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, especially for weight loss. The results are indisputable. So to find out more, I took a seat with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, weight loss coach and creator of Donate Your Weight (www.donateyourweight.com) to get the skinny. Here’s what she informed me:
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 psychological issues.
Q: What is your story as it refers to hypnotherapy? Why were you drawn to it?
A: I initially found out 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 prevent any unfavorable 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 not just to see or think of something in your mind. The power of hypnosis depends on the state you’re in when you picture an outcome and also the feelings you are able to experience as a result of being in a deep, relaxed, trance-like state. The goal with hypnosis is to get past the analytical or sensible 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 conscious mind operate in harmony with your subconscious mind so that eventually, you are automatically drawn to new behaviors without needing to think about it or utilize determination.
Q: Why would an individual select hypnotherapy as a way of promoting weight loss?
A: An excellent reason to select hypnotherapy as a way of promoting weight loss is since hypnosis helps you get past the critical aspect and gain access to that part of the mind (the old brain) that’s like a little brat and firmly insists, “I want cookies, I want sweet, I don’t wish to exercise.” That old brain (amygdala) desires instant gratification and rewards, it doesn’t care about effects or logic. You can reprogram that part of the mind to anticipate health, fitting in smaller sized clothes, dancing, playing, leaving medication and all the other advantages of weight loss, all of a sudden you have its cooperation. Now your conscious and subconscious mind are collaborating. Your subconscious mind doesn’t care about good or bad, should or should not, right or incorrect. In reality, the subconscious mind appears to rebel versus rules, 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 range from $75 to $300 an hour. My per session charge is $150 however I choose 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 requires deal with psychological triggers, psychological triggers, routines, self-talk and self-confidence. It also consists of making modifications to your environment and state 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, especially in times of tension.
Q: Could an individual get the advantages of hypnotherapy on their own and how?
An individual can definitely benefit from utilizing a CD recording of a hypnosis session. 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. If an individual holds core beliefs such as “I don’t be worthy of good things, I’m worthless, Why trouble, People will believe I’m snooty, slutty, selfish, etc.” then hypnosis alone may not be adequate 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 initially discovered out about hypnosis when I was desperately struggling 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 analytical or sensible 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 conscious mind work in harmony with your subconscious mind so that eventually, you are automatically drawn to new behaviors without having to believe about it or utilize determination.