Professional certificate CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based interventions for weight management

30 CPD hours – Starting Tuesday 8th March 2022 – 11 weeks

Places are limited to 10 participants.

Time: 10 am – 1pm for 10 weeks (10 am – 1 pm GMT (+1) / 5 am – 8 am EDT / 4 am – 7 am CDT / 3 am – 7 am MDT / 2 am – 5 am PDT / 7pm – 10pm AEST)

EARLY BIRD available until 21st February 2022

Full price € 1200

Early Bird € 990 (until 21st February, for full payment)

Payment option 1:

€ 100 deposit to secure your place

€ 1100 by 5th March 2022

Payment option 2:

€ 100 deposit to secure your place

€ 400 by 5th March 2022 followed by 3 monthly instalments of € 300

This training will provide you with a step-by-step implementable programme and you will learn interventions to help your clients make changes to their behavior and their cognition around developing a healthy lifestyle.

In addition, you’ll get the tools to help your clients overcome dysfunctional beliefs related to deprivation, and thoughts that sabotage their motivation and sense of self-efficacy.

Structured step by step programme

A structured programme organised into modules that are based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing.

The programme provides you with worksheets and psychoeducational material to help your clients achieve lasting behaviour changes and reach their goals.

Be part of a team

After completing the certification programme you will be part of a team that is dedicated to helping their clients make lasting lifestyle changes to support their weight management using the latest psychological tools.

As part of the team, you will receive ongoing support in delivering and marketing the programme to new and existing clients.

Expand your practice

Provide a new service to your existing clients and attract new clients who are looking to make changes to their lifestyle, manage their weight, and create healthy habits.

The skills you will take away from this training will help you to provide true transformation for your clients, in a non-judgemental and supportive manner.

This workshop is for professionals who work with clients helping them manage their weight, improve self-efficacy, and make behaviour and belief changes to facilitate a healthy attitude towards their lifestyle and body image.

Learning outcome

  • Using appropriate CBT interventions to restructure dysfunctional beliefs and behaviours
  • Effective communication with a client applying Motivational Interviewing skills
  • Understanding how to effectively set goals for weight management
  • Mindfulness and how to apply it to weight management. Learning of mindfulness exercises
  • Understand habit-forming and habit changing, neuroscience and neuroplasticity
  • Helping clients overcome ambivalence about change
  • Helping clients work through emotions and how to separate emotions from food
  • How to help a client strengthen self-efficacy
  • Managing expectations and maintenance

Training outline

  • Theoretical background to CBT/MI/Mindfulness and research on weight loss
  • Counselling skills applied to weight management
  • Solution-focused and positive psychology approach
  • Holistically addressing physical, emotional, mental and environmental issues
  • Helping a client change habits and neuroscience of habit change
  • Intake of a new client – laying the foundation – assessments and asking the right questions
  • Preparing the client for change – psychoeducation & nutrition
  • Goal setting for weight loss,  identifying and overcoming triggers
  • Mindfulness for weight management
  • Emotional Eating, disordered eating
  • Emotional & physical hunger, reducing episodes of binge eating
  • Overcoming sabotaging thoughts and changing behaviours
  • Maintenance of habit changes
  • Presentations of case studies

Professionals such as:



Nutritional Therapists

Health & Fitness Coaches

Medical professionals

Beck Institute

About Susi Lodola

Susi is a fully accredited Psychotherapist with IACP in private practice. She has completed many years of study in psychology, psychotherapy, and holds a Masters in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy & Motivational Interviewing. Through her extensive studies combined with her own incredible weight loss and fitness journey, she has developed an interest in helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle and lose weight. This has led her to develop the MIND OVER BODY WEIGHT Management Programme.

Susi has also attended a 3-day workshop at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, where she updated her skills in CBT for weight loss with the most eminent expert in the field, Dr. Judith Beck. The Beck Institute is the home of CBT and Dr. Aaron Beck was one of the founders of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

She is a regular contributor to articles in the Irish Times on various mental health issues and have also featured in the Irish Independent, Irish Daily Mail and Irish Daily Star, as well as on Matt Cooper, Today FM and Dublin City FM, and have been a contributor on “Ireland AM” on various topics around mental health.

Her interest and dedication to helping people overcome disordered eating has led to the development of a training course for health professionals, such as Psychotherapists, Nutritionists, and Health & Fitness coaches. The courses are approved by the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) for CPD hours.

During her training, she worked with a broad range of clients including adults, children and teens on a wide range of issues. She also worked with AWARE as a volunteer from 2012 until 2016 as a supporter for the Life Skills Online Program. This programme used Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to help people with depression and anxiety.

