Dr. Bridin McKenna, a clinical psychologist from Belfast, Ireland, 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 (CBC).
Dr. McKenna is a highly experienced clinical psychotherapist with a post-graduate diploma in neurolinguistics psychotherapy. Founder and lead therapist at Life Therapies Clinic in Belfast, she is recognized as a leading eating disorder clinician, obesity specialist, trainer, speaker and consultant. As an advocate for people who struggle to manage their weight, she is driving awareness of obesity-related stigma and weight phobia to educate and inform health professionals and public health campaigns about the consequences of this bias. She is uniquely qualified to offer psychiatric and psychological pre-bariatric surgery assessments and is passionate about informing and educating on the dangers to patients who seek these life changing surgeries abroad.
In addition, Dr. McKenna is an alumnus of the 2018 Train the Trainer in Obesity Prevention and Management with the European Association for the Study of Obesity. She was approved by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as an affiliate trainer for the National Centre for Eating Disorders and was honored to deliver their Master Practitioner Program for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Ireland.
Recognizing Dr. McKenna’s, professional stature, unique training, vast clinical experience, and dedication to public health, AABC awarded her a fellowship scholarship for our certification program. Her Board Certification as a CBC will further the AABC global mission of providing best practices in the care and treatment and prevention of obesities and related disorders.