michael mahoney IBS hypnosis specialist
Michael Mahoney at Buckingham Palace with invitation 2011

Michael is known for his work with Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS with his IBS Audio Program 100 for Adults and the IBS Audio Program 60 for children.

However his work with Anxiety, Breast Cancer, Emotional Renewal, Stress, Insomnia and others are developed for those problem specific conditions. 

His experience in Occupational Health and Outplacement services have assisted in the creation and development of several audio programs including confidence and self-esteem, and Laid off Move On, a redundancy support program to help those laid off from work.

Unique to Healthy Audio Ltd is the use of the OPSIM ™ technique. Developed by Michael, it helps to reinforce each key stage of our main programs, effectively setting in place – memorable building blocks that can lead to long lasting resolution.

Often working closely with Doctors, Consultants and other medical professionals he has been in practice since 1986. Michael is based at Woolston Surgery, Woolston Neighbourhood Hub, Warrington WA1 4PN, Cheshire, EnglandClick here for one-to-one session information.

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Michael Mahoney IBS specialist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Woolston Medical Centre - Warrington Cheshire England.

Qualifications, Recognitions & Achievements

Michael Mahoney IBS specialist is a clinical hypnotherapist in private practice at the Woolston Medical Centre, Warrington Cheshire England, providing patient support for a wide range of physical, and emotional conditions. He has also been on staff as a hospital consultant therapist working alongside psychiatrists. He has been in practice since 1986 and imparts over 27 years of experience in working with patients not only in his private practice clinics, but he also accommodates patients with special medical conditions in the hospital setting or in the patient’s home or workplace.

... there are hypnotherapists, and then there is Michael! Thank you so much for all your help, guidance, understanding ~ I truly am grateful for guiding me though those difficult times ... Mrs K Cheshire.

Michael is a member of the Complementary Medical Association, associate member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He has membership also of the European Association for Cancer Education amongst others.  He is also a trained Trainer of HoNoS - Health of the Nation outcome Scales, as well as a member of  the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, the International Functional Brain-Gut Research Group, and the Gut Trust, formerly known as the IBS Network.  He is co-principle of Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy, and Cheshire College of Hypnotherapy which offers Diploma level training to individuals wanting to enter the hypnotherapy profession, and also provides CPD Master classes for Hypnotherapists in practice.

Michael is the founder of the UK Register of IBS therapists, which has a wide UK membership.

He is also the author of numerous articles for various publications, including The Journal of the Complementary Medical Association, CAM: Magazine for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professionals, European Cancer Education Magazine, The Journal for Clinical Hypnotherapists in Practice, Gastroenterology in Primary Care, Positive Health Magazine, Amoena Life Magazine, and EndoNurse Magazine, among others, as well as his monthly column entitled Hypnotes in Warrington-Worldwide magazine,

His work is featured in several books including First Year IBS and IBS for Dummies.

He has been a guest on radio shows including London Radio: LBC Health Program with Dr. Pam on the topic of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Clinical Hypnotherapy.

He has research and patient trials experience, showing success rates of 85% - 95% for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptom reduction, and uses a specific protocol method developed in 1992 by Michael known as the Ongoing Progressive Session Induction Method (OPSIM). As a result of patients being too ill to travel or living too far away, Michael recorded these IBS sessions for them, and  these sessions which became known as the IBS Audio Program 100®, became available to the public in 1998.

In 2003 Michael Mahoney IBS specialist was listed first in the Independent on Sunday ‘Top Brass Section’ of the top ten leading hypnotherapists in the UK.

His hypnotherapy practice sponsored the UK’s first IBS Awareness evening at Liverpool University in 1997, bringing together pharmaceutical companies, OTC, complementary therapists and medical professionals for the benefit of IBS patients.

As a member of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, Michael was invited to speak to gastroenterologists and physicians on: The Role of Gut Specific Hypnosis for IBS in Primary Care at the PCSG Annual Scientific Meeting, 19th October 2001 held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

In 2002 he presented clinical evidence on the uses of hypnotherapy in the National Health Service to the Priority Sub Setting Committee of the Health Gain and Strategy Directorate of a London Health Authority.


In 1996/1997 Michael was invited to conduct a Medical Research Project at NHS Medical Practice to examine the efficacy of hypnotherapy on the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This research was financed by the NHS practice and reviewed by the NHS ethics commission. The research was a resounding success with results validating his independent patient trials.

In 1999, Michael's private research work and patient trials for Irritable Bowel Syndrome were submitted into the Guild of Health Writers Awards - HRH Prince Charles Foundation of Integrated Medicine Awards for Orthodox - Complementary Medicine working together.  He received an informal personal introduction to HRH Prince Charles at the Guild of Health Writers Awards in London. This work was recognised as "one of 80 excellent examples" of orthodox medicine and complementary medicine working together in the United Kingdom and was further cited in evidence given to the House of Lord Scientific Review of 2000.

