At DayOne Health, we ask all of our future patients to meet with our psychologist. We believe that your emotional readiness is as important as physical health. That is why we encourage our patients to do some self-discovery with our weight-loss psychologist prior to the surgery. This meeting is aimed to help you decide whether LAP-BAND® or gastric sleeve surgery are the right choice for you at this time of your life.
In addition to the benefit of talking to a specialist, meeting with a psychologist before the weight loss surgery is often required by insurance companies. If your insurance provider requires psychological clearance, we will be more than happy to prepare and submit all the documentation you need.
Meet the Bariatric Psychologist
Victoria Kessinger, MA, LPC
Victoria Kessinger is a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology where she received her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology. Her graduate training involved providing counseling to individuals and families with a broad range of concerns including trauma recovery, interpersonal difficulties, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders.
Currently, Victoria’s professional experience is focused on Health Psychology and includes the management of chronic health conditions, weight-loss, eating disorders, and work/life balance. She believes that optimal health is achieved through balanced nutrition, regular exercise, fulfilling relationships, and regular self care. Victoria works from a Relational and Cognitive-Behavioral perspective to help clients improve their overall health. Through introspective work, she helps clients increase their insight and awareness of their problematic behaviors, thought processes, and relationships. With increased insight, clients are able to make changes that allow them to reach and sustain their health and life goals.
Victoria’s passion for Health Psychology began at a young age. Throughout childhood and adolescence she participated in organized sports and in high school developed a passion for distance running. During her college years, she began studying psychology and became engrossed in the intersection between physical and mental health. Victoria enjoys spending her free time running along Lake Michigan, practicing hot yoga, and listening to live music.
Victoria Kessinger, MA, LPC
Center for Behavioral Medicine & Sport Psychology
25 E. Washington, Ste 1225
Chicago, IL 60602
WHEN DO I MEET WITH MY WEIGHT-LOSS PSYCHOLOGIST?
Many of our patients chose to schedule their psychological counseling and their nutritional counseling in the same visit. The psychological appointment usually takes approximately an hour to an hour and a half. During that time, you will have an opportunity to speak openly in a confidential, nonjudgmental atmosphere about your relationship with food, as well as your reasons for pursuing weight-loss surgery.
It is crucial for your success that you are fully ready for the procedure as well as the lifestyle change that accompanies it. We hope that meeting with the psychologist will ease your mind while making this important decision.
WHY DO I NEED TO MEET WITH A PSYCHOLOGIST?
It is hard to say that the decision to undergo weight-loss surgery can ever be made for the wrong reasons. Nevertheless, some reasons are known to provide better results than others.
Meeting with our psychologist will help us better predict your results following surgery and make sure you are emotionally prepared for the changes that are to come. In addition, if you’re not sure about your goals and want a deeper perspective on why you may need the surgery, soul searching with our DayOne Health psychologist may be what you ultimately need to succeed.
Working with a psychologist will also help you understand your relationship with food and explore different methods of stress management, for those patients who are accustomed to using food to deal with stress or emotional situations.
Even if you are currently under the care of a psychologist or psychiatrist, we ask that you meet with our psychologist at DayOne Health, as she has specialized experience in understanding the unique emotional and psychological issues related to weight and food, as well as the mindset important to your post-operative success.