Welcome to the World of Weight Loss Psychology

  • Are you a practicing clinician interested in going deeper into the psychology and psychotherapy of weight loss?
  • Do you want to understand more about how to maximise motivation and mindset to improve outcomes?
  • Do you want to learn about how some of the latest developments in psychotherapy – like ACT and Compassion Focused Therapy – are being integrated into weight loss therapy?
  • Do you want to learn hands-on skills?

Then this site, developed by Dr George Blair-West – Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, President of the Obesity Prevention and Treatment Society and a best-selling author – is for you.

Weight Loss Psychology (WLP) is the emerging field of evidence-based psychotherapy that is  a vital component in the treatment of obesity.

breastfeedingIt starts with the premise that our relationship to food is both developmentally profound and primal, constituting an attachment that rivals early interpersonal attachments.

The threat of denying access to emotionally significant foods triggers a range of complex, psychophysiologic responses. If this threat is not managed, it results in the “self-sabotage” of weight loss plans.

WLP aims to deconstruct, understand and manage these forces that prevent successful and sustained weight loss. Research into Restraint Theory is married to psychotherapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) to inform a comprehensive clinical strategy.

Recognised Internationally

Dr George Blair-West was invited to present his work in integrating the psychological research in to clinical intervention at the International Congress on Obesity in 2006.  In 2010 he was recognised by the American Masters of Public Health Degree organisation as one of the top 20 authorities in the world on obesity, Dr Blair-West is in an even smaller group of psychologically trained experts dealing with this challenging public health issue. He has given many keynote addresses at conferences in this field and most recently presented at the national Eating Disorders & Obesity conference in Australia in May 2014.1-1

After training hundreds of clinicians, including doctors, psychologists and dietitians, in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, he is now developing an online version of his workshops incorporating his latest work into the two M’s – motivation and mindset, and integration with ACT and CFT.

Want to Go Further?

This will take through so you can listen to a sample of one of Dr Blair-West’s therapy sessions with one of his patients talking about her therapy journey from anorexia through bulimia to a much better place using group therapy and CFT. This will also place you on a mailing list and you will be notified of other programs he will be offfering from time to time.