Ms Tara Griffin

Ms Tara Griffin, MPsych(Clinical) MAPS

Tara is a skilled and empathic therapist who assists clients using a predominantly Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic approach balanced with counselling skill. She has developed particular strengths in Bariatric Psychology, Health concerns (including Diabetes), and Youth and Family problems.

Psychological assessments for preoperative bariatric (weight-loss surgery) patients aim to identify any concerns and/or risk-factors relating to: · Understanding of surgery, risks, and management requirements as well as ability to access relevant information, · Motivational or behavioural problems, · Negative self-talk/beliefs regarding ability to manage weight effectively, including identiy as a 'large' person · Current and relevant previous mental health problems · Maladaptive health behaviours · Unhelpful food,eating, and weight associations and messages · Social supports · Communication and assertiveness Importantly, management and/or minimisation strategies are also discussed for any identified concerns so that patients might be as successful following surgery as can be.

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You are significantly overweight and may be a candidate for a weight loss procedure, particularly if you have other problems such as diabetes and hypertension. Options include Orbera Intra-Gastric Balloon and LapBand.

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Your weight is now at a potentially dangerous level and you are at high risk of developing major conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Stroke, Heart Attack and some cancers. Options include Lapband, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.

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