Medical Hypnosis is a research based method developed at University College London’s psychology department – the only university based hypnosis unit in the UK. Dévan trained under Professor David Oakley and Dr Valerie Walter and graduated with distinction in 2008. Dévan remains the only osteopath in the UK to be awarded the post-graduate certificate in Hypnosis applied to Medicine from UCL.
This approach uses evidence informed approaches to teach you how to interact with your subconscious mind to help you gain and insight and control a variety of symptoms that can be quite distressing to deal with including pain.
Medical Hypnosis may also help you manage effects of anxiety and stress. These effects often manifests as a loss of confidence, frustration, withdrawal from social situations, panic and an overall sensation of being unable to cope with a variety of ‘normal’ situations.
Hypnosis is also very useful for assisting with habit control. This includes aspects of our behaviour that we think we can’t control. Behaviours like nail biting, hair pulling, scratching and even areas such as smoking control and dieting may benefit from hypnosis.One surprising area in which hypnosis works well is with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The intestines and colon are run by a specialised part of your nervous system, the enteric nervous system, which can be viewed as a mini-brain. Hypnosis helps to coordinate the activity of your gut-brain so that digestion is more efficient and has research evidence to support its effectiveness in managing IBS.