• George Whitaker

Hypnotherapy for End of Life/ Palliative Care

Updated: Jun 1

All end of life decisions are extremely difficult and complex for the dying person and their family.


Hypnosis has been used to reduce negative symptoms that a person may be experiencing during this very difficult time.



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Hypnotherapy has been shown to help during palliative care in a number of ways

How can hypnosis help in palliative care?


Dr Rumi Peynovska & colleagues conducted a study to observe the affects of hypnotherapy in end of life care.


22 cancer patients were offered three hypnotherapy sessions and were assessed with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale before and after the third session together with a follow up after 3 to 4 months after the last session.


Particular attention was paid to:

  • management of anxiety, depression, anger, frustration

  • management of pain, fatigue, insomnia

  • management of side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy


All hypnotherapy sessions were individually tailored to cover the specific individual needs and symptoms.


Of the 22 patients who took part in the study all reported reduction in their anxiety level, feelings of improved well-being and self-confidence and much better day to day coping skills.


The findings suggest that hypnotherapy is a valuable tool especially with regard to enhancing the coping mechanisms of cancer patients. *



What can hypnotherapy help with?


- Ease Stress, Anxiety & Depression

- Decrease Pain

- Reduce Nausea & Fatigue

- Improve Sleep

- Enhance mindfulness & the feeling of being present


I’m interested, how can I book or find out more? Sessions are held online via zoom or in-person in Swansea (home visits can also be arranged). To book a free initial consultation, please go to https://www.whitakerhypnotherapy.co.uk/free-initial-consultation






*Study credits - http://medicalhypnotherapy.co.uk/hypnotherapy-palliative-care/

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