Michael has also conducted two successful private studies using specific therapy processes, now used in An Aid to Emotional Recovery After Breast Cancer©, the first study completed over a period of 29 months with 24 female breast cancer survivors aged 41-58 presenting with post-traumatic emotional issues including, anxiety, fear of reoccurrence, uncertainty, vulnerability and the second study with 15 female breast cancer survivors aged 38 – 63 years. Both studies results were found to mitigate presenting symptoms and frequency of presentation with results reported of reduced anxiety, fears of recurrence, increased optimism along with a sense of taking part in their own healing, easier relaxation and increased confidence and self esteem.

Michael is the recipient of an Innovation and Research Award for his IBS Audio Program 100® in 2000, an Innovation and Research Award for An Aid to Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer© in 2005, Innovation and research award in 2008 for his work with IBS in children. He received the runner up to Outstanding Contribution to the Community Award - UK Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Awards 2005, presented for work in the fields of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Emotional Recovery after Breast Cancer.

He was also awarded the Title of “Honorary Fellow of Central England College of Clinical Hypnosis” in Birmingham in 2004 by Principal Nick Cooke as “an acknowledgement of enormous contribution to the world of hypnotherapy.”

In April of 2005, he was an attendee and exhibitor at the IFFGD - International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Symposium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.

Continued Professional Development (CPD) Training Workshops for IBS and other medical conditions are regularly conducted by Michael for qualified professional clinical hypnotherapists in practice and other healthcare providers throughout the UK.

In addition to  providing workshops through his clinical practice, Michael is regularly invited to provide in-services in association with the British National Register of Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapists, United Kingdom Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations held at  Cambridge College of Hypnotherapy With the National School of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, in Cambridge, England,  the Essex Institute for Training in Clinical Hypnosis, Southend on Sea, Essex, England, “Hypnotherapy and the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome for Healthcare  Professionals” for the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Post Graduate Training Programme Continuous Hypnotherapy Education Masterclass, at The Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland, and the Central England College of Hypnosis in Birmingham, among others. Michael earned his qualifications in hypnotherapy in 1986, gaining his MDHthp and MDHyp in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in 1992, and he regularly attends on-going professional development training. He treats patients through NHS (British National Health Service) and in addition, he is a Non-NHS Service Provider of Hypnotherapy Services.


Michael Mahoney,  Hypnotherapy: An Unexpected Help: The Use of Hypnotherapy in Alleviation of Patient Discomfort and Fear for Diagnostic GI Procedures, and IBS. EndoNurse Magazine  April/May 2007     http://www.endonurse.com/articles/07junscope.html   June 1, 2007

Michael Mahoney, The Use of Clinical Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stress. CAM: Magazine for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professionals   February 2007, Vol. 6 No.7 pp.28-32.

Mind and Body: The Power Within.  Amoena Life Magazine, Spring/Summer 2006. p. 33.  Emotional Rollercoaster: Has breast cancer turned your life upside down? Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer featuring Michael Mahoney’s work in this field.  http://www.amoena.com/uk/TippsAndService/Amoena+Life+magazine/Spring+2006/

European Cancer Education Magazine, March 2005,  Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer: Abstract of clinical trials for CHT Program developed by Michael Mahoney, clinical hypnotherapist

New Developments from Michael Mahoney, Emotional Recovery from Breast Cancer Program, The Journal for Clinical Hypnotherapists in Practice. September 2005, Vol.7 No. 3 pp.4 -5.

Michael Mahoney, Self-Harming Patient: An Unusual Case. The Journal for Clinical Hypnotherapists in Practice. September 2005, Vol. 7 No. 3 pp. 10 – 11, 14.

Michael Mahoney,  Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Emotional and Physical. The Journal for Clinical Hypnotherapists in Practice. March 2003, Vol. 5 No. 1 pp.10-11.

Michael Mahoney,  Clinical Hypnotherapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Positive Health Magazine. May 2002, pp. 28-30.

Michael Mahoney, UK Register of IBS Therapists.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hypnotherapy. Gastroenterology in Primary Care, publication of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology. © PCSG 2002

Featured Profile in Complementary Medicine Success Stories – CMA Member: Michael Mahoney, The Journal of the Complementary Medical Association, Spring 2004, p. 8.

Featured in the professional publication, Hypnotherapist Magazine, June 2004, p.12, “Review” by David Slater, contributor to Radio Gloucestershire, “IBS Audio Programme 100 by Michael Mahoney”.

The Top Brass: The 10 leading hypnotherapists in Britain: Michael Mahoney, first. Compiled by Kate Hilpern assisted by the Hypnotherapy Association. The Independent, UK Sunday Edition, 23 March 2003.

