Myra Durkin, MSW, LICSW

I introduced the Virtual Gastric Band procedure to the Boston area. I am one of a select handful of hypnotherapists trained in this technique in the US, and the first in the Boston area. I am the only licensed psychotherapist in the Boston area offering this procedure.


Martin and Marion Shirran developed the Virtual Gastric Band weight-loss technique in Europe. This technique was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America in September, 2010. The Shirrans report remarkable success in helping patients to lose considerable weight with no surgical intervention and no medication. Because the technique addresses the core underlying reasons for weight gain, the weight loss is lasting.

Virtual Gastric Band treatment is a hypnotherapeutic procedure that simulates the impact and benefits of gastric band surgery. The major difference is the "surgery" takes place in the unconscious mind of the patient only.

The Virtual Gastric Band procedure is available to anybody who wishes to achieve lasting significant weight loss regardless of whether they are candidates for weight-loss surgery.

The procedure was developed as a replacement for weight loss surgeries such as gastric band and gastric bypass surgery. Two major problems with weight loss surgery are: its risks and complications; and the possibility of regaining weight lost as a result of the surgery, because the fundamental emotional reasons for weight gain are often not addressed.

Candidates for weight loss surgery include people who weigh more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight, have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, and/or type 2 diabetes. These people are candidates for a Virtual Gastric Band procedure. Anyone who has struggled with weight gain can also benefit from it.

Results and trials so far of Virtual Gastric Band treatments have been promising. Hypnotherapists report that patients who've received the treatments have experienced a 74% - 95% success rate, losing and maintaining the loss of significant amounts of weight.

Link to the report “Possible Weight Loss Through Hypnosis” on ABC’s Good Morning America here.

Call 617 628-7155 for an appointment.