Weight Loss – an alternative solution

It’s that time of year when holiday brochures and TV ads show tempting images of sparkling blue seas, golden beaches – and people in perfect shape showing off their bodies. That can be enough to make you throw the brochure across the room, change channels on the TV and have another handful of biscuits!

We all know that sensible eating and doing some exercise is a good start to healthy living, whether or not the objective is an hour-glass figure. And we all know that “slimming” and “weight loss” are multi-million-pound industries in their own right – just look at the books, magazines and websites dedicated to them, let alone the huge array of products promoted as being the best, the only, solution.

And yet, many people are still “overweight”. I freely admit that I take serious issue with the whole “BMI is the holy grail” nonsense. Those of you who know me will know that I am no size 6 stick insect: I probably come up as “obese” on the medical scale and I admit I could do with losing a few pounds.  But other readings come up as green, or healthy, or normal, and if my only problem is holding on to a few extra pounds, then for me, life is too short to worry about it.

The food we eat today is nothing like the food our grandparents ate – it has been sprayed with goodness knows what, much of it has been genetically modified, and there is hidden salt, sugar and oil in just about everything. If you really want to be free of the “three deadly sins” of sugar, salt and bad oils, you have to look very carefully indeed at labels, or buy, prepare and cook your own food from fresh, preferably organic. And that is not always an option.

I do a fair bit of work with people who are seriously overweight, and who have tried everything from the latest faddy diet to hours in the gym, without success. While I would encourage everyone to eat a healthy, balanced mix of food each day and to do some exercise, I believe that, for many people, the real reason they are holding onto excess weight is a deep-rooted emotional trauma. The excess layers of fat could well be there to provide comfort or protection against such events as abuse in early childhood; bullying at school; a broken heart; an abusive relationship; termination of a pregnancy or loss of a baby.
When these traumas are uncovered and healed at source, the excess weight has done its job, it is no longer needed, and it is therefore easier to let it go.
I have also worked with many people who are obsessed with food in this life because they have starved to death in a previous life. Just think about the millions who are starving today in our so-called civilised world, and imagine how many millions more would have starved many hundreds of years ago. An individual who has starved to death will often have as their passing thought – that thought that is with them as they take their final outbreath – “I will never go hungry again” or something similar. It can often be that these people, in this lifetime, are eating physical food to try to fill an emotional hole – and that doesn’t work.

If any of this chimes with you, get in touch. Email me through the form on the Contact page of this website, or call me on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I am based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, and I work from Vinings Natural Health Centre, also in Haywards Heath.

Welcome to Effective Hypnotherapy with me, Judy Sharp!

Thank you for finding your way to my website – www.effective-hypotherapy.co.uk.

Jude new pic screen shotMy name is Judy Sharp. I blend clinical hypnotherapy with past life and spirit release work to create a very powerful and highly-effective process for helping people with a wide variety of issues including:
fears and phobias
pain control
general anxiety
stress management
stopping smoking
issues with weight control
hypnotic gastric banding
sudden changes in behaviour
certain addictive behaviour patterns
I feel I need to clarify who I am as some people have been in touch recently a tad confused about the use of the phrase Effective Hypnotherapy.

College of Psychic Studies magazine feature about my work

The Spring 2015 edition of “Light”, the magazine of the College of Psychic Studies, included an article written by me about the way in which I mix elements of hypnotherapy, past lives and spirit release therapy when I am working with clients.

The magazine surfaced recently from under a pile of papers, and I thought I would share the article with you – click on the link below.

Judy’s article in Light magazine

Written testimonials

Sometimes clients will write me a letter – or, more commonly nowadays, send me an email – to let me know what changes have come about in their lives as a result of their sessions with me. It is always a pleasure to receive such feedback. A handful are reproduced here, to give a flavour of the wide range of issues that have been resolved.
Names have been  removed to maintain client confidentiality. First, a selection of “one-liners” and then a few slightly longer explanations.

“I’m more present, more awake.”

“I left (the session) not knowing up or down …. There was lots of processing, and now I am lighter, happier and more joyful.”

“I haven’t felt this good in my life.       I’ve turned the corner.”

“The work you’ve done so far has been an enormous help, thank you very much!”

