Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects up to 20% of the American population and accounts for more than one out of every ten doctor’s visits according to the Mayo Clinic. Unfortunately only 15% of those with IBS actively seek treatment. While traditionally treated with diet and medication, recent research studies have shown that many IBS sufferers respond positively to hypnosis and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The Two Session SolutionSM of Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale and North Miami, Florida, uses hypnosis along with CBT methods including Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy® to help clients with the symptoms of IBS. We have over a 90% success rate in eliminating or significantly reducing the symptoms of IBS.

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has accepted hypnotherapy as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome since 1996 based upon a number of studies dating back to 1984. In a recent study published in March 2013 by Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology magazine, researchers found hypnotherapy provided both immediate and long-term relief to people with persistent indigestion and eliminated the need for anti-indigestion medications. The editorial stated that “hypnotherapy has emerged… not only as effective in improving the gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms that define IBS but also as a potent way to counter the quality of life impairment, disability, and excessive health care costs associated with the disorder… it might be argued that hypnotherapy is more effective than any other single treatment modality for severe IBS.” They also stated that cognitive behavior therapy also showed a high success rate (Neuro Linguistic Programming and Time Line Therapy are brief forms of cognitive behavior therapy).

In the most recent long-term study using hypnosis as a treatment for IBS as reported in November 2003 by the British Society of Gastroenterology magazine, GUT, hypnosis was shown to be an effective long-term therapy for IBS. Specifically, of the 204 patients who were studied, 71% responded positively to hypnosis treatment. The five year follow-up showed that 81% maintained their improvement and 19% showed only minor deterioration. The patients who used hypnosis reported an improvement in symptoms, a decrease in anxiety and depression, a better quality of life and said they took fewer drugs and saw their doctor less frequently after treatment.

According to the AGA, IBS is diagnosed due to symptoms the patient presents to his or her doctor and the elimination of any other possible diagnosis. The causes of IBS are not known. Symptoms of IBS include crampy pain, gassiness, bloating, and changes in bowel habits (diarrhea, constipation or both). Degrees of discomfort with IBS range from mild annoyance to disabling. Because doctors have been unable to find an organic cause, IBS is often thought to be caused by or exacerbated by emotional conflict or stress including for some a history of abuse. For many, resolving the emotional conflict and stress management can lead to a reversal or elimination of symptoms.

Both the traditional medical community and those interested in complementary/alternative treatments have turned to hypnosis, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Time Line Therapy® to treat IBS. Anyone suffering from gastrointestinal problems should always consult their doctor for evaluation and diagnosis.

A medical referral from someone under treatment by a doctor for IBS may be required prior to treatment.

“My symptoms of IBS prevented me from dating and enjoying life until The Two Session Solution’s methods eliminated my IBS. Why didn’t my doctor tell me about this?”
Jim S.

“I thought that I was just going to have to live with IBS. I realized during our therapy that my IBS was emotional. Once we dealt with the emotional issues the IBS went away. I can’t thank you enough.”


Two Session Solution spotlighted for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) on WPLG 10 ABC News in South Florida

NBC News June 2005 reports one of the best treatments for insomnia is Behavioral/Cognitive Therapy, the same methods used successfully by clients of The Two Session Solution

Two Session Solution spotlighted for insomnia and sleep disorders on FOX 7 NEWS in South Florida

Two Session Solution’s Basil Papanastassiou profiled on sports hypnosis on Comcast Newsmakers.

Two Session Solution’s Burt Borkan on advanced therapy on Comcast Newsmaker (December 2004).


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