How Hypnotherapy can help when CBT or Counselling fails to work

How Hypnotherapy can help when Counselling or CBT fails to work:

How Hypnotherapy can help when Counselling or CBT fails to work:

When Counselling or CBT haven’t helped you – it is likely that the type of Hypnotherapy that I use will help:

I had a client who has just left this morning who liked the fact that she doesn’t need to relive her trauma.
She doesn’t need to explore bad experiences.
There is no need to trigger that phobia.
There is no need to be slave to that unwanted habit.
Because she can deal with them at a subconscious level.
The subconscious knows all about the problem.
But it only knows what it knows.
We can educate it to learn new approaches and deal with the issue.
This we do by rehearsing different outcomes, or visualising alternative approaches, or we learn strategies to free ourselves from that anxiety, stress, habit or phobia.
Behavioural Therapy such as CBT and Counselling can help with many issues. 
You analyse the behaviour – but sometimes that just reaffirms the disturbing nature of the issue. It doesn’t necessarily offer solutions.
The unconscious or subconscious knows about whatever it is or it wouldn’t stimulate the unwanted response.
So if you created the habit or response then you can undo that habit through a powerful combination of content free Hypnotherapy and NLP.
Once upon a time it fulfilled some sort of need or provided protection – but times change – and you may want to move on without that response!
Behavioural Therapy such as CBT and Counselling can help but sometimes just reaffirms the disturbing nature of the issue
Talk to me in confidence for FREE and find out more
07875720623 01473 879561

Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner – trained in PTSD and Psychological Trauma. Certified Weight Loss Expert.

Hypnotherapy Helps in Ipswich Suffolk or by Skype Worldwide.

5 ways to choose your hypnotherapist

Five ways to choose a hypnotherapist

It can seem daunting choosing a hypnotherapist when you know nothing about hypnotherapy. It can seem expensive and how do you know it will work?

Here are five ways to choose your hypnotherapist:

1: Will your hypnotherapist work with you?

The best way to know this is to take the free consultation that most hypnotherapists offer:

Do they appear to understand your issue and does what they propose seem viable?

Are they talking about a solution tailored for your specific needs or do you get the impression they will offer some generic approach?

Asking their “success rate” won’t really help. No hypnotherapist in business long term should have a low success rate! The bulk of our business comes from referrals from satisfied clients.

2: I wrote this blog in response to an enquiry about smoking cessation which began with: “I paid £250 for a single session and three days later started smoking again.”

This session was not with me – personally I charge £180 for three sessions to ensure that we don’t just put you off.

I work with people to find out why they suck 4000 poisons into their body and help them find strategies to stop.

If the approach is tailored to your perceived needs around smoking then you will stop.

The main reason why hypnotherapy fails with smoking cessation is that the client isn’t really ready to stop!

So you need to be motivated beyond your partner/doctor is asking you to stop.

The reason the enquirer had failed to stop was because she was genuinely not ready to stop. The second reason was that she had had a single session.

80% WILL quit in the first session or dramatically reduce their smoking.

If that session misses the reasons why they smoke then if that trigger happens again it is likely they will weaken and smoke.

You need strategies to tackle those triggers.

This is why a course works better – even if you stop straight away.

If you are highly motivated to tackle ANY issue then an experienced hypnotherapist will craft a hypnotherapy session that will either work for you or narrow the focus to find the real reasons for the issue.

The reasons for a session failing are generally:

  • Lack of motivation.
  • Expecting the hypnotherapist to perform some miracle and the client does not do any work themselves.
  • The hypnotherapist has missed the real reason that the issue. Perhaps unconscious gains for continuing the behaviour outweigh the perceived benefits!

3: What is the approach likely to be?

Personally speaking I won’t know until I talk to a person face to face, by phone or Skype. There is no one size fits all. Each client requires a different approach.

Take weight loss for instance:

We have known since 1917 that diets don’t work long term because nobody wants to be on a diet forever and the moment they go back to their old way if eating is the moment the weight loss fails.

