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Lecturer: Peter Mabbutt

Whether it is through image or health concerns, for many people control of their weight becomes a major issue within their life. They invest a great deal of time and money riding the dieting merry-go-round, first losing and then gaining weight in a repetitive cycle without an effective outcome. Consequently dieting becomes a dirty word which the unconscious mind equates with starvation. On completion of the diet, the mind and body will often respond by overindulging in the previously prohibited food with the result that any weight lost is immediately put back on again.

Effective and permanent weight loss will not occur through prohibition and restriction of certain foods, but comes about through effective lifestyle change. As therapists it is important for us to acknowledge this and to include appropriate suggestions that will lead the patient towards a healthy change in their lifestyle with the concurrent desired loss in weight.

This Masterclass aims to provide therapists with a thorough understanding of the process involved in hypnotic weight management. We will be looking at the underlying psychology of weight control and at effective strategies that can be employed by the therapist to help the patient achieve permanent weight loss. Even though a majority of weight loss can be regarded as ‘simple’ it is important for therapists to be able to recognize and treat weight control problems for which there is an underlying psychological foundation. With this in mind analytical approaches to weight control will also be presented.


  • Setting achievable goals
  • Case history taking
  • Physiology of weight loss
  • Assessing life style
  • Life style change
  • Simple weight loss
  • Analytical approaches
  • Bingeing
  • Binge eating disorder
  • The use of aversion
  • Working with body image
  • Improving metabolic rate
  • The use of direct and indirect suggestion
  • The use of imagery
  • Scripts will be given

Peter Mabbutt, FBSCH, FBAMH originally trained in Psychopharmacology, and has spent over 20 years undertaking research in the field of anxiety-based conditions and their treatment. As well as heading the team responsible for updating the LCCH courses to incorporate new techniques and research, Peter lectures on the therapeutic applications of Clinical Hypnosis to the medical profession both nationally and internationally. He is Clinical Hypnotherapist for the hospital based Health Education and Lifestyle Therapy for Hypertension (HEALTH) initiative, and is the Literary Editor of the European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.

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