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I can answer most questions related to psychological recovery aspect of bariatric surgery.

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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with extensive experience in the treatment of eating problems and addiction. I have been active in the recovery community since 1983, and am currently the Senior Clinician at a residential short-term treatment center for addiction, as well as an adjunct faculty member at William Paterson University, Bergen Community College and at Thomas Edison State University. My work on the psychological recovery of eating problems has been published in The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Focus Newsletter, and in Bariatrics Today magazine. I have appeared as guest expert on eating problems on cable television and radio talk shows and have been active in community outreach services, including speaking tours at local high schools. I am currently working on a book which delves into the longing that accompanies the desire for more in our culture and maintain an active blog at


American Society for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, The Obesity Society, The Eating Disorder Association of NJ, National Association of Social Workers


National Association of Social Workers NJ Focus Bariatrics Today Magazine


Master in Social Work (MSW), NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Supervisor

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Service Award - The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood NJ - 2009

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Recent Answers from Valerie Wood, LCSW


Hello Pam,    I am writing to apologize to you, for some reason I did not see your question until now - I am not sure what happened and how I missed the notification. I will tell you though it is more

2011-03-03 Sugar Craving after gastric bypass surgery:

Dear Carolyn,    We congratulations on your RNY, having weight loss surgery is a big step which takes a lot of courage. Itís a decision we anguish over however we make a decision and then a commitment

2011-01-31 Emtional/Mental Health Post Bariatric Surgery:

Chris,  You ask some interesting questions and it is somewhat difficult to generalize across the board, however having said that I will continue to explore. There are a lot of changes beyond the surgery

2010-07-19 pouch stretching and fluids:

Thank you for your question which is complicated as there are several issues which could be involved, some medical in nature - these I can not address. Having said that I strongly encourage you to consult


Colleen,  The first thing to rule out is that there is a medical reason for your weight gain and I would consult with your bariatric surgeon immediately. You donít mention the type of WLS youíve had and


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