Hypnotherapy for Psychological Trauma
If you’ve gone through a traumatic experience, you may be struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. You may feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. Many of our clients find that with hypnotherapy, self-help strategies, and support, the recovery time can be sped up tremendously. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, you can heal and move on. Emotional and psychological symptoms of trauma include:
- Shock, denial, or disbelief
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- Guilt, shame, self-blame
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anxiety and fear
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling disconnected or numb
- Physical symptoms of trauma:
- Insomnia or nightmares
- Being startled easily
- Racing heartbeat
- Aches and pains
- Difficulty concentrating
- Edginess and agitation
- Muscle tension
Our hypnotherapy combines cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with hypnotherapy, which in many cases can help to accelerate the desired change. CBH (Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy) is very much a therapy aimed at both the conscious and subconscious mind. The hypnotherapy involves dialogue and interaction with the subconscious and the cognitive behavioral techniques help create an understanding in how thinking and the beliefs a client holds about events or situations play a large part in the emotional and/or behavioral upset.
During the hypnotherapy sessions the psychological and emotional issues surrounding the symptoms will be addressed and alleviated by identifying the original cause event(s) (Initial Sensitizing Event or ISE). The triggers that lead to reliving the emotional and sometimes physical associated with the event will no longer cause symptoms, but through hypnotherapy an individual will experienced a more balanced, calm. productive state that lasts indefinitely. After just two sessions of this unique hypnotherapy program, symptoms associated with the psychological trauma should be lessoned dramatically and healing can begin.
Causes of emotional or psychological trauma
An event will most likely lead to emotional or psychological trauma if there is:
- An unstable or unsafe environment
- Separation from a parent
- Serious illness
- Intrusive medical procedures
- Sexual, physical, or verbal abuse
- Domestic violence
- A profound unexpected occurrence of an event.
Psychological trauma can result from an event if:
- You were unprepared for it.
- You felt powerless to prevent it.
- It happened repeatedly.
- Someone was intentionally cruel.
- It happened in childhood.
Other causes of deep emotional upset can occur from:
- Falls or sports injuries
- Surgery (especially in the first 3 years of life)
- The sudden death of someone close
- A car accident
- The breakup of a significant relationship
- A humiliating or deeply disappointing experience
- The discovery of a life-threatening illness or disabling condition
- You may need help for emotional or psychological trauma if you’re:
- Having trouble functioning at home or work
- Suffering from fear, anxiety, or depression
- Unable to form close, satisfying relationships
- Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
- Avoiding more and more things that remind you of the trauma
- Emotionally numb and disconnected from others
- Using alcohol or drugs to feel better
The subconscious, (that level of consciousness below our normal waking, objective consciousness), is non-judgmental and highly suggestible. Utilizing this factor, we can effect changes to harmful beliefs and habits at the subconscious level. The subconscious does not have the conscious filter that considers things based on prior experience and learning, it simply accepts suggestions with a willingness to experiment and an openness to new ideas. The subconscious also drives the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for all our involuntary body actions i.e.: breathing, heart rate, lymph functions, growth, repair and replacement of dead and dying cells etc. So additionally, it can add great value in addressing physical trauma issues and physical health and wellbeing generally.
CBT is concerned with giving the client a new range of skills consciously; hypnotherapy brings benefit by providing a very useful vehicle to integrate these skills by bringing the subconscious into a closer supporting alignment. Experimentation and rehearsal (visualization) of applying these new skills can be carried out in the subconscious during hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy adds a dimension of flexibility in perception and behavior; the homework and experimental aspects crucial in CBT are likely to be enhanced when reinforced and seeded in the subconscious mind within hypnosis.
Benefits of Psychological Hypnotherapy
Having identified the thinking patterns, our hypnotherapist applies hypnotic interventions to challenge any faulty thinking. In hypnosis, he can lead the client to re-evaluate the way they may look at and feel about the psychological trauma, and so help them to rethink things in a much healthier manner.
Another benefit of hypnotic intervention is that by bypassing the conscious and more rigid part of the mind, it is much easier to build these new cognitive associations and dissociations. In hypnosis, our hypnotherapist has the client recognize their pattern of thinking for what it really is, and begin to see how it is adding to the problem. It is easier in hypnosis to begin to embrace the new patterns of healthful thinking. Hypnosis allows a degree of detachment from thoughts and feelings; one can stand as if an observer and begin to see their negative beliefs and feelings as well as their origination.
Contact Psychological Hypnotherapist Today
Hypnotherapy allows our clients to more readily challenge unhelpful beliefs leading to positive and continual change in just as few as 2-4 sessions. Call us at (407) 369-8474 for a free consultation today.