I need to understand why the person overeats?

We need to tackle the drivers which may include:

  • Stress – eating seems to relieve stress but it’s better to have a strategy for stressBoredom – people who graze on food when bored
  • Anxiety – you eat to tackle your anxiety and for a while you feel better and your metabolism receives a boost but after that wears off you feel a need to repeat.
  • Trauma – some people overeat to deliberately ‘appear less attractive’ as self defence
  • Depression – self medicating with food or alcohol seems to help – ling term it really doesn’t and some foods actually INCREASE your feelings of low mood

This is a small selection and combinations of the above plus other factors.

We can only find out by working together and also discovering the sources, in some cases, that established the habitual eating.

4: Cost?

A business consultant once told me that with my experience I should immediately double my fee. I had worked in Harley street where a chunk of the fee went to cover rent, parking, and travel!

This meant that I often ended working with people who could afford these fees, which excluded many people, or people paying fees they couldn’t afford.

My fees I believe are fair and are in the middle of the market. There are far less experienced people who charge much more than I do!

It is also odd that people will consider £60 (for instance) as expensive when they will spend that much at a hairdressers for something that will make them feel better but won’t last instead of to a hypnotherapist who may change their life ..

People will also spend a lot a gym for their physical health while not being prepared to spend on their mental health.

It’s a fact that 1 in 3 of us will need help with mental health issues.

Yet many will soldier on when there is a remedy available.

Your time with your hypnotherapist is not the only time spent working in your issue. Personally I will spend an hour or more preparing your session based on our long initial conversation.

I will record your treatment live and then edit and clean it up before sending it to you.

You then have your treatment forever and can always come back to it at any time you feel that you are ‘slipping.’

Cost factors in the time you don’t see as well as the time spent face to face.

Again personally speaking a session can last from 1 to 2 hours depending on the time required. As well as the behind the scenes time

5: Do I feel my hypnotherapist is qualified to deal with my issues?

Does my hypnotherapist seem to care about me and my issue and have a treatment plan that seems realistic?

Does it feel right?

Do I like and trust them?

Do they have the relevant qualifications and experience?

A hypnotherapist should be a member of a hypnotherapy register such as the GHR (General Hypnotherapy Register) and will be regulated by the GHSC (General Hypnotherapy Standards Council).

They will undergo CPD (Continuing Professional Development) each year to keep skills up to the mark.

A good hypnotherapist will know some history of hypnosis and will understand why they do what they do and how it works.

Not every issue that comes to a hypnotherapist is one that they can deal with!

There are a bewildering number of mental health issues. Some we are legally obliged NOT to treat such as epilepsy and schizophrenia.

Some we may not have the relevant experience or training to approach. A good hypnotherapist will refer you to a relevant specialist.

Hope this helps! Bottom line: talk to your hypnotherapist and meet them!

Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. Certified Weight Loss Professional. Trained in PTSD and Psychological Trauma. PLR FLR and Regression therapist.

CNHC approved (Gold standard of complementary practitioners)

TEL: 01473 879561 Mob: 07875720623 Skype grahamhowes1


GHR registered GHSC regulated

Hypnotherapy treatments

Treating Insomnia and what lack of sleep does

What is insomnia and how do we treat it?

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Do you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? You are not alone! One third of adults in the United Kingdom experience occasional sleep problems and one out of every ten suffers from chronic insomnia.

Most people think of insomnia as a condition where people can’t fall asleep but it is so much more. There are many people that have no problem falling asleep easily but wake up during the night and find it difficult to get back to sleep. There are many kinds of insomnia. You might actually be getting a sufficient amount of sleep but you still wake up tired and groggy in the morning. Perhaps your mind is too busy worrying to get sufficient rest. Since sleep is one of the pillars of life, it is very important that we get the best sleep possible.

It is true that sleep is a pillar of life. We need good sleep to feel energetic and alert. What’s even more important is that while we’re sleeping our bodies perform a variety of essential restorative tasks, including healing and repair, detoxification, repairing cellular damage and searching out and destroying foreign invaders. Sleep is so powerful that it restores the proper levels of brain chemicals thus playing an essential role in emotional well-being.

