Research

Working in partnership with leading experts, our digital hypnotherapy programs are grounded in rigorous research that drives our mission to fuel the transformation of health and well-being.
Our research partners

Research outcomes

Built on clinical evidence, our digital hypnotherapy programs leverage research to offer patients essential support and tools that promote transformative, lasting change.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

81%
Of the 71% of patients who responded to hypnotherapy, 81% maintained their improvements over time.

Smoking cessation

72%
72% of Finito users report stopping or reducing their smoking after completing the program.

Hot flashes

70-80%
Clinical trials have shown that hypnotherapy can help reduce hot flashes by 70-80%.

Research studies

Our hypnotherapy programs were all developed from these studies in IBS, menopause, smoking cessation, and mental health.
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Randomised clinical trial: The efficacy of gut-directed hypnotherapy is similar to that of the low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

S. L. Peters, C. K. Yao, H. Philpott, G. W. Yelland, J. G. Muir, P. R. Gibson
RCT
IBS
Low FODMAP
Hypnotherapy
Gut-directed hypnotherapy
  • Durable effects of gut-directed hypnotherapy are similar to those of the low FODMAP diet for relief of gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Hypnotherapy has superior efficacy to the diet on psychological indices.
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Smartphone app-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy improves symptoms of self-reported irritable bowel syndrome: A retrospective evaluation

Simone L. Peters, Peter R. Gibson, Emma P. Halmos
Retrospective
IBS
Hypnotherapy
App delivered
Gut-directed hypnotherapy
  • Completion of gut-directed hypnotherapy via an app-delivered program appears to have a response rate similar to that reported for face-to-face therapy without apparent adverse effects.
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Mobile app-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy significantly improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Is this the way of the future?

Simone L. Peters, Peter R. Gibson, Emma P. Halmos
IBS
Hypnotherapy
App delivered
Gut-directed hypnotherapy
  • Mobile app-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy significantly improved overall and specific symptoms of IBS similar to rates seen in face-to-face trials.
  • IBS patients who respond poorly to medications may respond better.
  • Mobile app-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy may provide a cost-effective and accessible alternative to otherwise expensive treatment and enable the widespread use of the treatment, despite limited numbers of trained professionals.
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App-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy program Nerva improves symptoms in patients with irritable bowel syndrome but how can we ensure users are compliant?

Simone L. Peters, Peter R. Gibson, Emma P. Halmos
IBS
Hypnotherapy
App delivered
Gut-directed hypnotherapy
  • App-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy improves overall and individual gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Users who complete the program report greater improvement in psychological outcomes.
  • Healthcare practitioner referral is a positive predictor of program completion, but it does not alter rates of efficacy.
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Clinical hypnosis in the treatment of postmenopausal hot flashes: A randomized controlled trial

Gary R Elkins, William I Fisher, Aimee K Johnson, Janet S Carpenter, Timothy Z Keith
RCT
Hypnotherapy
Menopause
Hot flashes
  • Compared with structured-attention control, clinical hypnosis results in significant reductions in self-reported and physiologically measured hot flashes and hot flash scores in postmenopausal women.
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Self-hypnosis for sleep disturbances in menopausal women

Julie L Otte, Janet S Carpenter, Lynae Roberts, Gary R Elkins
Hypnotherapy
Menopause
  • There was a significant reduction of poor sleep quality in all groups with a significant increase in minutes slept in all groups. The majority of women also showed clinical improvements in duration.
  • There were clinically meaningful improvements in reducing the perception of poor sleep quality in 50-77% of women across time. Overall, the use of self-hypnosis as a treatment program for sleep problems related to menopause was acceptable for women.
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App-delivered gut-directed hypnotherapy halves the longterm costs associated with managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) symptoms and improves work productivity

Simone L. Peters, Peter R. Gibson, Emma P. Halmos
IBS
Gut-directed hypnotherapy
Hypnotherapy
  • Money spent on managing IBS symptoms reduced significantly for Nerva app users after the 6 week program and remained stable at 6-months.
  • Nerva users reported significant long-term improvements in absenteeism, presenteeism, work productivity loss and impairment in preforming daily activities post program completion.
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Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Michael Yapko

Award winning psychologist, author and clinical hypnosis expert.

Dr. Simone Peters

Psychophysiologist & Gut-Directed Hypnotherapist at Monash University

Dr. Gary Elkins

Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University.

Dr. Jeffrey Feldman

Clinical Health Psychologist, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Submit a research proposal

We’re looking for research collaborators who are interested in topics such as IBS, smoking cessation, menopause, chronic pain, sleep, and more.
Submit your research proposal here.