Manassas VA Weight Management Therapy

Managing Weight in Manassas, VA—Counseling and Therapy

Kim walked out of the dressing room and sighed. Trying on new clothes in a room with multiple mirrors has never been her favorite. In fact, she hates it. Kim has always had a hard time with her body. She tries, but it is not easy. Kim keeps up with the latest nutritional news—staying away from bad foods and eating good ones. She exercises when she is able. Several times, Kim has lost a dozen or so pounds, but she has had trouble keeping it off. Kim’s body struggles are also in her head. She still vividly remembers how her grandma would call her “plump.” That memory, among others, are so defeating. Kim is desperate for something to work for the long-term. She is so tired of yo-yo dieting and feeling bad about herself. Kim does not want to be a super model. She just wants to be healthy and feel comfortable in her own skin. Can you relate? More likely than not, you can resonate with Kim’s struggle on some level. A lot of people probably can because a lot of people struggle to manage their weight. Both men and women can feel at odds with their own body, and to address this challenge, many are scheduling appointments with a trainer and with a counselor. Weight management has both a physical and emotional element. People’s bodies and their minds are important. Often, the emotional component of weight management is the key to long-term success. Unlike fad diets and exercise crazes, counseling for weight management does not focus upon following strict rules, but instead, it emphasizes an overall healthy view of oneself and one’s body.

“I personally battled with my own body image for years. I used to tell myself, ‘You can’t wear anything sleeveless or strapless.’ And all of a sudden I was like, ‘What if I just didn’t send such negative messages to my brain’ and said, ‘wear it and enjoy it?’ And now I’m more comfortable in clothes than ever.”
—Drew Barrymore

The therapists at Thriveworks Manassas are seeing more and more clients who are using counseling as a vital component of their weight management. They are often ready to have a healthy relationship with themselves and see their health in a holistic way.

The Battle with Obesity in America

It is not a surprise that many Americans—both adults and children—are battling obesity. The Centers for Disease control outlines how extensive the problem is. It found that…

Children in the US…

  • Ages 12-19: 20 % are obese.
  • Ages 6-11: 17 % are obese.
  • Ages 2-5: 9 % are obese.

Adults (20 years and older) in the US…

  • 20 % are overweight.
  • 20 % are obese.

There are a number of ways to measure health: waist size, cholesterol or blood sugar levels, blood pressure, numbers on the scale, and more. These tell the physical story of weight management, but there is another way to tell the story. Behind these numbers are real people who have both a body and a mind. Weight management is not just about the numbers—it’s about the people and helping people find holistic healthy. Sometimes, becoming healthier emotionally can help people become healthier physically.

Counseling for Weight Management

If you are struggling to manage your weight, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Manassas. There are many possible benefits to working with a counselor as well as a trainer. Counseling may help people find the treatment they need for any mental health challenges they are facing as well as give them emotional skills they need to manage their weight.

Finding Treatment. A number of mental health challenges can have adverse effects on the body. Eating disorders can develop regardless of what shape or size an individual is. Similarly, anxiety and depression can throw an individual’s appetite off. Treating these mental health challenges should be top priority in any weight management journey. Skilled therapists often help their clients find the diagnosis and treatments they need to have a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

Building Emotional Skills. Counseling may also empower people with the emotional skills they need to have a healthy relationship with their own body. For example, people’s own negative, untrue thoughts can hinder their weight management. When people learn to identify these thought patterns, they can change them to positive, true thought patterns. People may tell themselves unhelpful things like…

  1. I was so good this weekend, that I deserve a treat (using food as a reward).
  2. I ate too much today. I will skip a meal (using food as a punishment).
  3. My body and I will never get along.

People can learn to identify these untrue or unhelpful thoughts and instead learn how to…

  1. Use healthy forms of motivation instead of rewards and punishments.
  2. Cope with life’s difficulties without turning to food.
  3. Develop a healthy plan to recover from setbacks.
  4. Set reasonable expectations for change.

