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SNAP! IBS and Hypnotherapy

IBSOver 20% of the population in the U.S. suffers from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) in some form.  I learned about the benefits of Hypnotherapy a number of years ago.  I had a doctor friend who told me that in Europe, Hypnotherapy is the go-to therapy for IBS.  I was so stunned by the effectiveness of Hypnotherapy on IBS clients, that I did my thesis on it.  Click here to read it:

In my studies, I’ve found that many of the common beliefs about IBS are misleading.  I came to realize that a body trauma can many times be a cause creating the onset of IBS.  Find out more in Chapter 6 of my thesis where I state real-life situations:

More info about IBS:

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a disorder characterized most commonly by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.

IBS causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines and does not lead to a serious disease, such as cancer. Most people can control their symptoms with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications. For some people, however, IBS can be disabling. They may be unable to work, attend social events, or even travel short distances.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder seen by GI Doctors. IBS may affect up to 20 percent of Americans, or 54 million people. IBS appears fairly equally in people of all races, but it tends to affect women more than men, in fact three times as many, however, men may be less likely to report the problem.

The onset of IBS usually begins to occur in late adolescence or in early adult life. It rarely appears for the first time after age 50. For many, the condition is chronic, and symptoms can appear for months, then disappear, then reappear again.

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SNAP! How I became a Hypnotherapist

Dr. Bunny Vreeland

Dr. Bunny Vreeland

Hi, this is Dr. Bunny Vreeland.  Lately, many people have asked me how I became a Hypnotherapist.  Listen in as I share my story – you may be surprised that it all started when I was 8 years old!

About Dr. Bunny Vreeland:

I am a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and the Founder of the Vreeland College of the Healing Arts.  I help people lose weight, stop smoking, and get over phobias like Fear of Flying, Fear of Heights and Fear of Dentists. I get to help people make a difference in their lives and I have a part in helping them improve their lives. I love being part of that.

But it hasn’t always been this way.
For years I was one of the top Image Consultants in the nation. Those were the days when having your colors done was the thing to do and everyone was doing it. I worked with the staff at banks, car dealerships, country clubs, financial houses and wineries as well as one-on-one clientele. I was very good at it and won a lot of awards. I showed my clients how to dress and put their best look together for their particular coloring, body type and life-style. Some of the before and after stories were dramatic. It was all exterior change.

I knew something was missing. But, I didn’t know what.
My clients would be happy with the results for a while and then I would hear them say things like “Now I know how to put my look together, but I still need to lose this 25 pounds”. Or “How do I get to FEEL as good as I LOOK? I’m like 2 people and they don’t match!

I was frustrated and didn’t know what to do.
Those were the days when I used to suffer from Migraine Headaches and allergies. There were times when I would be in such pain from the headaches that I would pass out. And, I was allergic to everything: cats, roses (ROSES, I LOVE roses!) dust mites (do you have any idea how many dust mites there are in a pillow?), mold, mildew, grass (Wouldn’t you know? I was married then, and we lived on a golf course!)

I went to a lot of doctors who couldn’t find the cause and couldn’t cure me. I tried everything – all kinds of pills, potions and, even, shots. I was a walking zombie most of the time. That is, a walking zombie with swollen eyes and a stabbing pain over my right eye.

One day I was standing in line at a Barnes and Noble bookstore waiting to pay for some music tapes when I noticed a relaxation tape that promised to reduce stress. I bought the tape, started listening to it and, after a while, I noticed that I hadn’t had an allergic reaction or a headache for a long time. Although I didn’t know what happened or why. I didn’t know until much later that this tape was a Hypnotherapy tape.

About the same time I got a phone call from a friend from New England. She was coming to California to take a 2-month Hypnotherapy course. She wanted to know if she could stay with my then-husband and me on the weekends so she wouldn’t have to pay for the hotel when the course wasn’t in session. She offered to cook all of our favorite dishes in return.

