Medical Hypnosis for IBS
You don’t have to live in humiliation or demoralization. The research protocol out of the University of North Carolina is highly researched and highly effective resulting in a decrease in symptoms for 80% of difficult to treat IBS cases. This treatment is available for telemental health appointments.
IBS is Awful!
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a debilitating condition that feels like it has no cure. In fact, it doesn’t have a cure.
That doesn’t mean that IBS can’t get better though, to a level where the person feels like they can function normally and not spend endless hours per day thinking about, planning for and feeling their IBS.
Medical hypnosis for IBS is a highly researched and highly effective protocol for IBS researched at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill created by Dr. Pallson. The protocol is for 7 hypnosis sessions every other week. With just 7 sessions, hypnosis provides effective relief for 80% of patients. Treatment often helps people who haven’t improved with other methods (Whorwell et al., 1984, 1987; Palsson et al., 1997, 2000) and the positive affects last for years after treatment with hypnosis.
Palsson recently published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis (Oct. 2015, v 58, 2) where he reviewed 35 studies of the use of hypnosis for Gastrointestinal Disorders. All of the studies, every single one of them, reported significant improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms. Often the hypnosis helped improve other disorders as well such as migraines and areas of chronic pain.
When talking about treatment for IBS, the information on the government website Office of Women’s Health on hypnotherapy for IBS says the following:
COUNSELING AND STRESS RELIEF
Many people who seek care for IBS also have anxiety, panic, or depression. Stress is also an issue for people with IBS because it can make the symptoms worse. Research shows that psychological therapy can help ease IBS symptoms. Therapies that can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a short-term treatment that mixes different types of therapies and behavioral strategies. The type of CBT used to treat IBS may focus on managing life stress. Or, it may focus on changing how a person responds to anxiety about IBS symptoms.
- Dynamic psychotherapy, an intensive, short-term form of talk therapy. It may focus on in-depth discussions about the link between symptoms and emotions. The therapy may also help people identify and resolve interpersonal conflicts.
- Hypnotherapy, where people enter an altered state of consciousness. Visual suggestions are made to imagine pain going away, for example.
General stress relief is also important. Exercising regularly is a good way to relieve stress. It also helps the bowel function better and improves overall health. Meditation, yoga, and massage may also help.
Hypnotherapy for IBS is one of three top suggestions for the treatment of IBS.
Why does the government website say this? Because hypnotherapy for IBS has been highly researched and proven effective. Pallson did studies over years and years until he found exactly what works to decrease symptoms of IBS.
The researchers didn’t just go by self-report. They did medical tests and took bowel samples to make sure that the treatments for IBS that they were offering were truly effective. And they are.
“The Hypnosis totally helped. I know my IBS flares up when I get anxious and under stress. The Hypnosis helped me control not just the IBS, but also my anxiety.” – Nancy C.
Medical Hypnosis for IBS Package Includes:
- Free Initial Telephone Consultation
- Coordination with your GI doctor
- 7 sessions over 14 weeks (One session every other week)
- MP3 hypnosis for home use
- Periodic reporting and end of treatment report to your doctor.
Is this for me?
If you’re unsure if Hypnosis for IBS is for you, answer the following questions:
- Have you had tests to rule out disorders that can mimic IBS? (If yes, this treatment is appropriate.)
- Have you been diagnosed with IBS by a medical doctor? (If yes, this treatment is appropriate.)
- Do you have active symptoms of IBS? (If yes, this treatment is appropriate.)
- Has your IBS responded to conventional treatment? (If no or only partially, this treatment is appropriate.)
- Have your IBS medications stopped working or only partially work? (If yes, this treatment is appropriate.)
- Do you feel hopeless sometimes about reducing your IBS symptoms? (If yes, this treatment is appropriate.)
If you have not been diagnosed with IBS by a medical doctor, this treatment isn’t appropriate for you. It requires formal diagnosis. If you’re having other GI symptoms, then we can discuss the use of hypnosis to reduce your symptoms.
About Dr. Liz
I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I have special certification in Hypnosis and a specialty in anxiety treatment, which often vastly affects IBS. I also have had IBS myself.
I provide a non-judgmental environment where you feel supported and safe using a supportive, research based treatment to help you on your path to feeling more stable with less symptoms of IBS.
I’m a member of the following Societies:
- Board Member of the Florida Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- Member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
- Member of the American Counseling Association
- Give an Hour Registered Volunteer (Free treatment for Veterans)
- Founding member of the South Florida Women’s Health Alliance.
- Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Volunteer
How to Get Started
To start medical hypnosis for IBS, you simply need to Contact Me to request a free consultation. We will schedule a time to talk on the phone and review your diagnosis and current symptoms. If you’re appropriate for the treatment, we schedule an appointment and get started helping you feel better!
Yours in health,