Dr. Debra Gill, NJ Psychologist
Insurance companies usually require a specific type of psychological assessment to be completed and reported in writing by a qualified psychologist before they will agree to pay for weight-loss surgery. I have conducted over 300 bariatric surgery evaluations and would be pleased to complete yours.
To perform this assessment, I will spend 35-45 minutes interviewing you and then will write a report letter to your surgeon's office. The interview is open ended and not a threatening or judgmental interrogation. The goal is to make sure that you (1) understand the physiological changes and potential complications associated with the procedure you are getting, such as gastric bypass surgery or gastric sleeve (2) have demonstrated your ability to make some of the lifestyle changes required for a safe and effective outcome, and (3) have a commitment and plan in place to modify any long-standing behavior patterns (such as binge eating or cigarette smoking) that might interfere with safety or successful weight loss. If needed, I will help you develop a plan that can help you become better prepared.
After your evaluation, I will write and send a letter to your surgeon’s office, usually within 48 hours and they will include a copy of this letter in their submission to the insurance company.
The fee for the interview and my written report is $300. This is due at the time of our interview. If you have out-of-network behavioral health insurance. I will submit a claim for you to receive any reimbursement you are entitled to.
Please contact me if you'd like to make an appointment or ask any questions.
The best time for the psychological assessment to occur is after you have had sufficient sessions with the bariatric dietitian or educator to understand and begin taking steps towards the lifestyle changes required for effective surgery outcomes.
Many people who undergo bariatric surgery without first learning skills to avoid longstanding habits of overeating, mindless eating and emotional eating end up regaining their weight. I work with people at every stage before and after bariatric surgery (whether you are contemplating surgery or had it 5 years ago). I help you permanently change your lifestyle so that you can effectively and safely use the tool that bariatric surgery provides and keep your weight off! I also teach you how to maximize enjoyment from small portions of food so that you do not have to live a life of deprivation.
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