Nerva for Healthcare Practitioners and their Clients

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects 10-15% of the population, leading to symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Traditionally, the first line treatment for IBS is an elimination diet pioneered by Monash University called the low FODMAP diet. However, recently gut-directed hypnotherapy has emerged as another promising approach to reduce gastrointestinal symptoms in people with IBS, without requiring diet change.

Gut-directed hypnotherapy involves a therapist or doctor providing suggestions while the participant is in a focused and suggestible state. These suggestions are directed to the subconscious part of the mind, aiming to improve the control and normalisation of gastrointestinal function. It differs from other psychological therapies like CBT, which are aimed at the conscious mind and only effect emotional triggers like stress and anxiety.

A recent study by Monash University compared gut-directed hypnotherapy to the low FODMAP diet and found that both treatments were equally effective, improving symptoms of IBS in 3 out of 4 people by 70-80% without requiring diet change. The lead researcher of this clinical study, Dr. Simone Peters, helped to develop the Nerva Program based on this approach.

The exact mechanism of gut-directed hypnotherapy for IBS is fully know but it's thought to have multiple potential mechanisms of action on the brain-gut axis, including:
Evidence-based research
Based on a clinical trial by Monash University, this gut-directed hypnotherapy approach was shown to be as effective as the gold-standard elimination diet, without requiring diet change. Similar studies, across thousands of patients have found the same results.
Complementary & 24/7 support
Many of our users report transformative outcomes while using the Nerva app in complement with the work they are doing with their healthcare practitioners. Having 24/7 access to self-help tools means that they have greater support at home when it matters most.
Guided by Dr. Simone Peters
Simone Peters, PhD-Med, is a clinical gut-directed hypnotherapist who is internationally recognized for her work in gastrointestinal disorders and was the lead researcher of a Monash University study comparing low FODMAP diet to hypnotherapy.

How can your clients use Nerva?

There are many different ways of using Nerva - your clients can use it a a self help tool, helping them better manage their symptoms or as a complement to your practice and treatments, adding value to the help you provide them.

We want to make it simple for you as a healthcare practitioner to access a gut-directed hypnotherapy program that you can share with your clients. We can provide you with:

With a smartphone and just a couple of minutes a day they can access an evidence-based gut-directed hypnotherapy program that can complement your care and provide at-home management support 24/7.

Who's eligible?
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Licensed Counselors
  • Physical therapists
  • Doctors
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Nutritionists
  • Hypnotherapists

Getting started

If you’re a healthcare practitioner, take a few moments to complete our application form. Once approved, we’ll send you everything you need to begin exploring the program and start sharing with your patients & clients. Please be aware that it will take a few days to process your application and get back to you.

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Frequently asked questions

Does mobile-based therapy work?

The Monash clinical study incorporated pre-recorded hypnotherapy sessions and showed significant results. A 2006 study found that pre-recorded hypnotherapy at home was an effective IBS treatment. An article published by peer-reviewed journal mHealth this year analysed the performance of a range of apps for depression, anxiety and schizophrenia. It found that apps can help significantly reduce depressive & anxiety symptoms, providing the greatest benefits for people with mild to moderate depression & anxiety.

What's the evidence supporting hypnotherapy?

There's significant evidence that gut-directed hypnotherapy can improve IBS symptoms. In 2016 Monash University found that gut-directed hypnotherapy can improve IBS symptoms by 70-80% in 3 out of 4 people, which was just as effective as the low FODMAP diet but without requiring diet change. An audit of 1000 patients who underwent gut-directed hypnotherapy found that it was an effective treatment for IBS.

How much does it cost for clients?

Nerva's 6-week program costs $88 USD for 3 month access.