Behavior Coaching

Deciding to have nonsurgical treatment for weight loss requires serious consideration about your life after the procedure. To maintain a healthy weight for the long term, you’ll need to commit to incorporating lifestyle changes. Our behavior coach offers strategies to help you build lifelong habits for a healthy quality of life.

Lifestyle Behavior Coaching Groups to Support Weight Loss

A nonsurgical weight loss procedure is just the beginning of your journey to successful weight management. The key to your long-term health and wellness is rethinking your relationship with food. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, we offer lifestyle counseling with a behavior coach to build healthy habits that you can use for a lifetime.

During the yearlong, nonsurgical weight loss program, the behavior coach leads monthly group sessions, which meet in person or via an online interactive program. People can attend either type of session or both, depending on their needs and availability.

The behavior coach offers in-person and secure, HIPAA-compliant, online interactive group sessions for people who:

  • Have had an intragastric balloon device placed
  • Have had an aspiration therapy tube placed
  • Have had an endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty procedure
  • Are working toward scheduling a procedure date for balloon devices, endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty or endoscopic gastric outlet repair

Our online behavior coaching sessions are compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations for privacy.

Our Coaching Topics During Weight Loss Treatment

Each group session features a unique theme that helps you develop healthy skills for your individual weight loss journey and set personal goals. Your behavior coach works with you to identify barriers you may be experiencing in your weight loss efforts. You work together with your coach to identify lifestyle strategies that you are willing to incorporate to work around these barriers. Throughout the 12-month program, our behavior coach works with you on topics that include:

  • Emotional and social support: Your coach will help you find ways to ask for support from family, friends and work colleagues.
  • Lifestyle balance: You’ll learn how to manage stress, increase your physical activity and get adequate rest.
  • Mindful eating: Your coach will review how you can pay more attention to your body’s natural signals for satiety (fullness).
  • Physical activity: You’ll learn ways to incorporate both structured and lifestyle activities into your daily life.
  • Social skills: Your coach will offer strategies that you are willing to incorporate into your daily life. These strategies will help you feel more comfortable with changes in your body throughout the weight loss experience and in social settings, when others notice your weight loss.
  • Accountability: Your coach will help you identify your preferred method of tracking your calories, activity, moods and progress toward the goals you have set. Your behavior coach is always available to help you strategize, solve problems and identify adjustments, as necessary, to be successful. 

Contact Us for Weight Loss Treatment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a bariatric physician, please call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.542.WEST (9378) or toll-free at 844.542.9378

  • Surgical Weight Loss Procedures: If you are interested in having a surgical weight loss procedure, you must first attend Bariatric surgery information session. A Washington University physician will discuss our procedures and explain eligibility.
  • Nonsurgical Weight Loss Treatment Options: If you are interested in any of the nonsurgical treatment options for weight loss, you must first determine if you are a candidate and set up a personal consultation. A member of the Washington University gastroenterology team will explain the endoscopic procedures and answer your questions.

Referring physicians can call the Doctors’ Access Line at 800.252.DOCS (3627) 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also visit our referring physicians page.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri – a west county suburb of St. Louis.

Our bariatric physicians have two locations on campus:

  • The Washington University Bariatric Endoscopic Therapy office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 100. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway. 
  • The Washington University Bariatric Surgery office is located in Medical Office Building 1, Suite 120. The address is 1040 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.

Get directions and maps.

NONSURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS OPTIONS: Find out if you are a candidate

Washington University Physicians accepting new patients:

Michael C. Bennett, MD
Dayna S. Early, MD
Vladimir M. Kushnir, MD

Washington University Nurse Practitioner accepting new patients:

Rachel Maday, FNP


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