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IBS / Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the digestive system.  Symptoms tend to come and go over time, and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.  Unfortunately IBS can be a lifelong problem & can have a big impact on your everyday life. 


There is not a one size fits all cure & whilst the exact causes are not fully understood there is a link in some instances to anxiety & stress.  The good news is that managing & reducing anxiety & stress can be effective in managing and reducing those IBS symptoms.

Average number of sessions: 8 - 12.

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IBS can have a massive impact on your ability to perform day to day activities such as working and meeting friends and family, in addition to this some may experience a slip in their mood.

Neuroscience evidence has shown that keeping your stress under control can help you prevent or ease IBS symptoms. This is due to the link that exists between the brain and gut, often called the ‘gut-brain connection’.


Your gut has a type of brain of its own - it's the enteric nervous system. And it's the reason you get butterflies in your stomach when you're nervous. This “second brain” controls how you digest food. It also constantly talks with your actual brain. This connection may help you manage your IBS.

With Solution Focused Hypnotherapy I will provide support, knowledge & tools to alleviate the distressing symptoms of IBS.  This can be done through management of the the anxiety, stress or depression  symptoms which affecting the balance of the gut biome.

By using a combination of psychotherapy techniques and trance I facilitate the process of recovery.  We talk about the neuroscience & I explain how the brain works, why & how IBS is created and what we can do about.  My clients find the solutions they need to as we work together & they find their way to being who they want to be; thinking more clearly & rationally

An image of Sue Wimpenny the owner of The Willows Hypnotherapy.

The Symptoms of IBS


  • Lethargic

  • Irritability

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Unable to sleep

  • Constantly wanting to sleep

  • Extreme planning for journeys, holidays etc.


  • stomach pain or cramps – often worse after eating and better after doing a poo

  • bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen.

  • excessive wind (flatulence)

  • diarrhoea (IBS D) – you may have watery poo and sometimes need to poo suddenly

  • constipation (IBS C) – you may strain but you are unable to empty your bowels fully

Changes in Behaviour​

  • demonstrating changes in behaviour at regular intervals (weekly, monthly, ongoing)

  • tiredness and a lack of energy

  • avoiding leaving home

  • avoiding social situations

  • wanting to stay in bed/sleep

  • not being able to enjoy your leisure time

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