The Skinny On Hypnotherapy

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on print

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 find out more, I sat down with Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, weight loss coach and creator 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 considering that 1776 and has faded in and out of appeal and acceptance since then. Sigmund Freud utilized 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 physicians integrate hypnosis into their practice to help clients handle physical discomfort, break practices and solve deep mental problems.

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

A: I initially discovered hypnosis when I was frantically struggling with my weight and consuming and visited a woman called Dr. Nancy Bonus. She marketed a “non-diet weight-loss program” and called her technique ‘visualization’. It seems that many people call their technique visualization in an effort to avoid any negative connotations formerly related to hypnosis. The reality is, numerous programs using ‘visualization’ are using some version of hypnosis. Nevertheless, the term ‘visualization’ doesn’t effectively explain the power of hypnosis.

The goal with hypnosis is not just to imagine or see something in your mind. The power of hypnosis depends upon the state you’re in when you imagine an outcome and likewise the emotions you have the ability to experience as an outcome of being in a deep, relaxed, trance-like state. The goal with hypnosis is to get past the rational or analytical part of the mind and to access the part of your mind that makes automatic, impulsive, mentally driven choices. With hypnosis, you can help your conscious mind work in harmony with your subconscious mind so that ultimately, you are immediately drawn to brand-new behaviors without needing to think of 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 benefits of weight loss, all of a sudden you have its cooperation. Now your conscious 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 regards to cost and time dedication? Do you use personal sessions by means of internet?

A: Private sessions can vary from $75 to $300 an hour. My per session charge is $150 but I prefer to use six-session plans for $700. I do use training over the phone and I will develop a personalized hypnosis CD for the client after I’ve been working with them for about 3 weeks. The reality is, when it concerns weight-loss, most people will not take advantage of only one session. Weight and consuming problems are really intricate and in some cases begin in infancy. Resolving your weight issue completely usually needs work on psychological triggers, mental triggers, practices, self-talk and self-confidence. It likewise consists of making changes to your environment and frame of mind associated to food, consuming, fun, rewards and weight.

Some clients have experienced injury or abuse that is the root of their weight issue. Food becomes a good friend and excess weight becomes a security blanket. Unless injury is dealt with, the weight and bad consuming practices are likely to resurface again and again, specifically in times of stress. It is possible to solve these problems and take back your power if you are ready to commit to the process.

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

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

Sigmund Freud utilized 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 frantically having a hard time with my weight and consuming and went to see a woman called Dr. Nancy Bonus. The goal with hypnosis is not just to imagine or see something in your mind. The goal with hypnosis is to get past the rational or analytical part of the mind and to access the part of your mind that makes automatic, impulsive, mentally driven choices. With hypnosis, you can help your conscious mind work in harmony with your subconscious mind so that ultimately, you are immediately drawn to brand-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.
Scroll to Top