Weight Loss Surgery Behaviorists
A mental health evaluation is necessary prior to bariatric surgery to ensure that if any issues are present that they are being talked about prior to surgery. Long term treatment may include medications and/or counseling. This consultation opens an opportunity to establish contact with a member of the mental health community should further support be needed in the post-operative period. We have a panel of community psychiatrists and psychologists who support our program.
Following surgery you will be invited to attend one of our many weight loss surgery support groups. We invite all PAMF patients who have had or who are considering undergoing weight loss surgery. The weight loss surgery support groups are free to attend and offer social support and information on all aspects of life after surgery. The support groups meet monthly and are led by dietitians, psychotherapists, health educators and patient advisors. Walk-ins are welcome. Registration is not necessary.
PAMF's Weight Loss Surgery Therapists include:
- Georgina Earle, LCSW—Palo Alto
- Karen L. Handy, MPH—Mountain View
- Anne Hinckle, MFT—Burlingame
- Nancy Marx, Ph.D.—San Mateo
- Marcia Schwartz, Ph.D.—Burlingame
- Paul Wachter, M.D.—Burlingame
- Shirley Waldum, Ph.D.—Redwood City