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IMAGINE being so desperate for a sugar fix you would drink a melted Mars Bar.

Horror stories like this are not a million miles away from some of the clients Dartford-based hypnotherapist Gareth Sammer treats on a regular basis.

Patients who have had gastric band surgery to reduce the capacity of their stomachs may not be able to eat as much, but often the cravings for fatty foods remain.

This is where Mr Sammer comes in.

From his home in Invicta Road, the 33-year-old offers gastric band hypnotherapy to overweight clients keen to fight the flab by reducing their desire to eat.

He said: "Surgery can alter what people can eat but not what they want to eat.

"They still have that desire to want that food and that doesn’t go away just because they can’t physically have it."

The former Coca-Cola customer services worker offers three-stage gastric band hypnotherapy to convince clients they have had the surgery and help them control their appetites.

The first session tries to change how people perceive food, the second involves the actual ‘operation’ and the third reinforces the lessons learned in the previous two.

I sat down for session one with the white, fluffy hypnosis pillow recommended by Gareth on which to rest my hands.

These same fingers were heavy and almost numb by the time he had finished after around 45 minutes which felt more like 20.

Ten descending steps to relaxation were followed by an imaginary voyage around my body in a craft whose control panel featured two dials: one to increase my motivation to exercise, and the other to raise my desire to eat healthy foods.

Having turned both up to the maximum my subconscious mind jotted down a few naughty treats to avoid on a phantom clipboard, and we were done.

At £299 the course is not cheap, but Gareth says the cost to his clients - one of whom he claims has lost three stone thanks to the procedure - is recouped over time by cutting down on all that junk food.

I felt pleasantly relaxed and woozy after my session but will it help me cut back on all those chocolate fingers?

Watch this - donut-shaped - space.

Contact Gareth Sammer on 07929 118250, via ukpsychotherapy@yahoo.co.uk, or visit uk-psychotherapy.com

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5:06pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Johnnyredsox says...

I cant imagine bein soooooo desperit 4 sugar that I would eat a delishos,, melted chocolat bar. What kind of nitmares u tryin to giv me?!!!?!?
I cant imagine bein soooooo desperit 4 sugar that I would eat a delishos,, melted chocolat bar. What kind of nitmares u tryin to giv me?!!!?!? Johnnyredsox

5:57pm Wed 6 Feb 13

rudders26 says...

Translation please.....anyone?
Translation please.....anyone? rudders26

6:34pm Wed 6 Feb 13

reptiles says...

ive heard of this before! wonder how true it is, ive also been told there is an app for smart phones - costs a lot less than £299.
But you have to believe in hypnotherapy 1st for it to work.
Ill let you know my thoughts after ive seen Derren Brown at dartford!
ive heard of this before! wonder how true it is, ive also been told there is an app for smart phones - costs a lot less than £299. But you have to believe in hypnotherapy 1st for it to work. Ill let you know my thoughts after ive seen Derren Brown at dartford! reptiles

7:54pm Wed 6 Feb 13

cookster says...

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8:51am Thu 7 Feb 13

PaulErith says...

reptiles wrote:
ive heard of this before! wonder how true it is, ive also been told there is an app for smart phones - costs a lot less than £299. But you have to believe in hypnotherapy 1st for it to work. Ill let you know my thoughts after ive seen Derren Brown at dartford!
Had hypnotheorapy in the past to help with an illness. Definitely something in it. I don't believe that I'd have started clucking like a chicken if he's told me to! However, there's definitely something to it. When I was 'under', an hour passed and it felt like minutes, yet I could remember everything that had been said.
[quote][p][bold]reptiles[/bold] wrote: ive heard of this before! wonder how true it is, ive also been told there is an app for smart phones - costs a lot less than £299. But you have to believe in hypnotherapy 1st for it to work. Ill let you know my thoughts after ive seen Derren Brown at dartford![/p][/quote]Had hypnotheorapy in the past to help with an illness. Definitely something in it. I don't believe that I'd have started clucking like a chicken if he's told me to! However, there's definitely something to it. When I was 'under', an hour passed and it felt like minutes, yet I could remember everything that had been said. PaulErith

10:43am Thu 7 Feb 13

the wall says...

Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.
Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work. the wall

11:06am Thu 7 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

My old Mum was right, she always said " a fool and his money are easy parted boi."

