16th November 2011

Medical Hypnosis

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 is the only osteopath in the UK to be awarded the post-graduate certificate in Hypnosis applied to Medicine.

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.

These include managing the effects of anxiety and stress, which often manifests as a loss of confidence, panic and on overall sensation of being unable to cope with various 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 bowels are run by a specialised part of your nervous system that is almost viewed as a mini-brain. Hypnosis helps to coordinate the activity of your gut-brain so that digestion is more efficient.