Rachel Joffe is a LCSW with 30 years’ experience designing programs, treating patients and helping people to see that they are important and have the ability to be successful. She understands that it is never about the food. She understands that therapy is not needed for everyone so she designed a program to help everyone create the supporting fundamentals essential to creating the behavioral habits needed in Bariatric Surgery. With a lifetime history on diets and as a Bariatric patient herself- Rachel has the ideal professional and personal insight to meet your needs.
Rachel Joffe has been a behavioral therapist and innovator of large-scale programs geared towards helping people who struggle with overeating, being overweight, who have had Bariatric procedures. The program content is designed from a deep understanding all the underlying factors that come along with being overweight, long term use of diet programs and an overall understanding of what it takes to create habits. Rachel created her professional foundation as an addiction specialist, working in hospitals and being trained to use techniques geared towards helping people move through change with compassion and understanding. Rachel has helped several thousand people find the changes they are seeking.
If you ask Rachel about why her patients have success, she will often say it’s because they learn that it is never about the food. Rachel treats the person. When the person is treated the role that food plays reduces and people claim their space in this world. She has so many stories about people that find their voice, see their worth, challenge themselves and oh yes have lost weight as well. Rachel uses innovative techniques to help us see how much of the way we see things are just stored thoughts that we have deemed as our fate. Rachel has a way of honing in on a person’s strengths way before they know they have them and before they know it her patients become comfortable with changes they never believed were ever possible.
Rachel currently has a full-scale private practice in which she provides clinical treatment as stated above. Bariatric Bridges comes in response to the amount of need that exists for Bariatric patients to develop a strong foundation of tools to support them through this journey. Unfortunately, frequently Rachel engages patients that are learning this in hind sight. Not every patient that seeks Bariatric surgery will seek out a therapist. Maybe going to this program will allow you to see that therapy could help your process. Not a motive to get people into therapy at all but this is a middle ground program that will allow you to engage your mind in the process of your changes. Rachel dreamed up Bariatric Bridges to give some stability to the process that exists in between the Surgical Clinics and the patient in his/her community.
On a personal note, Rachel understands first hand what goes into this as she herself had Gastric Bypass Surgery in 2003. Aside from maintaining a significant amount of weight loss off for 18 years on a perfectly imperfect journey, Rachel has utilized therapeutic support which has allowed her to like herself from the inside out. The personal and professional experiences have been a perfect marriage that has allowed her to reach people in a way that is very different. She gets it and it super relatable. She uses her knowledge and throws in her humor, and genuine warmth which allow people to get comfortable which is necessary for this type of work to happen. Rachel is naturally creative and has personally designed 6 comprehensive weight loss programs. Rachel continually creates and runs support groups for a local hospital. Rachel has designed Bariatric Bridges to meet your fundamental behavioral health needs no matter where you are in your journey.