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.
“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
Combining logic with imagination along with other strategies I use a CBT approach combined with hypnosis to enable you to start facing your fear with confidence and safety, initially in the therapy room and then in your life. You'll learn what it means to feel truly relaxed and empowered and acquire strategies you can take with you to apply more generally in your life. In a sense, overcoming your phobia is a retraining of your mind and body - a reconditioning of your nervous system. What has been learned can be unlearned!
"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere" - Albert Einstein