Hypnotherapy and PTSD: How Hypnosis Can Help You Deal With Trauma
This Armed Forces Day, I wanted to talk about how hypnosis can help people cope with trauma, particularly in the case of those suffering from PTSD. Serving members of the Armed Forces and veterans will have been exposed to things that most of us pray we will never see in our lifetime.
Not everyone who goes through a traumatic experience will suffer from PTSD, because every person processes things differently, but if feelings and memories are bottled up or avoided, they eventually come out as anxiety, anger, or depression.
Hypnotherapy is increasingly being used as an effective treatment for PTSD, because of its power to reframe the memories and negative experiences that are locked up in the subconscious mind. When this happens, sufferers can process them differently and move forward with their lives with a sense of calmness and control.
It can take a little while for sufferers to realise or accept what’s happening to them, but it’s likely to be PTSD if they are having flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and they find that they are reliving the traumatic experience over and over again. These symptoms can occur months after the traumatic event and they can last for prolonged periods of time. Most people will be unable to function normally day to day.
How hypnotherapy can help with PTSD
Research into hypnosis and PTSD has found that it can:
- Reduce the negative associations people make with certain memories
- Reduce anxiety
- Enable healthy processing of feelings, memories, and emotions
- Give people a sense of calmness and of being back in control
A 2008 study found that hypnotherapy decreased PTSD symptoms in people with combat-related PTSD. It helped improve their sleep and reduced the amount of intrusive thoughts they were experiencing.
Hypnotherapy has also been endorsed as an effective therapeutic treatment by The British Medical Council, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychological Association.
Try hypnotherapy-you have nothing to lose and everything to gain
Hypnotherapy sessions can give PTSD sufferers the tools to reprogramme their minds and regain control of their lives. Techniques like visualisation can help them visualise a happier healthier life going forward, and show them that their own mind is not their enemy, it can help them to heal.
If you suffer from PTSD and feel like despite other treatments, you’re not any further forward, why not try hypnotherapy? You deserve to be happy and to live a fulfilling life, and this is what we can achieve when we work together.
Contact me to book a free consultation. What have you got to lose?