A lack of sleep wears down the body, resulting in a lower immune capacity of the body, which increases susceptibility to disease, obesity, and premature aging. There is absolutely no question that getting enough sleep and getting good quality sleep is vitally important for optimal physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
There is a myth about sleep that we all have heard. That myth is that we need eight hours of sleep per night. The reality is that depending on your body type, you may be a person that needs just 6 hours of sleep or you may be a person that needs 9 hours of sleep or a person that falls somewhere in that range. The bottom line is you must make it a priority to get sufficient, restorative and healing sleep. It’s one of the most important habits you can cultivate for your health and your happiness.
Hypnotherapy helps you to learn how to sleep again. I have been cited by sleep clinics as expert in insomnia. We also look at the reasons we might not be sleeping: eating patterns, depression, anxiety, stress and mindset to name but a few.


Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner and Sleep expert 

Hypnotherapy in Ipswich Suffolk

Treating Erectile Dysfunction ED and Anorgasmia

Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction ED and Anorgasmia and Sexual difficulties

Erectile Dysfunction or ED

Erectile Dysfunction is the inability to achieve, or alternatively to maintain, an erection.

This is sometimes linked with the inability to orgasm called Anorgasmia.

Sometimes this is because of physiological reasons such as too much alcohol so called “Brewers droop”. As Falstaff in Shakespeare says: “It provokes the desire but takes away the performance!”

Medication, drug use, smoking, heart disease, diabetes or surgery can also affect the ability to achieve or maintain an erection or achieve orgasm.

Those are the physical reasons. 

Then there are the psychological issues which are just as powerful:

Psychological causes of Erectile Dysfunction or Anorgasmia

Many psychological factors play a role in the ability to orgasm – including:

Mental health problems, typically Anxiety or Depression.

One in three of us have Mental Health issues at some time in our Life. Many people pay more attention to their physical health and nutrition than they do to their mental health. Mental wellness is just as important as physical wellbeing. Learning to be mindful helps you deal with stress, anxiety depression. The self medication associated with mental distress or discomfort  often leads to weight gain or using drugs or smoking or abuse of alcohol which can lead to knock on effects such as ED. Smoking has been shown to be a contributory factor in erectile dysfunction. Drugs and alcohol have been long known to affect performance.

Hypnosis and NLP combined can help deal with the source of the problem and the cravings and habits that evolve to cope with the issue.

Poor body image / obesity

Weight issues have a physical effect on the body. Eating junk food can lead to depression and anxiety. There are known issues with too much fat, for instance, impacting the ability of the blood to adequately supply the organs including the penis.

Body Dysmorphia Dysfunction (BDD) or poor body image can lead to a lack of confidence in our appearance and a reluctance to be naked wit another person.

Stress and financial pressures

Stress and financial pressures leads to worry and anxiety which impacts the ability to be sexually confident.

Cultural and religious beliefs

A Doctor friend dealing with a couple’s inability to achieve pregnancy noticed bruising around their belly buttons. Both were as it turned out still virgins because they had been told that babies were made by “rubbing belly buttons together.”

This may seem beyond belief but some people still come from sheltered backgrounds.

Some Beliefs can impact what is considered “normal.” For example: The notion that sex is ONLY for procreation could lead to a sense of guilt.

Fear of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections

There is a lot of legitimate concern about unprotected sex leading to an STI or pregnancy even in monogamous relationships. Using condoms can lead to a decrease in sensitivity possibly leading to a loss of erection. These factors too can impact sex life.


Shyness of lack of confidence can lead to embarrassment – so for instance a demand that the light be turned off prior to making love. This removes one aspect of sexual enjoyment because sex is partly visual as well as physical and aural.

Guilt about enjoying sex – a couple I treated had been “caught” when a very young couple and feared getting caught again – so sex had become a rushed and furtive affair.

