For young people who struggle with their weight, I have a unique specialization in a non-diet, non-deprivation approach to Weight Loss for Children and Teens.
My enjoyment-based approach has been shaped by my 8 years as Founding Director of the award-winning Healthy LIFE Pediatric Weight management program at Barnabas Health. I have learned what works to help kids and teens manage their weight in healthy ways. The goal is to teach skills and perspectives that enable lifelong weight management and that don't result in self-judgment, disordered eating, or endless cycles of extreme weight loss and regain. Mindful awareness of hu
Kids and teens usually come to me because they are more prone to weight gain then their peers. They may or may not be eating significantly more than their peers. They may or may not be exercising/moving less than their peers. They may or may not have a medical condition that caused significant weight gain at one time or makes weight loss more difficult chronically (e.g., polycystic ovarian syndrome or certain medications).
Many young clients who are told by parents they have an appointment with someone to help them eat healthier and/or lose weight fear that I will ask them to give up their favorite foods or do exercises they hate. My enjoyment-based approach to weight management does not require these things. The hundreds of kids and teens I work with learn to:
My program in Weight Loss for Children and Teens can include parents in some or all sessions or can be done one-to-one, whichever the youth and family prefer.
Behavioral assessment, goal-setting, introduction to mindfulness skills and practice, measurements (if desired)
Includes paperwork for insurance and scheduling next session.
75 minutes, $300
Educational sessions (1-5)
Skill building, nutrition education, review of successes and challenges since previous meeting, planning/problem-solving for upcoming situations that require new strategies, SMART goal setting for food, exercise and skill practice
45 minutes, $225
Follow-up sessions (1-10)
Skill review, review of successes and challenges since previous meeting, planning for upcoming challenges
30 minutes, $150
Bi-weekly or monthly, as per child's needs for follow up and ongoing accountability.
We will collaboratively determine appropriate number of sessions once we have a sense of child/teens ability to learn, apply and practice new skills and strategies.
Please contact me to discuss your child or teen's situation.
Dr. Debra Gill, Clinical Psychologist
124 E. Mt. Pleasant AvenueLivingston, NJ 07039
Phone: (973) 820-5174 Website: www.eatingdisordertherapistnj.com
Therapy for Healthy Habits and a Peaceful Mind
Dr. Debra Gill, NJ Psychologist