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President Emeritus – AHA (Life)

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The  Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association (AHA) together with Gastroenterologist, Professor Peter Gibson, Accredited Dietician, Sue shepherd have combined with myself and we have put together a one day workshop that has taught Clinical Hypnotherapist’s how to assist people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (see press release below).

There are over 150 Hypnotherapists that have attended these workshops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

For details of a therapist who has attended these workshops, phone the FREE AHA Advisory line on 1800 067 557.

To read the Abstract article on the Manchester UK study, go to Articles and select Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or click here...

Press Release

Good News - 150 people throughout Australia have now been trained by the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association in the Proven Method that may assist 15% to 20% of the population who Suffer from of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

A large-scale UK study of 250 people suffering from acute long term Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) participated in 12 sessions of hypnotherapy that clearly demonstrated that hypnotherapy significantly reduced their symptoms and improved their quality of life.  There were also the additional benefits, for most participants, in that they experienced a noticeable reduction in feelings of anxiety and depression.     

In Melbourne in February 2005, in Sydney in July 2005, and in Brisbane in October 2005, the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association (AHA) with permission from Wendy M Gonsalkorale PhD, ran IBS workshops demonstrating the benefits of hypnotherapy for the reduction of IBS symptoms for sufferers of acute IBS.  The workshops were based on the research and treatment undertaken by Wendy M Gonsalkorale, Lesley A Houghton and Peter J Whorwell at the Dept. of Medicine, University Hospital of South Manchester, in the United Kingdom.  This new treatment approaches the problem from a  ‘physical’ perspective, i.e. helping patients to develop mental skills and techniques to control physiological mechanisms not normally under conscious control.

These workshops were the result of a talk Ms Bruni Brewin, President of the AHA, gave at the GESA Symposium held in Brisbane in October 2004.  As a result of that talk, Ms Brewin met with Gastroenterologist delegates.  It was during their discussion that it came to light that they had been unable to find any Clinical Hypnotherapist’s specifically trained to deal with ‘Gastro’ work.   


So Ms Brewin asked Gastroenterologist, Professor Peter Gibson who has a special interest in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, if he would join her in presenting at an IBS workshop in Melbourne that would teach Victorian Clinical Hypnotherapist’s about the workings of the Gut.  He agreed and so together with Sue Shepherd, a Dietician and author of two IBS cookbooks, the workshop teaching the findings of the Manchester University Hospital’s study was set up.  This was then followed by a second workshop in Sydney and a third workshop in Brisbane.  

To date there are now over 150 Clinical Hypnotherapists that have undergone training in the Manchester University Hospital’s treatment methods.

About the Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association:

The Australian Hypnotherapists’ Association (The AHA) was founded in 1949.  It was the first Australian organization of its kind; and it is still, by far, the most respected Professional Association currently serving the needs of Clinical Hypnotherapists through out Australia.  

The AHA Free Advisory Line 1800 067 557 

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

- Irritable Bowel Syndrome -