Past sexual or emotional abuse or Psychological trauma

Sexual abuse, Physical and Domestic abuse, or trauma, even PTSD, can affect negatively an individual’s ability to trust and give themselves over to making love.

Relationship issues

Unresolved issues such as lack of trust or fundamental disagreements will affect such an intimate time.

Many couples who have problems outside of the bedroom also experience problems in the bedroom.

All encompassing issues might include:

Lack of connection with your partner

Unresolved conflicts

Poor communication of sexual needs and preferences

Infidelity or breach of trust

Intimate partner violence

Relationship Boredom – getting stuck in a ritual of a procedure of making love instead of being in the moment and aiming to pleasure the other partner. Perhaps over the long term love making has become stale,


Anorgasmia affects both Men and Women – despite adequate sexual stimulation the person is unable to achieve orgasm / a climax. 10% of men might be affected but the majority are Women who may have NEVER had an orgasm or find it difficult to achieve one.

What is an orgasm?

An orgasm is a feeling of intense physical and mental pleasure and release of tension, accompanied by involuntary, rhythmic contractions of the pelvic floor muscles. But it doesn’t always look — or sound — like it does in the films. The earth shaking orgasm is not as common as the magazines or media would have us think!

However a really satisfactory love life can be achieved with training or dealing with the issues with a trained Hypnotherapist using hypnosis and NLP.

What is Anorgasmia?

Anorgasmia is the medical term for regular difficulty reaching orgasm after ample sexual stimulation, causing you personal distress. Anorgasmia is a common occurrence, affecting a significant number of women but also men.

Orgasms vary in intensity, and women vary in the frequency of orgasms and the amount of stimulation required to trigger an orgasm. Actually, most women don’t consistently have orgasms with vaginal penetration alone. Foreplay and sexual stimulation outside of penetration are often required. Orgasms can often change with age, medical issues or medications you’re taking.

What can I do?

If you’re happy with the climax of your sexual activities, there’s little need for concern.

However, if you’re bothered by either the complete lack of orgasm, or the intensity of your orgasms, initially talk to your doctor about the physical effects on Anorgasmia or Erectile Dysfunction.

I can help with the psychological dimension. A high percentage of the time it is largely psychological but you should ensure with a medical professional that there isn’t an underlying physical problem.

I will work with you in a complementary way to the Medical Professional, to resolve the psychological challenges.

Lifestyle changes and Hypnotherapy can help with ED and Anorgasmia.

30% of the population suffer from ED or Anorgasmia at some time.

70% of men suffer ED at some point in life.

Male Orgasm

Statistics vary on the extent of the problem of anorgasmia in men, but approximately 10 percent of men report problems with orgasms. 70% will suffer ED at some point in life connected with psychological issues or physiological ones.

For some men, the disorder presents itself in terms of an inability to reach climax only during sexual intercourse. They may find that when masturbating they can still achieve orgasm. In such cases, it is often possible for orgasm to be reached, but only after prolonged and intense non-intercourse stimulation.

Primary anorgasmia is the term used for men who have never experienced an orgasm, while secondary anorgasmia identifies men who have experienced an orgasm in the past but are now unable to reach orgasm.

Psychological Causes

It is estimated that around 90 percent of anorgasmia problems are related to psychological issues. Surveys point to performance anxiety as the number one psychological problem.

Performance anxiety in this context is not necessarily related to “staying power,” or duration of intercourse, but may relate more to attempts to “will” a state of sexual arousal, which in turn leads to a cycle of increasing anxiety. A man may be able to achieve an erect penis but be unable to sustain the erection. Sexual activity with a partner can take on a sense of being a chore, which increases guilt and distress.

Other psychological problems, such as stress, anxiety, depression, or lack of confidence, can be helped with a hypnotherapist. Other causes may be rooted in the development of negative attitudes towards sex, sometimes from childhood. There is also a relationship between anorgasmia and childhood and adult sexual abuse or rape. Again Hypnosis and NLP can help with that.

