2018 ObesityHelp Conference Emcee: Diana Vogel, MS, LMFT

Mother, Wife, Licensed Therapist, Motivational Speaker, Educator, Advocate, Doctorate Student

As a psychotherapist, Diana Vogel believes in the power of change, and that everyone is capable of achieving it. She is walking proof that meeting our goals, and succeeding ones own expectations, can be a reality.

Diana is passionate about balancing life through stress, anxiety and depression management. The focus of her work is to help clients overcome and manage the emotional stressors that keep them from achieving lifelong goals and finding ultimate happiness.

In addition to working with individuals and couples, Diana specializes in working with weight loss surgery patients. As a Doctorate student, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology in Irvine California, the focus of her research revolves around the various ways in which weight loss surgery impacts marriage and the family unit as a whole. One of her favorite life mottos is, “It’s not what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you!“.

As a weight loss surgery patient herself, Diana is excited to bring two important perspectives of this journey to her work; a personal side, as well as a professional side. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight since having weight loss surgery in 2011, Diana is also a two-time marathon finisher.

Diana works in a private practice setting (both in office and online) in Southern California. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Education and Psychology and is the resident relationship expert every Wednesday night on DASH Network radio Lip Service show out of Hollywood Ca. In addition to being a national conference speaker, professional panelist, and group facilitator, Diana conducts psychological interviews with prospective weight loss surgery patients for insurance approval and is a member of the Obesity Action Coalition. You can also catch Diana on two seasons of TLC’s My 600 Lb Life!

Diana is passionate about creating change in peoples lives, but more importantly, she believes in the power of good mental health as the key to unlocking long-term success.

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Visit Diana's website:  www.dianavogellmft.com

Friday Opener: 9:30am – 11:15am, Santa Rosa Ballrooms A & B

Mix & Mingle

Diana has been the ObesityHelp National Conference Emcee and Conference Facilitator since 2014; she keeps the conference running smoothly and helps ensure that everyone has a great time! Don't miss the Friday Mix 'n Mingle with Diana; she'll be kicking off OH2018 with games, fantastic prizes and giveaways! You’ll have a chance to break the ice with fellow conference attendees before sessions begin.

Saturday Opener: 9:00am – 9:30am, Santa Rosa Ballrooms A & B

Welcome Ceremony

We will jump start our Saturday Morning in a Welcome Ceremony with Diana. This will be the official ceremony where we will be continuing to celebrate our 20th year of our national conference with more games, fantastic prizes and bigger giveaways! She will follow up by introducing our panel for the Fireside Chat on Defusing Regain Triggers.

Fireside Chat: Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am, Santa Rosa Ballrooms A & B

Mental Health Fireside Chat: Defusing Regain Triggers

Losing weight after bariatric surgery is amazing and life-changing! However, with the good, there is also a life-long worry that comes into play: WEIGHT REGAIN.

Regain isn’t always about a surgery malfunction, sometimes the culprit is psychological. We’ve brought together a group of mental health professionals that are dedicated to helping bariatric patients face the fear of regaining and learning to defuse common regain triggers. It doesn’t matter which part of the journey you are in, this Q&A panel will be packed full of helpful information that will help you for the long-haul.