Author: Lee Kern, MSW, LCSW

Lee Kern, MSW, LCSW, provides psychotherapy and psycho-educational classes and workshops. He received a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina and in his capacity of supervising social work interns, was an Adjunct Instructor for the UNC-CH School of Social Work. He was a regular contributing author to WLS (Weight Loss Success) Lifestyles magazine, and in 2011 his articles were published in a collection called LOSING LESSONS. He has conducted studies, presented at national conferences, and authored publications on successful weight management. In addition to working with weight and eating issues, his professional interests include psychodynamic therapy, stress management, lifestyle change, relapse prevention, motivation, life goals, shame, self-defeat, and addiction. He offers structured life goals and smoking cessation sessions to anyone interested. He utilizes a blend of cognitive, dynamic and behavioral techniques. He was the Clinical Director of Structure House from 1982 until transitioning to staff therapist in June 2015. In that capacity he provided supervision and program development.

Optimizing Change

Have you ever heard this parable? I. I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost…I am hopeless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a new way out. II. I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I... Read More

Tools for Reducing Emotional Eating

Joe, the carpenter, is working on a house renovation project. The day’s tasks will involve sawing wood, drilling holes, and sanding finishes. When he opens his toolbox, he discovers all he has is a hammer. If he tried to do the tasks with just the hammer, the job would become a disaster. Now imagine Carol, an overweight, emotional eater and sometimes binger. When her mood is down, she eats to... Read More

Five Stages For Lifelong Recovery

My experience working at an obesity treatment center suggests that recovery is a dynamic, integrated, lifelong process. There are five core stages for success that can function as a map, providing steps and strategies in the healing journey. Stage 1: Starters Often a crisis moves people to change, as though they are driving in a thick fog and have to pull over. The fog lifts and they realize they have... Read More

The Food Diary – Your Partner to Success

Meal Planning Many weight loss and obesity experts have concluded that this culture has become a “toxic food environment.” It is a food jungle out there and the best way to get through it safely is to have a written plan for meals for each day before the day starts. Overeaters simply cannot afford to leave things up to the last minute and say, “What do I feel like having?”... Read More

Easy to apply strategies for managing stress induced food triggers

Breaking the Stress Eating Cycle The newspaper ad in my local newspaper went something like this: “Stress and weight gain: Can stress make you fat? When you are stressed out, you may find it more difficult to maintain healthy eating habits. Some people may eat in an attempt to fulfill emotional needs during a stressful time.” The ad was promoting registration for a lunchtime discussion at a regional hospital’s wellness... Read More

A Weight Loss State of Mind

By Lee Kern, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Psychologist  How healthy is your weight loss perspective? This article will help you find healthy ways of looking at the weight loss process. “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. -F.D. Roosevelt Change your thoughts and you change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale  The above quote illustrate the critical role that perspective has in all that we undertake. Weight... Read More