Dr. Sera Lavelle, Ph.D and Dr. Samantha Gaies, Ph.D are Clinical Psychologists who specialize in using hypnosis and therapy based in clinical research to help people overcome their battles with food, specializing in binge eating and bulimia. The goal is not just to end the addiction, but also to stop viewing food in terms of good and bad so that a person gets out of the cycle of overindulging and self-blame. They have been written about in Elle Magazine and Allure and helped hundreds of people end their struggle with food.
The difference in their approach is that they fully understand the psychological reasons that people struggle with eating. They both hold doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology and have specialized training with dysfunctional eating. Their approach utilizes advanced hypnosis techniques to help a person crave balance and gain more willpower, while using a combination of CBT, mindfulness, and analytic therapy techniques to help resolve internal conflicts.
"You Are Feeling Very Skinny"
Please see the January 2010 issue of Allure Magazine for an in-depth review of Dr. Sera Lavelle’s work with weight loss.
Please see the January 2009 issue of ELLE Magazine for an exclusive interview with Dr. Sera Lavelle, PhD, New York City's expert in using hypnosis for weight loss. Article focuses on the journalist's experience working with Sera to reach her diet and fitness goals.
Most people struggle with food not because they don’t know what to eat, but because they alternate between being too restrictive, and then overindulging in a way that leaves them feeling badly both physically and emotionally. For some, this overindulgence is self-punishment, while for others, this overindulgence is a failed attempt at self-soothing. Either way, the person is left feeling less happy because they overindulged, which often perpetuates the cycle.
Struggling with weight is one of the most difficult challenges people have to face today. It is not the weight or the food itself, but that many people have to fight a constant psychological battle between feeling like they need to starve themselves to look good, and overindulging when they feel like they just can't take it anymore. Restoring balance with food and weight can be more impactful than anything else in life because it is so essential to everyday living and overcoming this issue frees up emotional space. Once a person takes control of their eating, they start to regain control over their lives in a variety of contexts. This kind of change promotes a new confidence that the person may have never experienced before.