Darrin Peterson, MA, M.ED., LPCC-S Awarded Bariatric Board Certification

Darrin Peterson MA, M.ED, CBC

Darrin Peterson MA, M.ED a Licensed Professional Counselor and Social Worker from Columbus, Ohio, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized fellowship training and education program in bariatric science he was recently credentialed as a Board Certified Bariatric Counselor (CBC).

Mr. Peterson is credentialed by The Ohio Counselor and Social Work Board holding a professional license in both Clinical Counseling and Social work. He holds two master’s Degrees (M.A., M.ED) from Ohio State University and The University of Dayton where he completed his clinical training. He also completed advanced training in psychological assessment and evaluation at The Ohio State University School Psychology Program.

He currently practices at Metamorphosis Counseling & Consulting LLC, and has over 25 years of clinical experience, working with individuals, families, groups, and couples in community-based, residential, and outpatient settings. Using a multimodality approach to treatment and patient care, that integrates theoretical orientations tailored to specifically meet the need and development of the individual. He is culturally competent and very comfortable working with diverse populations.

Recognizing the emergent need for specialized bariatric training and education he has completed a post-graduate fellowship with the American Association of Bariatric Counselors and has been credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor, (CBC).  His scholarship, professional acumen and commitment to public health will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

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Fellows Spotlight August 2020

Dr. Daniel Goldman, Ph.D., CBC, is a licensed psychologist from Sarasota, Florida.
He is a senior fellow with AABC and was board certified and credentialed as a Certified Bariatric Counselor in June of 2015.




Dr. Goldman is in private practice and works collaboratively with bariatric health centers. He conducts pre-surgical assessments and prepares patients for bariatric surgeries. He also offers specialized counseling for non- surgical bariatric patients.


How has your fellowship with AABC enhanced your counseling skills?

The AABC certificate program really reinforced how incomplete – and thus clinically erroneous– a so-called ‘common sense’ approach to weight loss can be. For instance, common sense tells us that managing weight should be as simple as “calories in, calories out,” but bariatric science has helped professionals identify the individual biological mechanisms, psychological processes and social influences of obesities We now know that not all obesities are the same and require very individualized treatments.


How has your fellowship with AABC advanced your career?

When physicians refer patients to me for care, or assessment, they know I have received specialized training in bariatric science. Certification and credentialing have highlighted my professional stature has fostered my collaboration with bariatric health centers.


Dr. Goldman exemplifies our professional fellowship. AABC fellows are conducting cutting edge research, applying and sharing their knowledge in public and private sectors; shaping policy and best practices locally, nationally and internationally,

We are extremely proud of our fellowship.