What you can expect:
The treatment consists of 8 session spaced about 2 weeks apart. Each session is 50-55 minutes long.
The 1st session is an initial consultation and assessment. It is a chance for me to learn about you and your experience of IBS, and to tell you more about the treatment process and what to expect. It is also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have before continuing on to the actual treatment.
The remaining 7 sessions consist of the hypnosis treatment as well as some discussion. After the 3rd session, I give you a self-hypnosis cd recording (about 15 minutes long) and ask that you practice the self-hypnosis once a day at least 5 days a week for the remainder of the treatment. This home practice provides you with a repeated experience of deep relaxation combined with hypnotic suggestions focused on gut comfort and healthy functioning. The effects of these regular self-hypnosis experiences are then reinforced and enhanced by the in-person hypnosis sessions. The combination of home practice with in-person hypnosis treatment is one of the reasons this approach is so effective.