • Natalie Szmerling

Therapists who do in-clinic

  • Adam Szmerling
  • Natalie Szmerling