Virtual Gastric Band – The Scam
As a traditional fully qualified Hypnotherapist with over 30 years of clinical
practice and experience I am annoyed when I see some rather dubious therapist offering to fit a virtual gastric band using hypnotherapy. These claims are ridiculous, one of the first things that any prospective hypnotherapist learns on their training is that any suggestion given under hypnosis must be believable, now I ask you, are you really prepared to believe that I have gone into your stomach and fitted a hypnotic gastric band without any surgical tools and no anaesthetic…. Really!
This is how the scam works, when you first contact the therapist to enquire about a hypnotic gastric band, they will explain to you that this is a procedure that will require more than one session (anyone who has read any of my previous posts should immediately know this is a scam, because hypnotherapy never needs more than one session). Depending upon who you call you will be quoted anywhere from 4 sessions, essentially, they are going to try and get as many sessions (and money) out of you as possible, this is how the scam works:
- Session 1 – this session will be anywhere between one and two hours long and will be so the therapist can find out exactly what you want to achieve and why you want a hypnotic gastric band. (I usually find that asking the simple question ‘what would you like help with?’ gives me the information, but never mind)
- Session 2 – The pre-operation assessment again this session will be between one to two hours long, depending upon how much money you have to waste. (What operation!!)
- Session 3 – the fitting of the virtual gastric band, during this session the therapist will try and convince your subconscious that they have entered your stomach and are fitting the virtual gastric band. This session is usually accompanied with operating theatre sound effects.
- Session 4 – the post operative session, the therapist will explain to you that just like a real band after having a virtual gastric band fitted you need to change your diet. They will then give you a session of hypnotherapy to help you change your diet. (This is the only session that may help you, if you are very lucky now and the therapist has any knowledge at all they will give you a session of weight loss hypnotherapy).
By the time you get to the point where you can start losing weight you will have spent many hundreds or even thousands of pounds. I am a traditional hypnotherapist I offer hypnotherapy that will change your relationship with food, I will make it so that you are satisfied with 3 small healthy meals a day, I will help you lose the taste for sweet and unhealthy food. You will only need one session and it will only cost £95.
The first thing to consider when choosing a hypnotherapist is the practitioner’s qualifications. Look for a degree qualified mental health care professional — such as a psychologist, psychotherapist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, counsellor, social worker, or medical doctor — who is also a hypnotherapist. Unfortunately, there are many therapists advertising who have nothing more than an online qualification, they will usually claim to have either a diploma or certificate in Hypnotherapy, these are not recognised qualifications. You can also ask if they’re affiliated with any professional associations, such as the International Hypnotherapy Association.
If for example, a hypnotist uncovers trauma while doing hypnotherapy, they need to know how to treat trauma. In other words, having the education and training to diagnose and treat mental health conditions — which comes from being a degree qualified Psychologist — is a key component in the success of hypnotherapy and of course your safety.
For more information on how to find a qualified hypnotist, visit the following sites:
When choosing a hypnotherapist it is very important that you find a reputable and qualified therapist who is a member of and governed by the ethics ad standards of the International Hypnotherapy Association.
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