A warm, empowering group environment
Slimming World’s unique group support system is a rich weave of individual support in a powerfully motivating group setting. It avoids any criticism, control or judgement and uses elements of behaviour–change techniques including Transactional Analysis, Motivational Interviewing and the influence of ego states on behaviour to help people overcome their personal barriers to change and to avoid relapse.
At Slimming World we call this positive support structure IMAGE (Individual Motivation And Group Experience) Therapy.
Based on a deep understanding of the psychology of overweight people, our support system is designed to increase the confidence and self–esteem of our members, while equipping them with tools to develop lasting self–determined behaviour change.
Our support is based on the belief that the burden carried by overweight people is two–fold. There’s the burden of excess weight itself, but there’s also a far heavier burden to be lifted – that of shame, self–criticism and poor self–esteem. For many overweight people, successful long–term weight loss can only be achieved by tackling these deeper emotional issues and this support is only effective when it’s delivered with genuine warmth, compassion, empathy, respect and understanding.
We have a sincere belief in the power of group support – the power for individuals to support and be supported, to inspire and be inspired, and to take members through the phases of commitment to change. IMAGE Therapy guides members through psychological and behavioural commitment, reinforcing these consistently until behaviour becomes intrinsic, ie it has become important to our members and they’re no longer dependent on the group to receive reward or praise.