“It’s easier for me to accept who I am. I’m happy with who I am, and I’m easier to get on with.”


screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-20-04-44“I really enjoyed the session, and did indeed feel the benefit of it. With regards my back, it felt very much improved straight away as you know, with a feeling of freeness that I had not experienced for years. ….. Also re the food issue, that seems to be improving too. Initially there didn’t seem to be any difference in the way I felt about food, but maybe a week or so later, it was like a switch had been flicked in my head, and I just felt all of a sudden that I ‘didn’t need to be fat anymore’ ….. It would be lovely for this to be something that I can leave behind in the past. Or perhaps more usefully, something that can be consigned to the mental rubbish bin as it is something that is now no longer required in my life.”

“I’m calmer, more relaxed. I’m able to let go, I’m finding it easier to make decisions.
My back is feeling much better. I have had problems with my right wrist for years, it is now loosening up and becoming more flexible.”


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“Food portion sizes are now smaller, I’m feeling fuller sooner. I’ve definitely got more energy, and I’m doing more. I’m sleeping well at night. I’ve moved on from guilt and anger.
“I’m good enough for myself.”



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“I just wanted to drop you an email to let you know how successful my sessions were.
I don’t think I will ever enjoy flying but at least I am able to fly. It was so nice to visit my son (and new grandchild) and this was made possible because of your help.”


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“It’s been several weeks since I last saw you and, as promised, I thought I’d let you know how things are with me.      
I have used the relaxation disc you gave me most days and I have gained great benefit from it.  
 I still suffer with pain in my back but I do have days when it is much less painful and I feel my health has benefited with relaxing more and listening to your words.
So, I am grateful for your help and send my best wishes, hoping all is well with you.”

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“I just wanted to thank you and let you know how I was getting on after that amazing session with you last Wednesday.
I felt truly unburdened and free, as well as powerful and glorious. I  feel I’ve reached a point I’ve been straining towards for years – a point where I have full confidence in who I am and full faith in all that is. And unexpectedly an enormous amount of joy and fun came from it too!
Everyone around me noticed – my interactions with others has changed a lot – no more neediness towards others, just a desire to empower and love them.
So I was on a real high for several days. No more sleeping pills – I just don’t want or need them anymore – and I’m now slowly cutting back on the other medication too.”


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“I thought I’d send you a quick email to let you know how I’m doing after our 3 sessions recently.
I started the ( ) Weight Plan shortly after our sessions and I’ve lost 2 stone in 7 weeks!
It’s a very low calorie diet (600 per day everyday) but I have stuck to it religiously and not strayed once! People around me can’t believe I haven’t binged or had a ‘treat’ but I truly have not strayed and reaped the rewards!
I’ve got another 2 and half stone to lose but feel very positive and cannot believe how well this is going for me.
It’s all down to our sessions so I’d like to thank you very much.”




Feedback from Clients

I was recently going through my client files and I noticed some common (and very positive) threads among the feedback clients had been giving me, so I thought I might share them.
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Maureen, late 40s, came to me wanting to get her life back under control, and to sort out a range of outstanding issues. We have indeed ploughed through a lot of “stuff” and Maureen is re-discovering her true self again. Feedback from her includes:
“I felt very tired after the last session, but very relieved too. Things are falling into place.”
“I feel happier, lighter. I’m finally letting go of the past.”

Kathy, early 50s, came to me with food issues: she understood that her excess weight was a physical manifestation of her “holding on to stuff”. The first session of releasing spirit “passengers” was a revelation, and in the second session there was a very vivid past life which explained a lot about issues in this current lifetime. Feedback from Kathy included comments like:
“My body is getting rid of a lot of stuff.”
“I’m much calmer, I’m sleeping better now, and I feel stronger emotionally.”

Tanya, early 30s, had issues with food and a fear of success. The past life was especially revealing, as she had not been able to openly use her healing gifts. Feedback from Tanya included:
“I’m able to join the dots now, it’s all making sense.”
“I’m sleeping much better now, and I feel more in control.”

Janet, early 70s, wanted to regain control of her life. We released a number of spirit “passengers” and uncovered two relevant past lives which provided valuable insights into this-life issues. The session of soul retrieval was especially powerful and emotional for her.
She commented, “the heaviness is lifting, I’ve reached the point of finding my strength and my power.”

Karen, mid-30s, was hampered by a lack of self-confidence and fear of success. The past life session was especially powerful and answered a lot of questions about this-life issues and relationships. After that session, Karen commented:
“So many things make sense to me now:”
“I’ve been sleeping really well.”