Marital strife and boredom within a relationship coupled with a perception of a monotonous sex life are also known psychological contributory factors.

Female Orgasm

The way an orgasm feels varies from woman to woman, and and in an individual woman, it even differs from orgasm to orgasm.

The major symptoms of anorgasmia are inability to experience orgasm or long delays in reaching orgasm. But there are different types of anorgasmia:

Lifelong anorgasmia. This means you’ve never experienced an orgasm.

Acquired anorgasmia: You used to have orgasms, but now experience difficulty reaching climax.

Situational anorgasmia: You are able to orgasm only during certain circumstances, such as during oral sex or with a certain partner. You may only reach orgasm through masturbation. Most women actually can’t reach orgasm through vaginal penetration alone – so physical stimulation of the clitoris is also necessary.

Generalised anorgasmia: You aren’t able to orgasm in any situation or with any partner.

Despite what you see in the media, orgasm is no simple, sure thing. This pleasurable peak is actually a complex reaction to many physical, emotional and psychological factors. If you’re experiencing trouble in any of these areas, it often affects your ability to orgasm. If you aren’t emotionally committed to a person and in a relationship the orgasm will have a different quality.

Physical causes of anorgasmia

A wide range of illnesses, physical changes and medications can interfere with orgasm:

Medical diseases. Any illness can affect this part of the human sexual response cycle, including diabetes and neurological diseases, such as multiple sclerosis.

Gynecological issues. Orgasm may be affected by gynecologic surgeries, such as hysterectomy or cancer surgeries. In addition, lack of orgasm often goes hand in hand with other sexual concerns, such as vaginal dryness in menopause, cystitis or uncomfortable or painful intercourse.

Medications. Many prescription and over-the-counter medications can interfere with orgasm, including blood pressure medications, antihistamines and antidepressants — particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

Alcohol and smoking. Too much alcohol can cramp your ability to climax; the same is true of smoking, which can limit blood flow.

The ageing process. As you age, normal changes in your anatomy, hormones, neurological system and circulatory system often affect your sexuality. A tapering of oestrogen levels during the transition to menopause can decrease blood flow to the vagina and clitoris, which can delay or stop orgasm entirely. Vaginal dryness can make intercourse painful.

If you’re experiencing difficulty reaching orgasm, it can be frustrating for you and your partner. Plus, concentrating on climax can make the problem worse.

Most couples aren’t experiencing the headboard-banging, earth-shaking sex that appears on TV and in the movies. So try to reframe your expectations. You could focus on mutual pleasure, from moment to moment, instead of making the orgasm the be all and end all. You may find that a sustained pleasure plateau is just as satisfying as orgasm.

How Hypnotherapy and NLP helps with ED and Anorgasmia:

We can look at your individual psychological and sexual issues and reframe them and help you reconnect with your sensual self.

If you have had a time in your life when you were enjoying a happy and successful sex life we can reconnect with that.

We can teach the unconscious those things it doesn’t know.

We can deal with underlying issues such as fear, depression, or anxiety, trauma or lack of confidence.

We can start to see ourselves as a sexual being again with the capability of gaining and sustain an erection and achieving climax.

We can practice Pelvic Floor Exercises – 6 second contractions with feet turned in to each other and then turned out. 6 repeats of that. Then hold a contraction for 20 seconds.

Perfect your technique. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for three seconds, and then relax for three seconds. Try it a few times in a row. When your muscles get stronger, try doing Kegel exercises while sitting, standing or walking.


Graham Howes Hypnotherapist for Sexual Dysfunction in Ipswich Suffolk

Manage your anxiety

Managing your anxiety with hypnosis and NLP

Anxiety is when we fear that something might happen with no guarantee that it will actually happen. Most of my clients for anxiety rarely find that the predicted problem actually happens. It is easy to imagine that the “light at the end of the tunnel” is a train coming in the opposite direction.

How can we stop feeling so anxious?

