Virginia Beach Weight Loss Therapy

Help for Weight Management in Virginia Beach, VA—Therapists and Counselors

Rosie stood in front of the dressing room mirror and felt tears welling up. Many women love shopping and new clothes, but she has never liked it. “Maybe I would like it if I liked my body,” Rosie thought. Ever since she was a kid, Rosie had struggled against herself. She still remembers when a teacher at school referred to her as “chubby.” Rosie told herself that she would never be called that again, but decades of dieting got her no where. Rosie had lost significant weight several times, but even then, she did not love her body or feel comfortable in it. Each time, she gained the weight back. With each up and down, Rosie grew more frustrated. She didn’t want to be a super model—she just wanted to feel at home in her own skin. Rosie is not alone in her struggle. Many people can relate. Many people struggle with weight management, and they are desperate for a long-term solution. Many people have found that solution in an unlikely place—not at the gym but at the therapist’s office. Dieting and exercise can all too easily focus upon narrow rules that are easy to break, but counseling for weight management takes a different approach. It focuses upon holistic health—emotionally and physically. Therapy for weight management’s goal is a loving, accepting relationship with the body, and this, often, is the foundation of long-term change.

“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

Many people are like Rosie, and they are ready to try a different approach. Thriveworks Virginia Beach offers counseling for weight management, and we have helped many clients who are tired of yo-yo dieting and the latest health craze. Instead, they want a holistic approach to their health that works for the mind and their body.

Obesity in America: A Big Challenge

That many Americans are struggling is not a surprise, but the extent to which people are struggle may be. The Centers for Disease Control studied the weight of Americans of all ages, and they found that…

For Kids:

  • 12-19—20 percent are obese.
  • Ages 6-11—17 percent are obese.
  • Ages 2-5—9 percent are obese.

For Adults (Ages 20 and older):

  • 20 percent are obese.
  • 20 percent are overweight.

There are many ways to measure health: weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, waist size, and more. These numbers, however, only tell part of the story. The emotional component to weight gain and management may not be seen, but it is just as important. This component, however, is often neglected. Therapy for weight management is trying to bring it back into focus.

Counseling and Body Image

When people are working to manage their weight, they often go to the gym and work with a trainer. More and more, they are also going to counseling and working with a therapist. There are a number of benefits that people may receive from counseling that may help them manage their weight. A few of those benefits may include…

Diagnosing and treating any underlying mental illnesses: One potential hindrance to weight management could be an undiagnosed or untreated mental illness. Eating disorders can occur in people of all shapes and sizes, and they can harm an individual’s emotional and physical health. If an eating disorder is damaging one’s relationship with the body, then treatment may be of utmost importance. Similarly, many anxiety and depressive disorders can disrupt an individual’s appetite (either increasing or decreasing it, depending upon the individual). Finding treatment may be the first step of weight management.

Learning emotional skills for long-term change: Fad diets and exercise crazes focus upon following a particular plan with rules that are easily broken. Counseling, instead, aims to teach people the emotional skills that will set them up to sustain difficult changes. That may include how to love and accept oneself, including one’s body, in all its strengths and weaknesses. It may include cultivating self-awareness. It may include learning how to recognize negative and untrue thoughts that are undermining one’s weight management. People often sabotage their own progress without evening knowing it. They may say things like…

  1. Food is my reward for being so good today.
  2. I could never learn to love this body or feel comfortable in it.
  3. After overeating, I need to skip dinner as a punishment.

When people become aware of these thoughts, they can learn to change them, and instead…

  1. Learn healthy ways to motivate themselves.
  2. Stop using food as a punishment or reward and instead use it for health and social purposes.
  3. Develop healthy coping skills (that do not involve food).
  4. Strategize how to overcome setbacks.

Counseling at Thriveworks Virginia Beach for Weight Management

If you are ready for a more holistic approach to weight management, consider therapy for weight management. Thriveworks Virginia Beach has appointments available. When you contact our office, your first appointment may be the following day. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and many different insurance plans are accepted. If you are ready to get started, so are we. Call today.

Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 32 5 1 32 reviews. See all reviews
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Don Costigan – Highly recommend!

★★★★★
Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Thriveworks review

★★★★★
Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Review for Mandy Donnelly

★★★★★
This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Don Costigan

★★★★★
I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Amazing

★★★★★
Dr. Turon's passion for working with couples and families is far-reaching! Having worked with him in many capacities, I can say with all clarity, Dr. Turon is genuine and presents his most authentic self, in and out of the therapy room.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Felt complete

★★★★★
I had the pleasure of meeting Juan 7 years ago during a very difficult time in my life as well as my kids . Very professional made us feel very comfortable,he helped my kids and myself. I couldn’t be more thankful .
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

NG

★★★★★
I've worked with J Turon for several years and can account for the positive impact he has had with so many of our clients. Mr. Turon has a natural way of relating to others, ensuring they understand what he is sharing and then implementing changes that are reflected in behavior, attitude and approach. I would recommend Mr. Turon to anyone or any family seeking answers as well as a guide to a well balanced and healthy approach to mental health.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

It was a great experience

★★★★★
It was a great experience
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

I love everything about Thriveworks!

