relaxation in which your suggestibility is
heightened and your imagination is stimulated. In this state, the part
of your mind that controls your habits (i.e., your subconscious mind) is
more receptive to constructive suggestions for changing your eating and
exercise habits, and improving your self-care.
You are not only helped to experience this heightened state of
suggestibility and relaxed, focused concentration in the office, but
also on your own at home. This is accomplished by making you an audio
tape (CD or cassette) that you are instructed to listen to at least once
a day at home for months. By repeatedly listening to your hypnotist's
suggestions over and over again, the messages get through to your
subsconscious control center in your brain. This helps to re-program
your eating and exercise habits, your body image, and your self image.
You are also taught how to harness the power of self-hypnosis so that
you can enter this state of focused concentration on your own to
meditate on your goals and your new self image.
Hypnosis is also a tool for uncovering and discovering underlying,
unconscious emotional factors that cause you to overeat or make poor
food choices when you are stressed, anxious, bored, depressed, and so
forth. Once these emotional eating factors are made conscious, the
hypnosis tool is then used to help you change them to more positive
motivators so you can make better choices under stress.
Hypnosis for weight
loss is very effective when the reason you are overweight is
overeating, or "problem eating".
Overeating is usually
an automatic, anxiety-based coping behavior. It tends to occur
frequently and repetitively without your having much conscious
control over it. You may overeat in many different situations
without realizing you have done so until after the fact.
When your overeating, or "problem eating" is an automatic
(subconsciously driven) habit behavior, it is usually associated
with your misinterpreting the messages being received from your
stomach and the rest of your body. Your overeating behavior is
immediately reinforced or gratified because it feels good, or
satisfies the need to make sense of your body's messages.
However, your overeating
behavior usually triggers negative physical sensations afterwards, such as
your feeling overly full, bloated and stuffed, as well as negative
emotional feelings afterwards, such as guilt, further anxiety, shame, etc.
It is also a behavior that you probably recognize as having negative
specialize in the effective brief hypnotic treatment of overeating
or "compulsive eating". Through the use of individually designed
psychological, educational, and behavioral interventions and clinical
hypnosis, I can help you change and control your problem eating
my patients who come to me for "hypnosis for weight control" have a
history of going on and off various diets. For the majority of my
patients, these diets have not been successful at keeping the weight off
for the long-term.
Many of my "weight patients"
report having experienced some success on some diets initially, but then,
at some point, they began to have difficulty continuing to adhere to the
particular dietary regimen. Initial weight loss that is not maintained is
often followed by larger weight gains or "weight rebound". These "dieting
failures" often lead to demoralization and depression associated with
negative coping behaviors.
My approach to Weight Loss
Hypnotherapy involves first finding the reasons you eat too much or
too often. Then, I help you come up with alternative, healthier ways to
cope with these causative and maintaining factors. On a conscious level,
you may answer the question of "Why do I do this?" one way, but typically
your answer is a conscious rationalization that does not address what is
really going on. This is where hypnosis can be a very helpful tool.
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I use hypnosis to
analyze the underlying, subconscious causes of your overeating behavior,
and as a tool for helping you initiate and continue the process of
positive change. Often “addiction to food” masks anxiety, and this
underlying anxiety and your ways of coping with it need to be addressed.
If you have a habit of "problem eating", you probably eat to reduce
feelings of anxiety that may or may not be related to current stress.
In your Intake Evaluation,
together we will develop a thorough initial understanding of your eating
patterns and a hypnotic and behavioral treatment plan for solving your
People who are successful at
changing and controlling "problem eating behavior", and in losing weight,
reframe their relationship with food and with formerly problematic
food-social situations. My approach will help you to do just that.
In our initial session, you
are also hypnotized and helped to feel comfortable with hypnosis.
I typically see weight loss
patients for two to five visits. Of course, this is individualized to your
unique needs and situation. Following the intake session, I use hypnosis
1. Help you
recognize why you overeat and to find alternative coping strategies.
2. To interrupt your continuous preoccupation with food.
3. To correct the mistaken belief that many or all body messages
mean you are hungry.
4. To teach you how to safely externalize feelings of stress that
had been influencing your frequent eating.
5. To change your unhealthy eating patterns and behaviors.
6. To motivate you to engage in new behavioral habits that start
7. To help you to begin substituting self-hypnosis and relaxation
for overeating and other stress coping strategies that have not been
8. To assist you in "ego strengthening" and self-esteem boosting.
For more information about
how I can use hypnosis with you to help you lose weight, see my article on
Loss Hypnotherapy slide presentation, and my
Advances In Behavioral Change Hypnosis Workshop Outline.
If you want to start
losing weight now, I can help you do it!
For more information and to
schedule an appointment with me, call me at 215-947-7867 (947-STOP),
or e-mail me, Dr. Eimer,
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