We also released several long-term spirit “passengers”, and after that session, Karen’s feedback included these comments:
“I was exhausted for 30 hours after that session.”
“My body has purged lots of stuff.”
“I don’t have any more cravings for sugar, and I don’t comfort eat any more either.”

Jackie, mid-50s, felt she had lot her way in life and was feeling overwhelmed by all that life had thrown at her. We released some long-term spirit “passengers” and did a lot of work on soul retrieval, an emotional session for Jackie. Afterwards, she commented:
“I don’t have any more voices in my head.”
“I slept without medication.”
“I feel more empowered now.”

Screen shot 2015-08-25 at 6.27.27 PMI find it so rewarding when clients can report such positive results from just two or three sessions – or even after the first one! Better quality of sleep seems to be a common thread for many clients, as is the sense of taking back their power and seeing things more clearly. How lovely is that!


If you find yourself in a similar situation to any of these lovely people,  if you would like to re-discover your true self, your inner power – or if you just want to sleep better – why not give me a call on 01444 459 433 or 07597 020 512. I look forward to hearing from you.


Obesity in the headlines again

Obesity issues

“If there were no large size clothes, women would have to slim down.”pear with tape measure, portrait

“Make obese people pay for their healthcare.”

“Just over 1/3 of all primary school children in Crawley are overweight.”

The headlines just go on and on, don’t they? And yet nobody seems to look at the true underlying reasons why a greater majority of the population as a whole is much fatter now than 50 years ago. It must all to do with fat people being lazy, eating too much, not doing enough exercise, eating too much rubbish food …. and yes, there is some truth in that. A healthy diet and exercise do Hamburgerhelp – but there is more to it than that, in my humble opinion.


I work with people who are seriously obese and those who just can’t shift those stubborn stones. Of course I ask them about their lifestyle, but I am much more interested in what is going with them emotionally – and inevitably there is a bucketful of reasons why these individuals have built up layers of emotional protection, usually around their middles. It could be abuse in childhood or bullying at school. It might be a traumatic break-up of a relationship or loss of a loved one. Perhaps there is a feeling that adding a layer of fat will help protect the person against further hurt, rejection or pain. By peeling the emotional onion, finding the real root causes – and resolving them – we allow the individual to move forward with more confidence.

The root cause may be traced back to a past life where that person has starved to death – this is more common than you may think. Once all of the suffering and trauma has been laid to rest back there, along with desperate final thoughts such as ;”I will never go hungry again,”  that obsession no longer exists in this lifetime – you can imagine what a difference that makes!


There is another aspect of the overweight problem which I find very interesting – and that is wheat. Yes, wheat. I have recently read Dr William Davis’ Book “Wheat Belly” and it explains in very easy-to-understand language just what chaos modern wheat is causing in our bodies.

I remember as a child growing up in rural Sussex seeing wheat growing in the fields – it stood tall and ripened naturally in the sunshine. That was “old” wheat, “real” wheat, descended from einkorn wheat which was later cultivated as Triticum aestivum, Dr Davis tells us. Demand for wheat, a staple grain in diets around the world, led scientists to start cross-breeding and genetically modifying different types of wheat to produce a grain that was resilient, quick-growing and so on. Trouble is, by crossing Wheat A with Wheat B, the result is not Wheat AB but something totally different – a genetic misfit that is causing multiple problems with our systems.

A cardiologist by profession, Dr Davis has conducted extensive research and comes up with the startling conclusion that it could well be one of the most common ingredients in our modern-day diet that is the root cause of obesity. Patients of his who gave up wheat reported remarkable results, not only weight loss but also huge improvements in conditions ranging from heart disease, diabetes, skin conditions and more. And don’t get him started on going gluten-free!

I have cut wheat from my diet – starting with all the obvious things such as bread, cakes, biscuits, pasta, pies, quiches, pizza and so on. Stage Two is to look for wheat in other products, everything from sauces and stocks to drinks. It was much easier than I thought to cut it out – especially as this naughty modern wheat can literally create an addictive pattern in the brain, just life caffeine – and I shall be very interested to see what changes I notice as the weeks pass.

I would strongly recommend the book:  Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis, published by Thorson, available from Cygnus Books  –  www.cygnus-books.co.uk.


