I specialize in IBS-focused hypnotherapy. It’s a very effective treatment that can make a big difference to peoples’ lives. I always ask for a medical diagnosis of IBS from a client before starting treatment.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms vary from person to person, but can include constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating and urgency. Trying to manage what are often unpredictable, and at times debilitating and embarrassing symptoms, can leave you feeling out of control and isolated. You adapt your world to cope, may have to limit what you do, and live a compromised version of the life you want.
But that doesn't have to be the end of the story: medical research has shown that IBS focused hypnotherapy can help. In 70% of cases it reduced individual experience of IBS symptoms by 50% or more. The goal of treatment is to change your experience of symptoms from a persistent intrusion to just a minor irritation. Whilst there is no known cure for IBS, hypnotherapy may help bring you control over your symptoms, and over how your symptoms affect your life.
Will it work for me?
The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) suggest that hypnotherapy should be considered as a psychological treatment for people with continuing IBS who do not respond to pharmacological treatments after 12 months.
Medical research has shown that hypnotherapy can relieve the symptoms of IBS* and also that the beneficial effects of hypnotherapy on symptom relief appear to last for at least five years**
How does it work?
Your thoughts alone can produce a physical response in your body. It’s common, for example, to experience the feeling of butterflies in your stomach when anxious. IBS-focused hypnotherapy is a type of behavioural therapy that trains you how to use your thoughts to alter how you feel physically. By applying techniques of focused thought you can learn how to control your physical experience of your IBS symptoms. But it’s more than thinking alone: research has shown that the impact of such training is much more pronounced if you apply these skills in the deep state of relaxation that you achieve in a trance.
Treatment involves 6 to 12 weekly 1 hour sessions that are specifically IBS focused and tailored to your experience of the problem. No medications are needed and the therapy is a relaxing empowering process, that for some has been found to also help to reduce anxiety levels and some depression. Whilst there is still no known cure for IBS, hypnotherapy can help you bring this challenging condition under control.