Psychiatrist

Tri State Bariatrics Behavioral Health


Tri-State Bariatrics has a Psychiatrist on staff who is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has developed a specific program based on this knowledge, that has been so successful it is used in all our offices.

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Our CBT based program is built on the concept that our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviors. You can learn to have healthy thoughts about food, eating, and your body that will support your weight loss goals. Our goal is to help you get ready for surgery and understand the various components of weight loss surgery. One example is physical vs. mental hunger. Even after surgery, you will need to be aware of any triggers to eat when you are not hungry. Three of these triggers are your emotions, habits and outside influences. Our team will help you start thinking about your support network, which will be beneficial for your success. You will also need to consider how important people in your life may be affected by your weight loss surgery.

CBT is one approach we may use to assist you with any issues you may have. Fighting food cravings and learning to deal with emotions without using food are common challenges. You may want to take advantage of food journaling which can help you develop an awareness of why, when, and how much you eat

At Tri-State Bariatrics our team can work with you to set up strategies to prevent poor food choices, increase your motivation, and form new healthier habits.

This includes learning to solve problems without turning to food, and practicing skills such as relaxation techniques and mindful eating. Ultimately, addressing your old unhealthy eating behaviors can make a difference in reaching optimum weight loss.

Food is all around us; from the food within our homes, at work, fast food drive-thrus, social gatherings, and of course those infamous food commercials. Learning how to prevent poor food choices when constantly being bombarded with food can be overwhelming. Our team will work with you on practical every day tips to help you not give into these temptations.

Motivation is key to helping a person achieve a goal or desire. There are common motivations for having bariatric surgery. Some of those motivations might be eliminating certain medications, being able to walk easier, feeling better, or looking better. We may work together to identify motivators unique to your situation. Our team can help you stay focused on your weight loss goals as you take each step to the new you.

No matter which surgery you have chosen, we help you understand that surgery is only a tool. By teaching you lifestyle changes, our goal is to make a lasting difference as you take each step to a happier healthier you.

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Kristin Allison
MD Psychiatry

Education/Training
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Residency: Georgetown University Medical Center
Internal Medicine: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Specialty Areas: Bariatric Psychiatry for Adults and Adolescents

 

Dr. Kristin Allison is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in adult and adolescent bariatric patients. She has over 10 years of experience working with those struggling with obesity and eating disorders. She received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and has led group therapy sessions. Dr. Allison is committed to helping guide individuals with continued support both before and after weight loss surgery. She is a member of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She is a member of the Bariatric surgery special interest group in the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Allison is proud to be a part of the multi-disciplinary team at Tri-State Bariatrics.

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Michele Losinno
LCSW

Education/Training
Master of Social Work: University at Albany
Bachelor of Science in Social Work: Syracuse University
New York State Certified Social Worker
Certifications:Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Specialty Areas: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bariatric post-op support

 

Michele Losinno is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescence and adults proving mental health treatment. She received extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy, and has led group therapy sessions. Michele is committed to helping guide individuals with continued support both before and after weight loss surgery. Part of what Michele does is specializes in pre-operative bariatric assessments and provides post-operative support for emotional eating. Michele is proud to be a part of the multi-disciplinary team at Tri-State Bariatrics.

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