About Trauma and PTSD
Trauma has its roots in a harrowing event – such as being involved in a tragic incident, a violent crime or a challenging military operation. Whatever the traumatic event, it can set off a range of extreme emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, hurt or guilt. For some people this can manifest as PTSD.
The event may play on your mind at random or when a specific ‘trigger’ takes you back to that moment. Alleviating PTSD symptoms often means talking to a psychiatrist or someone who specialises in talking therapy (such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CBT).
An alternative approach is hypnotherapy. It is much quicker than many other kinds of therapy – with positive results sometimes seen in just a few sessions. Importantly, it directly targets the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response (based in a part of the brain called the amygdala) which goes into overdrive when traumatic memories surface.
Unlike psychology and CBT, however, there’s no endless talking about the issue – which can be very painful. Hypnotherapy for trauma – which uses revolutionary tools such as Havening – is focused on giving the mind an alternative, gentler response when confronted by memories. This dramatic change can often be achieved in just a few sessions.
How can hypnotherapy help you to overcome trauma and PTSD?
When you work with me, you will be working with a trained specialist who will work with you to help you deal with the traumatic events that are holding you back.
Following an initial consultation – which is free – we will ask you to do some preparatory work so that your time with us can be designed specifically for you, based on what you have experienced in the past and where you want to be in the future.
Treating PTSD using hypnosis starts with working through the event or events that have contributed to you feeling how you do. Then, we will use some powerful techniques that can enable you to let go of negative thoughts and emotions such as anger, sadness and guilt.
Working on your emotions and your mindset
We will work with you to explore your emotional reactions to certain situations and also on any limiting mindsets and negative internal self-talk you endure, such as, “I’m not good enough.”
We may work through beliefs such as “it’s always going to be like this” and alter them to newer, healthier ones.
In essence, this approach is highly effective as hypnotherapy works by helping you to change the response to the traumatic event that continues to haunt you.