Date of Submission
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP
Rosemary Mennuti, Ed.D., Chairperson
George McCloskey, Ph.D.
Phillip L. Accaria, Ph.D.
Hot flashes are a significant problem for many women with naturally occurring menopause and can cause physical symptoms as well as a decreased quality of life. In the past women were treated with hormonal replacement therapy. However, recent research has shown that the risks may outweigh the benefits. In addition, nontraditional nutritional treatments, such as herbal supplements, are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and often, the exact amount of the substance contained in each dose cannot be guaranteed. Many women and their doctors are looking for an alternative treatment. The use of hypnosis has been shown to be an effective treatment tool with many medical disorders. Through three case studies, this study examines the use of hypnosis as an effective treatment for the hot flashes caused by naturally occurring menopause as a means to reduce or to eliminate the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. It also explores the perceptions that women have about menopause and looks at what their menopausal experience has been.
Oliver, Carol F., "Hypnosis as an Effective Treatment for Hot Flashes from Naturally Occurring Menopause" (2010). PCOM Psychology Dissertations. 168.