She was a very well known caterer and a great cook so we willingly agreed. My husband was excited about having his own cook who would make him all the heavy, fattening foods I wouldn’t cook for him. I, on the other hand, was curious about the course. I was fascinated and took the course with her.

I couldn’t believe everything Hypnotherapy could help with. And, the best part is that you don’t need drugs or surgery to make the positive changes!

After my friend went home I continued to take more and more courses. I received my basic and Masters training and certifications from Neuro Concepts Institute in Laguna Hills and my clinical/medical training from Huntington Pacific University in Huntington Beach. In addition, I have invested hundreds of hours in many specialized areas like IBS and Fibromyalgia and pain therapy over the years.

Today, I am a Master Hypnotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist and received my Ph. D. in Hypnotherapy in March of 2007 after 4 years of study with Huntington Pacific University. I continue to enjoy working with my clients, and am constantly developing affiliations with doctors and dentists.  I’m also a frequent speaker, educating various groups about the benefits of Hypnotherapy, and what it can do for them.

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SNAP! Mind clearing Hypnotherapy Session

Mind Clearing Hypnotherapy Session

Mind Clearing Hypnotherapy Session

Hi, it’s Dr. Bunny.  If you’ve been following SNAP, you may have heard Jes Scott ask me if it was possible to clear her mind before she goes to sleep, since she has a hard time turning off her mind & sleeping soundly.  Maybe you have the same situation.  Many people take their day’s stresses & anxieties with them to bed.  If this sounds like you, this is the perfect session for you to listen to whenever you want to turn that “Monkey Mind” off!

All you need to do is to sit back, or lie down on a bed, in a quiet environment, and listen to this session, whenever you need it.

Two suggestions:

  1. Do not listen to this in your car (it’s a closed-eye session and obviously you don’t want to fall asleep while you’re driving!)
  2. Deep breathing – inhale through your nose, exhale through your mouth.  Deep breathing oxygenates our brain and helps us to focus on what we need to accomplish.  Breathe in through your nose…. exhale through your mouth….

This session will help you to clear your mind and dissolve the concerns of the day, as well as negative persistant thoughts, taking you to a state of deep relaxation.  The more you use it, the more effective it becomes.

…”Now just sit back, relax and allow yourself to pay special attention to the sound of my voice.  Allow my voice to guide you into the most wonderful place you’ve ever been…”

Dr. Bunny Vreeland is a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, with over 20 years of experience.  She is also the Founder of the Vreeland College of the Healing Arts in Camarillo, CA.

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SNAP! Dr. Bunny discusses causes for restless nights.


The famous Fibro Pillow

Dr. Bunny answers Jes’s questions on triggers and issues involved in why you might be having a restless night of sleep.

One of the first issues that came to mind that is not so obvious is sleep apnea, or the condition in where you’re breathing gets obstructed when you sleep.

The most common symptom is very heavy snoring and it can be tricky to diagnose especially if you sleep alone.  Typically, the best thing to do is to go to a sleep study clinic if you feel that you continuously wake up feeling tired in the morning and throughout the day even though you went to bed at a timely hour.

Also,  If you have fibromyalgia, you know how difficult it is to get a full night’s rest. A fibro pillow, like the one shown, will make you feel like you are floating on a cloud. The eye mask can help with the light. Some sleep masks even have the ability to rest the brain waves.
 Another common and not often thought of issue is mood.  If you’re in a bad mood or stressed or anxious it can actually affect your ability to fall into a restful sleep, so clearing out the events of the day prior to sleep may help in getting that sleep you deserve.  Also electronics and lighting can prohibit sleep from ensuing, so putting phones and gadgets out of reach and not in the bed with you (which is a crime I personally commit by having my phone in my bed with me) can also help with getting the most out of your sleep.

Eating and drinking 2 hours before you plan to hit the sack also play a role, along  with other issues we don’t always think to associate with getting our good night’s sleep.  Please join Jes as Dr. Bunny walks us through getting the best conditions for your best sleep!


SNAP – Sleep Hypnosession by Dr. Bunny Vreeland

Sleep Calmly with Hypnotherapy

Sleep Calmly with Hypnotherapy

Dr. Bunny believes that hypnosis can play a role in helping some people sleep better.

