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Weight Loss Center FAQs

Are there requirements to beginning treatment?

A referral from your physician is required for a nutritional evaluation. You do not need a referral to meet with a psychologist or physician at the Weight Loss & Diabetes Center.

Who will I see at my first appointment?

Understanding the stress and emotional responses associated with food is critical to achieving weight loss goals. For this reason, we usually recommend a meeting with one of our psychologists at the first appointment.

How often do I need to come?

Multiple appointments may be required to complete the initial assessments. You’ll come in less often after you have met with each member of the team and structured the approach that’s best for you. We partner with you to create a schedule that meets your needs and provides optimal care.

Will all services be covered by insurance?

Insurance plans vary in the services they cover. We will provide you with our service codes so you can determine the extent of your coverage. Our office will bill your insurance for all covered services you receive from us.

Are you “in network” with my insurance company?

Determining whether our services are “in network” or “out of network” is your responsibility. We’ll ask you to provide appropriate contact information for us to obtain an authorization for treatment prior to your appointments.

If I already see a psychologist, endocrinologist, or registered dietitian, do I need to meet with those on your staff too?

We believe it is to your benefit to meet with all of our providers for an initial assessment to determine how our program can help you accomplish your goals. After that, however, if you have a psychotherapist, endocrinologist, or dietitian with whom you are experiencing success, then we encourage you to continue working with him or her.

Do I need to see a psychologist if I don’t have an eating disorder?

We treat specific eating disorders associated with overeating (such as binge-eating disorder), as well as “generalized” eating disorders, which include any food-related behavior that causes mental and/or physical harm to the individual. By this definition, people who continue to overeat despite experiencing its negative effects are considered to have eating disorders. This describes the majority of our patients. Our goal is to help change harmful lifestyle habits. The psychologist is the principal specialist who helps patients accomplish this. However, certain eating disorders, such as anorexia, are not treated at the Weight Loss & Diabetes Center.