By Published On: October 28th, 2021Categories: Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy

Trauma Hypnosis – What is Trauma?

Trauma is recognised as the response to a disturbing or distressing event that overpowers a person’s ability to cope. While most of us experience traumatic events at some point in our lives not everyone has the same response, you may experience trauma both as a result of what happened to you and as the result of the negative emotions generated by that event.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is often characterised by unwanted or distressing memories of the traumatic event, negative or irrational thinking, mood swings, feelings of hopelessness, panic attacks, sleep disturbances, nightmares, daydreams, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, changes in behaviour, or even an aggressive behaviour.

Physically PTSD can present as eating disorders, nausea, pain, hypervigilance, tension headaches, substance abuse, cardiovascular and digestive disorders.

To cope with the painful symptoms associated to PTSD you may try to push away the negative memories or to fight against these feelings, however, through this very avoidance, it’s possible to sustain and worsen the symptoms.

Psychological trauma can occur due to exposure to an event that is experienced as physically or emotionally threatening such as.

  • Sexual assault
  • Childbirth or childhood trauma
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Natural disaster
  • War or terrorism
  • Domestic violence, emotional or physical abuse
  • Witnessing violence or criminal activity
  • Life threatening illness or death of a loved one
  • Accident or injury

Is there any treatment for PTSD?

Yes, there certainly is. As a more natural and safe alternative to medication PTSD is generally treated with hypnotherapy due to the similarity between hypnotic phenomenon and PTSD symptoms, and the effectiveness of hypnosis as a therapy tool.

Hypnotherapy, also called clinical hypnosis, works with your conscious and subconscious mind to elicit emotional and behavioural changes. In the treatment of PTSD, anxiety, depression, phobias, and stress, it has been found to be effective.

Techniques for dealing with PTSD using clinical hypnosis (Hypnotherapy for Trauma) include:

Recognising Triggers – In many cases, PTSD symptoms can be triggered by non-threatening stimuli. For example, many veterans of combat experience severe reactions when they hear fireworks or backfiring motor vehicles. Hypnosis provides a relaxed state that helps you recognize triggers that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

The relaxation process – A hypnotherapist gradually focuses attention on each part of your body to help you enter a hypnotic trance state otherwise known as progressive muscle relaxation (PMR). The process of mental and physical relaxation can be a natural antidote to some of the symptoms associated with PTSD such as anxiety and sleep disturbances. Taking meaningful therapeutic steps is easier when the severity of symptoms is reduced.

Therapeutic treatment for aversion – In the hypnotic trance state, you can vividly imagine experiencing triggers and learn more appropriate and rational responses in a safe environment. Repeated attempts result in fewer adverse effects until the stimulus is no longer triggering.

Furthermore, hypnotherapists are likely to suggest various self-management tools to deal with PTSD symptoms if they arise in the future. Among these are instructions for self-hypnosis, deep breathing exercises, and guided relaxation meditations.

According to a 2011 study, hypnosis was effective as a treatment for PTSD in children following the Bali terrorist attacks of 2002. Children who underwent hypnosis treatment reported 77% improvement in PTSD symptoms after one year. The study concluded that hypnosis is a viable treatment option for those who suffer from PTSD and other forms of complex trauma.

The alternative to hypnotherapy is DeTrauma – Technique™

As one of the few qualified DeTrauma Technique™ hypnotherapists in Australia, I can help you overcome social phobia, anxiety, acute, chronic, secondary, or complex trauma and PTSD by using a rapid 4-step process that involves powerful body psychotherapy and desensitising techniques specific to DeTrauma Technique™

It is often difficult to recall and discuss the events surrounding the trauma, some people will dissociate from the event making it even more difficult to share the experience. With DeTrauma Technique™ it’s not necessary to talk about the event or open old painful wounds.

DDT is not hypnosis; the aim is to avoid the retraumatising effects of the event, successfully giving you back a sense of peace and wellbeing within 3 – 4 90-minute sessions.

If you’re interested in discovering how hypnotherapy or the DeTrauma Technique™ can help you break free from trauma, contact me for a free 20-minute consultation.

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Deborah Allen
Deborah AllenClinical Hypnotherapist
Deborah Allen is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist who uses a combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy, DeTrauma Technique ™ and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) empowering you with life changing possibilities.
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