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How hypnotherapy can help you lose weight

The spring is here, the sun is out, and that extra warmth and light is a wonderful, positive thing. However, for quite a few of us, the coming of summer also heralds that time when we have to fit into last year’s holiday wardrobe … If you’re not happy with your weight, this can be a daunting thought.

As a result, those of us who lack confidence in our appearance turn to dieting in an attempt to feel better on the beach. However, when it comes to successful weight loss – and by successful, I mean sustained – you need to literally change your mind about food.

What’s going on in your head is as important as what’s going onto your plate.

Losing weight is about gaining confidence

What I work towards with my weight loss clients is confidence in body and mind, empowering you to make the changes you want to make, helping you maintain motivation, and a strong positive attitude.

It’s about being healthy and feeling happy with yourself in all areas of your life.

Successful weight loss needs more than a diet

Most of us have tried a diet at some point; and many of us have had a go at several. Usually, we’ll find one that works for us, start to lose some weight, and be really pleased with how well it’s going. You may also be combining your new diet with exercise, and feeling much better. Then – those lost pounds start to sneak back on again…

Why does this happen? After all, we have a straightforward goal and a clear-cut way of reaching it with diet and exercise. The problem that most of us encounter is that we’re tackling the physical aspect of weight loss – but not looking at the psychological side as well.

Any diet is going to be of temporary benefit if you don’t readjust your relationship with food. Weight-gaining eating patterns could be a symptom of another issue: this is often the case with comfort eating. Changing unhealthy eating habits once and for all, can have a lasting effect on your weight, and prevents a lifetime spent “yo-yo dieting”.

Why do people comfort eat?

Comfort eating is extremely common. The association between food and comfort starts in babyhood, and at times of stress or anxiety, we can find ourselves reaching out for a reassuring biscuit, or the whole packet of course!  Eating becomes a coping strategy for times when we’re feeling low: we attempt to boost serotonin to make us feel happier with food, which can make it a hard habit to break unless you also address the trigger.

There can be other factors: boredom leading to mindless picking at food, and issues with self-control. To tackle any of these unhelpful eating habits, we first need to understand what role the food is playing in your life, and how we can replace this need with healthier thoughts and habits. This is where solution focused hypnotherapy comes in.

How solution focused hypnotherapy can help with weight loss

Hypnotherapy combined with psychotherapy helps you reframe your relationship with food. . Having clear goals to envision your ideal outcome is an essential part of successful weight loss; and solution focused hypnotherapy can help you to achieve those wonderful goals.

Of course, reprogramming your relationship with food can’t completely replace a sensible diet! We combine the hypnotherapy aspect with a suggested healthy eating programme, and seven tailored one-to-one sessions.

Have a look at Great Minds’ weight loss programme and I’d also recommend you read the fantastic blog post about Wispa Gold cravings that a client wrote for me!

If you feel this could help you too, please contact me to book your free initial consultation. Together, we can get you started toward a better way of living – giving you plenty of time before summer, to get back in control, and on your way toward achieving those fabulous goals of a happier, healthier you.

I’m Debbie Daltrey, the founder of Great Minds Clinic. My clinics are in Timperley, Altrincham, and Manchester City Centre. If you’re feeling concerned about weight loss, or simply want to find a healthy and positive way of life, please call me for a confidential chat.





A client’s story of how we ended his Wispa Gold cravings….


As I was working with my client, I discovered that he used to be a journalist. At the end of one of our sessions, I mentioned in passing my new blog and the challenges of writing content.

He kindly offered to write a one-off guest blog for me, and subsequently wrote this very candid and honest description about his recent experience of working with me to reduce his anxiety, and also his chocolate cravings.

Here is his story in his own words…

“The first thing you need to know about me is that I’m a professional cynic. Literally. My job is to listen to software developers tell me that their programs work and then prove them wrong. I get paid to not believe people. It suits my nature: my cynicism isn’t limited to my job. There are lots of things I’m cynical about, including medicine. Basically, if it isn’t licensed by Pfizer, it isn’t going to work.

I mention this because I want you to get a feel for just how astounded I was by the success of my recent treatment with Debbie Daltrey at Great Minds Clinic. Not everything came as a surprise. I have a degree in psychology, and although that was a very long time ago, I remember enough to know that hypnotism is a genuine phenomenon and that hypnotherapy can have very real results.

That said, when Debbie suggested we use a couple of our treatment sessions for EFT to help me with anxiety regards an upcoming holiday, and weight loss, I’d not heard of EFT, so naturally, my suspicion gland kicked into top gear.

EFT, I should explain, is a treatment based on acupuncture pressure points although, happily, it doesn’t involve having any needles put in you. You simply tap, with your fingers, certain areas of the body (mainly around the face) whilst repeating out loud what Debbie says (which will depend on the exact problem she’s helping you with). There’s no getting away from the fact that you may feel faintly ridiculous while doing this.

Now, if your instinctual reaction to this is ‘Yeah, right, how can tapping make a difference’ then I wouldn’t blame you for a second. That was pretty much my reaction as well. But then I thought, you know what? Debbie’s the expert here. I’ll give it a go.

And here’s the thing. The first session we did was for anxiety, and it had an immediate, tangible and significant effect. I’ve picked those words with a great deal of care, so much so that I’m going to repeat them. By the time we finished the first session, my anxiety levels had reduced immediately, tangibly and significantly.

The second treatment I had was to help me with weight loss, and here’s where I tell you the second thing you need to know about me, which is that I would cheerfully crawl a mile on my hands and knees over broken glass for a Wispa Gold. I’m just going to come out and say it: I love Wispa Golds. Debbie asked me to bring one to the session, and in a triumph of self will, I actually did bring her a Wispa Gold, as opposed to just a Wispa Gold wrapper and a guilty grin. Debbie had me open the wrapper and place the Wispa Gold down next to me without – and I can’t stress this enough – without actually stuffing it in my face. We went through the EFT treatment, once again tapping, repeating and feeling faintly ridiculous.

Now, I have to confess to a fairly strong hope when we started that the treatment would somehow involve me eating the Wispa Gold. I recognised even at the time that this might have been clutching at straws somewhat, but a man can dream, right? Maybe there’d be some aversion therapy going on, like locking a claustrophobic arachnophobe in a lift full of tarantulas. I pictured Debbie leaving the room, returning with a shopping basket full of Wispa Golds and proclaiming: “Here, now you’re going to eat every last one of these until you’re sick!”


No such luck. We just tapped and repeated and felt faintly ridiculous. And yet, by the end of it, I didn’t want the chocolate. The craving for it had simply disappeared. In the space of a few minutes. Debbie warned me that if I was going to truly kick the habit it would take will power as well, but not only have I not had a Wispa Gold in the subsequent three weeks, I haven’t had any chocolate. Or crisps. Or even thought about them.

I should stress that I’m not trying to sell you a miracle cure here. (I should also stress that I’m not trying to sell you anything – I’m just telling my story). I’ve still further to go with my weight-loss goals, and I still suffer with anxiety from time to time. But crucially, both of these problems have been reduced by EFT treatment with Debbie Daltrey in a very short time. I don’t doubt for a second that I’ll be back for further treatment if I need it to reach my ideal weight and get support to manage life’s ups and downs.”

If you are interested in managing your anxiety, and managing your weight with a combination of psychotherapy, NLP, hypnotherapy and EFT then please contact me for a friendly, confidential chat and further details.

I work from clinics at home in Timperley, Altrincham and from offices at the Milton Rooms, Deansgate in Manchester City Centre.

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