For most of my life, I was the overweight child, teen and adult. I was the one who was teased, sometimes “lovingly” by my family, sometimes not so “lovingly” by the people at school, etc. I was the one that the perfume lady at the mall would turn away from because after all, “Why would someone so heavy be interested in samples of my nice perfumes…she obviously doesn’t care what she looks like.” Those of you who have dealt with weight issues, either lifelong ones or recent weight gains, know what I’m talking about. The issues run very deeply with us. Most people honestly have no idea of the pain we have gone through, the hundreds of times we have tried to lose weight, the countless New Year’s Resolutions we have made to lose weight and get healthy once and for all.
At some point the year before my 50th birthday, I made the DECISION that I was going to lose the weight in a healthy way, once and for all, and that IT IS NEVER COMING BACK ON AGAIN! I lost 110lbs. in about 12 months and have kept it off since 2003. I went from 245lbs. to a healthy 135lbs. And no, I’m not a size 2…not even a 4. I’m a 8-10 in most clothes and I am thrilled. This makes me one of the few to “break the statistical barrier,” which says that less than 5% of those who lose weight retain their loss for more than 5 years. This applies even to those who have undergone bariatric surgery for weight loss. I can help you be one of the 5%. Since I was in college (where I majored in Psychology), I have been determined to help people lose weight…even though I was still heavy. I was fortunate to be able to be a stay-at-home mom and raise two lovely daughters, and when the youngest was in high school, I returned for my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. My thesis was on college women and weight, body-image and self-esteem issues. You are well aware of the job the media and TV shows have done to damage the young people of the past two generations. They have us believe that if we don’t have the “perfect” body, skin, clothes, friends, etc., we are “nobodies…losers…unpopular for life.” I’ve cried for those young women who are literally ruining their lives with anorexia and bulimia trying to fit into a mold that isn’t supposed to fit everyone! No one even knows what “normal” looks like anymore. Either you’re FAT or you’re THIN. Where’s the word for “NORMAL” or “HEALTHY?”
I truly understand where you’re coming from. We’ve tried all the diets (and I HATE the word DIET, because going “on a diet” implies that one day you will be able to go “off the diet.”) What is needed is what I call a “Permanent Lifestyle Change.” Read client testimonials about me and email me to set up your free consultation!
Learn more about me at Therapy for Women, PLLC in Raleigh, NC and email me for more information about my wonderful services. I have been a practicing Psychologist and Life Coach for over 10 years in the Raleigh area.
About Psychologist & Life Coach Brenda Deere
Since 1999, I have been a practicing psychologist in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am also a certified life coach, and weight loss coach. I have been teased by loved ones, peers, and even faced alienation from strangers. I recognize how deep weight issues run and the pain associated with them. My practice has been largely devoted to helping women lose weight and keep it off.
I am a psychologist / life coach who works exclusively with female clients. I have treated clients during many trying times in their lives. Depression, anxiety, grief, emotional eating, overeating, weight loss, relationship troubles, empty nester syndrome, “menopapuse misery,” etc., are a few of the many areas in which I enjoy working.
• Brenda R. Deere, MA, LPA, CPC, CPWLC
• Certified Professional Life Coach/Counselor
• Certified SR (Subconscious Restructuring) Counselor
• Certified Professional Weight Loss Coach/Counselor
• Master’s Level Psychologist Licensed in North Carolina
• Master’s in Life Coaching in Progress