Have you ever tried it? Do you have sleep ‘issues’?

According to the Sleep Foundation website,

“Treatment for sleepwalking in adults may include hypnosis. In fact, there are many cases in which sleepwalking patients have successfully treated their symptoms with hypnosis alone.”


There has been a lot of research to support the fact that hypnotherapy can help with sleeping, including a study on the effects of ‘Hypnosis and sleep’ published on June 19, 2014 by HealthDay News.
A team of Swiss researchers reported that a short session of hypnosis might lead to a better night’s sleep. They went on to say that, after listening to a sleep-promoting audio tape containing hypnotic suggestion, women who are suggestible to hypnosis spent two-thirds less time awake, and about 80 percent more time in deep sleep compared to those who slept without the hypnotic suggestion.
“There have been many reports that hypnosis can be a good thing for promoting sleep,” said study co-author Bjorn Rasch, a professor with the department of psychology in the division of biopsychology and methods at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
“However, usually they’ve been based on people just subjectively indicating how well they feel they’ve slept as a result,” Rasch noted.
The new study is the first to assess via measures of brain-wave activity “the positive impact hypnosis has on deep sleep and to show that it is, in fact, real,” he said.
At issue is the desire to boost so-called deep sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep.
This type of sleep “often correlates with the most restorative sleep — it’s a time for your brain to process and rejuvenate from the challenges of the day,” explained Dr. Kim Hutchison, assistant professor of neurology and sleep medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.
“Over the course of people’s lives, with age, the amount of deep sleep drops off significantly. And by the time you’re 50 or 60 you hardly have any, depending on the person,” said Hutchison, who was not involved in the new research. “With age, non-refreshing sleep becomes a very common complaint, and one of the reasons can be not getting enough slow-wave sleep.”
So, what do YOU think? Can Hypnotherapy help YOU sleep better?

Sit back or lay down and let Dr. Bunny help you fall asleep…….


For more information on Hypnotherapy and sleep or other issues please feel free to contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at:

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SNAP! Dr. Bunny Discusses Sleep Issues


Jes Scott in Dr. Bunny’s hypnotherapy chair

Join Dr. Bunny and Jes Scott to learn the secrets to a great night’s sleep. This is Part 1 in the  Sleep Series. Please send us questions about your sleep concerns to our Facebook page and be entered into our $100.00 contest!

At some point in their lives, for any number of reasons, nearly all Americans will have difficulties sleeping.  Poor sleeping patterns or habits can effect anything from moods, to diet and out of the ordinary weight change, to memory loss and cognitive executive functioning.  When moods change, or weight, or memory, one of the first things to look for is your sleeping patterns.

Here are some simple steps to take that will help you to sleep better tonight:

1.  Create a bedtime habit.

Try going to bed and getting up  at the same time every day, even on weekends.

We are creatures of habit, and our sleep is no exception. By consistently going to bed and getting up at the same time, we condition our body to follow a regular pattern of sleep. This allows our body’s natural clock, called a circadian rhythm, to help initiate and maintain our sleep.

2.  Try to create a bedroom that you enjoy and are comfortable in.

Is your bedroom quiet, dark, cool, and comfortable?

Studies find that sleeping in a cool environment is most conducive to sleep. By eliminating excess noise and light, we can minimize the disruptions that might wake us up. In addition, the bedroom should be a relaxing place and not a source of stress.

3.  Remember the primary purpose of  your bedroom.

Bedrooms are for sleeping and sex, not for watching television or doing work.

Somehow we have managed to make the bedroom a multipurpose room. All electronics must be removed! Televisions, gaming systems, computers, telephones, and various other gadgets are stimulating and disruptive to sleep. Don’t allow them in your bedroom and don’t use them in the brief period before going to bed. Even the small amount of light from a computer screen in the evening hours can stimulate your brain into thinking it is time to be awake. Moreover, do not use the bedroom to do work as these activities are likewise stimulating and will disrupt your sleep.