Hypnosis and NLP combined can help reframe our responses and stop the anxious feeling before they escalate to stopping us from taking action to resolve the worry. 

I will help you retrain yourself to stop seeing massive problems and start viewing them as challenges to be overcome. 

It is possible ..

Call or Text Graham for a FREE CONSULTATION: 07875720623

Hypnotherapy for Anxiety in Ipswich Suffolk 

Hypno Gastric Band Weight Loss Hypnosis – forget the diet

Dieting a thing of the past?

You may have seen the HypnoGastricBand in the news over the last few years? I was an early adopter of the weight loss system. This new approach to weight loss has been highly successful. 

It isn’t a diet because UCLA research shows mostly diets eventually fail and people just put the weight back on.

This 4 part course addresses why you overeat, motivates you to lose weight and ‘fits’ a virtual gastric band. You notice when you are full and stop eating. You put some practical weight management in place. 

Best of all you STOP calorie counting and getting OCD about ‘pounds lost this week!’ 

The 4 part Course costs £260 and is tailored to you as an individual. As it is holistic if your eating is driven by things like stress, anxiety, boredom, depression, trauma, eating disorder, BDD or anything else we will find a strategy.

Call or Text Graham for a FREE CONSULTATION 07875720623

Stoptober – Stop Smoking Hypnosis Ipswich 

Stop Smoking for good

I am an Advanced Hypnotherapist, NLP and certified HypnoGastricBand Weight Loss practitioner. 

Why is that important for stopping smoking? 

Most people fail to quit smoking because they don’t also address why they feel a need to smoke. New research shows that for long term stopping smoking the best way is a course which puts you off but also helps you keep the weight off. Many people substitute eating for smoking and that’s because they didn’t address what the craving was addressing – is it stress relief, boredom, related to an activity such as having a pint? 

Each smoker has their own INDIVIDUAL reasons why they smoke and I will help you find strategies to address that “need” instead of inhaling 4000 poisons into your system. 

Ask yourself: If I gave you a glass of water with four thousand poisons in it would you drink it? 

So why suck it into your lungs? 

The course is £180 inclusive of recordings of sessions. Text or call Graham: 07875720623

Hypnotherapy to Quit Smoking in Ipswich 

Hypnosis for Exam Test Interview Audition

Hypnotherapy for Driving Test and Exams Interview or Audition Confidence in Ipswich or by Skype.

Why can I help you? 

Because I have worked as an Actor and Salesman with some high powered companies. I have 40 years as an Actor Teacher Writer and Director.

I am a qualified Drama Teacher. 

I have also run my own Theatre Company so have employed people. 

In addition I have years of experience with Hypnotherapy and NLP – even working in Harley Street with Models and Actors and people in the Media.

I have taught trained or directed many actors singers and dancers or helped presenters and journalists.

I have helped many people get that job or pass that exam.
I was able to help one Teacher who had only one more opportunity to pass his oral exam to become a Teacher. He had failed every time even though his written grades were excellent.
This time, I am pleased to say, he passed. He knew his stuff he was just blocked by nerves or stage fright.

I have helped many people pass their Driving Test who had failed numerous times because of nerves.

Thank goodness this time – They passed through learning some simple techniques .
I don’t work miracles I help you realise your potential.

Hypnotherapy and NLP for Business people
I was able to help an ex plumber land a big responsible job that he never thought he would get with a multinational oil company.

Sales people can benefit from some simple techniques and close more sales.
I helped one salesman who could never present without blushing.

There are many obstacles to success for Business Owners as well as their staff. Procrastination to name but one. Improving People skills and much more …

I am not a miracle worker  .. I simply help you find out how to achieve what you want.

FREE CONSULTATION Call GRAHAM: 01473 879561 Text or Call:07875720623

Hypnotherapy for Actors Singers Dancers and Media Presenters Confidence in Auditions and Interviews and tackling Stage Fright

I helped both an Actress and a Cabaret Singer to get beyond their nerves in Audition and Performance.

I helped a singer with crippling stage fright.

