Did You Say “Vegetable Phobia?”

June 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Fears and Phobias

Up until a few months ago, when a woman approached me about treating her vegetable phobia, I had no idea that Lachanophobia (fear of vegetables) even existed.   When I agreed to take her on as a client, I knew that I could help her get past her fear, but I had no idea how much the session would impact her life!  My client’s phobia was precipitated by a traumatic event in childhood, where she was left in a highchair all night staring at a bowl of peas.  After the incident, she developed an extreme aversion to vegetables, which lasted into adulthood.  Whenever she was faced with the prospective of having to eat any kind of vegetables, she would start to feel panicky, her throat would close up and she would feel very nauseous.

Being significantly overweight, my client’s weight loss goals were constantly being undermined because of her fear of vegetables.  When she came into my office the first time, she was practically in tears as she described her frustration with not being able to lose weight.

I treated her condition just like I would treat any phobia, by rewiring her memories of the traumatic event and desensitizing her to the fear.  After only two sessions, she’s now eating most vegetables (except for the ones which we agreed she never had to eat, like Brussels sprouts).  Not only does she feel comfortable around cucumbers and asparagus, but she’s lost 20 pounds in one month and she’s feeling great!

The moral of the story?  There’s no such thing as a weird phobia. If you’re legitimately afraid of something and its negatively impacting your life, maybe it’s time you faced your fear.

Are You Living in Fear?

June 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Fears and Phobias

Most people are afraid of something.  They spent countless hours avoiding this, that or the other.  But, alas, the more you avoid something, the more it shows up in your life.  (What you focus on expands).  I’ve been avoiding snorkeling and scuba diving since I was 10 years old because I’m too scared of fish! It may sound absurd, but to me it makes perfect sense.  I developed ichthyophobia when I was around 9 or 10, after a certain incident where I was chased with a fish (no kidding!).  Since then, I’ve been scared to go anywhere near them.  But now that I’m going to Hawaii for my honeymoon (and my husband wants to go scuba diving), I feel that it’s time to finally confront my fear.

This topic has really got me thinking about the importance of overcoming fear.  Fear can be so debilitating and so wasteful.  It prevents people from living their lives to the fullest and inhibits them from pursuing their greatest passions.  After five miserable years as a courtroom litigator, I overcame my biggest fear of switching careers and now I help others conquer theirs.  If I hadn’t been willing to tackle my fear, I’d still be sitting at a desk sorting legal documents.

I help people release all types of phobias, including flying, elevators, animals, public speaking, doctors/dentists, closed spaces, etc.  One of my clients avoided elevators for nearly 20 years until I gave her a hypnotic suggestion that every time she saw an elevator, she would be reminded of the glass elevator from Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and the little child in her would feel compelled to explore the possibilities of where the elevator could go.  I had another client who was deathly afraid of birds until I gave her a hypnotic suggestion that every time she saw a bird, she would think of a chipmunk.  (In her mind, chipmunks were safe and cuddly).

I’m so passionate about helping people overcome their fears/phobias, that I’ve developed a TV show around this topic and I’m pitching it to Oprah!  If you want to learn more or you just want to see me being chased around by a fish, please click on the link and VOTE: www.tinyurl.com/AyeletsOprahVideo (Don’t be confused- Ayelet is my Israeli name).

Hypnosis Weight Loss Surgery Yields Great Results

What is the V-Band?

It’s the most advanced weight loss procedure being used by hypnotherapists today.  The concept was first introduced in the UK, where it was reported that a woman named Joh Smith lost 55 lbs after being hypnotized to believe she had stomach surgery. It later spread to other parts of Europe and is currently making its West Coast debut at the Santa Monica Hypnosis Clinic.

The V-Band is a non-surgical procedure that uses hypnosis and the power of the subconscious mind to help you achieve the sensation of your stomach being constricted by a gastric band. As a result of this procedure, you feel satisfied with smaller portions, you eat less and you steadily lose the excess weight.

How Does It Work?

The procedure lasts less than 20 minutes.  While under deep trance, your therapist will suggest to you that you’ve been fitted with a gastric band.  After the procedure, you will be eating smaller portions. Every time before you eat, you will feel a tightening in your stomach, signaling you to only eat when your stomach is empty.  You will feel full quicker and will recognize that you are full when your stomach feels like a balloon that has been inflated to maximum capacity.

What’s the Success Rate?

Although there’s been a lot of positive press about the V- band, it is a little too early to tell what the success rate will be.  So far, this program has yielded very positive results. Because we want to be able to publish our results in a clinical journal, we have decided to offer the program to a select few for a deeply discounted rate.  Participants will be asked to give feedback and their photo and resulting statistics will be published.

How Do I Apply for The Clinical Study?

A few openings are still available in our clinical study. We would have to meet with you first to make sure you qualify for the study. If this sounds like it would be a good fit for you, please call us so we can get you in for a consultation.