Bloating, constipation, cramps and diarrhoea - just some of the physical symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). However, IBS can also cause anxiety, worry and embarrassment which can negatively affect many aspects of our life.
Not all IBS is caused by anxiety, however, like many illnesses, IBS symptoms can be made worse by stress.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you learn to respond in more constructive ways to your stress triggers by bringing about a different, more useful perspective. This helps you to feel more in control and better able to cope with life's stressses by promoting a more positive mindset which in turn can alleviate symptoms.
In our Initial Consultation, I will give you an understanding of how our brains work and why we think and behave as we do. It’s incredibly powerful to have this understanding and enables you to make the first step towards change and help break the vicious cycle of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours that help keep stress levels elevated.
In subsequent sessions using a combination of "talking therapy" techniques and hypnosis, I will help you to move further out of this negative mind-set and bring back a more balanced perspective on life. This will also help you feel calmer and more in control. We will focus on how you want to feel (and not how you don't) and identify the steps needed to get you there, all of which will be personal and appropriate to you. We will also focus on self management tools to help you maintain your stress levels in the long term.
The deep relaxation experienced during hypnosis aids the process considerably by reducing tension and providing mental capacity to cope with the stressors you are facing. It also reduces your levels of stress chemicals thereby encouraging a rapid relief in symptoms.
Peter Whorwell, Professor of Medicine & Gastroenterology at the University of Manchester, has investigated the application of hypnotherapy to manage and treat IBS since the 1980s. His pioneering research demonstrates that over 60% of IBS sufferers who undertake hypnotherapy see long-term improvement and even the complete disappearance of symptoms, often with no recurrence.
Thanks largely to Professor Whorwell, hypnotherapy is now acknowledged within the medical profession as an evidenced-based therapy that can help alleviate the symptoms of IBS. The National Institute for Clinical and Care Excellence (NICE) lists hypnotherapy as one of the treatments to help with IBS.
If you feel it's time to act, please contact me to make an appointment or simply to have a chat to find out more.
Thank you for visiting! Please note that I am now practicing in Stockbridge, having moved from my previous clinic in Chandlers Ford. Google is still showing the old address, but I hope that this will be corrected very soon.