Hypnotherapy helps with seasonal changes

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The approach of colder weather often brings further unwanted woes – comfort eating which leads to weight gain and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which can cause depression. The National Council for Hypnotherapy has highlighted these two as areas of concern but also as areas where trained hypnotherapists can help.


“In a hypnotherapy weight loss programme the hypnotherapist can ask the subconscious to modify your lifestyle without any undue stress or distress."

With binge eating or comfort eating – often seasonal habits - chocolates and other sugar-rich comfort foods are often consumed by people who are anxious, depressed or unsettled. All of this leads to unwanted weight gain and problems like guilt and add to the anxiety and depression levels.

Diets are not always the answer and hypnotherapy can effectively treat what many diets cannot. Members of the National Council for Hypnotherapy have training in treating weight loss issues.

Says Paul Howard, NCH Marketing Director: “In a hypnotherapy weight loss programme the hypnotherapist can ask the subconscious to modify your lifestyle without any undue stress or distress.

“Factors such as old behaviours, feelings and emotions, habits and exercise levels can be altered during the hypnotic process. Furthermore, we can use hypnotherapy to keep your metabolic rate up by suggesting to your subconscious mind that you are actually eating more than you really are.”

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that occurs at the same time every year.

And depression can be treated by members of the National Council of Hypnotherapy. Symptoms start in the autumn and may continue into the winter months, sapping energy and increasing moodiness.

Treatment for seasonal affective disorder can include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications. Time spent in hypnosis with a professional hypnotherapist can be of help in treating this order. Hypnotherapists look at people as a whole, rather than just treating symptoms.

Hypnotherapy works with both the conscious and the subconscious mind in order to achieve results.

Hypnotherapy may help identify the causes and origins of the depression. Once this occurs people often describe is as a ‘light going on’.

NCH represents over 1800 hypnotherapy professionals within the UK and is committed to ensuring the highest possible professional standards amongst our members.

Those looking for help with smoking, weight, anxiety, panic attacks, habits and phobias may be helped by local NCH accredited therapists, look for the NCH seal of approval on their websites.

As the largest non-for-profit professional association for Hypnotherapists, the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) is actively involved with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and strives to develop professional standards amongst its members for the benefit of the public, now and into the future.

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