Wimbledon Hypnotherapist Wins Awards

Lorraine sees a lot of people with weight issues

Wimbledon clinical hypnotherapist Lorraine McReight has just received two top awards from the Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (APHP).

Lorraine (right) won 'Best Technique' and 'Chairman's Award- Hypnotherapist of the Year' at the APHP Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony at the Thistle Hotel in Marble Arch.

Lorraine runs the Hypnotherapy & Natural Health Centre in Durnsford Road, Wimbledon, which she opened in 2010. She is also a hypnotherapy tutor and trains people for The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma.

She said: "I see a lot of men and women with weight and overeating issues. People overeat for many reasons other than hunger. They may be bored, upset, angry or just fed up.

"Some people attribute their weight gain to a 'slow metabolism; which is rarely the case, others have an irrational fear of being hungry so they eat before they need to. Whatever the apparent reason for overeating, there are frequently underlying issues that a qualified clinical hypnotherapist can identify and help the client to resolve.

"At an initial consultation I ask what's going on – what is the client eating on a day to day basis.  It’s extraordinary how some people have no idea of how unbalanced or unhealthy their diet is until they hear themselves describing it out loud.

"Through hypnosis I can almost always identify underlying issues that have led to weight gain and overeating, and then help build confidence and self esteem. For example, quite often clients subconsciously feel safer being big and unattractive – this may be a reaction to unwanted attention in younger years.

"Serial dieters see some foods as 'good' and others as 'bad'.  They say 'I've been bad today'. I teach them to see food as fuel – not as something good or bad they put into their bodies.

"Simple recommendations to get started include: Eat slowly. Have smaller portions. Be happy to throw away waste – you don't have to clear your plate.

"Stop going to the fridge and looking in, waiting for something to suggest itself.  Listen to the fridge saying 'oh no, not you again'!"

November 8, 2013