Hypnotherapy for IBS and other Health Conditions

How Health Conditions Impact Our Lives

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other digestive issues significantly impacts daily life, with symptoms like gastrointestinal distress and dietary restrictions causing discomfort and social challenges. This ongoing management often leads to stress, affecting self-esteem and identity. Furthermore, serious conditions like cancer or traumatic brain injury (TBI) bring debilitating symptoms and emotional strains, altering personal independence, relationships, and life plans. These health challenges can make envisioning a brighter future difficult, often leading to despair and a loss of identity. However, despite these difficulties, there are pathways to finding hope and peace, even in the face of daunting diagnoses.

Demi Maglio, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
IBS, cancer & chronic health issues
Adults & teens 16+
Hypnosis, CBT & mindfulness
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Laura Faiwiszewski, Psy.D
Clinical Psychologist
TBI, strokes & spinal cord injuries
Hypnosis, CBT & EMDR
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Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Dr. Demi Maglio skillfully integrates hypnosis into her therapy sessions to address the complex interplay between stress, anxiety, and digestive issues, particularly with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Understanding that psychological factors like stress can worsen IBS symptoms, she uses hypnosis to help patients achieve a deeply relaxed state. This approach enhances their control over digestive processes and lessens symptom severity. In her therapy, Dr. Maglio combines hypnotherapy with cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-commitment therapy, enabling patients to reshape stress-inducing thoughts and behaviors that trigger IBS symptoms. Hypnosis also aids in visualizing effective coping strategies, thus reducing anxiety and improving stress management.

Her holistic treatment plan is particularly beneficial for managing issues common in IBS, including:

  • Anticipatory anxiety and fear related to IBS flare-ups
  • Stress-induced exacerbation of gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Mood fluctuations and depression stemming from chronic discomfort
  • Body image and self-esteem concerns due to IBS
  • Navigating personal, spiritual, and existential challenges of living with a chronic condition
  • Adapting to lifestyle changes and dietary restrictions necessitated by IBS.

Furthermore, Dr. Maglio's use of hypnosis strengthens the mind-gut connection, crucial in managing IBS. By using suggestion and relaxation techniques, she helps patients alter their perception of pain and discomfort, common challenges in IBS. This not only provides physical relief but also addresses the psychological impact of living with a chronic digestive disorder. Her holistic approach effectively manages various IBS-related issues, including anticipatory anxiety, stress-related symptom flare-ups, mood changes, body image concerns, and the emotional toll of adapting to chronic illness and lifestyle modifications. Through this integrative method, Dr. Maglio offers a unique pathway to better manage the emotional and physical complexities of digestive health conditions.

Integrative Psycho-Oncology and Hypnotherapy for Cancer

Cancer often disrupts an individual's sense of purpose, leading to existential and emotional turmoil. While "cancer survivor" implies overcoming the disease, the reality is that the emotional and physical aftermath persists long after treatments end. A predominant concern is the fear of recurrence, a pervasive anxiety about the cancer returning. Although a common sentiment, this fear can severely hamper one's mental well-being and overall life quality. Dr. Maglio's approach uses acceptance-based methods, such as ACT, coupled with mindfulness and hypnosis. This strategy aims to help patients accept these distressing emotions, steering the mind away from debilitating fears, and fostering a more value-driven, relaxed life.

Dr. Maglio specializes in addressing psychosocial issues stemming from health conditions, particularly various cancers such as breast, prostate, and lung cancer, among others. She employs integrative psycho-oncology therapy to help patients find and maintain meaning amid their diagnosis, using a blend of acceptance and commitment therapy, meaning-oriented techniques, mindfulness, and hypnosis. This approach assists patients in adapting to challenges like treatment side effects, anxiety, relationship concerns, and existential worries such as: 

  • Anticipatory anxiety and fear
  • Fear of recurrence
  • Depression and sadness
  • Body image and sexuality concerns
  • Personal, spiritual, and existential issues
  • Grief and end of life concerns
  • Survivor guilt

In addition to the immediate challenges of cancer, Dr. Maglio also focuses on the long-term emotional and physical aftermath, including the pervasive fear of cancer recurrence. Her therapy employs acceptance-based methods, mindfulness, and hypnosis to help patients navigate these distressing emotions, shifting their focus from fears to a more value-driven, relaxed life. Her holistic approach, grounded in cognitive-behavioral and acceptance-commitment frameworks, is customized to each patient's unique needs. By fostering psychological flexibility and self-compassion, Dr. Maglio assists patients and their loved ones in restoring a sense of purpose and meaning, both during and after their cancer journey.

"By fostering psychological flexibility and self-compassion, Dr. Maglio assists patients and their loved ones in restoring a sense of purpose and meaning, both during and after their cancer journey."

Hypnotherapy for other Serious Medical Conditions

Dr. Demi Maglio and Dr. Laura Faiwiszewski offer specialized support to patients facing diverse health challenges. Dr. Maglio’s integrative approach caters to conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injury/stroke, and COPD. She blends lifestyle guidance with emotional support, addressing both physical ailments and the associated psychosocial issues. Her comprehensive care perspective is aimed at helping patients lead meaningful and value-driven lives amidst their health conditions. Meanwhile, Dr. Faiwiszewski’s expertise extends to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), strokes, and certain spinal cord injuries. She integrates physical rehabilitation with emotional and existential support, focusing on both bodily and psychological recovery. Her evidence-based therapies emphasize patient empowerment, resilience, and quality of life, ensuring personalized care for each individual's unique journey.

Both practitioners dedicate themselves to compassionate, competent care, guiding patients through holistic healing processes. Dr. Faiwiszewski’s approach particularly stands out in neuro-rehabilitation, where she combines clinical excellence with deep empathy. Her treatments are tailored to individual needs, addressing the cognitive and emotional impact of traumatic health events. This focus on psychological healing alongside physical recuperation helps patients rebuild their confidence and sense of self, fostering resilience and improving life quality. Together, Drs. Maglio and Faiwiszewski embody a commitment to enhancing patient well-being, navigating the complexities of various health conditions with expertise and empathy.

Research on Hypnotherapy for IBS, Oncology & other Medical Conditions

Research has demonstrated a variety of benefits from using hypnosis in conjunction with therapy for treating digestive issues, medical issues, and cancer-related concerns, such as improving cancer patients’ quality of life and experience of treatment, as well as coping with survivorship concerns, such as fear of cancer recurrence (Montgomery, Schnur, & Kravits, 2012). Integration of hypnosis into the standard care for cancer patients has also been found to reduce pain, distress, and other physical symptoms associated with cancer treatment (Kravits, 2013).

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