Lasting weight loss is not about what you eat, but why and how you eat. As a psychologist and psychotherapist, I have come across so many people who are frustrated and feel guilty about their body and their relationship with food. While there are amazing cookbooks and blogs out there communicating the benefits of healthy eating, they are missing the most vital ingredient in the weight loss battle: The mind.

We are constantly told how to lose weight: Eat less, eat healthily and move more. Then why isn’t that working? The rate of obesity is dramatically increasing, despite the abundance of wonderful healthy eating advocates. This is because the focus thus far has been on the symptom as opposed to the cause.

I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from ten years of formal studies within the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and addiction and my experience as a weight loss specialist and developed a completely different approach to lasting body change. The methods and recipes (food & mind) I share are based on the most up to date scientific and psychological research and they truly work! When you get clear on the fact that weight loss is not about what you eat but why and how you eat you will begin to enjoy a whole new way of being in your body. It’s time to address the cause not the symptom, weight loss is a joyous consequence!

About Karina Melvin, MSc, MA

Karina MelvinKarina Melvin is a Psychologist, with an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the UCD School of Medicine, an MA in Addiction Studies and ten years of formal training within the field of mental health. She runs a private practice, Sandymount Psychotherapy, and loves to work with adults and children experiencing  a wide range of issues, but specialises in helping people who experience body image and food related disorders. She is the founder of Artful Eating, an online program which focuses on helping people overcome their body issues by communicating the psychology behind lasting weight loss.

Karina is actively engaged in the field of mental health and continues with ongoing study, research and training. She is currently doing a PhD with the UCD School of Medicine, where she also lectures in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Karina is a Registered Practitioner member of the association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Ireland (http://www.appi.ie) and a member of Psychological Society of Ireland and the Irish School of Lacanian Psychoanalysis. She has presented at various conferences both in Ireland and the UK and has been published within the field of psychoanalysis.

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