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Bariatric Surgery Support

In It For The Long Haul

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Bariatric Surgery Support: In It For The Long Haul

First Wednesday of every month 12-1pm via ZOOM

Having bariatric surgery is a life-changing, and sometimes life-saving, decision. Research suggests that people who have long-term, ongoing support have better outcomes.

We have worked with hundreds of clients through all phases of their bariatric surgery journey, and we'd love to help you, too!

This monthly support group membership will provide a safe, non-judgmental space to share feelings, challenges, successes, struggles, and experiences with others who have had bariatric surgery. Both long-time surgery veterans and surgery 'newbies' are welcome.


Every group will reserve time for participants to connect and share. Some groups may include a guided discussion, educational component, or guest speaker, depending on group preference. Discussion prompts, articles, podcasts or other applicable information may be shared, as relevant to the current members.

This group is specifically geared towards providing affordable, reliable and compassionate support to individuals who are committed to a long-term post-operative health behavior change focus.

If you are ready to acknowledge, share, and learn from the ups and downs that are part of life and health after bariatric surgery, then please join us.

Please note, this is not a therapy group.


Your Instructor


Dr. Robyn Pashby and Dr. Kelly Donahue
Dr. Robyn Pashby and Dr. Kelly Donahue

Dr. Robyn Pashby is a licensed clinical health psychologist who specializes in the psychological and behavioral treatment of obesity, binge eating disorder, and other chronic health conditions. In her clinical work, Dr. Pashby has been studying the biological and psychological impact of stress on behavior and on weight for over a decade. She has worked with hundreds of clients in both individual and group sessions to manage anxiety, improve sleep, lose weight, and generally feel healthier. Dr. Pashby has authored or co-authored numerous publications including peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters, and blog posts. She has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and daughter and their dog. You can find out more about Dr. Pashby at her website: www.dchealthpsychology.com or reach her directly at [email protected]


Dr. Kelly Forys Donahue is a clinical health psychologist and change coach in practice for over 12 years specializing in the treatment of anxiety, depression, obesity, and chronic health conditions. She is passionate about teaching and empowering others to make small changes in their thinking and behaviors to create big improvements in their health and life. Her book Everyday Self-Care: Your Proven, Holistic Guide to Feeling Better outlines her best strategies for improving health. She enjoys working with clients in an individual and group setting in person and virtually via telephone and video conference. Dr. Donahue lives in Frederick, MD with her husband and son. You can find out more about Dr. Donahue at www.kellydonahuephd.com or reach her directly at [email protected]


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Frequently Asked Questions


Why a membership?
We are aiming to provide an ongoing, reliable source of support. We believe that the membership model encourages participation. This 1-hour/month commitment will help you reliably and realistically show up for yourself and for others. At a minimum, members will engage in a monthly live 1-hour virtual support group. If you want more, then you may use our materials provided in the teachable course (e.g., articles for discussion) and opportunities for engagement (e.g., guest speakers, educational talks). How much these additional materials are offered will depend on group preferences.
How long do I have access to the materials?
As long as you are a member, you are welcome to join the support groups and all materials provided through the teachable platform will be available for download so you will have lifetime access.
What if I am unhappy with the group?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your membership, contact us and we will cancel your membership and refund your last payment, no questions asked.
Is this support group a therapy group?
No, this is not a therapy group. This support group is meant to be a supportive place to share feelings and experiences. However, the group leaders will not be offering individual assessment, diagnosis, or treatment. We can, however, guide you to appropriate therapy support services should you want assistance.

Join us to learn, share, and grow in your post-bariatric surgery health and wellness goals.

Get started now!