Does Hypnoband Work?
The truth behind Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy
If you have struggled with your weight for many years, you might be tempted to use Hypnotherapy to help you lose weight. A few years ago, the Hypnotic Gastric Band made it’s first appearance in the Hypnotherapist’s practice. Since then it has grown in popularity due to it’s promise of helping people to eat less and to have the benefits of having a virtual gastric band fitted, without the risks of surgery.
I was one of two hypnotherapists in Scotland at that time to embrace this new idea and since then I have helped many clients to lose weight but I thought it was time to write a post to help people understand more about Hypnoband. Both about what it does and what it doesn’t do.
Does Hypnoband suit everyone?
I always attempt to match my clients with the best technique and approach for them. I don’t simply use one technique with everyone. Years of experience of helping people to lose weight has shown me that each client has a different problem with their weight and therefore the therapy must be tailored to each unique person attending for Hypnotherapy.
So my quick answer to this question is…. No, it isn’t suitable for everyone.
If you’re thinking about having Hypnoband then it’s best to have a short chat on the phone with the therapist first. The therapist can ask you some questions which will give them some information that can save you some time and potentially money! Any good Hypnotherapist will be honest with you and will not take you on to do Hypnoband if they don’t think it’s going to suit you.
What happens if i choose to have hypnoband?
The Hypnoband is a standardised approach that involves four to six sessions of Hypnotherapy focussed on helping prepare you to experience a virtual gastric band operation.
Session one – This session is an assessment where the therapist asks you some questions about your health and eating habits.
Session two/three – This the first session of Hypnosis, where the therapist introduces you to Trance and gives you some specific suggestions to help you to get into the ethos of the Gastric Band. The therapist also helps you understand your thinking problems with food through using a CBT style technique.
Session Four/Five – These sessions are used to prepare you and then take you through the “virtual operation”
Final Session – This session is a follow up session to check how you are doing. There is also the possibility to make an adjustment to your band if necessary.
Hypnoband works extremely well for some people. Especially for those people who simply partake of large portions of food at meal times. I works by helping the unconscious eating patterns. However it is not recommended for people who have eating disorders, thyroid problems and other physical health issues which cause obesity. Some medications are also know to cause obesity and increased appetite.
What can I do instead of Hypnoband?
Other Hypnotherapy approaches for Weight Loss are sometimes more effective for some people.
When I take on a new client I want to find out what is the root of the problem and what is actually causing the overeating and to help them to deal with it.
It’s necessary to look at all aspects of the problem. I will ask questions about stress, relationships, self esteem and confidence, emotional issues and other important questions to help me to formulate a series of sessions to treat the problem in the best way.
Often feelings such as loneliness and especially emptiness, can lead to overeating. I try to assess my clients needs and help them to achieve what they want. I truly believe that addressing these issues gives the best chance of long term weight loss with Hypnotherapy.
Therapy can be challenging
Sometimes clients will choose Hypnoband because they see it as a bit of a quick fix. It simply doesn’t go into the depths that I go to with clients who choose my other approaches.
Let’s be honest, the thought of crying in a therapy session and exploring emotions is not always a comfortable one. Especially because many of us are brought up to keep our emotions private and suppressed. Therapy can be challenging at times. It can challenge the beliefs you have about food for instance and can cause you to question things in your life but I think it’s worth the tears. After all, the tears are already sitting under the surface just waiting for an opportunity to help you to change and become more comfortable.
Tears are a natural expression of sadness, loneliness, frustration and even anger, as well as happiness. These are exactly the kind of feelings I help my clients to handle differently rather than reaching for the chocolate, crisps, cake or ice-cream.
If you are brave enough to enter the therapy room, and yes, it takes some courage in the beginning, you’re likely to feel a great sense of relief and will learn a lot about yourself and how to better cope with your life. I will take good care of you. I am supportive and compassionate. Having been a therapist for over fifteen years, there’s almost nothing I haven’t heard about in the therapy room. I am not easily shocked and I don’t judge anyone for the things that happen in their life. We are all just trying to survive after all and find a little bit of happiness.
Your mind has an abundance of resources and capabilities that you’re unaware of and using hypnotherapy can uncover these resources and literally reroute the patterns of your brain. Eating habits can be altered to allow you to lose weight. I don’t encourage clients to diet. Instead I measure success in habit change which supports weight loss.
If you have struggled with your weight for many years and want to do things differently, then there are Hypnotherapists around who can help. I can normally offer a clients a session within a week or so but i can also help you decide if it’s the right thing for you through having a short phone discussion. There really is nothing to fear. Give me, Rae Jenson, a call on 01506 830190.