Did you pay Paul ?
My old Mum was right, she always said " a fool and his money are easy parted boi." Did you pay Paul ? Gypo.Joe

1:36pm Thu 7 Feb 13

PaulErith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
My old Mum was right, she always said " a fool and his money are easy parted boi." Did you pay Paul ?
Have you ever tried it? If not, then don't knock it. No offense, but it was recommended by a far more intelligent man than you or I. A top Harley Street consultant recommended the treatment. I was TOTALLY scheptical. However, after an operation and various medication, it was suggested as something that has helped a lot of people. I went along because when you're feeling that ill, you're desperate for anything to get your life back. I don't actually think there's any magic to this stuff. Basically, he gets you to a state that I can only describe as that point between being awake and falling asleep. You're sort of with it, but your mind is also drifting off into a sleep. You can remember everything that is going on and being said, but time passes very quickly. The argument is that at that state, your mind is more open to suggestion.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: My old Mum was right, she always said " a fool and his money are easy parted boi." Did you pay Paul ?[/p][/quote]Have you ever tried it? If not, then don't knock it. No offense, but it was recommended by a far more intelligent man than you or I. A top Harley Street consultant recommended the treatment. I was TOTALLY scheptical. However, after an operation and various medication, it was suggested as something that has helped a lot of people. I went along because when you're feeling that ill, you're desperate for anything to get your life back. I don't actually think there's any magic to this stuff. Basically, he gets you to a state that I can only describe as that point between being awake and falling asleep. You're sort of with it, but your mind is also drifting off into a sleep. You can remember everything that is going on and being said, but time passes very quickly. The argument is that at that state, your mind is more open to suggestion. PaulErith

1:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

PaulErith says...

the wall wrote:
Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.
lol! You could also argue that you need an open mind - which is a very different thing.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.[/p][/quote]lol! You could also argue that you need an open mind - which is a very different thing. PaulErith

2:18pm Thu 7 Feb 13

the wall says...

PaulErith wrote:
the wall wrote:
Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.
lol! You could also argue that you need an open mind - which is a very different thing.
Good comeback.... However you can have an open mind but still be easily lead.

I'm pleased you have found some help through mind control. I would love to know what your trigger word is to get you acting like a monkey…Ha Ha.
[quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.[/p][/quote]lol! You could also argue that you need an open mind - which is a very different thing.[/p][/quote]Good comeback.... However you can have an open mind but still be easily lead. I'm pleased you have found some help through mind control. I would love to know what your trigger word is to get you acting like a monkey…Ha Ha. the wall

2:23pm Thu 7 Feb 13

PaulErith says...

the wall wrote:
PaulErith wrote:
the wall wrote: Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.
lol! You could also argue that you need an open mind - which is a very different thing.
Good comeback.... However you can have an open mind but still be easily lead. I'm pleased you have found some help through mind control. I would love to know what your trigger word is to get you acting like a monkey…Ha Ha.
Just don't say 'banana' when I'm at work! It's embarrassing when I start jumping on the bosses desk making monkey sounds! :) Doesn't do one's promotion hopes any good.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PaulErith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: Yeah you need a weak mind for this to work.[/p][/quote]lol! You could also argue that you need an open mind - which is a very different thing.[/p][/quote]Good comeback.... However you can have an open mind but still be easily lead. I'm pleased you have found some help through mind control. I would love to know what your trigger word is to get you acting like a monkey…Ha Ha.[/p][/quote]Just don't say 'banana' when I'm at work! It's embarrassing when I start jumping on the bosses desk making monkey sounds! :) Doesn't do one's promotion hopes any good. PaulErith

5:01pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

I was pulling ya plonker Paul. I had an experience with acupuncture, I was to say the least very sceptical. Gota tell ya though it worked for me.
I was pulling ya plonker Paul. I had an experience with acupuncture, I was to say the least very sceptical. Gota tell ya though it worked for me. Gypo.Joe

5:13pm Thu 7 Feb 13

PaulErith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
I was pulling ya plonker Paul. I had an experience with acupuncture, I was to say the least very sceptical. Gota tell ya though it worked for me.
Oh, sorry. :) I'm used to people being sceptical! I accept there's lots of sceptics out there, and I don't totally rule out the placebo effect. However, I would say that as I went into it with no expectation, it's unlikely to be. As far as I'm concerned, I don't care even it was, as it certainly helped me.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: I was pulling ya plonker Paul. I had an experience with acupuncture, I was to say the least very sceptical. Gota tell ya though it worked for me.[/p][/quote]Oh, sorry. :) I'm used to people being sceptical! I accept there's lots of sceptics out there, and I don't totally rule out the placebo effect. However, I would say that as I went into it with no expectation, it's unlikely to be. As far as I'm concerned, I don't care even it was, as it certainly helped me. PaulErith

7:53am Fri 8 Feb 13

Witchkid says...

My daughter was terrified of spiders, so much so that even a tiny one would reduce her to an hysterical wreck. She had two sessions of hypnotherapy to cure her arachnophobia, and it worked. The only spiders she fears now are large house spiders and wolf spiders, but even so she is able to catch them herself with a spider catcher and put them outside.
My daughter was terrified of spiders, so much so that even a tiny one would reduce her to an hysterical wreck. She had two sessions of hypnotherapy to cure her arachnophobia, and it worked. The only spiders she fears now are large house spiders and wolf spiders, but even so she is able to catch them herself with a spider catcher and put them outside. Witchkid

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