Hypnosis and Emotional Eating

Hypnosis is a misunderstood tool and can be extremely effective for helping people with behavior change. Here at Salt Lake Weight Counseling, we have begun using it for emotional eating along with our other therapeutic tools. What exactly is hypnosis? It is a heightened state of consciousness that allows us to speak directly to the unconscious mind. Although our conscious process is only used about 10% of the time, it is what is on the forefront of our awareness. However, our unconscious mind which accounts for approximately 90% of our behavior is rarely in our awareness. Ever wonder how you could eat a whole pie or carton of ice cream without realizing it? Unconscious mind! The conscious and unconscious mind are rarely able to communicate effectively because our unconscious is all about desire and drive while our conscious is about logic. Often the two are in conflict. Through hypnosis, we can speak directly to the unconscious desire to eat when we aren’t hungry and disrupt the cycle of self-sabotage when it comes to behavior change in relation to weight loss.

Think about it. When you are in the middle of an emotional eating episode, are you conscious of what you are doing and why? My guess is, no. You may be conscious of the reasons you want to stop, but it is unlikely you are conscious of what is driving the behavior. Through hypnosis, we can speak directly to that unconscious part of your mind and get down to the bottom of why you do what you do. Only then, will you be able to create permanent changes to your behavior and weight. Hypnotherapy, used in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR, the results are astounding. Finally, people are able to get out of their own way! If you are ready to do something different and this feels like a good fit, give us a call today!

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Weber State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has been working in the mental health field since 2001.

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