When you start to think about finding a Hypnotherapist, you may find yourself asking these questions:
- Who is the best hypnotherapist in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Linlithgow or West Lothian?
- Are they safe/how well trained are they?
- What success rates do they have?
- How many hypnotherapy sessions do I need?
- How much does hypnotherapy cost?
- What happens in a session, do I lose control?
- Do they have experience of my problem?Well…I am going to answer these questions for you.
Who is the best hypnotherapist in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Linlithgow or West Lothian?
Lets start with regulation
When you look for a Hypnotherapist, you should choose someone who is CNHC registered. This means that they are regulated and therefore your Hypnotherapist must follow strict rules about how they work. These rules cover things such as keeping confidentiality, working in a safe and ethical way and ensuring they are trained to work with your particular problem. They also have to be fully insured. You can find out if your hypnotherapist is regulated by searching for their name on the CNHC register. If they are not registered, then this means that they are not regulated. Therefore choosing a therapist who isn’t regulated means your therapist may not be well trained, so you might be wasting your money or they do not want to be held accountable if there is a problem with your treatment. Although there are therapists who are not registered and are safe, the CNHC registration reduces your chances of being treated by someone who has only had a few days training or being treated by a stage hypnotist who hasn’t actually trained as a therapist.
Next their qualifications
You should choose a Hypnotherapist who holds the HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma) as well as another Diploma in Hypnotherapy such as Dip AHMT, Dip HYP, Dip CAH, Dip HYP. Anyone who holds the HPD qualification has received a nationally accredited minimum level of training, ensuring that they have produced a written portfolio of work of high enough quality and passed practical exercises to the standard required. Often therapists specialise in particular problems and they should hold additional qualifications in the area in which they specialise. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Sometimes therapists will claim that they have certain success rates but you should be very wary of any therapist who gives you a figure. This is because if a new therapist had only seen one client for smoking cessation and that client stopped for a few weeks but never stayed in touch with the therapist afterwards, then the therapist could say that they had 100% success rate in smoking cessation. Of course this is ridiculous because firstly, they have only had one client. Other therapists might have seen thousands of clients, so it’s not fair or accurate and secondly: because the client may have started smoking again a few weeks later but the therapist doesn’t know this then it’s actually not a success.
To be able to offer success rates, a therapist would have to stay in touch and check up with every client, client every year. They would also have to keep records of every person they have ever seen to be able to work out a percentage and hold evidence of this. Then at what point can you truly say that something is a success? one week of being a non smoker, six weeks, one year, six years? Hopefully you are now seeing the problem in giving success rates for therapy.
How many sessions do I need?
This is a question we are often asked. People want to know how much therapy is going to cost them financially and in time. The responsible and ethical answer to it, is to be honest and say it is not possible to tell you exactly how many sessions are required. This is because:
- Each person will respond differently to Hypnotherapy depending on a number of different factors such as their brain structure, their lifestyle, how often they practice self hypnosis, the severity of the problem, the complexity of the problem, their ability to introduce new routines into their lives and many other factors.
- Everyone’s brain is different and some people can change a habit after one or two sessions, whilst for others it can take many more.
- Generally if you are willing to put in the time on self hypnosis, you are more likely to get a quicker result than if you simply depend on the sessions alone.
Some therapists will tell you that you will only need one session, whilst others will say six but really it’s not possible for anyone to tell you exactly how many sessions are going to rid you of the problem.
However, here are some guidelines to think about:
Weight problems and Eating Disorders are often complex and can require a lot of investigation and the person might need to address a variety of problems that cause the weight problem. They might need to address eating habits, self esteem issues and addictions for example. Whilst someone who is suffering from Anxiety may only require a few sessions to calm them down and offer some strategies. Smoking cessation can often be successful when done in one session for some people but others will require five or six sessions. Some phobias can be sorted out quickly whilst others can be the result of deeper issues that need to be addressed. Depression, PTSD and OCD can also take a number of sessions to help someone to feel better.
Some therapists offer discounts when you book six sessions all at once but what if you only need two, Do you really think it’s in their interest to give you your money back? or keep you coming back for the six that you booked?
What we suggest is that you pay for each session as you attend it, then you can be the best judge of how things feel to you and make your own decision about how many sessions you think you need, based on your own results.
Be aware that you have the right to stop therapy at any time.
Come back soon for part two next week.