The Skinny On Hypnotherapy

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With Sheri O. Zampelli, M.S., CCH Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist An Interview By Laura M. Turner, CHHP

I confess, I didn’t know much about hypnotherapy, particularly for weight loss. To find out more, I sat down with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, weight loss coach and developer of Donate Your Weight (www.donateyourweight.com) to get the skinny.

Q: Sheri, What is the background or history of hypnotherapy?

A: Modern hypnosis is said to have actually been around because 1776 and has actually faded in and out of appeal and acceptance since then. Sigmund Freud used hypnosis in his practice and his theory of psychoanalysis was formed based on a few of the things he liked and didn’t like about hypnosis. Many therapists and doctors incorporate hypnosis into their practice to help clients handle physical discomfort, break practices and solve deep psychological problems.

Q: What is your story as it refers to hypnotherapy? Why were you drawn to it?

A: I at first discovered hypnosis when I was desperately having problem with my weight and eating and went to see a woman named Dr. Nancy Bonus. She marketed a “non-diet weight-loss program” and called her technique ‘visualization’. It seems that lots of people call their technique visualization in an attempt to avoid any unfavorable undertones formerly associated with hypnosis. The fact is, lots of programs utilizing ‘visualization’ are utilizing some version of hypnosis. The term ‘visualization’ doesn’t properly describe the power of hypnosis.

The objective with hypnosis is not just to see or imagine something in your mind. The power of hypnosis depends on the state you’re in when you imagine an outcome and also the feelings you have the ability to experience as a result of being in a deep, unwinded, trance-like state. The objective with hypnosis is to surpass the logical or analytical part of the mind and to access the part of your mind that makes automatic, impulsive, mentally driven decisions. With hypnosis, you can help your mindful mind operate in harmony with your subconscious mind so that ultimately, you are immediately drawn to new habits without needing to think about it or use willpower.

Q: Why would a person choose hypnotherapy as a means of promoting weight-loss?

You can reprogram that part of the mind to look forward to health, fitting in smaller clothing, dancing, playing, getting off medication and all the other benefits of weight loss, suddenly you have its cooperation. Now your mindful and subconscious mind are working together. The subconscious mind seems to rebel against rules, but it enjoys rewards.

Q: What would a private session involve in terms of cost and time dedication? Do you provide personal sessions via internet?

A: Private sessions can vary from $75 to $300 an hour. My per session fee is $150 but I prefer to provide six-session bundles for $700. I do provide training over the phone and I will create a personalized hypnosis CD for the customer after I’ve been dealing with them for about three weeks. The fact is, when it concerns weight-loss, many people will not benefit from just one session. Weight and eating problems are really complex and sometimes begin in infancy. Solving your weight problem completely normally needs work on emotional triggers, psychological triggers, practices, self-talk and self-esteem. It also consists of making modifications to your environment and frame of mind related to food, eating, fun, rewards and weight.

Some clients have actually experienced trauma or abuse that is the root of their weight problem. Food ends up being a good friend and excess weight ends up being a security blanket. Unless trauma is resolved, the weight and poor eating practices are likely to resurface once again and once again, particularly in times of tension. It is possible to solve these problems and take back your power if you are ready to dedicate to the process.

Q: Could a person get the benefits of hypnotherapy on their own and how?

A person can absolutely benefit from utilizing a CD recording of a hypnosis session. If the CD alone seems to stop working or lose efficiency it may be either time for a new CD or time to see a specialist who can help you overcome obstructions that may be standing in their method of gaining the full benefits of hypnosis. If a person holds core beliefs such as “I do not should have great things, I’m worthless, Why bother, People will believe I’m snooty, slutty, selfish, etc.” then hypnosis alone might not be sufficient to overcome those beliefs.

Sigmund Freud used hypnosis in his practice and his theory of psychoanalysis was formed based on some of the things he liked and didn’t like about hypnosis. A: I at first discovered out about hypnosis when I was desperately struggling with my weight and eating and went to see a woman named Dr. Nancy Bonus. The objective with hypnosis is not just to see or imagine something in your mind. The objective with hypnosis is to get past the logical or analytical part of the mind and to access the part of your mind that makes automatic, impulsive, mentally driven decisions. With hypnosis, you can help your mindful mind work in harmony with your subconscious mind so that ultimately, you are immediately drawn to new habits without having to believe about it or use willpower.

Susan Campbell
Susan Campbell
Susan is a freelance writer covering hypnotherapy, hypnosis and general health and wellbeing topics. Susan also writes about NLP and PSYCH-K.

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