Weight problems are a common issue that people seek my help with, and with over half of adults in the UK now over weight it’s an issue worth exploring. In the vast majority of cases I help with people wonder if hypnotherapy might be the magic bullet that will solve their weight issues with a wave of a wand. It’s perfectly reasonable for people to think this as we’ve all seen stage shows where the hypnotist can seemingly make people do anything he wishes with a few select words. To add to this, many unscrupulous therapists promote their therapy as a magically easy instant solution.
I’d like to state plainly that I don’t work in this way, I never have, and never will, because I simply don’t agree with it. I’m not in the business of taking money from people in exchange for magic beans. I genuinely want to help people make tangible changes to their lives and how they feel about themselves, and to help them find permanent ways of solving their problems and relieving their symptoms.
When used in the wrong circumstances or with the wrong person, the effects of hypnosis are minimal at best, or non-existent at worst. Most hypnotherapists try and hide this fact because they want you to pay for some sessions. Incidentally, stage hypnotists don’t just pick anybody from the audience; they select people with a specific psychological profile to take part in the performance.
I’d like to share a story with you if I may about a lady I met through a friend a while ago. The lady in question was struggling to lose weight and asked me if a virtual gastric band might help. If you don’t know what that is, it’s an imaginary gastric band brought about through hypnosis.
Having heard a bit about her background and having made a quick psychological assessment of her, I urged her not to waste her money and try some psychotherapy instead as I believed it would get her the results she was after. She insisted however that the hypnotherapist promised her ‘miracle weight loss’ in just a couple of sessions…for only £350! Sadly she paid the price in more ways than one. Not only did the treatment not work, but because she hadn’t addressed the underlying issues causing her weight problems, she actually ended up putting weight on due to the fact that she inevitably binge ate to alleviate her mood when she didn’t get the result she wanted.
I wanted to share this story with you as a cautionary tale. You’re an intelligent person and you know to be sceptical of quick fixes. It’s not that hypnotherapy doesn’t work, in the right circumstance I’ll use it with a weight loss client, it’s that you want to be cautious of hoping for a quick fix solution. The therapist in question should have made her aware that success was going to be unlikely and suggested some more appropriate alternatives. I suspect however he just wanted to get his hands on the dosh!
Sometimes successfully overcoming various issues and problems requires getting to know yourself and the underlying psychological or emotional processes that may be driving your symptoms. For some people the thought of therapy sounds scary, so I’d like to reassure you that nothing could be further from the truth. I pride myself on providing a friendly, down-to-earth, practical service for helping you overcome your weight problems and take back the control in your life. If you’ve not seen my Sequential Psychotherapy website yet, you’ll find a helpful, easy to understand video that explains how I work. Sometimes hypnosis is part of the process, sometimes it’s not; it’s about finding the right process for you.
"The right therapy process can help you safely and gently get to the bottom of your weight issues, take back the control, and get the results you’ve been looking for."
Whether you want to understand what’s preventing your motivation, or what’s driving you to comfort eat or be compulsive about food, or why you keep putting the weight back on after losing it, the right therapy process can help you safely and gently get to the bottom of your weight issues, take back the control, and get the results you’ve been looking for. Why don’t you get in touch to book your FREE initial consultation and join me at The Bristol Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy Clinic or online over Skype for a chat about your situation and we’ll discuss how to get you to where you want to be.
Have you lost the exact same three stones twice, three times? More? It happened to me and, like most people with a long-term weight problem, I always knew that it wasn’t because I didn’t know about calories or carbohydrates. I knew it was about me: how I felt and thought about myself and my life.
I've tried CBT and other avenues before but Seb’s therapy is definitely better. More firmly based in behavioural science and brain function. It made more sense to me. You have to work at it but once you try things a few times and start seeing results, you just want to carry on. With every session I just felt better and better. I feel like the kind of confident person I always wanted to be.
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