The Skinny On Hypnosis

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

I admit, I didn’t understand much about hypnotherapy, specifically for weight loss. To discover 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 been around because 1776 and has actually faded in and out of popularity and approval since then. Sigmund Freud used hypnosis in his practice and his theory of psychoanalysis was formed based upon a few of the important things he liked and didn’t like about hypnosis. Many therapists and physicians integrate hypnosis into their practice to help clients manage physical pain, break routines and fix deep mental issues.

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

A: I initially learnt about hypnosis when I was desperately struggling with my weight and eating and visited a lady called Dr. Nancy Bonus. She marketed a “non-diet weight loss program” and called her method ‘visualization’. It appears that many individuals call their method visualization in an attempt to avoid any negative undertones formerly connected with hypnosis. The truth is, lots of programs utilizing ‘visualization’ are utilizing some variation of hypnosis. The term ‘visualization’ doesn’t effectively describe the power of hypnosis.

The goal 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, spontaneous, emotionally driven decisions. With hypnosis, you can help your mindful mind work in consistency with your subconscious mind so that ultimately, you are automatically drawn to new behaviors without having to believe about it or utilize determination.

Q: Why would an individual select hypnotherapy as a way of promoting weight loss?

You can reprogram that part of the mind to look forward to health, fitting in smaller sized clothes, dancing, playing, getting off medication and all the other advantages of weight loss, all of a sudden you have its cooperation. Now your mindful and subconscious mind are working together. The subconscious mind appears to rebel versus guidelines, however it loves rewards.

Q: What would a private session involve in regards to expenditure and time dedication? Do you use personal sessions via internet?

A: Private sessions can vary from $75 to $300 an hour. My per session charge is $150 however I prefer to use six-session packages for $700. I do use training over the phone and I will create a tailored hypnosis CD for the client after I’ve been dealing with them for about three weeks. The truth is, when it pertains to weight loss, the majority of people will not take advantage of just one session. Weight and eating issues are really complicated and sometimes start in infancy. Resolving your weight problem completely generally needs deal with emotional triggers, mental triggers, routines, self-talk and self-confidence. It also consists of making modifications to your environment and frame of mind related to food, eating, fun, rewards and weight.

Some clients have experienced injury or abuse that is the root of their weight problem. Unless injury is dealt with, the weight and bad eating routines are most likely to resurface once again and once again, specifically in times of tension.

Q: Could an individual get the advantages of hypnotherapy by themselves and how?

A person can definitely take advantage of utilizing a CD recording of a hypnosis session. CD’s frequently work great for inspiration and focus and staying on track with new goals. CD’s can also help you break routines. A self-motivated person with little or no past injury or abuse may discover that a CD is sufficient to obtain their goals. Nevertheless if the CD alone appears to stop working or lose effectiveness it may be either time for a new CD or time to see an expert who can help you overcome roadblocks that may be standing in their way of gaining the complete advantages of hypnosis. Self-sabotage can also be a factor in the effectiveness of hypnosis. If an individual holds core beliefs such as “I don’t be worthy of good things, I’m useless, Why trouble, People will believe I’m snooty, slutty, selfish, etc.” then hypnosis alone may not suffice to overcome those beliefs. My book, From Sabotage to Success uses a wide array of tools for conquering self-sabotage.

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 initially discovered out about hypnosis when I was desperately having a hard time with my weight and eating and went to see a lady called Dr. Nancy Bonus. The goal with hypnosis is not just to see or think of something in your mind. The goal 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, spontaneous, emotionally driven decisions. With hypnosis, you can help your mindful mind work in consistency with your subconscious mind so that ultimately, you are automatically drawn to new behaviors without having to believe about it or utilize determination.

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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