Training courses available are:

2-day workshop on applying CBT & MI for weight management in clinical practice

11-week certification programme including the licence to use the Mind over Body Weight management programme.

Testimonials from professionals who attended the CBT & MI workshops

Dr Helen O’Brien -nutritional therapist

I just wanted to send you my sincerest thanks for the most fantastic day of training last Wednesday. I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it. I absolutely loved your honest, compassionate and  supportive approach to your clients and to your teaching of us -which shone throughout the whole day.
I’ve been a nutritional therapist now for over 25 years mostly supporting clients with tummy problems, menopausal symptoms and general immune issues. And I’ve often realized that there are big gaps in what I’m doing. I’ve always been a very prescriptive style of practitioner and while I know this very works very well for the clients who need that kind of support- I know I would love to educate myself to be able to give them more ongoing support. I’ve recently started offering 12-week programs for clients instead of one-off sessions and the great thing is that the clients have benefited greatly – we’ve got to know each other better throughout the sessions and it’s been fantastic. So I would love to continue this type of longer connection to the client as I think it’s a great benefit to them and to myself as well.
Thank you again for most fantastic day Susi-It was absolutely brilliant!

Samantha Doyle -Psychotherapist

 I attended a two-day workshop on Weightloss & Management using CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Interventions.

I have a wonderful experience on this training course and Susi is a wonderful trainer and presenter.

I learned a lot about the reasons why traditional weight loss programme’s have never worked long term for me and new techniques during this training course to overcome this.

I found that Susi was very helpful and put a lot of work into the content and delivery of this course and gave practical examples and demonstrations of how to apply this in real life with clients and for myself.

Susi gave me a huge amount of information based on research and is very supportive and encouraging. I highly recommend this course to anyone including psychotherapists, counsellors, nutritionists or anyone working with clients that are struggling with Weightloss and management, as this training course will equip you with the knowledge and interventions to help you and your clients to achieve weight loss successfully and maintain your results.

Thank you Susi for a very informative and practical training as I now feel confident in working with clients with weight loss for better successful and lasting outcomes.

Martina Fitzpatrick -Psychotherapist

I attended Susi’s two-day workshop on Weight Management using CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness Interventions.

From a personal and a professional point of view the workshop is informative and enjoyable.

There is depth to the understanding and application of the process in working with clients.

Susi’s knowledge, experience, warm personality and passion for this area is very evident….even through Zoom.

Highly recommended!

Melissa Hanley – Psychotherapist

I have attended Susi’s first two day IACP accredited workshop on applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing with clients to support them in changing their lifestyle and to lose weight. Susi was a fantastic presenter and the content of the workshop was not only evidence based research but reflected on people’s experiences also. I am eager to implement the skills and what I have learned from Susi in my clinical practice to help my clients gain insight into their relationship with food and overall well-being. Thank you susi for providing not only your knowledge in this area but for a really engaging and interesting workshop. I can highly recommend this to nutritionists, dieticians, nurses, counselors and psychotherapists to inform their practice. Thanks susi

Frances Walsh – Psychotherapist

I attended Susi’s first 2-day IACP accredited workshop on applying CBT and MI in working with clients with issues around food/weight. Susi is a very engaging trainer, the materials she presented are well researched and evidence-based, and the workshop was interactive and informative. The training will be particularly helpful for psychotherapists or nutritional therapists in working with clients with emotional eating behaviours and in changing mindsets to decrease sabotaging behaviours. Thank you Susi

Toni Woodman  – Psychotherapist

This is an amazing 2-day workshop and very good value for money.
The logic of using CBT principles of learning theory to modify unwanted eating behaviours is impressive in its simplicity.
It helps us take control of the ways we use foods, not only to satisfy our hungry but to meet many emotional needs.
Susi shares her vast experience and knowledge in a most interesting and professional way making it simple and fun to take more control of this part of our lives – a well worthwhile two days.

Barbara Edwards – Life Coach

I am delighted that I decided to attend Susi’s workshop. I got so much from it and I can’t wait to implement it through my coaching practice here in Donegal. Susi delivers in such a relaxed and informative way making the learning a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable process. Highly recommended. Thank you so much Susi

Aine Connaire – Psychotherapist

I just attended Susi’s mind over body workshop for professionals and would highly recommend it to any psychotherapists or nutritionists who are interested in learning more about how to help their clients develop a healthy lifestyle and improve their relationship with themselves and their health. I learnt so much and gained loads of information and tools that I am looking forward to using with my clients in my own work as a psychotherapist. Thanks Susi!

Olivia Beck – Nutritionist

Susi is very knowledgeable about the role CBT plays in weight management. As a practitioner, she’s given me practical tools that I can utilise in my business as a Nutritionist.