Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects up to 20% of people at some point in their lives, women being more likely to seek help for it than men. A single cause has yet to be found. IBS is thought to be associated with increased sensitivity in the lining of the gut and often symptoms are triggered by stress, although there are different triggers in different people. It causes numerous and varied unpleasant, painful and at debilitating gastro-intestinal symptoms which may come and go. Frequently these are exacerbated by stress and themselves can contribute to high levels of stress.
A large number of studies have confirmed that deep relaxation, hypnotherapy, meditation and guided imagery can all help to alleviate the symptoms. In fact NICE guidelines recommend CBT and hypnotherapy for management of IBS, if after 12 months drug treatment hasn't helped sufficiently. In a study where patients had 12 sessions of therapy, 70 to 80% benefitted and the effects lasted beyond the course of treatment.
In practice, good improvement can be made in 4 to 6 sessions. By using hypnotic relaxation, guided imagery and individually tailored psychotherapy I will give you the skills and tools to experience an improved quality of life by impacting on the way your brain controls your gut.
I have designed a 4 week programme to bring lasting relief to your symptoms.
assessment: listening to your story; intro. to relaxation
week 1: intro. to CBT; psychoeducation: the brain-gut connection
hypnosis - deep muscle relaxation
week 2: What is your mind telling your gut?
hypnosis - gut-directed healing metaphors
week 3: What is your story around your pain?
hypnosis - pain management - reduction & change
week 4: Stress & anxiety - using CBT techniques to overcome
hypnosis - your choice - what has worked best for you?
Includes 2 recordings to listen to between sessions
“Hypnosis is the epitome of mind-body medicine. It can enable the mind to tell the body how to react, and modify the messages that the body sends to the mind.” – New York Times