For some New Zealanders, boredom, stress and anxiety in lockdown encouraged the perfect setting for putting on extra and unwanted pounds. Auckland hypnotherapist Richard Kellow has experienced a surge in people wanting his ‘Gastric Band Hypnosis Therapy’ post-lockdown.
Richard says he’s “seeing people who have never experienced anxiety before now suffering symptoms, and as a consequence, more people are eating for comfort.”
People from all over New Zealand and the world have been remotely tapping into Richard’s services in a bid to restore their physical and mental health. One such person is 35 year old Landi van de Venter who started working with Richard after the lockdown due to anxiety that saw her using her body as a “rubbish bin”.
Before going to Richard, Landi also considered gastric bypass surgery. However, her doctor had concerns she would eventually end back where she started, as the operation does not address the emotional side of weight gain.
Being someone who has tried every diet under the sun, while at first Landi was sceptical of hypnotherapy, she is already blown away by the results.
“I’m someone who would finish everything on my plate and eat the children’s leftovers as well. If I open a packet of chips, I had to finish them all. I drank about 2 litres of Coke every day – a habit I’ve been trying to kick for a long time”, Landi says.
Landi has had two out of her four sessions with Richard via Zoom, and in one week her Coke cravings are gone, and she’s also feeling fuller after eating less.
Richard explains that hypnotherapy is about people using the power of the subconscious mind to get out of their own way.
“Approximately 90 per cent of our daily activities are controlled by the subconscious, the place where our habits and automatic behaviours live. Hypnotherapy offers the opportunity to get the subconscious mind on board with the conscious mind to change our behaviour,” he says.
Richard himself has also experienced the benefits of hypnotherapy – 10 years ago he saw a Hypnotherapist to also lose weight.
“After losing a significant amount of weight through hypnosis and keeping it off, I knew this was something I wanted to help others with. I’ve now been a hypnotherapist for five years with hundreds of happy clients from all around the world who now have healthier habits.”
Richard Kellow is a widely renowned Clinical Hypnotherapist. He has helped to improve the lives of hundreds of people throughout New Zealand and around the world. A co-author of ‘No more diets! Believe in a healthier, better you,’ about the pioneering Virtual Gastric Band therapy – Richard works from his clinic in Auckland and online helping people achieve goals relating to weight management, smoking cessation, stress and anxiety management. For more information about Richard Kellow, visit auckland-hypnotherapy.com.