More than irritating
First things first
IBS is a medical condition. If you think you may be suffering from IBS, or are experiencing IBS symptoms, then it is important that you have had your symptoms checked by your GP, and that IBS is the confirmed medical diagnosis.
How the brain communicates
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a syndrome which affects up to
8 million people in the UK. The exact cause of IBS is unknown, but specialists believe it may be in the way the brain communicates with the intestinal tract, causing it to move too slow or too fast. Studies have shown a correlation between IBS, anxiety and stress, in which one will often aggravate the other, though they are not known to be direct causes. However, most experts now agree that this condition is closely linked to emotional factors.
Understandably, almost obsessive
For many IBS sufferers there is a constant – almost obsessive – preoccupation with one’s bowel movements. The proximity of a toilet is a constant worry, public transport will usually be avoided, driving on motorways with long gaps between services can cause great anxiety, regular trips will have toilet facilities ‘landmarked’ in the mind in case the toilet is needed.
The IBS sufferer is likely to be anxious about visiting somebody’s house in case they need to visit the toilet suddenly, or people might think ‘you have been a long time’, there is likely to be worries about any smell that may be left behind. Work meetings are likely to create more anxiety in case you need to leave the meeting in a hurry, or how long will the meeting go on in case the toilet is needed. Indeed, just about any event creates an onslaught of anxious thought patterns. It may be the case that at some point you have had an ‘accident’ whilst away from home, or a ‘near miss’, which can be very embarrassing and traumatising, creating feelings of fear and panic of it ever happening again.
As we can see, the whole condition is a breeding ground for stress and anxiety, and whilst IBS itself is not thought to be caused by stress or anxiety, there is no doubt that it will be a contributing factor in maintaining the condition through the constant stream of anxious thought patterns.
The mind body connection
The mind and the body work together as one interconnected unit and are inseparably joined, therefore, the mind has a huge effect on what is happening in the body. Gut directed hypnotherapy for IBS has been researched clinically on many occasions over the past twenty years and shown to be one of the most effective treatments for the majority of those with classic IBS symptoms, with proven produce positive results with over 70% of those who use it.
Gut directed hypnotherapy
The gut is extremely sensitive and very reactive to our emotions, therefore, when we learn to manage our emotions through hypnotherapy, this can immediately ease any pressure on the gut. I am trained in gut-directed hypnotherapy which will be incorporated into specific stress and anxiety reducing hypnotherapy treatment.
Gut-directed hypnotherapy focuses specifically on relaxation and visualisation techniques targeted at the communication centres between the brain and the gut, and the gut back to the brain. Positive results are often seen after the first session with further improvement over just four or five sessions. I will also teach you self-hypnosis and Mindfulness techniques to use between sessions and after the treatment has ended.
I am a full-time hypnotherapist, psychotherapist and counsellor who has been providing hypnotherapy, hypnosis, psychotherapy, CBT and counselling in Horsham and Crawley for over a decade