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Change is hard. So one of the things, as part of psychological support, is identifying any of the significant stressors that they have to deal with as part of all these changes and helping them cope with the stress, in an adaptive manner, without using food necessarily as a crutch to help them move forward and recover. There's different ways of coping with stress and, like I said, they entail cognitive and behavioral ways of coping. Cognitively, we like for patients to think in a very functional, positive way, to say thoughts that are not necessarily destructive, but a constructive. Behaviorally, we like to tell patients to have a good exercise regimen, and to manage their stress better, to practice time management, to seek support from family and friends, to do things they enjoy doing to manage stress, and to balance their life overall.
Psychologically, when patients undergo and make a decision to undergo weight loss surgery, they have made a commitment to live a healthier lifestyle. They often come to me wanting guidance, psychologically speaking, on what kind of things they could do cognitively, behaviorally, to support their weight loss goals. As part of the psychological consultation, patients receive a thorough evaluation of their emotional stability, their ability to cope with stress, their ability to adapt to the pre and post surgical process. Typically, the session-- consultation with me takes about 45 to 50 minutes. Patients will have direct recommendations from me at the end of the evaluation with regard to any of those areas. And follow up services are available to assist in coping with the adjustment to bariatric surgery.
One of them is, obviously, individual therapy. If the patient is in need of individual therapy, I'm here directly to support them and to guide them in management of depression, anxiety if there's any issues in those areas. Now, obviously, there's also education on stress management. Group therapy, that's available to all patients and may need it. There's also psychiatric management of depression and anxiety, which entails getting the consultation from a psychiatrist on how what medications could be most appropriately to manage any depression or mood disorder.
I think patients should come to the University of Miami. We offer a variety of professional experts in different areas with regard to helping patients attain their maximum, optimum health. So in regards to psychiatric, psychological treatment, we have experts in different fields that can help in different ways, help obtain some of the health goals that patient's aspire to attain.
We provide services to not only the patient, but also the family members, especially when there is significant stress in a marriage or in the family, impacting the patient's ability to make the proper decisions and follow up with treatment. So we are here to provide couples counseling, family therapy, and assist in any parenting difficulties the patient is having as part of their consultation.