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Weight Loss Support Groups

Are you seeking an obesity support group in Connecticut? We believe that post-operative nutritional and psychological support, as well as post-operative exercise support, are essential elements to the success of our bariatric program. Counseling in these areas contributes to our patients' success in achieving and maintaining their goals.

Our patients are provided with multiple monthly support groups and preoperative and postoperative nutritional assistance by a registered dietitian, specializing in helping bariatric surgery patients achieve desired weight loss results and optimal health.

We offer psychological support groups for our bariatric patients in Norwalk and Bridgeport CT. They are run by a Licensed Care Social Worker, a Psychotherapist, and a Clinical Psychologist. Each one is accomplished in their field and experienced in helping the postoperative bariatric patient achieve continued weight loss.

Support groups are also offered to help in managing an exercise program that contributes to long-term weight loss.

We are committed to the long-term success of each patient and our support groups enable them to achieve it.

We also offer nutritional and psychological support in New London and the surrounding area.

POST-OP BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP (FOR NEWLY POST-OP TO 1 YEAR POST-OP)

Groups are both supportive and therapeutic in nature, with a focus on establishing a caring and safe environment. The format is primarily an open group discussion in which members may bring forth issues with which they are currently struggling. These may include adapting to and coping with changes resulting from surgery, dealing with social situations and personal relationships, and improving self-care. Therapeutic approaches include a mindfulness approach to eating, achieving a healthier relationship with food, identifying potential triggers and obstacles, and reframing negative beliefs. Participation is encouraged but not forced; members support each other and provide feedback, helping all who attend to make a positive transition post-surgery.

BARIATRIC NUTRITION SUPPORT GROUP

Tamara Swett, RDLed by Registered Dietitian Tamara Swett, Bariatric Nutrition Support Group Meetings are held every other month at Norwalk Hospital in the Nutrition Conference Room on the 5th floor. Various topics are covered related to staying on your meal plan after surgery, including getting enough protein and fluid, coping strategies, recipe exchanges and discussions on the importance of specialized bariatric supplements to long-term health, including brain and nerve function.

Tamara Swett RD, CD-N is a registered dietitian and has been an Out-Patient Dietitian at Norwalk Hospital since June of 2006. She received her first degree in Community Health at Western Connecticut State University and then followed her passion for nutrition by continuing her education at Saint Joseph's College where she received her degree in Nutrition.
Tamara Swett is also involved in the childhood and adult weight loss programs offered by Norwalk Hospital. Ms. Swett provides nutrition counseling for individuals preparing for weight loss surgery. She runs one of the bariatric support groups at Norwalk Hospital, which is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®.

POST OP CT. BARIATRIC SUPPORT GROUP (6 MONTHS AND UP)

Mary P. Ziller, L.C.S.WAll post-operative bariatric patients at different stages of their weight loss journey are welcome to attend this interactive 90-minute bariatric support group. Support groups are conducted twice monthly by skilled Eating Disorders Specialist, Mary P. Ziller, L.C.S.W. who inspires thought-provoking sessions to keep bariatric patients on track with the physical and emotional changes that occur.

The purpose of the group is for patients to learn how to effectively utilize their chosen bariatric surgery for continued weight loss and eventual maintenance and to achieve peace and emotional clarity regarding eating patterns and body image issues. In a trusting environment, Ms. Ziller's focus is to guide patients to identify and release psychosocial stressors that block them from feeling good about themselves and contribute to emotional eating and weight struggles. Positive methods for self-care are highlighted and a series of individual skill-sets are reinforced at each support group. A few topics covered include: managing the medical and technical challenges of lap-band/ bypass surgery; differences between physical and emotional hunger; mindless/intuitive eating; cognitive eating belief levels; managing stressful events; pivoting off of negative thoughts; the tyranny of the "Shoulds;" 12-Step Principles and body confidence.

Mary P. Ziller is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist and Life Skill Coach specializing in treating specific anxiety, compulsive and addictive disorders.

Ms. Ziller is invested in working with Eating Disorders and morbidly obese clients, having successfully maintained an 80-pound weight loss for over 18 years. She fully understands the dynamics that come into play with emotional eating, body image issues, and anxiety levels. Ms. Ziller is a dynamic presentation speaker having conducted many workshops the past 15 years on mindfulness stress reduction training, brain neurobiology/ addictions, anxiety management, emotional eating/negative body image, value clarification, dating/coaching skills and support groups for post-op bariatric patients.

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