Complex Eating, Weight and Bariatric Psychology Service

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About us

Who is this service for?

People can access the clinical psychology service if they struggle with weight or eating-related difficulties.

  • Patients with weight-related health difficulties (weight too high or low) that can be improved by return to healthy weight
  • Patients whose eating behaviours have a significant impact on the management of their health condition
  • Bariatric Surgery patients (pre- and post-surgery)
  • Patients undergoing skin removal / body contouring surgery following weight-loss

Where will I be seen?

We run clinics at Dewsbury District Hospital. We will let you know exactly where your appointment will be when we send your appointment letter.

If you would like someone to accompany you to your appointment e.g. friend or family member, there is a seated area where they can wait for you.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, we are only offering telephone and video appointments at the moment. 

What happens at my first appointment?

A psychologist will meet with you for an assessment. At your first appointment the psychologist will begin to ask you about the kind of difficulties you are currently having. We may also ask you about difficulties you have experienced in the past, and about your health-related goals. You will also be asked to fill in some questionnaires about how you are feeling and coping. We may need more than one appointment to complete an assessment of your needs. Appointments normally last about 45-60 minutes.

Your first appointment is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about our service.

What happens after my assessment?

After assessment we will consider what approach will be most helpful to you. This may be continuing to see a psychologist, you may be advised to go to a different service, or we may decide that no further support is needed. We will write a letter to the referrer and your GP letting them know what we decide.

What does seeing a psychologist involve?

People experience difficulties with their weight for lots of different reasons. By talking through some of the difficulties you have been experiencing in managing your weight, you and your psychologist will first try and develop a shared understanding of how things are for you, and what might help. If it is agreed that you will continue to see a psychologist after your assessment, then you and your psychologist will work together on helping you overcome the difficulties you are facing in managing your weight. This is usually in the form of a ‘talking therapy’. You can ask for more information about talking therapies in your assessment.

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