“Curing” obesity

There was an interesting article in my newspaper, the “i”, the other day. The headline read “Just eating less and exercising ‘won’t cure obesity’ “. That in itself made me smile – to me it is obvious, but the latest findings of an extensive study are clearly headline material!

The article quoted that reputable publication The Lancet. Experts from US universities agreed that, even after actively losing pounds, biological mechanisms kick in that make it extremely difficult for previously obese people to stay a healthy weight.

It went on to quote Dr Christoper Ochner, who is assistant professor of paediatrics and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York. Dr Ochner said that, for those people with chronic obesity, “body weight seems to become biologically stamped-in and defended.”

He went on to say that few individuals ever truly recover from obesity, saying that rather they suffer from ‘obesity in remission’. “They are biologically very different from individuals of the same age, sex and body weight who were never obese.”

I think that is a really interesting phrase – “biologically stamped-in and defended” – and I agree. I would also agree that those who are obese (let’s say those who are holding on to excess weight) are very different from individuals who were never obese. And I suppose it is biological – but I would also suggest that there is more to it than that.

My own research and practical experience show that, frequently, there are very real underlying emotional reasons for people holding on to excess weight. It could be childhood abuse or bullying at school; it could be a broken relationship or even a pregnancy that was terminated. In all cases, the person concerned builds layers of protection or comfort – and no amount of eating less or exercising will shift that!

The approach I take is to uncover the real root causes: is it, perhaps, one of the reasons I mentioned above, or does it go back even further, to a past life? That is far more common that you would think. If someone has starved to death, and passed with the thought, “I’ll never go hungry again,” – that is a powerful statement to bring into the next life, albeit at an unconscious level. I have worked with several clients for whom that was exactly the scenario, and they find that they lose their obsessive craving for food when that past life trauma has been laid to rest. Or maybe there is a spirit passenger with a sweet tooth – that, too, is more common than most people think. Again, once the spirit passenger has been released, the craving for sweet foods seems to evaporate, allowing the person to change their eating habits.

And, of course, talking to that excess weight is very revealing – it knows what is role is, even if the person at a conscious level has forgotten or blocked out the root cause. Once we know exactly what the issue is, and have resolved that – at whatever level – then generally the excess weight is happy to go: its job is done, it is no longer needed.

So yes, body weight is “stamped-in and defended” – but not, I would suggest, in the way that the experts are stating. I would say that the “stamping-in” and “defending” is at a deep, unconscious level, and that it can be accessed and resolved, allowing people to let go of their excess weight and move on with their lives.

Hypnotic Gastric Banding – a case study

A lady came to see me recently to enquire about losing weight – let’s call her Angela. In her mid-50s, she was happily married, had a good job and enjoyed life to the full. Her hobbies included eating out and entertaining – and therein lay the problem! Angela loved food and found it very hard to lose weight. She recognised that, as the years pass, it is more difficult to shed those extra pounds, and was determined to do something about it. She had tried various diets with differing degrees of success and took regular exercise in the form of walking.

Investigations and conversations with Angela’s unconscious revealed a number of traumas in her life, but no past life issues to be dealt with. These current-life traumas were dealt with in a separate, very emotional session (see separate post on Soul Retrieval), as the parts of her that had been left behind were found and brought back into the fold, into the warmth of the heart. In this way, Angela became “whole” again.

The “operation” went very well, and this was followed with strong suggestions that Angela would eat less and eat more slowly, while still enjoying her food and eating enough for her body to remain healthy.

After each session, Angela reported having a really good night’s sleep and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. In the first week after the “operation” she lost 6 pounds, and a steady, healthy rate of weight loss continues. When I saw her earlier this week, she was positively glowing and looking great!

A hypnotic gastric band is not for someone who just wants to lose a couple of pounds, or eats too many bars of chocolate.
In the first session, I always go through the client’s medical history and, where I feel it appropriate, I will ask permission to discuss the situation with the client’s medical professional. But for people like Angela, who are otherwise healthy, with no issues with blood pressure and so on, it is a great option. A local private hospital charges around £5,000 for a physical gastric band operation – a surgical procedure that does not take any account of emotional or past life issues that may be responsible for the patient holding onto weight. I charge £495 as a package price to include all of the sessions and the actual “operation” – in Angela’s case it was three sessions, but it can sometimes run to four or even five, depending on the issues to be cleared prior to the “operation”.


