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Alison Nightingale GHR Reg, GHQP, CNHC Reg.

Hypnotherapist & NLP Practitioner

Specialising in hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Stress Management.

Member of the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR)
Member of the Register of IBS Therapists.
Member of Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
Committed to CPD.

I am professionally insured and abide by the GHR and CNHC strict code of ethics.

As a fully qualified clinical Hypnotherapist, although my chosen specialism centres around IBS, I also offer a wide range of treatments, including:

  • Addictions
  • Compulsive Behaviours
  • Confidence & Self-esteem
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Panic Attacks
  • Pain Management
  • Past & Present Life Regression
  • Phobias & Fears
  • Presentation Skills
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress Management
  • Weight Control

What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a state of mind, enhanced by mental and physical relaxation, in which our subconscious is able to communicate with our conscious mind. If you have ever day-dreamed or stared into space, lost in thought, this is a form of trance, very similar to hypnosis.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a way of accessing the client?s subconscious mind by inducing a state of relaxation. In this responsive state, it becomes possible to illicit positive change through suggestion and guidance. It is generally considered helpful if the client is personally motivated and committed to change.

Will I be in Control?

Yes, absolutely. You will be fully conscious of your surroundings and aware of my voice guiding you. Your subconscious mind will always protect you and only has your best interests at heart; it only accepts suggestions that are beneficial and will never compromise your own moral codes or boundaries.

What Can I Expect?

After an initial discussion, usually by phone, about what it is you want to change, I will ask some questions about your background in order to build up a picture. This stage also helps my clients to relax, become familiar with my voice and build up an initial rapport. Depending on the behaviour or change to be made, the first session will usually focus on relaxation which enables the client to feel comfortable and safe within the environment and to become familiar with the pattern of hypnosis. I will then decide on the number of sessions required ? each client?s needs are individual ? although this may change depending on how quickly the client responds. For example, when treating IBS, between 5-6 sessions are recommended, with up to 12 sessions for severe cases.

Can Anyone be Hypnotised?

Yes they can. Once people have given permission and are committed to change, they respond readily, with many saying they look forward to their next session as it is the most relaxed they have ever felt.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Using Hypnotherapy for the treatment of IBS has achieved impressive results, which are now recognised by the NHS and enable patients to manage their symptoms. In many cases patients become symptom free, needing only occasional ?top-ups? of hypnotherapy treatment for maintenance.

Patients. If you are considering hypnotherapy / CBT for IBS. Ask your doctor if he / she will fund your treatment. The NICE Guidelines for IBS allow doctors to pay for hypnosis / CBT for IBS treatment after 12 months of non effective drug therapy.

"RECOMMENDATION: Referral for psychological interventions (cognitive behavioural therapy [CBT], hypnotherapy and/or psychological therapy) should be considered for people with IBS who do not respond to Pharmacological treatments after 12 months and who develop a continuing symptom profile (described as refractory IBS)"

For a consultation please contact Alison Nightingale on:

T: 01625 560743

M: 07968 789991


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