★★★★★
I love everything about thriveworks! The first time I called I was able to get an appointment the same day with a great therapist, Shuan Salzman. I was diagnosed with FND and on of the treatments is cognitive behavioral therapy. My daughter also goes here and sees Jeanie. She is workingwonderful with teenagers. My daughter was very hesitant in going but she has open up. Both therapists are perfect very professional. I would recommend thriveworks to any of my family members, friends, and coworkers.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Very helpful

★★★★★
Very helpful
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

I love Donna

★★★★★
Pretty good i love donna
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

My sessions have been very helpful

★★★★★
My sessions have been very helpful.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Digusted

★☆☆☆☆
I cancelled my daughter's appointment due to illness (she was throwing up) and was charged a $99 fee! The fact that you would rather me bring my child throwing up to your office instead of allowing me to cancel is disgusting. It is bad enough having a sick child at home, now I have to incur a $99 fee for having a sick child and doing the right thing by keeping her home. Gross. Shame on you.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Personable and professional.

★★★★★
Personable and professional.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Look Forward to our next

★★★★★
Only had one appointment so far but we liked the session and look forward to our next
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

You’re doing well!

★★★★★
You’re doing well!
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

I would like to continue with Donna

★★★★★
I felt it was good, donna listened, understood our feeling ,even those which i could not put words to. I would like to continue with her.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Pete is great

★★★★★
Going great so far. Pete is great, knowledgeable and relatable.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Pete was amazing and answered my questions

★★★★★
Pete was amazing and answered my questions
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

So far therapy is great

★★★★★
So far therapy is great, this is going on my 3rd session in my entire life! and im starting to notice some changes already
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

I really look forward to my visits.

★★★★★
I really look forward to my visits. I feel comfortable and I love the office set up down town.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

The staff are very professional and punctual

★★★★★
The staff are very professional and punctual and my therapist is extremely knowledgeable, hands on, relatable, and exudes genuine interest in helping me overcome my issues.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

My 1st session was interesting

★★★★★
My 1st session was interesting looking forward to my next session
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

The session was good.

★★★★★
The session was good. I feel like I got a lot accomplished and obtained a lot of tools.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel.

★★★★★
My first session and I can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’m as hard headed as they come and I have to admit, therapy works!
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

We’re both looking forward to our next session.

★★★★★
We’ve only had one session but I felt Dr. Love really understood what I was trying to relay to my partner. We’re both looking forward to our next session.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Dr. Love is going to save our relationship!

★★★★★
Dr. Love is going to save our relationship! Thank you for listening and giving advice !
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Appointment went well

★★★★★
Very please with how easy to set up appointment & first Appointment went well. I left feeling very comfortable which is the first to learning how to deal with some challenges that I am having to deal with and more to come.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Donna immediately made me feel comfortable

★★★★★
Donna immediately made me feel comfortable about her being my daughter’s therapist. She has a true understanding of what she is going through. When I call to make appointments, I am met with a friendly voice.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Monthly Administrators Fee

★☆☆☆☆
It is unfortunate that my therapist of many years Dr. Amanda Trent started working for Thrive. Thrive charges a MONTHLY Administration plus your copay which is ridiculous. To my knowledge noone charges a monthly fee other than Thrive. In my opinion their goal is to gain money not assist patients in need.. If you need help , i recommend locating a facility that does not charge a monthly fee.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

No appt available

★☆☆☆☆
Your website advertises appointments available within 24 hours, but I just called to schedule with a NP and was told you have no new patient availability.
Thriveworks Counseling Virginia Beach

Impressed

★★★★★
I'm repeatedly impressed by Ebonie's insights and knowledge. She is a great counselor
See fewer reviews

Thriveworks Counseling

Schedule your first appointment with a Thriveworks Counselor or Life Coach!

  • 516 S Independence Blvd Suite 104,
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452

  • Mon-Fri:7AM-12AM
    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

It’s Time to Start a Relationship with a Thriveworks Counselor

It’s not easy, but we’re extremely selective about the counselors, psychologists, and coaches that join our practice. Experience a provider with skill and passion for helping clients make meaningful advances in their lives, relationships, careers, and happiness.


Get Started Today!