Kaitlynn Murguia, LCPC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Kaitlynn Murguia, LCPC

Kaitlynn Murguia, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Illinois, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (BCBC).

Before becoming a mental health professional, she served as a Nutritionist providing care in a residential treatment center. Recognizing the overlap between mental health
and nutrition led to her earning a master’s degree in clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in Addictions Counseling. Kaitlynn primarily works with individuals seeking to improve their relationships with themselves, their body, food, exercise, or with their loved ones. She has completed the Level 1 and Level 2 curriculum of the Gottman Method, which is a preferred, evidence-based approach to marriage and relationship counseling. Kaitlynn also works with survivors of various traumas, individuals with personality disorders, LGBTQ2S individuals, as well as adults with mood disorders or life transition concerns.

Recognizing the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her fellowship with AABC. AABC awarded her an academic scholarship. Her unique professional training and
clinical experience will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
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Todd Ray, LCSW-R, CNC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Todd Ray, LCSW-R, CNC

Todd Ray, LCSW-R, CNC, a licensed clinical social worker, and certified nutrition coach, from Syracuse, NY has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, he was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (BCBC).

Todd Ray is in private practice at Integrative Bariatric and Weight Wellness and offers a wide range of services, with a focus on the integration of physical and emotional health. His areas of expertise embodies nutrition coaching, physical education, evaluating candidates for bariatric surgery, and providing supportive therapy for both pre-and post-bariatric surgery. Additionally, Todd offers non-surgical weight wellness therapy, utilizes EMDR for trauma treatment related to obesity, and applies EMDR techniques to enhance performance and reduce anxiety in the context of physical fitness.

Because of his commitment to bariatric care, AABC awarded him an academic scholarship. His extensive professional training and clinical experience will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
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LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/american-association-of-bariatric-counselors/

Rupa Lakshmikanthan, MS, RD, CNSC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Rupa Lakshmikanthan, MS, RD, CNSC

Rupa Lakshmikanthan, a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of New Jersey, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (BCBC).

Rupa received her Master’s Degree in Food Service Management and Dietetics in India. After immigrating to the US, she completed an additional Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Master’s Degree at Northeastern University in Boston. To better serve patients and provide best practices she continued her professional education and was credentialed as a Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC).

Rupa has more than 22 years of inpatient care and treatment. Currently, at Cooper University Hospital she provides comprehensive counseling for bariatric patients.

Recognizing the need for specialized training in bariatric science she completed a fellowship with AABC. Her extensive clinical background and commitment to bariatric care will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/american-association-of-bariatric-counselors/

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, LMFT, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Albert Lichtenstein, PhD, LMFT

Albert Lichtenstein PhD, LMFT, Director of Behavioral Services at the Guthrie Clinic Weight Loss Center in Sayre, PA, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, he was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (BCBC).

Dr. Lichtenstein received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University. He has served as Director of Behavioral Services at the Guthrie Weight Loss Center for 12 years. Before that, Dr. Lichtenstein was the Behavioral Science Director at the Guthrie Family Medicine Residency. He is currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the Neuroscience Institute of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. One of Dr. Lichtenstein’s main interests is in using the Balint Method to help physicians, and other healthcare providers, work through difficult relationships with their patients in order to provide compassionate care. He has been President of the American Balint Society and currently serves as General Secretary of the International Balint Federation. Recognizing the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to his fellowship with AABC.

Because of his commitment to bariatric care, AABC awarded him an academic scholarship. His extensive professional training and experience will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/american-association-of-bariatric-counselors/

Debbie Bright-Rahimi, MS, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Debbie Bright-Rahimi, MS

Debbie Bright-Rahimi, a Counselling Psychologist, licensed in South Africa and the United Kingdom, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (BCBC).

Debbie attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and earned a Masters of Social Science, in Psychology. Debbie has 20 years of post-qualification experience and runs a busy private practice in Johannesburg, and online.

Her areas of interest include; Longer-term individual psychotherapy that fosters deeper self-awareness, empowerment, and actualization. Assisting people to understand and overcome compulsive behaviors, including support of bariatric patients and intensive relationship therapy interventions.

Debbie also owns an online psycho-educational platform called “The Shrink On Your Couch”. From this platform, she writes extensively about themes emerging from her relationship therapy and bariatric work. She produces ‘plug-and-play’ online self-help programs, and also provides group coaching. Her flagship offerings are “Relationship Rehab” and “Bariatric Mind Masters”.

Recognizing the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her fellowship with AABC. Because of her commitment to bariatric care, AABC awarded her an academic scholarship. Her extensive professional training and clinical experience will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity and related disorders”.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/american-association-of-bariatric-counselors/

Rosabel Ramos, LPC, Awarded National Bariatric Board Certification

Rosabel Ramos, LPC

Rosabel Ramos, a Licensed Professional Counselor from Laredo, Texas, has been awarded National Board Certification by the American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC). After completing a specialized training and education program in bariatric science, she was recently credentialed as a Board-Certified Bariatric Counselor (BCBC).

Rosabel attended the University of Texas-Pan American and earned an MA in Clinical Psychology. Currently, she is the director of Student Counseling Services at Texas A&M International University. With more than nine years of clinical experience, her areas of expertise include young adults, depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+, codependency, relationships, and chronic trauma. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor and is certified to provide Accelerated Resolution therapy.

Recognizing the need for specialized training in Bariatric Science led to her fellowship with AABC., AABC awarded her an academic scholarship. Her extensive professional training and clinical experience will help fulfill the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care, treatment, and prevention of obesity and related disorders.

Email: glenda@aabc-certification.org
Website: www.aabc-certification.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/aabcorg
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/american-association-of-bariatric-counselors/