When I was employing actors for a workshop I wondered why some were good at auditions and some were not. They were all talented – but the short list was easy.

It was because some came in prepared. They looked me in the eye and smiled. They had Googled me and found out about the project ansd had pertinent questions. They shone in their audition.

The others failed on a number of levels. I took some time to give them feedback – something they almost never get. I did so in the hope of helping them take themselves to the FUTURE short list.

So now I work with people using a combination of my skills as Director Teacher hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner. Mainly because I have been there myself I could truthfully talk of how that actor could get that job, that salesman close that sale, that person pass the driving test or get good grades in the exam.
I would love to help you. I am not Tinkerbell with a magic wand – let me give you 40 years of experience to help you actually realise your potential.
You can see me at one of my practices in Ipswich Suffolk. By Skype. 

Onsite at your place of Work .. whether it be an office or theatre or film or TV set.
Talk to me for free you can email me with your phone number or leave a message by text or speech on my mobile and give me some times to call.
Call: 01473 879561 Text or Call:07875720623 FREE CONSULTATION 


Graham Howes ASHPH GHR registered GHSC regulated
Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner
Middlesex University and New College of Speech and Drama Teacher of Speech Drama and English (Distinctions)

Hypnosis for actors singers artist writer
Hypnotherapy for Passing Exams Driving Test and Interview Success or Audition Confidence and Stage Fright in Ipswich Suffolk 

The Obesity Epidemic – Is Britain the Fat Man of Europe?

“In 2014 62% of adults in England were classified as overweight (a body mass index of 25 or above) or obese, compared to 53% 20 years earlier. More than two-thirds of men and almost six in 10 women are overweight or obese.” Wikipedia

“Results for 2015 showed that 62.9% of adults were overweight or obese (67.8% of men and 58.1% of women). The prevalence of obesity is similar among men and women, but men are more likely to be overweight. A substantial proportion of obese adults have a body mass index (BMI) of well over 30.” Public Health UK

“Obesity epidemic in numbers: A person is considered overweight if they have a body mass index (BMI) between 25 and 29, and obese with a BMI of 30 and above. In England, 24.8% of adults are obese and 61.7% are either overweight or obese.” according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre NHS Choice.

What are the reasons why we are now so overweight or obese?

Bad eating is a part of the answer: 

My experience as a Certified HypnoGastricBand Hypnosis Weight Loss Hypnotherapist shows the following: 

People eat too much sugar fat and salt contained in snacks and junk food.

Sometimes this is self medication because of Stress Anxiety and for Comfort.

Some people are food addicts and cannot eat just a little of anything but have to binge the lot.

Cakes Biscuits Crisps Chocolate Burgers Pizza Ice Cream are all cited as favourite binge foods.

Alcohol in excess seems the answer at the end of the day.

Some people eat when bored.

Is any or all of this YOU?

That is why you have a weight issue and may be obese.

The diet won’t fix it – because studies at UCLA amongst others show that diets FAIL the moment people get bored and go back to their “NORMAL” way of eating because it is comforting. Bingeing, picking and nibbling or grazing, or addictive eating and misuse of alcohol are typical responses. Because you “starved” yourself you may put on MORE weight.

Some diets are dangerous because they are abnormal to your body.

Wonder Pills and Potions are gimmicks – Shekes are temporary and boring – If I asked you to replace one meal a day with Pineapple you would probably lose weight but get bored with Pineapple quickly.

Any Restrction or Starvation Diet may work short term but less likely long term.

Diet drinks containing Aspartame actually make you more hungry and may be carcinogenic – anyway do you really want to ingest unnecessary chemicals? 

A lot of the nonsense in Magazines and Newspapers is just to get you to buy the publication. Most of it is short term.

Bariatric Surgery is risky expensive and works up to a point – but if you didn’t address why you overeat you may find you are finding ways around the gastric band – I have treated many who have had weight loss surgery and are blitzing food to get past the system!

