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The Psychology of Weight Loss: Help your clients change their eating habits

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Learn how new research on the psychology of eating and appetite can help you to help your clients change their eating habits for good

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ONLINE WORKSHOP taking place over four half-days, on how you can use the latest psychological research & practice to help your clients lose weight permanently

The psychology of weight loss:

How to help your clients change their unhelpful eating habits

Join us on this course to help you deepen your understanding of the psychological factors which influence your clients’ attempts to lose weight. The course will explain why so many people’s weight loss efforts flounder, and will provide you with simple techniques for helping people to overcome these blocks and succeed.

You’ll learn how to incorporate up-to-date research from experimental, clinical and health psychology into your work with clients who want to lose weight or simply change their unhelpful eating habits.

You’ll learn about the psychology of habit change and what Working Memory is, and you’ll be able to explain these to clients in a way that enables them to understand why they’ve struggled in the past. Using this understanding, you’ll learn how to enable your clients to change those eating habits that keep their weight higher than they want.

The course will show you how you can assist your clients with two of the biggest issues in weight loss: Willpower and Motivation.

The emphasis is on practical, achievable and sustainable techniques and strategies, helping you to support your clients to change their eating habits for good.

The course will include a mix of presentation, discussion, reflection on your experience with clients, and exercises to enable you to develop additional skills.

Trainer Dr Helen McCarthy (The Appetite Doctor)

Venue Online

Tuesday 27th to Friday 30th September 2022, mornings only

Who is the course for?

If your work involves helping people who want to lose weight, either as the main focus of their work with you, or as just a part of your work with them, this course is for you. You are likely to be working as a dietitian, nutritionist, nurse, health coach, doctor, psychologist, food educator, counsellor, psychotherapist or other health-related profession.

Course requirements

There are no specific qualifications needed to attend this course. There will be some pre-course reading as an introduction to the areas of psychology we’ll be drawing on.

Professional Accreditation

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

This workshop is recognised as a BANT CPD event and an NNA CPD event, and is suitable for CPD for the purposes of accreditation with the BABCP.

What you will learn

  • Three main reasons conventional diets fail
  • Simple aspects of the biology of eating and appetite that will enable your clients to learn to eat in tune with their body
  • The Appetite Pendulum and how to use it with your clients
  • The psychology of eating and appetite
  • Behaviour change and how to achieve permanent habit change
  • Working memory and why it’s important in habit change
  • How to help enhance your clients’ motivation
  • How to help your clients strengthen their willpower
  • How to help your clients stop eating when they’ve eaten just enough
  • How to help your clients stop eating when they’re not hungry

About the trainer

Dr Helen McCarthy is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. She works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Bristol, Cardiff and London. Helen has over 30 years' experience working as a Clinical Psychologist, using second and third wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapies since 1989 and using EMDR since 2005. She developed Appetite Retraining in 2011 to help her clients lose weight without dieting. Her first book “How to Retrain Your Appetite: Lose weight eating all your favourite foods" was published in the UK and the USA in 2019. Helen has appeared on the ITV programme "Save Money Lose Weight", was Consultant to Channel 4's "Don't Diet, Lose Weight" and has been featured in Marie Claire, Mail Online, The Sun, Women’s Health, Veggie magazine, The Bristol Post, Wales Online and Western Mail.

She is a graduate of Durham University and Oxford University and was awarded the BPS Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the South East Thames Clinical Psychology Training Scheme in 1989.

Helen is an Accredited Practitioner with the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland and an Advanced Functional Imagery Training Practitioner.


Feedback from previous workshops

EVERYONE loved it!!

Thank you for a wonderful workshop full of brilliance - I will use the ideas straight away in my work.

Absolutely excellent - and an important area of work with many possible applications.

It was very informative and incredibly inspiring.

What a wonderful workshop, thank you so much!

I felt so enthused for myself and my clients following the course. There are so many good tips to pass on to assist people on their weight loss journey.

So useful to have practical ways to support clients through cravings and other sabotaging thought processes

The Appetite Pendulum has already been super useful for my clients in tier 3 weight management!

Invaluable to my practice! I work with many clients trying to manage weight & this will now enable me to add an essential, missing dimension

One of the most useful workshops I have been to in years!

Very good topic very relevant, well researched and presented

Really informative and helpful applied research

I really enjoyed the mixture of theory, case studies and clinical experience

I have read your book so I wondered if I would already be familiar with much of the workshop content but no, you offered so much more - and so many useful ways to deliver the content of the book.

A super course. So many great takeaways. Thanks so much!


Day 1:

9 am – 9.30 am Registration

9.30 am Start

1.00pm Finish

Days 2-4:

9.30am Start

1.00pm Finish


The fee for the course including all training materials is £250

If you book 3 tickets together you can get 3 for the price of 2 (click "Tickets" above)

If you would like us to invoice your employer for your place on the course please email us with details at info@theappetitedoctor.co.uk

Any questions?

If you have any other questions about the course please feel free to email info@theappetitedoctor.co.uk

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Dr Helen McCarthy is The Appetite Doctor. She developed Appetite Retraining to help people lose weight by re-learning to eat in tune with their body's natural hunger and fullness signals.

Appetite Retraining is the antidote to fad diets. It focuses on re-learning to eat in tune with your body's natural hunger and fullness signals. You start with how you eat now, and make one change at a time to your unhelpful eating habits, so that the progress you make is easy to sustain.  You eat all your favourite foods so that you don't feel deprived. The focus is on maximising enjoyment.  By learning to eat in tune with your body, you learn to eat less, but better.

A unique feature of Appetite Retraining is that Helen helps you identify your mental blocks or "saboteurs" to losing weight, and gives you advice about how to overcome them.

Helen is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society who has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 1989.  She has a B.Sc. Honours degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Durham and a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Oxford. After leaving Oxford Helen trained as a Clinical Psychologist within the British National Health Service and worked as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS for a number of years. She now has a private practice in Bristol and Cardiff.

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