Mel Gibson Used Hypnotism to Cope With ScandalMel Gibson recently flew one of Australia's top hypnotists to California for 10 days of treatment at his Malibu home, in an attempt to cope with the scandal surrounding tapes of his volcanic rants at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

"I gave him a few sessions to help him with the stress he is obviously experiencing at the moment," Rick Collingwood, founder of The Australian Academy of Hypnosis, tells Mel also visited the hypnotist earlier this year, at the end of his rocky relationship with Oksana.

"I must say that he is a far nicer person than what is being portrayed presently in the media," Collingwood (pictured at right with Gibson) says. "It will be interesting to see the results when all of the truths are revealed during the ongoing legal saga."

Collingwood says hypnosis "can be used very effectively as a therapy for anything that is the human condition, to change behavior and habits -- and also for self improvement." The hypnotist adds Gibson's treatment has concluded.