Relieving pain around the world. Warrington Guardian News. 28 November 2002

Michael Mahoney, UK Register of IBS Therapists.  Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Hypnotherapy. Gastroenterology in Primary Care, publication of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology. © PCSG 2001-2002

Michael Mahoney: At the Forefront of IBS Treatment. This is Cheshire. September 27, 2001

Warrington Man is UK Leader in Hypnotherapy: Specialty – Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Inside Track Magazine, February 2000, Issue 10, pp. 4-5.

Michael Mahoney. Hypnotes Monthly Column. Warrington Worldwide Magazine. October 2002 – ongoing.

Published in Warrington Worldwide, October 2000, “Beating Stress with Hypnotherapy: Editor Gary Skentelbery Samples Hypnotherapy”, featuring  practice of Michael Mahoney.

The Journal for The Staff of Warrington Community Health. Connect. Focus on Hypnotherapy. February 1998, Issue 009.

Books citing Michael Mahoney's work

First Year IBS: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Heather Van Vorous, Marlowe & Company, 2001 ISBN: 1-56924-547-9    pp. 97 - 113

First Year IBS - British Edition Heather Van Vorous – British Edits by Michael Mahoney Endorsed by the UK Register of IBS Therapists – Mahoney – Founder Constable & Robinson Ltd.  2001-2004 ISBN: 1-84119-805-6    pp. 106-127, 216, 259

IBS for Dummies Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, L. Christine Wheeler, MA, Wiley Publishers, November 2005 ISBN: 0-7645-9814-7     p.334, p. 117, pp. 230-232

Eyes Without Sparkle:  A Journey Through Post-Natal Illness Elaine A. Hanzak,  Published by Radcliffe Medical,  Jan 30, 2005        ISBN 185775655x

Learning from Wonderful Lives: Lessons from the Study of Well-Being Nick Baylis, PhD,  Cambridge University Psychologist and Times Columnist Cambridge Well-Being Books Ltd.   August 2005          ISBN: 0-9550503-0-8

Eating for IBS Heather Van Vorous, Marlowe & Company, 2000 ISBN: 1-56924-600-9    p. 270 – Directory of Resources

IBS Chat – Barbara Bolen, PhD. and Jeffrey Roberts, MSEd iUniverse Publishers,  2007 ISBN: 0-595-39827-8  pp. 468-476 are dedicated to Hypnotherapy and the IBS Audio Program 100.

Internet Presence

Program evaluation and information, and ongoing current and past program user discussion, regarding The IBS Audio Program 100® may be reviewed on the following independent websites:  www.ibsgroup.org helpforibs.com, ibstales.com, irritable-bowel-syndrome.ws/, amazon.com (patient reviews), healingwell.com/library/ibs/, ibshealth.com, ibshope.com, pcsg.org.uk  and others.

Professional Comments regarding Michael’s work with Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

“I have listened to Michael Mahoney's excellent IBS Audio Programme 100® and I can thoroughly recommend it. Based on Mr. Mahoney's extensive experience in helping people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it provides a comprehensive educational package on IBS and a series of hypnotherapy sessions, each building on the previous one to produce a 100-day course on managing your IBS. Many of my patients have found it to be the answer for their IBS. So do try it. This could be the best money you could spend.”

Dr. Nick Read, MD, BChir, MB, FRCP, MA Gastroenterologist and Psychotherapist - Sheffield England

“Research has proven 'gut related' hypnotherapy to be the most effective therapy in reducing the symptoms of IBS. The conventional biomedical or pharmaceutical approach is frequently ineffective with the chronic and more severe IBS sufferers. I am a firm believer in a complementary approach. I have referred many patients to Michael with beneficial results. His impact considers the holistic nature needed for the management of IBS. I believe clinical hypnotherapy can advance the current management of IBS as part of a multidisciplinary approach to the disorder.”  - Karen Gowland RGN BA (Hons), Gastroenterology Specialist Nurse Practitioner,  Nursing Rep Colo-Proctology Group The Royal Liverpool University Hospital Trust, England

“I recommend all my IBS patients to consider Michael’s hypnotherapy as a complementary therapy, since we have had such a good success record.” - Dr. Ian Wilson, MB.ChB. D.R.C.O.G.  Senior Partner, Guardian Medical Centre - Cheshire England

“Michael Mahoney has provided an excellent service, not only to our own patients, but to all the population of Warrington and beyond, and especially for patients with IBS.”  - Dr. Graham D. Smith, Senior Partner, Retired November 2002,  Guardian Medical Centre, Cheshire, England

“I can personally endorse the IBS Audio Program 100® because I believe it has been credibly established as genuinely helpful for people with IBS.” - Heather Van Vorous, author of the book: The First Year IBS: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed  - Seattle, Washington

