San Diego Hypnotist

Advocating Mental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual Fitness

The Power Of HypnoTherapy!

virginia-n3.jpgIs listening to a CD as powerful as having a one-on-one session with a present therapist? Note the purposeful use of the word Present. There is nothing worse than having a session with a therapist whose mind is elsewhere. That said…today I’ll talk about one-on-one, interactive sessions. That means that you and your hypnotherapist are in intentional communication with the goal of resolving some obstacle holding you back somehow. I typically use interactive sessions with clients who’ve been overweight since childhood, have more than sixty pounds to lose, and/or are running self-sabotage systems. In these populations there can oftentimes be found deeper underlying issues to get past, before they can embark successfully on the transformational journey of weight loss.

The first two are self-explanatory, but let me illustrate the third – The Self-Saboteurs. This is the gal (or guy) who says she wants to lose weight but can’t give up cookies – NO MATTER WHAT. Now I actually had a client tell me that, about chocolate chip cookies. She started our first session with this statement, “I’ve been through loads of counseling, and even had fights with my therapists – no one is going to make me give up chocolate chip cookies. No one!” This gal was in her fifties, an educated woman (most of our clients are professional people – this lady was a teacher), she had about seventy pounds to lose, and she had emotional strings to cookies. In her case, as it was rather severe, I didn’t believe listening to CDs alone was going to cut it. I DID have her listen to CDs, mostly (at first) for the repeated hypnosis conditioning, creating that supportive cheerleading section in her head, and continued positive reinforcement for the work we were going to be doing.

In our one-on-one hypnosis work, we found out that when she was a child – it almost always goes back to childhood – her mom was manic-depressive. Back then (1940’s-1950’s) people didn’t get on psych medication so easily as they do now. Since her mom was not on any medication her vicious mood swings posed a real threat to her five children. For example, on several occasions when fighting with dad, this mom threatened to kill the kids – IN FRONT OF THE KIDS! She was almost always mean to everyone, except for once in awhile, when she was feeling good, and during those times she showed her motherly love by baking…(sing out in unison) Chocolate Chip Cookies.

My poor client cried hysterically as she dug up a good portion of her emotional damage. As a result of her mom’s strange behavior (well not so strange for a manic-depressive) my client had emotionally associated chocolate chip cookies with all kinds of warm and fuzzies – love, calmness, kindness, acceptance, safety, security. Scary stuff, huh? You might wonder if my job entails hearing scary stuff like this all the time – YES. More often than you’d think.

Back to the client. By revisiting the cause of her obsession, we were able to dissolve the hold it had on her. Imagine the hidden cause as a an angry BOIL, festering like an evil abscess inside her psyche, making her behave in ways that made no sense to the outside world. Nor even to herself, for that matter, for she had no conscious recollection of what was leading her to obsess on cookies. She thought she was born a cookie monster. Now, imagine the work we did was equivalent to lancing that boil. We went through a lot of muck and mire but you have to squeeze it clean. Then it can heal, good as new. That day, after the tears were dried up, I gave her a particularly powerful CD to rebuild her self-esteem and raise her feelings of self-worth. Now cleansed, the CD would be the ointment to strengthen ego, and quicken healing.

She returned the following week and happily reported she hadn’t had a cookie all week! We have a saying, You can’t un-see something until you’ve seen it. I hope you’ve read enough so that the saying makes sense to you. She didn’t know what was there, then she understood, and that transformed the thing into gold. I call it turning lemons into lemonade. I should know. I myself had to go through intense one-on-one sessions. I’m not going to get into my core issues right now, but suffice it to say I was unconsciously holding on to my fat. I had massive hidden fears about becoming smaller, more vulnerable in an unpredictable, threatening world.

Now, would listening to CDs alone have helped lance the boils? Maybe, but it’s unlikely. One- on-one intervention speeds up the process so people like me and my client can get past the ”rewards” of overweight behaviors and get busy losing weight.

There, you have a clue to the difference between listening to CDs and interactive therapy sessions. Hope it moves you closer to your weight loss goals.

Till Later!

Hypnotically yours,

Gina Fox, CHT

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