In The United Kingdom over 30,000 deaths a year are caused by obesity. Counsellors, trainees and other healthcare and social care professionals need to understand and experience the diverse and challenging aspects of this rapidly developing issue. By including fictitious supervision as well as counselling sessions, Counselling for Obesity further aids professional development and gives a unique, person-centred insight into a client’s potential needs.
"Fascinating. Exceptional. Accurate. Unique. I am convinced that many professionals, and not only therapists, will find this book an invaluable resource for helping them to look beneath the surface of the symptoms of obesity and focus more on the contributing psychological factors. Only then can we say we will do our clients justice."
— Kath Sharman, in the Foreword
Introduction. The person-centred approach. Assessment and diagnosis. Supervision. Change from a person-centred perspective. Cycle of change model. Controlling what is eaten. Further person-centred perspectives. Forming a therapeutic relationship. Anger, acceptance and planning change. Disclosures from the past. Sadness, and a hole full of emptiness explored. A review, looking forward and acknowledging responsibility. Supervision - exploring what person-centred means inside and out of counselling. Holiday preparation and an ' eating dream' explored. Reflections. The client connects with her feelings but is unable to voice them. A painful and distressing disclosure. Ideas for changes begin to take shape. Supervision - non-directiveness and attitudes towards obesity. Progress is reviewed; the client feels pressurized. The past fights back and clarity emerges. Exploring reactions to a date and a relationship. Reflections. One further thought. Roger's seven stages of constructive personality change.