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  • Writer's pictureLinda Campbell

How Can PTSD Be Helped with Hypnotherapy?

Are you passionate about helping people overcome the debilitating effects of PTSD?

Hypnotherapy offers a powerful solution for addressing and healing from PTSD, making a significant difference in the lives of those affected.

By taking my hypnotherapy training, you will learn how to delve into the subconscious mind, where the root of PTSD symptoms resides, and provide transformative healing.

Understanding PTSD and the Subconscious Mind

The subconscious mind plays a crucial role in PTSD. Let's explore its characteristics and how they relate to PTSD:

The Protective Subconscious Mind: The primary function of the subconscious mind is self-preservation. When someone experiences or witnesses a life-threatening event, it leaves an indelible imprint on their subconscious. The subconscious works by association, turning on the fight or flight response and keeping it on, anticipating further threats. Unfortunately, the subconscious doesn't update itself once the event has passed, leading to ongoing symptoms such as anxiety, flashbacks, and distress. Through hypnotherapy, you can help put the fight or flight response back on reserve, so clients are no longer triggered unnecessarily.

Memory Storage in Trauma: Scientifically, we know that memories are stored differently in threatening situations compared to calm ones. In a traumatic situation, memories don't get classified as "past events." The brain continues to perceive the event as ongoing, resulting in flashbacks, hyper-vigilance, panic, and intrusive thoughts. By using hypnosis, you can help the subconscious understand that past events are behind them and reclassify these memories as past events.

Hypnotherapy provides a transformative approach to help the brain process and reclassify traumatic events, reducing their overwhelming impact.

Helping Clients Heal from PTSD with Hypnotherapy

By taking my training, you will be equipped to tailor your approach to each client's unique needs and situation.

Here's how hypnotherapy can assist in healing PTSD:

Eliminating Unwanted Symptoms: You will learn to effectively target and eliminate upsetting memories, nightmares, flashbacks, emotional distress triggered by reminders, and physical reactivity to traumatic triggers.

Overcoming Avoidance: Hypnotherapy can help clients regain control over their lives by eliminating the need to avoid potentially triggering people, locations, or events associated with the trauma.

Safe Trauma Processing: Trauma often renders individuals speechless. You'll provide a non-judgmental and compassionate space for clients to express their experiences without worrying about burdening loved ones. Hypnotherapy offers a secure and supportive environment to process and release trauma, allowing clients to move forward with their lives.

Shifting to Positive Thinking: Trauma can cause a fearful or pessimistic worldview. You will work with clients to shift their thinking, emotions, and expectations towards a more positive and empowering outlook, promoting emotional well-being.

Rediscovering Joy: Hypnotherapy helps clients reconnect with life and find interests and activities that bring happiness and fulfillment once again.

Eliminating Hyper-Vigilance: By addressing the hyper-arousal and hyper-vigilance associated with PTSD, you can help restore a sense of calm and balance in your clients' lives.

Restoring Sleep and Appetite: If clients are experiencing sleep disturbances or appetite changes, hypnotherapy can assist in improving these aspects of their well-being.

Normalizing Responses: It's crucial to understand that post-traumatic stress is an adaptive response to potential life-threatening situations. The subconscious may not realize the trauma has passed, leading to prolonged hyper-vigilance. Hypnotherapy works to reprogram the subconscious, enabling it to recognize that the client is safe now.

Reclassifying the Trauma: Hypnotherapy helps reclassify the traumatic event as a past event within the subconscious mind. By reframing its storage and removing the intense emotions attached to it, you empower clients to move forward with their lives.

Emotional Management: PTSD triggers a range of emotions such as survivor's guilt, anger, fear, and grief. Your therapy sessions will provide a safe environment to normalize, process, accept, and express these emotions, facilitating healing.

Shifting Focus: Sometimes, the subconscious takes the wrong takeaway from an event, believing "I'm unsafe. The world is unsafe," and responds accordingly. Hypnotherapy supports clients in recognizing their resilience and rediscovering their inherent skills to care for themselves.

Breaking the Repetition Cycle: Freud observed that individuals often re-enact traumas to master and complete them. Your therapy will help clients navigate and resolve these patterns, allowing for healing and growth.

Addressing High-Risk Behavior: Trauma can lead to seeking adrenaline rushes or engaging in high-risk activities. You'll work together with clients to help them adapt to lower levels of adrenaline and make healthy choices that promote their well-being.

Finding Meaning: Making sense of the traumatic event is a crucial part of the healing process. You will guide clients in discovering personal meaning and purpose, fostering resilience and moving forward.

Addressing Self-Injury: If clients engage in self-injurious behaviors, your therapy will offer support and strategies to address these harmful patterns and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Take the First Step Towards helping Others Heal

Would you like to help people overcome PTSD and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives? Hypnotherapy provides a holistic and effective approach to overcoming trauma by directly accessing the subconscious mind. Learn how to guide your clients towards lasting relief, reclaim their lives, and find peace and well-being.

Join The Horizon Center's Whole Brain Hypnotherapy Certification Training and gain the skills to make a real difference. Schedule a free consultation today and start your journey towards becoming a transformative hypnotherapist.

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