So...I was on Scholar Google faster than you can cluck like a chicken (while under the mind control of an old guy in a beard). Is it as simple as suggesting you can succeed at losing a few? Can the power of the mind overcome the power of the intoxicating scent of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? I do know a few people in my own profession who have gotten involved with this work, but I don't know how that's working out for them. I have never met someone who has worked with a hypnotherapist so everything I know (or don't know) comes from my own research and understanding of the psychology of behaviour change. I know it ain't that easy as just being told something......so what's up with it?
Of course there are two trains of thought on the subject coming from those that are selling it and those that are researching it. This is the first step in critical thinking; are these results coming from those that sell the service or product or are they from a non-biased research study. It was no surprise that the hypnotherapy groups and associations state the positive results of hypnotherapy. Surprisingly, I found two academic studies that suggested a slight loss in weight (approximately 6 pounds) but no long term data that would suggest it was a life long weight loss (in other words, no one has done long term research to show it sticks). However, based upon the other weight loss strategies out there, the cards are stacked in the favor of weight re-gain over time.
|Do not look directly into this pic|
lest you succumb to its' power
and bark like a dog.
My only hesitation with this line of "health-care service" is the fact that those with the certification in hypnotherapy, while calling themselves "clinical hypnotherapists", may not hold a graduate degree in counselling pyschology or social work (unless they have coupled one with the other....then they rock!). Because if you think about it, emotional eating and weight gain is usually linked to the psychology of behaviour. While you may use hypnotherapy to suggest or deconstruct patterns of thinking, wouldn't it be beneficial to have the education and skills behind you to be able to counsel the individual through this change? What if someone triggers in their session bringing up terrible memories of the past? Is a certified "clinical hypnotherapist" able to deal with this? Teaching Suicide Intervention training programs, I have experienced someone triggering during class (and in my office) and I felt completely helpless (and I have graduate education in behavioural psychology...but not in counselling psych.). I not only think it matters, but I think it represents a respect for the individual you are helping and the profession of counseling psychology...but that's just me.
|I have to be honest, this|
is how I was introduced
to hypnosis....It was
For those who have experiences in or practice hypnotherapy and would like to comment on your experiences or thoughts on this, I completely invite it. Please include some references so I can read more about it (ie. a few articles that are not provided by the schools or associations of hypnotherapy).
That's all I got for today.