Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy which helps a person enter into
a state of calm and alert awareness, so he or she can more easily work
on making personal changes.
Pierre-Etienne Vannier, provides hynotherapy services for breast cancer
patients in the Huntington Cancer Center.
Learn more about Pierre-Etienne.
In 1995, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a consensus
statement noting the scientific evidence in favor of the use of hypnosis
for chronic pain, particularly pain associated with cancer. Hypnosis helps
a person be more focused and block out distractions. It brings a state
of deep relaxation, making it easier to observe anxieties, fears, pain,
and other difficulties from a new perspective. There are no studies to
show that hypnosis can affect outcomes after breast cancer specifically.
However, hypnosis does appear to help with some of the symptoms of cancer
and side effects of its treatment, such as pain, nausea, vomiting, stress,
What symptoms can it help with?
- Chemotherapy-associated nausea/vomiting
- Hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia caused by Tamoxifen or Aromatase Inhibitors
- Bone/joint pain caused by Aromatase-Inhibitors
We offer a variety of programs to help patients manage stress and emotions
that come with the cancer journey.
Group Meditation / Stress Management
"That meditation program gave me tools that made it possible for me to
feel like my life is normal again!" Bill
Many people with cancer feel stressed, helpless and isolated. This free
6-week stress management group program teaches you to make the best decisions
under stressful circumstances, connect and learn from others on the journey
to recovery, deal with stress and fear, and sleep better. Sessions are
facilitated by mind-body practitioner Pierre-Etienne Vannier, MSc.
Call to register.
Visit our Calendar of Events to find when the next 6-week session begins.
When: Tuesdays 4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Huntington Pavilion North Lobby, 625 South Fair Oaks Avenue, #325, Pasadena
Seating is limited, and registration is required. To RSVP by phone, please
call (626) 484-8396. For more information please email
Click to download the Group Meditation / Stress Management program flyer.
More info: During this 6-week experiential program, you will learn how
to manage stress, reclaim safety and improve your sleep, deal with your
diagnosis and learn from your challenges, boost your immunity and your
energy levels, and foster physical healing by learning and practicing
therapeutic meditation and guided imagery. After each session, you will
be given a recording to practice at home and reinforce the benefits of
Cancer patients, spouse, caregivers, family and members of their support
system are welcome to attend at no cost.
Private stress management sessions available upon request.
"It has allowed me to be happier and more forgiving of myself" Betty
Somatic Stress Release Program
This is a free group program teaching those with with cancer to learn to
release stress and chronic tension using simple and gentle vibrations
in the body (therapeutic tremors). Reported benefits of Somatic Stress
Release include increased energy and stamina, improved sleep and immunity,
greater mobility and better mood. The technique is easy to learn and movements
will be tailored to your needs.
The program includes three weekly sessions and is facilitated by mind-body
practitioner Pierre-Etienne Vannier, MSc.
Visit our Calendar of Events to find when the next 5-week session begins.
When: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m.
Where: Huntington Pavilion North Lobby, 3rd Floor, Suite 325
To register please call (626) 484-8396. Seating is limited. For more information
Download the Somatic Stress Release Program flyer.
Private sessions are also available upon request.
It is important to note that while hypnosis can help a person be more open
to suggestion and changes at a subconscious level, a hypnotherapist cannot
control you while you are under hypnosis. You must be open and receptive
to the idea of hypnosis, which means a hypnotherapist is not able to force
you to do anything you don't want to do or hypnotize you against your
will. While the safety of hypnosis has not been thoroughly studied, hypnosis
has shown benefits in cancer patients. Because the practice can occasionally
trigger deep and sometimes upsetting emotions it is important to always
check with your doctor before starting hypnotherapy, particularly if you
have a history of mental illness.
For more information, or to register for a class, please call the Huntington
Hospital Cancer Center at (626) 397-2524.