4.  Refrain from stimulants if possible.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine 4-6 hours before bedtime.

Caffeine can be found in expected places like coffee, soda pop, or tea, but also in unexpected foods like chocolate. As a stimulant it will keep you awake, even if used nearly six hours before bed. Likewise, nicotine will disrupt your sleep. And contrary to common practice, an alcoholic “nightcap” can actually make your sleep worse. Though it may cause you to become drowsy, alcohol fragments the stages of your sleep and makes it more disrupted.  A critical stage in the sleep process is called REM, for Rapid Eye Movement.  When alcohol-induced sleep occurs, the brain and body actually skips this step and you end up with restless sleep.

For more information on Hypnotherapy and sleep or other issues,

Please feel free to contact Dr. Bunny Vreeland at:

(805) 482-8111


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SNAP and Stress with Dr. Bunny and Jes



Prepping for a Stress Session

Less Stress for Success

In our current society, people are increasingly experiencing too much stress, or what could be called ‘negative’ stress.  This is the type of stress that can make you feel overwhelmed and jittery.  Stress is a well-known trigger for depression and it can also affect your physical health.

There are a limitless number of triggers for stress, however the following are generally accepted as being in the top dozen:  any sort of loss, from bereavement, divorce and separation to a child leaving home; long-term illness and disability; marriage; moving house; a new job; holidays and work.



The symptoms of negative stress are well known to us, and include:

1. Increased irritability

2. Heightened sensitivity to criticism

3. Signs of tension, such as nail-biting

4. Difficulty getting to sleep and early morning waking

5. Drinking and smoking more

6. Indigestion

7. Loss of concentration

There is a Diagnostic Stress Questionnaire available for download along with the score sheet here:

Stress Diagnostic Self-Test

Stress Diagnostic


Please also visit Dr.  Bunny Vreeland’s website for information on Stress Management 

along with the free audio stress reduction  session!

hypnotherapy stress reduction.mp3


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SNAP! A Tour of Dr. Bunny’s Camarillo Office

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Dr. Bunny showing the headset

Welcome to the second installment of SNAP with Dr. Bunny giving  me, (Jes), a tour of her office and the intricate details that go into making a good hypnotherapy session.  I was floored by the soundboard, since in the past, others have tried hypnotherapy simply by staring at me and saying “you feel tired, right?”

Dr. Bunny shows me and explains the instruments, and the measurements she goes through to insure maximum comfort level and I was very impressed!  Enjoy the tour and the podcast that introduces my small inspection of Dr. Bunny’s Hypnotherapy “lab”.

Welcome to Snap

Snap is a show about unhypnotizing hypnotherapy.  A lot of misconceptions cloud the hypnotherapy area of practice and so far very little exists in the way of a medium, or media even, to clearly and simply explain what the process of hypnotherapy involves and what it doesn’t.  Dr.   Bunny unknowingly hired a physics student to help with web tech work for Mercury Broadcasting. And that physics student is me, Jes Scott.  Since my involvement with Mercury Broadcasting my own curiosity about hypnotherapy from a scientific perspective urged me to ask Dr. Bunny a lot of questions about what she does, I had so many she realized she could make it into a show. Hence, Snap was born.

Here is Dr. Bunny’s website and a free session on relaxation;

Dr Bunny Vreeland’s Hypnotherapy Business Site

The FREE Stress-Free Reduction session available at your leisure to download and get a sense of the Dr.s groove.

As a physics student I’m taking the opportunity to get an in-depth look for myself at hypnotherapy to discover what its all about and as the show progresses I’ll be be taking a tour of where the healing happens, as well as looking at the technical processes involved in hypnotherapy.    What I really want most out of coming to understand hypnotherapy and going through the process, is to see where hard science and soft science can meet.


Snap’s Major Priorities:

Dispell common misconceptions associated with hypnotherapy.

Show people it works from a behind the scenes approach.

Walk the audience along with the process of what hypnotherapy is like and its effects.

Dr. Bunny

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