I am very interested to hear other peoples' experiences with hypnotherapy because my own was not at all successful! I hasten to add that I may well be just an exception; the guy I saw is world-renowned, I saw him on Harley Street for *gasp* £200 per session, for so many sessions I am now in quite a serious financial mess. I was of the mindset 'I'll do anything to make the pain of anorexia go away' but unfortunately it is still with me, bad as ever. In fact, I'm sure it's not directly linked but I'm worse since seeing him.<br><br><br><br>
He advertises online and he claimed both on his site and to me in consultations that he has 100% success. So, I'm left feeling like a freak, like I'm the only one who couldn't be cured (and I saw the guy many many times, even though he claims it normally only takes a few sessions to get rid of the problem completely.) I know it works for so many people and am disillusioned and pretty miserable still from my experience. He was a nice guy, I liked him and I'm sure he's good, but I am no further forward from my experiences with hypnotherapy, personally.
i saw a hypnotherapist to quit smoking a few years ago, and it worked really well for me. i know that stopping smoking isn't anywhere nearly the same as recovering from anorexia, but i think some of the principles are the same: for both you need the desire for change, a degree of self confidence, some innner belief and faith that you can do it (even though you're scared), a little strength, detirmination and willpower, and the motivation to keep working at it when the going gets tough. i'd think that for both you also need to learn and practice new habits, mindsets, and ways of thinking and acting around substances that cause you problems.<br><br><br><br>
i think hypnotism is an excellent tool, if used properly, to build on the above. i find it unlikely that you could go into a hypnotists office not really wanting to quit smoking (or whatever) and come out suddenly really wanting to, though- you need that desire for change, and you still need to be prepared to work hard at obtaining it- its more of a gentle mental shove than a zombie mind control thing, it doesn't magically change everything with a 'poof!', but it helps you make and stick with changes yourself- if that makes sense.<br><br><br><br>
at my session, my hypnotist discussed what i wanted to get out of it, we talked a little about my personality and motivations, then she helped me acheive a very relaxed state, and used verbal suggestion (she just chatted away in a calm voice) to reinforce things that i already believed to be true, but lacked the confidence to follow through on.<br><br><br><br>
she spoke about how i knew that i could stop smoking, that i was in control of my impulses, that i had the strength to succeed, and went through all the reasons i wanted to and would do it, all the benefits and rewards that would come from making a change, and then went through strategies for how to deal with any bumps along the way. she also gave me paperwork to back this up, incase things felt a little hazy and i needed to revisit and reinforce what we'd been though.<br><br><br><br>
i came out of the session very relaxed, nervous about the task ahead, but much more positive, detirmined and feeling focused, and with all the things i went in there already knowing to be true (that i could quit, and would quit, and why), feeling very much reinforced. as a result, i was able to muster more inner strength, develop and practice new reflexes, and in times of struggle i was able to remind myself of how calm and relaxed i felt under hypnosis, and zone into feeling that way again, and use it to hang in there until the difficult time passed.<br><br><br><br>
i very much doubt that i'd have managed to quit smoking without the session i took- i walked in the door smoking more than 20 a day, well and truely addicted, and i haven't had a cigarette since, or got anywhere close to smoking one, more than 3 years on, now. i still sometimes think 'oooh, a cigarette would be nice' from time to time, but now my brain clicks right in within a second of so, and goes 'well, thats a bloody stupid idea' and reels off a list of reasons why, which is pretty cool. it seriously made a huge difference to me.<br><br><br><br>
i think that if you really want to get better and make changes, and are ready and prepared to work hard at it, a session hypnotism wouldn't hurt, and it could definately help- you can always go once, and see how you feel, right?
I have a computer program that is induces hypnosis. And it works. It is designed for recreational use, but nonetheless I find that I feel relaxed and confident at the end of a session. I wish you good luck with recovery. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
I just wrote an account of how fantastic and life changing hypnotherapy was for me in curing my mental disorder but I lost it so to repeat myself briefly:-<br><br><br><br>
It works if you accept it and the hypnotherapist teaches you self hypnosis. If you worry yourself to sleep repeating mantras to yourself helps. I used the following:-<br><br><br><br>
"I am a strong, smart and stable human" (I went a bit doolally)<br><br><br><br>
I then went on to tell myself how proud I was of myself for getting thought the day and list all the amazing things I did such as walk down a street without flipping out or simply surviving another day.<br><br><br><br>
One of the problems with anorexia is that your brain is so used to thinking that food is bad (or whatever other negative thoughts you are having) that it can be hard to derail it and think of something better. What hypnotherapy can do is to help your brain to have other thoughts instead of the bad ones. When your feeling that you don't deserve to eat or that you look fat and disgusting stop your self and say the opposite. Even if you do not belief it the fact that you are forcing yourself to think in a different way will start to slowly alter the synaptic pathways within the brain. It toke me 2 years to retrain my brain but I feel better than I ever did. It really is worth the effort.
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