The national and international guidelines for the therapy of irritable bowel syndrome recommend so-called gut-directed hypnosis. This approach is not just about improving the symptoms, but about identifying and addressing the cause. The hypnosis therapy, which is directed specifically to the abdomen, starts directly at the brain-gut axis, the connection between the central nervous system and the intestine.
The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be confused with those of many other intestinal diseases.
It is therefore important that you have your symptoms clarified by a specialist before starting hypnosis therapy, so that the diagnosis of IBS is confirmed by him/her.
Among all illnesses that can be treated by hypnosis, irritable bowel syndrome has the broadest range of evidence. The high degree of relaxation achieved with gut-directed hypnosis is an additional positive side effect. For science enthusiasts I have listed the most relevant studies of recent years below (with links).
The first step into unknown territory is often not easy and requires courage. I consider it a good idea to have a short conversation over the phone before your first personal visit to my practice in Walchwil, at your house or online. The purpose is to find out your concerns and goals, to discuss the preparation for your first visit and a possible future collaboration. It is important to me that you feel comfortable and understood in the context of our cooperation.
This call lasts about 10-15 minutes.
Whether in person or online, the preliminary conversation focuses on getting to know each other and getting an in-depth understanding of the issue, your history, your life circumstances and your goals. You can lean back and relax. Here, your concerns may be “put on the table” and we will discuss the next steps. I invite you to ask me any questions you may still have regarding hypnosis therapy, coaching or mentoring.
A typical preliminary session lasts about 60 minutes.
What should you bring along?
Motivation and the will to make a healthy change coupled with a positive attitude and curiosity. In addition, it is also beneficial if you come to me at your own request. Inside the building and during the sessions, wearing a mask is currently compulsory: please bring your own from home. It is recommended to refrain from caffeinated drinks 24 hours before the sessions. You should wear comfortable clothes and after the sessions, allow yourself a little rest.
A session lasts between 60-90 minutes.
What can you expect from me?
Empathy, attention, reliability and methodical competence.
Depending on the topic, it is useful to start the week after our preliminary conversation. Some topics require only one or two sessions, others possibly up to seven. At the beginning the interval between the sessions should be close, ideally one week. If some things have already been resolved and the pressure of suffering has decreased, then intervals of two to three weeks make sense, with the exception of irritable bowel syndrome and pain management. In these cases, I advise you individually.
After about 2-3 months a catamnestic session follows. This serves as a follow-up and a refresher if needed.
Everything you always wanted to know about hypnotherapy!
The trance is induced by specific speech and behavioural patterns. During hypnosis verbal repetitions and mental images are used by the therapist. Your focus and concentration are significantly increased. This makes you more open to engage in experiences. As a result, you can usually reach your therapy goals faster. Hypnotic trance causes you to be particularly attentive and (typically) pleasantly relaxed at the same time. You hear your therapist’s voice, are aware of and alert to everything around you. You can also speak to the therapist or communicate non-verbally. Your consciousness is not switched off but calmed. You can choose to open your eyes and stand up at any time. Afterwards you remember everything that happened during the hypnosis.
Hypnotherapy is usually done with closed eyes. However, some treatments can also be carried out with open eyes. This can be, for example, a concentrated state during a conversation between you and the therapist (coach). The permissive approach (often referred to as Ericksonian Hypnotherapy) has proven to be very helpful in hypnosis. Here the unconscious is invited to join in and choose the path it wants to take. The hypnotic suggestions are thus usually not used directly but packed into stories. The conscious mind often does not understand these hypnotic stories at all, but they go directly to the subconscious. The choice to get involved is very important.
Die hypnotische Trance bewirkt, dass Sie besonders aufmerksam und (typischerweise) gleichzeitig angenehm entspannt. Sie nehmen Stimmen, Geräusche rundherum wahr und können auch mit dem Therapeuten sprechen oder non-verbal kommunizieren. Ihr Bewusstsein ist nicht ausgeschaltet, sondern beruhigt. Sie können auch jederzeit die Augen aufmachen und aufstehen. Sie erinnern sich nach der Hypnose an alles, was geschah.
Hypnosetherapie erfolgt meist mit geschlossenen Augen. Manche Anwendungen finden aber auch mit offenen Augen statt. Dies ist beispielsweise ein konzentrierter Zustand während eines Gesprächs zwischen Ihnen und dem Therapeuten (Coach).
Als sehr hilfreich haben sich bei der Hypnose permissive Formulierungen erwiesen. Dabei wird das Unbewusste eingeladen, mitzumachen und sich den Weg auszuwählen, den es möchte. Die Suggestionen werden so meist nicht direkt ausgesprochen, sondern in Geschichten verpackt. Diese hypnotischen Geschichten versteht der bewusste Verstand oft gar nicht, sondern sie gehen direkt ans Unterbewusste. Die Wahlmöglichkeit, sich darauf einzulassen, ist ganz wesentlich.
No. People who choose hypnosis typically do not come to lose control, but quite the opposite: to gain control. Namely, over parts of their life where they have had little control. Hypnosis helps you to remain the “master of your senses”. It can also help you to find new ways to access your feelings. For many, this is a crucial step to achieve their goals with hypnotherapy. In any case, you always have full control over what you say and do in a session.
Let me reassure you: you only disclose what you want to and what is important to you in the process. In addition, a professionally trained and responsible therapist will not ask you about things that were not discussed before hypnosis.
This can happen and is often a sign of relaxation. After the session you may not remember every single word that was spoken. However, your subconscious will remember everything.
No. There is never a danger of not waking up from hypnosis. Hypnotic trance is comparable to the state between waking up and sleeping. You always wake up from the trance, you are either woken up by the therapist or wake up by yourself. Most people report feeling rested and refreshed afterwards.
It depends on what you mean by side effects. After a hypnotherapy session you may experience dizziness or a little tiredness, like in the morning, just before getting up. These are natural reactions that usually subside quickly.
You may also experience a few nights of more intense dreaming or more daydreaming during the day. These changes usually do not last long. If hypnosis is performed correctly, there are no negative side effects, unlike with medication. Often clients report positive side effects or changes, they feel more „relaxed” or less harsh towards themselves.
Hypnosis is a very effective method. However, it is not a miracle cure. The number of sessions you will need will depend on your individual circumstances and the topic you bring along. In many cases a few sessions are enough to achieve the desired goal. However, a positive change can usually be felt after the first session, even if the cause has not yet been completely addressed.
It is not uncommon that the effects lasts for years. Every now and then it is necessary to reinforce new behavioural patterns again and usually a single refreshment after months or even years is sufficient. Often, however, no further sessions are necessary if you have established new behavioural patterns so successfully that the old behaviour is completely abandoned.
Almost everyone can be hypnotised. However, there are also people who have all the above described qualities, but who are still not capable of trance. Why this is the case is still unclear. Nevertheless, the relationship of trust with the therapist is a decisive factor for the success of hypnosis. Science assumes that for about 70-80% of people it is possible to induce a deep trance.
Yes, I cooperate with family GPs often and well, as the situation requires. A partnership with them helps to focus on your recovery and your well-being, and is, hence, very important to me. Conventional medicine and the scientifically recognized method of hypnotherapy can complement each other sensibly and meaningfully.