IBS Hypnotherapy Aberdeen
National Society of Professional Hypnotherapists. GHSC: General Hypnotherapy Standards Council GHR: General Hypnotherapy Register The Medical School Hypnosis Association co-ordinates research projects and promotes the use of clinical hypnosis in the medical setting. BackCare: The Charity for Healthier Backs. Registered Charity No: 256751
Stan Gerard DSNU(H), MNSPH, MNFSH, SQHP, GHR(Reg), MNCP(Snr Accred.), CNHC(Reg.), TFT-Dx. COSCA Registered.
Registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC),
Accredited by the National Regulatory Register for Hypnotherapy,
Registered Healer & Hypnotherapist,
Thought Field Therapy (TFT) Practitioner.
In private practice at: "Serendipity"
Provost Young's House,
28 Marischal Street,
Aberdeen AB11 5AJ
Scotland, U.K.
Member of the Advisory Council of the National Society of Professional Hypnotherapists.

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Tel: 01224 213 808
or 01224 594 774
Mob: 07730 468 183
Email: stan.gerard@hypnotherapy-aberdeen.com

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) occurs when the large bowel ceases to function normally and is either overactive or underactive, leading to episodes of diarrhoea interspersed with episodes of constipation. The disorder seems to occur at times of high levels of stress, when the subject is tense, anxious or upset. Even happy excitement may cause symptoms to arise.*1


    Hypnotherapy is a skilled communication aimed at directing a person’s imagination in a way that helps elicit changes in some perceptions, sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.

    In a typical hypnotherapy session the hypnotherapist and client will discuss the intended alterations or therapeutic goals desired. The hypnotherapist will ask questions about previous medical history, general health and lifestyle to decide on the best approach for the individual.

    Hypnotherapy may be found to be helpful for those seeking relief from a range of problems and is used alongside a person’s own willpower and motivation to seek a desired goal. It is often used to help relieve anxiety, aid sleeping, help to address bedwetting, address attitudes to weight, and help clients achieve behavioural change to stop smoking. It may also help with minor skin conditions that are exacerbated by stress and confidence issues, and may also be used to enhance performance in areas such as sport and public speaking. Hypnotherapy may help people to cope with and manage the relief of perceived pain.

    Hypnotherapy has also been used with both adults and children to help manage the pain associated with irritable bowel.  There is evidence to support its use in this condition for both adults and children and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Guidance (NICE) recommends the NHS should consider referring patients for hypnotherapy if their irritable bowel is persistent and has failed to respond to simple prescribed medicine.

    Choosing a practitioner

    It is important to choose a qualified hypnotherapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy.

    You can check whether a hypnotherapist is registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) by searching the register at www.cnhc.org.uk. By choosing hypnotherapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured.*2


    HYPNOTHERAPY is not new. It has been known about since the start of recorded history, in communities all around the world.

    Hypnosis is NOT sleep.
    Awareness is NOT lost.
    You will NOT be out of control.

    Hypnotherapy is an altered state of awareness.

    FACT: you can expect to be conscious of feeling relaxed - deeply relaxed - but remaining completely in control of all aspects of your being.

    • Hypnosis can be used to ... “greatly depress or prodigiously exalt” ... the arousal of selected parts of the nervous system.*3
    • It can be defined as a naturalistic alteration of the level of activity of systems of the mind and body for a therapeutic purpose.*4

    It has been known about since Wong Tai, the father of Chinese medicine (2600B.C.), and the Hindu Vedas (1500B.C.) referred to hypnosis and hypnotic procedures.
    Although it stems from the Greek word ‘hypnos’ meaning sleep - it is not sleep. If you were wired up to an EEG machine measuring brain-waves, this could be proved (see Fear of Flying) ). It is an altered state of awareness - where you remain deeply relaxed but conscious of all that is being said and happening around you.

    Importantly, you remain completely in control of ALL aspects of your being.
    It is routinely used for a wide range of condition-specific therapeutic purposes - allowing the individual to take control and manage their wellbeing for their own good.

    Appointment durations etc., are detailed under Fees

    How many appointments? It would be unusual for there to be a need for more than 4 for current conditions, in my experience. As my average over the past few years has been between 2 and 3 visits per patient you could consider that as the best "starting indication" that I could suggest before we meet. We could discuss this - we can review things as you feel is right for you. Appointments are at your invitation. I'm helping you to help yourself.


    The information provided on www.hypnotherapy-aberdeen.com (and subsequent/ linked pages) is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient and their physician. It is therefore wise to tell your doctor of any complementary treatment you are contemplating. In fact, in some cases Stan Gerard may be reluctant to start treatment until you have done so.

    [Updated: 06.01.2008, 9.06.2013, 04.09.2013, 22.09.2013, 11.11.2013]

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