I'm a qualified and certified clinical hypnotherapist and wellness coach specialising in gut directed hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Having been trained by the leading gut directed hypnotherapy experts in Australia, US and the UK, you could say I'm a bit of an expert when it comes to using mind-gut therapies to help you regain control over your bowel and IBS symptoms.
Did you know that on average, gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS results in a reduction of symptoms for over 70-80% of clients? Pretty amazing right!
At the age of 15 I began to experience debilitating gut issues, extreme fatigue and pain that would have me doubled over in agony. Multiple trips to the doctors left them scratching their heads with every test coming back as ‘normal’. But I felt far from normal.
I felt sick, confused and frustrated.
After refusing to accept that there was "nothing" wrong with me, my parents took me back to the doctors where I was finally told, ‘you have IBS, there is nothing we can do for you.’ I was told my gut issues were likely brought on by extreme emotional stress from a combination of exam stress and my parents going through an ugly divorce. I was handed a prescription for peppermint capsules and off I went.
Over the months that followed, plans were cancelled, fear and anxiety crept in as to what to eat, and fatigue and the severe pain in my gut started to control what I did and where I went. Mealtimes were dictated by when I had taken my last peppermint capsule, and I felt so very alone.
Why did I suffer with so much pain and embarrassing symptoms, and yet everyone around me was completely fine? I refused to accept that this was my life.
However, it wasn’t until I purchased my first book on IBS that I started getting some answers and began to understand what IBS was all about. I read about stress, the nerves in the gut, and the impact of emotions on IBS symptoms. And I read about food intolerances. Subsequent tests showed sensitives to gluten and diary (which isn’t that uncommon for people with IBS), and a further colonoscopy confirmed that although eating gluten really affected me, I did not have celiac (although I do have the gene).
Over the years that followed through my late teens and early twenties, I became increasingly interested in health and wellbeing as I put into practice everything I was learning. I noticed real changes in my gut when I ate a wholefood diet, and when I didn’t allow my emotional stress to take over. I learnt how to cook, I learnt how to manage my emotions and stress, and I learnt to put myself first in my life.
My passion for health and wellness eventually lead me away from a career in corporate marketing to wellness coaching, clinical hypnotherapy and being trained by the leading experts in the UK, US and Australia in gut directed hypnotherapy.
Now over 20 years later, I look back at the days when my IBS symptoms and my bowel ruled my life and compare it to how different my life is today. I’ve gone from being curled up in the fetal position crying in pain, to being free from symptoms and living life on my terms (not my bowels!).
Having successfully beaten my own IBS, I am now passionate about helping others do the same.
I also know how stressful restrictive diets can be and the side effects that medication can bring. This is why I use evidence-based mind-gut therapies with my clients, which in clinical trials have been shown to be as effective as the low fodmap diet and can decrease symptoms by 70-80%.
So if you are like me and refusing to accept that this is your life, let’s talk and see how I can help.