“The IBS Audio Program 100® is a beneficial tool in addressing IBS symptoms and I would recommend it for my patients. Though I do not have IBS personally, I listen to the program regularly for relaxation and stress reduction.” - Martha (Marcie) Bordelon, CNP, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Rochester, Minnesota

"We are still having success with your IBS Audio Program 100® for managing IBS. I appreciate your generosity in allowing us to introduce this modality to our patients… The more tools …for managing this condition, the better chance of alleviating/controlling the symptoms." - Jerri Pawson, MA CCRC, West Hills Gastroenterology Assoc., P.C. Oregon

“Michael Mahoney’s strong, assuring spirit guides the listener into a future of hope and healing. These sessions gentle down the body, mind and spirit, and build on the individual’s inner ability and power to heal. Positive! Sound! Compassionate!” - Deedee Van Dyke, Chaplain - Provena Mercy Center Hospital, Aurora, Illinois

Professional Comments regarding Michael’s work with breast cancer emotional recovery:

“As an oncologist, I am very aware that we in the medical profession so often solely focus on the physical recovery of our cancer patients. Often we feel unequipped or unable to deal with their emotional recovery, which is a vital aspect of their healing process.  In this day and age, many of us have lost contact with our inner selves as we endeavour to continue our busy and hectic lives. After meeting Michael in a weeklong cancer education programme in England late 2004, it soon became apparent that his motivation, knowledge and determination had led to an exciting conclusion in his field of interest. Having listened to the recording developed by Michael Mahoney, I find this CD a very thoughtful and useful aid to help patients realise it is essential to stop, spend quality time with themselves, relax, rest and re-learn the link between mind and body, and thereby helping themselves in their emotional recovery from cancer. In a disease that often takes away the patients’ control over their lives, this audio CD recording is a very empowering tool, which I believe will help many patients that listen to it. I would not hesitate to recommend this to my patients, and I wish Michael luck in this and his future plans. It is in short, a thoughtful piece of work, which will bring to the patient a much-needed emotional boost, and for the medical profession, another avenue of much needed resource in this vital area” - Sandra de Canha (MB.Ch.B, MMed) Oncologist, South Africa

“Having listened to Michael’s CD, An Aid To Emotional Recovery After Breast Cancer©, I am sure it will be very helpful for those patients at that stage in their recovery process. It was really good listening.” Kay Fisher, Chairperson of Warrington Breast Cancer Support Group, Registered Nurse, and former Breast Care Nurse at Warrington Hospital.

“I think what’s happening is fantastic, this is an excellent example of how the work at Bristol Cancer Help Centre can ripple out into uniquely successful projects.” - Pat Turton, former Director of Education at the internationally acclaimed Bristol Cancer Help Centre , now currently Principal Lecturer in Cancer Care at the University of the West of England and one of Mahoney’s tutors who played a key part in encouraging Mahoney in his work.

"Mike has been working at a high standard in complementary therapy for many years and this is a further extension of his excellent work. He continues to push the boundaries of care to a higher level." - Dr. Ian Wilson MB.ChB D.R.C.O.G Senior Partner Guardian Medical Centre.

"I truly believe Mike has provided a needed service for women who are emotionally recovering from breast cancer. This CD addresses integral concerns of women - who often are criticized for being "too emotional" or for women who may have expectations that they should be "fine” after they are in recovery. It is especially important that within this program, women are given permission to acknowledge the emotional stress and strain they are dealing with, and through gentle relaxation and imagery they are provided the tools for regaining and replenishing their emotional energies. Mike's CD is an affirming, empowering, gentle encouragement to women recovering from breast cancer as well as for improving the quality of life!" - Marcie (Martha) Bordelon, CNP, Certified Nurse Practitioner, Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Ongoing Progressive Session Induction Method (OPSIM©).

OPSIM© is a process developed over many years by Michael Mahoney to ensure hypnotherapy sessions are optimised. This method was developed to move away from the accepted standard most widely used in therapy that consisted of repeating only the same session over and over again over several months to achieve outcome. OPSIM© challenged the idea that mere repetition of sessions was enough. In fact, contrary to popular belief, simple repetition of the same single session ingrained the presenting negative thoughts and feelings in many individuals, which were then carried through from beginning to end of treatment.

OPSIM© works with the natural human ability of the learning and re-learning process.  It reinforces previous learning and knowledge, revisiting accepted truths and thereby provides a confident foundation of treatment which is progressively added to through interlinking sessions.  This OPSIM© method of treatment allows greater flexibility and often improved success for the patient, encourages patient compliance and provides for and allows the user to take part in their own healing.

OPSIM© is used widely in many of Michael’s major programs and by many in the hypnotherapy profession who recognise the advantages of the process and the benefits to patients and clients.

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