Weight Control

September 1, 2009 at 8:57 am

by Clementine O’Shaughnessy, Clinical Hypnotherapist

Dear Clementine,

I have struggled with my weight for years and now feel desperate to be a normal size. Even though I exercise and try to choose healthy food, somehow my size just creeps up every year. I feel my confidence and relationships are affected by my size and I want to feel sexy again. Ive heard that hypnotherapy can help me to loose the excess weight and more importantly, keep it off. Is this true and if so, how does it work?


I sympathise with your situation. You are not alone with this problem as 46% of men and 32% of women in England are overweight at the moment.

Being over weight not only effects your morale and self esteem, but it seriously effects your health. These health risks include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer etc.

Over-eating is often a pattern of behaviour that responds well to hypnotherapy as often people tend to over-eat in an unconscious way. This leads them to consume more calories than they are aware of. Also, eating as a way of comforting themselves also leads to weight gain.

In the therapy we will look at all the areas concerning food i.e learning to eat only when hungry, sorting out emotional stress, issues around rewarding yourself with food, childhood beliefs such as ”eating all on your plate to please the cook” or ”eating so you don’t get ill”, self image as an over weight person, the preference of sweet or fatty foods, portion size, learning to feel full, consciously eating, the belief that sensible eating is deprivation, fear of scales, exercise and physical activity, bringing down anxiety so thoughts of food are less, learning to think positively about yourself, ways to motivate toward goals, learning how to keep weight off, using the imagination to  see yourself thiner, learning to feel confident and in control of your life etc.

The therapy is positive, goal orientated and relaxing. It takes 8 sessions which are weeky to start and then spread out as you make progress. We aim to loose 2lbs a week.

The sessions cost £50 each or £350 for the 8 week programme.


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