Setting Up an Appointment for Weight Management at Thriveworks Manassas

If you are ready to meet with a mental health professional for weight management therapy, know that Thriveworks Manassas has appointments available. When you contact our office, a scheduling specialist will answer and help you make an appointment. That session may be within 24 hours. We also offer weekend and evening sessions. Many different insurance plans are accepted as well. Call today.

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Depression

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I believe my depression is coming from the lack of education, I have and the loss of so many jobs. It's finding but hard to keep a job. I'm embarrassed it has been hindering me for many years now I can't stand it I've been trying to get help for a while now and don't know where to go I am on suppression medication. I see a doctor every two weeks I have talked to him about this and until u was blacking the blue in the face. I think he sees it now. Thank good
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Great first experience

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So far I’m having a great first experience with Therapy.
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Lisa

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I started with Thriveworks and Lisa 3-4 months ago and I was nervous about telling a "stranger" my deepest issues and things I'm not always comfortable admitting myself. I have to say she has been amazing through an really tough relationship break and other things I was or am going through in life. She makes you feel comfortable and truly listens, providing support and options for situations which allow me to be able to look at situations differently. She has made an incredible improvement on my life and I always look forward to meeting with her. It has become a breath of fresh air for me. She is amazing and I consider her a friend. You can't go wrong.
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So far I am liking my sessions and my counselor

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So far I am liking my sessions and my counselor
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My counselor is great

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My counselor is great
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Lisa Cornelius- My wonderful experience with her.

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I worked with Lisa Cornelius for more than 6 months and she really is amazing. She helped me through my struggles by giving me strategies that could help me involve my well being. She is honest and she will connect with your situation by putting herself in your shoes. I've never connected with a therapist like I have with her. She really knows what she is doing. I highly recommend her!
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Counseling appreciation

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A note of thanks to my counselor Lisa Cornelius. I have seen her for 2 years now and through our sessions an finding that I am a good person who has needs and a future that I never knew at 72 I coukd look forward to. Our lives go full circle sometimes and after bad things happen we start to think we have no right to try to be anyone but who others think we should be....not true! Hopefully Lisa and I can continue this journey and I can learn to relax in the real me and be content and happy with myself...thank you Lisa ....
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Ms. Lisa

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Ms. Lisa is a very amazing counselor. She helps you understand and can relate to you, which makes you feel better. Her way of counseling is different from past counselor. It was more dull with my past counselor, but with Ms. Lisa it is different. It is better to me. I definitely recommend Ms. Lisa because everytime I leave I feel lighter and a little bit better. 😊
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Shannon Oesch

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Shannon Oesch is an excellent therapist and friend. I met Shannon years ago in Hawaii where I worked at a domestic violence shelter. Shannon came and facilitated a weekly support group and made a huge impact on many lives. Shannon is easy to talk to and a great listener!
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Shannon Oesch LCSW

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Shannon was very supportive as a Clinical Supervisor and extremely knowledgeable and experienced in her field. She has helped me develop my clinical skills and competencies throughout my Social Work career.
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It was an excellent experience.

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It was an excellent experience. I have been suffering from high anxiety and was skeptical about talking with someone who didn’t know me. After my first session I could finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot wait for my next appointments so that I can learn how to take my life back.
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So far, so good!

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So far, so good!
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Had a very pleasant conversation with Mary

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Had a very pleasant conversation with Mary. It’s difficult to tell if she’s the one for me. Went as inspected .
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Thriveworks is amazing.

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Thriveworks is amazing. It is such a relief to feel you are connecting with someone who truly understands the root of your problems and gives you hope that you can work through them. I am very thankful for this place.
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Comfortable, compassionate and welcoming staff.

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Comfortable, compassionate and welcoming staff. My daughter and I have been impressed with every aspect of our experience with Thriveworks. High five!
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Good sessions

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Yes!

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I've taken a tour of this counseling practice, and met some of the staff. This practice is way above par, for sure.
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