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  1. TV celebrities Nik and Eva Speakman who I have written a lot about in the past appeared on the ITV show This Morning with Phil and Holly to talk about their therapy and how they want it to be available on the NHS.

    As a therapist myself it would be unprofessional for me to talk about another therapist and their ideas as everyone is different and all therapists bring much of themselves to any therapeutic relationship. Having said that, I am trained and qualified to help people with the techniques that I have, including EMDR and the Speakmans have no training, no qualifications and have never been a member of any recognised bodies. This means that if I point out some of the issues with what they do then the most important thing to point out is that they basically appear on This Morning for ITV and are very keen not to share what they actually do, or how they do it.

     

    The Daily Mirror reported that ...

    The Speakmans SLAMMED as they declare their psychotherapy is 'better than the NHS' and call on the Royal Family for support

     speakmans slammed by Daily Mirror

    Twitter users made some interesting points about the couple..

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    and one user made the point that no reputable therapist would claim they could help everyone, yet the Speakmans pride themselves on a very unrealistic success rate.. 

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    So whilst the Daily Mirror reported on how they spoke about a trial they said was taking place and the Daily Mail got on board too saying...

    “The Speakmans reveal their controversial self-developed therapy method has been BACKED by an academic study for the first time (but some viewers are still not convinced)

    Nik and Eva Speakman practise visual schema displacement therapyThe TV couple have faced criticism over the method as it has not been proven “

     

     daily mail speakmans story Oct 2018

    The biggest issue with the Speakmans remains that they have no training and to say the things they said about EMDR is very destructive. It is wrong to claim that a secret way of working is better than one that is proven and used around the world to help people, with stress, anxiety, PTSD and many other problems.

    The other interesting thing is that despite them not talking about what they actually do behind closed doors it sounds like what they do is very similar to EMDR and may well be just them taking some of those ideas and trying to rebrand them.

    According to the Mail...The couple practice visual schema displacement therapy (VSDT), also known as visual coding displacement therapy (VCDT)

    This it appears uses eye movement, which coincidentally EMDR uses to great effect. Perhaps the biggest difference between what they are doing and what therapists around the word do is that you can’t actually see them unless you want to be featured on TV or pay to see their live show.

    If you are looking for help then bear in mind that being trained and regulated may be a better indicator of whether someone can help you than if they appear on and ITV sofa.

    What is EMDR? If you would like to find out all about EMDR and how it works then just click HERE

     

  2. Hypnosis for weight loss: Does it work?

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    Can Hypnotherapy help you to lose weight for good?

     

    You may have tried Weight Watchers, Slimming world, Lighter Life or any of the other many diet companies that claim to help you lose weight, but do they lead to yoyo dieting and do they really deal with the problems of overeating and where they may stem from?

     

    Seeing a hypnotherapist and being hypnotised to help with your weight loss may seem like taking a step into a strange world but it isn’t actually like that at all.

    There are many clinical studies that show how hypnosis has been proven to help people overcome phobias and change certain behaviours.

    So can it be used to help us curb our eating habits too?

     

     

    Does hypnotherapy for weight loss work?

    Hypnosis involves being in a state of consciousness with enhanced attention and concentration, coupled with a decreased awareness of surroundings and an increased response to suggestion. It’s a perfectly normal thing that happens to us all the time anyway, it’s just like daydreaming. That focus can help us to get what we want. In this case perhaps more motivation to exercise and eat more tasty nutritious foods rather than junk food on the go.

    Studies have found hypnosis can modify certain behaviours, such as smoking or drug use. In terms of helping people with IBS, hypnosis has shown to have an amazing effect in helping people.

    Medical studies on weight loss Hypnosis

    Further research shows hypnosis may be able to help people speed up weight loss.

    One study looked at 60 obese people with sleep apnoea. One group was given dietary advice, another hypnotherapy for stress reduction, or hypnotherapy for reducing calorie intake.

    After three months everyone had lost comparable amounts of weight.

    However, the only group which managed to maintain the weight loss after 18 months was the group who had hypnotherapy for stress reduction.

    Another study saw 109 people receive hypnosis treatment for weight loss. The group continued to lose weight up to two years after the study.

    Women who underwent hypnotherapy lost weight, improved eating habits and improved body image, in another study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

    When working with people to help them let go of diets and yet still enjoy food and lose weight we can tailor the hypnosis to exactly what you want to achieve. I even provide you recordings so that you can listen at home and relax any time that you would like.

    If you want to read all about my No More Diets weight loss hypnosis sessions then just click here: NO More Diets!