Actually you really need to:

Understand WHY you overeat 

Use Weight Management and Portion Control

Take a Course of Hypnotherapy such as the HypnoGastricBand to understand your eating and how to control it.

The Course motivates you to eat better and get moving (in a way that you can).

It is Holistic and deals with all the things that drive overeating such as:

Anxiety or Panic or Worry



Low self esteem or lack of confidence


Trauma or Abuse

Obesity can lead to Heart Trouble, Osteoarthritis, type 2 Diabetes (which is reversible with good eating), Cancer and more ..

I offer a FREE CONSULTATION face to face in Ipswich Suffolk or by Skype or Phone 

Call or Text: 07875720623


Graham Howes Advanced Hypnotherapist and NLP Practitioner Certified HypnoGastricBand Hypnosis Weight Loss Professional CNHC Approved GHR Registered GHSC Regulated in Ipswich Suffolk and by Skype (Previously Harley Street)

What Smoking Does To Your Body And How to Stop Smoking

What Smoking Does to Your Body and How to Stop Smoking

“So smoking is the perfect way to commit suicide without actually dying.”
– Damien Hirst


It wasn’t long ago when tobacco companies were using doctors in their advertisements to promote their cigarette products. I have seen an advert from the 1950s where a doctor suggests smoking as a remedy for stress!

But the times have changed — and thanks to a greater awareness surrounding the dangers of smoking — rates of smoking in the United States and UK has declined dramatically.  However 40 million Americans, for instance, continue to smoke on a regular basis, placing them at risk for a number of health complications. To learn more about the ways in which smoking affects the human body, keep reading.

The Dangers Lurking in Cigarette Smoke

A typical cigarette contains roughly 600 different ingredients, many of which are toxic. If you though that was bad, though, just wait until you hear how many chemicals are inside cigarette smoke.

Once lit, the composition of the cigarette changes, resulting in the creation of many new chemicals. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), there are approximately 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke — far more than the 600 in unlit cigarettes.

Here’s a short list of some of the up to 7,000 toxic chemicals found in cigarette smoke:


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Increased Risk of Heart Disease because of Smoking

Smoking is among the most influential risk factors of heart disease. This nasty habit damages the heart and arteries, increasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and cerebrovascular disease.

The toxic cocktail of chemicals found in cigarette smoke strain the heart, forcing it to pump faster while increasing the risk of blood clots. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death, this is something that shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you are a smoker.

Slows Down Circulation

Smoking may also have a negative impact on your circulatory system. When you smoke, the toxins will make your blood thicker (increases risk of blot clotting and strokes), while also increasing your blood pressure and heart rate.

Skin Wrinkles and Damage

This may not be quite as concerning as an increased risk of heart disease, but it’s still worth noting that smoking can damage the skin. The nicotine found in cigarette smoke causes the blood vessels in the outer layer of your skin to constrict and become narrower. This this occurs, it restricts blood flow to the skin, resulting in less oxygen and nutrients. And when your skin doesn’t get the appropriate amount of nutrients, it’s more susceptible to wrinkles and damage.

Increased Risk of Brain Damage

According to a study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, smoking damages the lining of the brain’s cortex, the region responsible for memory and cognitive function. The Public Health study in England also points out that smoking can increase your risk of having a brain aneurysm. This condition occurs when a blood vessel begins to bulge due to a weakened blood vessel wall, causing a potential fatal rupturing.

Increased Risk of Lung Cancer

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You can reverse damage due to smoking

We can’t talk about the dangers of smoking without mentioning its adverse effects on the respiratory system. It’s estimated that smoking accounts for 84% of deaths from lung cancer as well as 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

These are just a few of the disturbing ways in which smoking affects the human body. If you are looking to kick the habit, check out our help page here for more advice.

Get the support you need to make important life changes. If you would like to complement your therapy with an alternative treatment option (or need a place to start), you might consider trying hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy can help you deal with WHY you have felt a need to smoke and replace the smoking with healthy strategies. Whether your smoking is driven by habit, stress, anxiety or whatever we need to also deal with that.

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