Improving your body image enhances the way you look and the way you feel about yourself. Take this important step with Ms. Lauren Canuel. A highly regarded psycho-therapist with over 30 years of weight loss experience, Lauren has a reputation as a leader and educator with the highest professional standards. After 27 years in clinical practice, Lauren knows what works in weight loss and relapse prevention. She has lost and kept off 150 pounds for three decades. Ms. Canuel’s existence experience allows for a thoughtful consultation with the best care and results that are achievable. Hundreds of people have benefited by choosing Lauren as their path toward the quest for a happier and healthier life.
Lauren is Board Certified Diplomat in her profession. Lauren received her Master of Social Work degree from Rhode Island College. During her years of study, she re-searched her interest in the psychological and physical benefits of weight loss and re-lapse prevention. She also received a Bachelors degree in Education from the Universi-ty of Massachusetts in Amherst.
Ms. Canuel is a licensed independent clinical social worker who has worked and has been the owner/principal of Why Weight? Inc. since 1989. Why Weight? Inc. is a weight loss and relapse prevention program. The program addresses behavioral modification techniques that offer nutritional guidance with counseling, consistent activity recommendations and psychotherapy. This approach produces dramatic results. With her specialization of relapse prevention, Why Weight? Inc. and specifically Lauren Canuel, offer expertise and success with arresting the emotional eating cycle and maintaining your weight loss forever!
What differentiates her program from other weight loss programs is that it’s multi-faceted and holistic. It addresses a persons’ entire being; Mind, Body and Spirit. It is very personalized and tailored to the individual. The ease in which people can carry out all three parts of the program is behind it’s success. Lauren’s expertise as a clinical psychotherapist lends itself to her approach by utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy. It is important to determine why a person, who has been trying to lose weight independently, has never been able to succeed, even with repeated attempts. There are positive, negative and neutral situations that trigger people to eat. Cognitive behavioral therapy and transactional analysis are used by Lauren to help individuals create insight to succeed. It is necessary to understand what an individual is using food for and try to modify his or her behavior. It is imperative that better coping strategies be taught, including effective communication skills and thinking differently about one’s relationship with food. In regard to proper nutrition, there are no special foods, shakes, pills, missed meals or omission of food groups involved. In fact, the person eats three meals and three snacks daily. People like it because all foods can be purchased at the local grocery store. Lauren’s clients learn how to eat correctly by making lifestyle changes and preplanning for events. Recognizing that most people either do not like exercising or find it difficult to fit into their schedule, Lauren utilizes a non-threatening and gradual approach to exercise. The activity is unique to the individual and depends on what they like to do. For the first week, Lauren may have the individual do the activity for three minutes, three times per week. Then, the next week, they may increase it to five minutes. This way it’s painless, but it’s developing a new habit that over time can be incorporated into a person’s daily routine.
Individual counseling sessions also cover the psychological differences experienced as the weight comes off. It’s a real transformation that affects all parts of your life. People look and treat you differently as you gain confidence and your mindset changes. Frequency of psychotherapy sessions is determined by the individual. In addition to guidance, Lauren also offers a hefty portion of enthusiasm and motivation.Throughout the whole program, the individual receives support from someone who has already lost weight and kept it off successfully. The Why Weight? program teaches a person self-love through self-discipline.
Lauren Canuel, LICSW-ACSW-BCD, is a licensed psychotherapist in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. Lauren knows what works in a weight loss program. Twenty-nine years ago, she weighed 285 pounds. But she lost the weight in 30 months and has managed to keep it off, even through two pregnancies. Today, at 135 pounds, Lauren is helping others realize the same success through her program that she created in 1989. Lauren grew up in an dysfunctional home and realized she was self medicating with food. That’s how Lauren was coping with the problem. However, there are so many different emotional reasons why people use food beyond its purpose of fuel for the body. Whether it’s from stress at work, problems at home or depression. Medical problems may also come into play. So in addition to nutrition and exercise, this program addresses what causes the person to overeat. In developing her program, Lauren incorporated three very important approaches to losing weight and preventing relapse. They are proper nutrition, need for consistent activity and cognitive behavioral therapy to address the person’s mindset. This gives them the ability to change the emotional eating relationship he or she is having with food.