During my time working in London I became aware of many things. Not everyone wants the same thing. Not everything works for everyone.
Some people love one-to-one therapy, others prefer groups. Some like a mix of the two. There are benefits to a group session:
As a psychologist in Guernsey, a place where healthcare is relatively expensive, I am striving to deliver support to a broad array of people. Not only those who have insurance, or want one-to-one sessions, but also those who prefer to attend groups. To start this process I am planning to start an IBS group, starting on Monday 21 March at La Nouvelle Maraitaine, Vale (Opposite Vale Douzaine Rooms), with plans to introduce a chronic pain management group in the near future to prevent people having to wait for six months to learn how to manage their pain.
The IBS Group Programme
The IBS Group will be 7 sessions, once a fortnight. Halfway through each group member will receive a recording to listen to at home - ideally five times a week.
The group will be a safe and supportive place. A place of comfort, relaxation, and free of any judgment.
Who Would Benefit?
If you have had IBS for more than a year and are struggling to manage the symptoms with tablets then this group is for you. This programme, using gut-focused hypnotherapy, has been found to be effective and has been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (the people who decide the treatments available on the NHS).
The two main researchers in this field are Professor Peter Whorwell and Professor Olafur Palsson. Professor Palsson developed the North Carolina Protocol, which is the protocol used in this programme. Prof. Palsson found that this is effective in over 80% of those who receive the treatment, although states that in his clinical experience this number is higher).
I have tested this protocol locally and found it to be extremely effective in siginficantly reducing severe IBS symptoms.
Who Can Attend?
If you suffer from IBS then you're welcome to come along. It is estimated that 20% of the population experiences IBS, most experience onset in their 30s or 40s, yet only 25% of people seek medical support. IBS is not a pleasant condition and medicine has yet to discover its cause. Through this relaxing treatment the symptoms can be managed - reduced down to negligible. This can boost your quality of life as you are no longer living in fear of a sudden need to go to the bathroom - or the discomfort of not being able to go to the toilet.
If you're not comfortable talking to friends or family about your IBS symptoms, this group will consist of others experiencing similar to you. You can realise that you are not alone.
Whilst more women experience IBS symptoms, men do get IBS too.
Invest time, and a small amount of money in your health and wellbeing.
Contact me for information - the flyer is attached below for information.
The first group will be at a discount to the proceeding groups so if you want to try it, sign up now.
This treatment is also available on a one-to-one basis for those who prefer that. Please contact me to book your place if you think this may help you.
Don't Just Take My Word for It!
I have suffered from IBS for 10+ years, with severe abdominal cramps and without going into too much detail-running to the loo at a moments notice! It is extremely annoying and very inconvenient. Even though I avoided certain foods; if I was upset, worried or stressed then it would flare up. So when I saw that Dr Tim Mahy, a chartered psychologist, offered hypnotherapy for IBS, I though it was worth a try. I attended a course of 6 sessions, a fortnight apart. I was a bit nervous at the first session, but Dr Tim put me at ease. I found that even after the first session my symptoms seemed to decrease. I thought it might be coincidence but as the weeks went on I could see a definite change. After the 2nd week Dr Tim gave me a CD to listen to on a daily basis,as a top-up as it were. Each session left me feeling calm and relaxed, but also energised! I often went for a walk afterwards! My IBS attacks have become very much reduced. If I feel them increasing, I just listen to my CD again. Dr Tim Mahy has a friendly, caring personality and a very relaxing voice! I would heartily recommend seeing Dr Tim for IBS hypnotherapy.
Most people experience some nights when their thoughts take over and sleep becomes a challenge. When this persists to become a regular, chronic, problem, then it may be time to seek out some support.
The benefit is, sleep is something that can be pretty easily fixed. Normal patterns can be created and the evidence for this is pretty extensive.
One of the best methods is a cognitive and behavioural approach, aptly named CBT-I. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia.
As someone truly passionate about my work as a psychologist, and about self-development, I have recently trained in CBT-I and have seen the real benefits that people can achieve. If your sleep patterns are disrupted, it could result in poor performance at work; poor memory retention; challenges beating depression or physical health concerns.
By visiting a psychologist for CBT-I you will be engaging in an educational growth process that is delivered over just one month. One full session (50 minutes), followed by three follow-up sessions (20 minutes). This is all that is needed to make significant changes. There would be some work to do between sessions to maximise the benefits of the programme.
If you are interested in beating insomnia then give me a call on 07781 105432; email me on firstname.lastname@example.org; or use the contact forms on this website.
I'm a doctor of psychology, born in Guernsey, educated at a tertiary level in Bristol, Bath, and London. Having worked and trained with some of the leading Health Psychologists in the UK, and having a passion about how Health Psychology can truly benefit many people, I now want to spread the word, as well as offer consultations to people wanting to make changes in their lives.