I do a lot of work with people who are obese, who are holding onto excess weight.
That has lead me to do research in various areas, and one that fascinates me is the concept of the Brain in the Gut, the Second Brain as it is sometimes called. I shouldn’t really call it a concept, it has been clearly proven that the Enteric Nervous System (to give it its proper name) exists and is capable of “thinking”. I call this Enteric Nervous System ERIC for short – it’s much more user-friendly, don’t you think – and the way in which it affects us is really interesting.

You know for yourself that feeling of “butterflies in your stomach”, or that “gut reaction” or “feeling gutted”. They are all Eric at work! Whereas the brain in your head is a lump of grey matter that weighs some 3 pounds and has 100 billion brain cells, Eric lines the whole of the intestines and has more than 100 million brain cells (that’s about the same as a cat).

Eric is linked to the brain in the head by the Vagus nerve, and far more signals are sent from Eric to the brain in the head than the other way round, so Eric instigates more activity. If Eric senses something wrong with food or drink that has been taken into the system, it will spring into action, deciding whether to expel it onwards through the digestive system or back the way it came (or, in extreme cases, both!).

It is highly sensitive and will pick up signals that it then transmits to the brain in the head – hence the “butterflies” sensation before you actually realise that you are feeling nervous or excited; or the “gut reaction” before you analyse why you are feeling the way you do. Nor is it any coincidence that Eric covers the area of the Solar Plexus, where we give out and receive energy signals – logical, really, isn’t it?

Eric rules the digestive system and, therefore, is involved with all issues to do with that part of the body. In my work, it is not unusual for me to consult Eric as well as the client’s unconscious to gain a better understanding of what is really going on, and what needs to be done in order to resolve issues that are based in that area.

One of my (many) questions about bariatric surgery is just what effect it has on Eric. I am aware of the effectiveness of a surgical gastric band or, even more extreme, a gastric by-pass, but at what cost? First, the emotional root causes of holding on to weight have not been dealt with and secondly, what consideration has been given to Eric? Precious little. Like chopping down trees to make way for a road, and then wondering why there are more landslides (no tree roots to hold the earth in place), bariatric surgery achieves its goal – but there is always a price to pay, and by interfering with Eric’s normal function, it could be a very high price indeed.


It never surprises me when the root cause of an issue is traced back to a past life.
My studies, my research and my own experiences all tell me how common this is.
It applies across a wide range of scenarios – health, money and relationship issues as well as fears and phobias.

Just recently I had a client whose prime concern was that she was holding on to excess weight. As a separate issue, she explained that she always had problems with relationships with men: they were always in some way abusive and she ended up feeling used.

In the first session we cleared some spirit energies that had been having a negative influence on her. In the second session we did some very emotional soul re-integration work. And we found a past life in which she had been stoned to death because she was a ‘witch’ – a healer woman who worked with herbs. In that life, she had felt like an outsider, different from the rest, and had preferred to stay single all of her short life.

In the third session, we explored another past life, with the specific request that we should find the life that was most relevant for her issues with men. And, as always, the unconscious guided us to exactly the right life. In that lifetime, the client was a young black slave on a plantation owned by white people. Because she was young and beautiful – and in no position to fight back – she was repeatedly used and abused by the white overseer. Whenever she had a child, it was taken away. At one stage I asked the slave girl to move forward to the next important event in her life. She told me the overseer had been killed in an accident. When I asked how she felt, she said she was relieved that there would be no more suffering.

Moving her forward to the end of her life, I asked how she felt, looking back over the life she had just lived. Not surprisingly, she said she was angry, bitter, resentful . . . it was a wasted life, there had been so much hurt and pain. And the passing thought – the emotion she felt as she passed from that life – was “never again”, which was exactly the phrase the client in this life had used during the soul re-integration work. It was that highly-charged “never again” that had been carried forward to this lifetime.

And, of course, she had built up layers of protection against such use and abuse – by putting on weight and not letting it go. We talked to the excess weight and made a contract with it – if she kept her side of the bargain and did what she needed to do, then the weight would go, even though it was hard to let go after so long.

The two issues of obesity and relationships with men were inter-linked, and by finding the real root cause of one, we were able to resolve both. Interestingly the client – of black origin – said that she had never dated white men: now she knew why!

Who she was then directly influenced who she is now.