Weight Loss Therapy NYC

More than 90% of people who lose weight on a diet will gain it all back and more within a year. If you have failed on a diet or could not keep the weight off, you are not alone and the answer is not just more willpower. If you’re tired of the struggle, weight loss therapy might be your answer.

Therapy for Weight Loss

Even after participating in programs, dieting and exercising, most people do not maintain their weight loss. In fact, 90% of those who successfully lose weight, will regain that weight within 12 months. This weight loss-gain cycle is potentially dangerous. Unfortunately, when we gain weight, the percentage of fat that we add is higher than the percentage lost.

Therefore, a 10 pound loss/regain cycle results in the same body weight, but the body composition of fat to lean muscle mass has increased. Continuous cycles will result in higher and higher body fat percentages, which increases numerous medical risks, including diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers, AND a slower metabolism, making future weight loss attempts even harder.

How Our NYC Therapists Can Help

Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been shown to be effective when it comes to developing life-long healthy habits that often result in weight loss.

It can help you:

  • Challenge negative thoughts and feelings about yourself
  • Learn new problem-solving skills
  • Practice relaxation methods
  • Develop effective coping skills
  • Identify areas of your life where you can develop healthier habits

Types of Therapy for Weight Loss

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the approach our NYC therapists seek to reduce the intensity and frequency of a client’s emotional pain, suffering, and self-defeating behaviors. CBT can help clients to cultivate skills leading to goal achievement and life satisfaction by assessing and treating:

  • Cognitions what we think
  • Behaviors what we do and say
  • Emotions how we feel
  • Relationships how we interact with others

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  It has been applied to various mental disorders, e.g., anxiety, anger, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc. REBT was created by Dr. Albert Ellis. Al Ellis was originally trained as a psychoanalyst and began practicing psychoanalysis in New York City. After working with his patients for some time, he became dissatisfied with the lack of progress they were making. At this point he decided to return to his long-term passion, philosophy, to see if the wisdom there could benefit clients.

He developed the ABC model of emotional disturbance largely based on the work of philosophers who emphasized the role of beliefs and thinking in influencing emotional states.  The REBT ABC model is an acronym that stands for Activating Events, Beliefs, and Consequences. Consequences include both emotional consequences and behavioral consequences. REBT therefore conceptualizes emotional disturbances like anxiety, as a result of the combination of  an activating event and one’s beliefs about the activating event, the self, life and the future.

Behavioral weight loss programs designed by psychologists have been proven to be effective. However, even with these programs weight regain can be common. So, it is important that behaviors, emotions, and thoughts are all properly addressed in treatment to ensure genuine lifestyle change.

It is important to select a clinician with a great deal of training and experience in the area of weight loss. There is perhaps more misinformation available (and promoted) in the area of weight loss than any other issue addressed by NYC psychologists. In addition, there are serious medical risks associated with excessive weight, but also with losing weight too rapidly.

Thankfully, therapists at New York Behavioral Health are skilled at offering evidence-based therapy for weight loss.

Ways to Lose Weight in NYC

New Yorkers try various diets, dieting strategies, exercise programs, and even diet supplements. Various trends exist in the diet industry. Past decades emphasized low fat and low sugar. The most popular diets today emphasize limiting carbohydrates. Atkins, the Zone, and The South Beach are all examples of diets which keep carbohydrates lower than the average American’s diet.

Weight Loss Centers

Many weight loss centers and clinics can be found in New York City. They have different approaches to help people lose weight – mostly focused on diet coaching, nutrition education, and preparation of food.

Weight Loss Programs

There are also many firms that offer weight loss programs in NYC. Weight Watcher’s, Jenny Craig, and L.A. Weight Loss are programs that many have used. Scientific studies indicate that for weight loss (not necessarily other measures) the most important aspect of dieting is calorie consumption. As long as your physician approves the nutrient recommendations, any of these programs could be successful for losing weight, as long as you can stick with the program.


Exercise is an important factor for developing a health lifestyle. New York City, especially Manhattan, is teeming with gyms and workout centers that makes exercising with machines, weights and classes easily accessible. Locations such as Central Park are ideal places to exercise such as jogging, biking, skating, walking and even playing sports. For many exercise alone will not result in weight loss. It can increase muscle mass and increase appetites, so it may not reduce the number on the scale. With that said, it is central to our approach since it does reduce stress, regulate emotions, and helps people maintain the weight they have lost. It improves mood and helps the kind of thinking and emotions that support healthy eating habits.

Weight Loss Specialists

Meet Our Team

Director of Training + Staff Therapist

How Therapy for Weight Loss Works

Step one

Connect with your therapist by either completing our appointment request form or reaching out to our care coordinators over the phone.

Step two

Attend a 45 minute intake session, where you will get to know your chosen therapist. The point of this visit is to learn what brought you to therapy and how we can help.

Step three

In each ongoing session, you and your therapist will use trusted therapy approaches to help you develop and reach your goals. Collaboratively, you’ll connect in a safe, comfortable space to help you engage in your life in the way you want.

Contemporary care

Empathetic Experts

Our therapists and coaches have combined decades of experience and are specially trained to provide high quality, compassionate support for your health and wellbeing.

Goal oriented

We’re dedicated to using evidence-based methods to ensure you receive the most effective treatment and meet your goals.

Here to support you

personalized matching

We know that having a better relationship with your therapist leads to better outcomes, so we carefully match you with the right therapist to fit your unique needs.


compassionate care

It’s important to our therapists that you feel safe, seen, and understood in therapy. Our offices are judgment-free spaces.

Are you struggling with your weight?

If you’re looking for a safe space to develop new healthy habits, our NYC therapists are here for you.

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