with Linda Carter
Hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Treating IBS with hypnotherapy is an effective and accepted approach, encouraged not only by those who have experienced and benefited from the treatment, but by doctors and specialists too.
It is a uniquely comfortable form of treatment; relaxing, easy and generally very enjoyable. It is effective as it helps to eliminate the associated anxiety around IBS. It does this by re-programming your unconscious mind to no longer feel the symptoms of IBS.
You will begin to break the old debilitating habits of worrying about symptoms, finding where the nearest toilet is or being nervous about the consequences of eating. Pain and discomfort will be reduced and you'll experience an improvement in all your central symptoms, including any feelings of anxiety and depression. The beneficial effects of the treatment last long after the end of the course of treatment. According to research, individuals who improve from hypnosis treatment for IBS can generally look forward to years of reduced irritable bowel symptoms and therefore an improvement in their overall quality of life.
Facts about IBS
IBS is the most common functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorder with worldwide prevalence rates ranging generally in the area of 10–15%.
IBS is twice as common in women.
IBS is a functional problem i.e. a problem with the functional behaviour of the gut rather than the structure or biology. Causes are complex and inadequately understood.
IBS has proven challenging to treat effectively. Many patients who receive medical care do not get satisfactory relief.
Psychological interventions are a logical approach because the brain helps regulate intestinal functioning and controls pain perception from gut sensations.
A lot of different psychological treatments have been tested with some success - however the treatments shown to be most successful by far are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and hypnosis treatment.
Hypnotherapy is evidence based treatment for IBS
Hypnotherapy for IBS or Gut Directed Hypnotherapy has been proven very effective at reducing the symptoms of IBS by high-quality academic research. Several clinical trials based on the work of Dr. Olafur S. Palsson and others at the University of North Carolina have demonstrated the benefits of a scripted programme for long-lasting improvement of bowel symptoms - particularly for people who've been unresponsive to medical treatment. Whilst there's no guarantee of 100% success, clinical trials have shown response rates of 73% to 94%, with benefits maintained at 6, 10, or 12 month follow-ups.
Link to supporting research (abstract only)
Olafur S. Palsson & Maranda van Tilburg (2015) Hypnosis and guided Imagery Treatment for Gastrointestinal Disorders: Experience With Scripted Protocols Developed at the University of North Carolina, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis.
Who is gut directed hypnotherapy treatment for?
This treatment is for anyone who has been clinically diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), anyone with chronic gastrointestinal issues or anyone who has researched their symptoms and perhaps describes themselves as having 'toilet anxiety'.
With my IBS hypnotherapist expertise, I will guide you to focus and visualise a number of different calming, soothing and healing scenarios which deeply relax you, relieve physical discomfort and create a feeling of peace and calm. In addition I will guide you to visualise the future, promoting positive and empowering feelings about your life being free of symptoms and how amazing and liberating that will feel!
For those people who've invested in their long term health by having gut directed hypnotherapy, they describe the treatment as "life changing".
Successful IBS Treatment
My Seven Session programme is based on the standardised approach as evidenced in published studies to successfully treat IBS. The package includes:
One 60 min initial assessment session where I can understand fully your own individual symptoms, struggles and stressors. The session will conclude with a short introduction to guided healing hypnosis with an initial focus on relaxation.
A further six 45 - 50 min sessions carried out every week following your initial session. These will comprise of a discussion to track how you're feeling throughout the treatment plus a guided gut-directed healing hypnosis session.
A recording each week that you'll be given to listen to in-between each session. You'll therefore have a suite of 6 recordings to keep by the end of the treatment.
At the end of the seven sessions I can also give you a free assessment of any other psycho-emotional needs that I believe you may have (based on any other issues you may have disclosed to me), advising whether further hypnotherapy sessions addressing these would be beneficial in order to resolve them.
Gut Directed Hypnotherapy
(£72.14 per session)
Each session is done via WhatsApp, FaceTime or Google Meet
(no account required)
Full payment for the seven session package is taken online 24 hours in advance of the first session.
If you are not in the UK and paying in a currency other than GBP£, payment is done via Paypal.
Gut Directed Hypnotherapy
(£85.00 per session)
Each session is carried out at The Natural Health Centre in Kings Norton, South Birmingham
Full payment for the seven session package is taken in the first session.
I accept all major credit & debit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay
(in person sessions only)
To feel the full transformative and lasting benefits of this treatment, a 7 week commitment is required in order to complete the evidence based course of sessions.
Clients tell me they start to feel the benefits of gut directed hypnotherapy within 1 - 2 sessions.
If you are unable to keep any of your appointments it is essential that you inform me by email at least 24 hours in advance, upon which you will receive written confirmation from myself should you wish to reschedule and change the appointment to an alternative date.
Failure to obtain written confirmation from me will result in a cancelled appointment charge.
Being more than 15 minutes late for a session (either in person or online) without 24 hours notice and agreement from me is considered a forfeiture of the session.
In case of cancellation of your Gut Directed Hypnotherapy package before completion of the seven sessions, I refund the remaining amount based on the original price of a single completed session - these are:
£90 per session (online Gut Directed Hypnotherapy)
£110 per session (in person Gut Directed Hypnotherapy)
For example, if you complete 4 of the 7 online sessions and then cancel, you pay £90 per online session, deducted from the package price, allowing a refund to you of £145. If you complete 4 of the 7 in person sessions and then cancel, you pay £110 per in person session, deducted from the package price, allowing a refund to you of £155.