This small hypnotherapy group is intended to target and treat brain-gut dysregulation which may be contributing to your digestive health concerns such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), or other digestive issues through the use of a specific treatment called Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy.
The goal of this protocol is to help the brain re-learn how to interpret signals that come from the digestive tract, and therefore correct any faulty signals that it may be sending to the gut through the ongoing, two-way communication that constantly occurs between the two. When you correct faulty communication between your brain and digestive tract, you may begin to see improvements in your anxiety and overall mood.
Unlike the media-hyped displays that we often see on television programs or movies, hypnosis is not a “mind-control” method where an unsuspecting volunteer begins to cluck like a chicken at the whim of a performing hypnotist. On the contrary, one of the most important factors in clinical hypnosis is the cooperation and trust that’s formed between the client and the hypnotherapist.
Before answering the question of how hypnosis works, let’s first clarify what we mean by hypnosis vs hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is the practice of guiding someone into a “trance” state, which in the simplest of terms, works by engaging and guiding the subconscious mind while it is under a state of deeply focused relaxation.
Hypnotherapy is what we refer to as the way that hypnosis is applied. Think of it as a tool. While under a state of hypnosis, referred to as a “trance” state, your hypnotherapist can help your mind and body become connected in a way that’s not normally accessible to you. Through the use of suggestions meant to elicit thoughts about the changes that you are looking to make, your hypnotherapist will help you tap into a well of ideas that can benefit your life.
Depending on your goals, hypnotherapy can be used on its own or in combination with other methods. Before attempting to engage in hypnosis, your therapist should provide you with enough education and knowledge to leave you feeling at ease with the process, or at the very minimum, with a clear understanding of what hypnosis is, and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. When you attempt to find a hypnotherapist, always make sure to ask about training or education that qualifies them to use hypnotherapy.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR HYPNOTHERAPY?
Not everyone will be a good hypnotherapy candidate. In order to assess this, an informational consultation will be necessary in order to provide you with information, as well as to assess your needs, digestive medical history, and other daily life stressors which may be compounding factors to your symptoms. For these reasons, an initial intake is necessary. Kindly note that an initial intake will not guarantee enrollment if certain conditions do not make you an appropriate candidate for hypnotherapy.
WILL THIS CURE MY IBS, IBD, OR CHRON’S DISEASE?
While a substantial amount of past and ongoing studies show the efficacy of Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy in helping to relieve brain-gut communication problems that may cause or worsen symptoms related to IBS, IBD, and Crohn’s, there are a number of other factors that may contribute to ongoing symptoms.
Nutrition, chronic stress, inappropriately-treated anxiety, and unprocessed trauma can continue to affect your digestive health and overall health. Gut-Directed Hypnotherapy will not address any of those factors, but other types of therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Brainspotting , will.
No treatment can guarantee a “cure,” but your active participation between sessions will make you more likely to see better outcomes.
SOME OTHER COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How Long Will This Treatment Take?
This group is an eight-session treatment. You will attend an initial private introduction/intake session and then meet up for seven group hypnotherapy sessions. The group meets every other week until the seven sessions are completed.
When and Where Does the Group Meet?
The group will meet every other Wednesday at 5:00 PM until the seven-session hypnotherapy protocol has been completed. The introduction/intake sessions will take place individually.
How Many People Will be in This Group?
There will be no more than five group members at one time and a minimum of two people is required in order for the group to take place. If you prefer to have individual sessions, it may be possible to have this arranged, depending on availability.
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