Trauma, PTSD and Hypnotherapy

May 1, 2015


This interesting piece of research looks at how early intervention after trauma can help prevent the development of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  It is believed that about 74% of adults will experince trauma and about 9% will go to develop PTSD.  PTSD is often characterised by Flashback, panic attacks and other un-wanted re-experiencing symptoms. CBT is known to be an effective treatment but in mi mind can be a long winded way of resolving the issues.  Why? Because it relies on a conscious, rational process for resolving what are often unconsciously ‘programmed’ or embedded ‘irrational’ responses similar to phobias. Also, for many of us it may be difficult to access the original trauma or even remember the events.

Hypnotherapy on its own and used in conjunction with CBT or ‘systematic desensitisation’ can be a very effective way of resolving PTSD or other anxiety responses. I believe that this is because through Hypnotherapy and or Neuro Linguistic Programming you can enable people to safely access the problem states and learn alternative more healthy responses.  It also tackles the issue where it lies, in the sub-conscious.

Assen Alladin also advocates the use of ‘Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ because he believes that Hypnotherapy adds additional, empirically validated, benefits to the treatment which he describes as:

  • Hypnosis adds leverage to treatment. Rapid changes can be achieved due to the brisk and profound behavioural, emotional, cognitive and physiological changes brought on by hypnosis

  • Hypnosis can break resistance

  • Hypnosis induces deep relaxation

  • Hypnosis strengthens the ego

  • Hypnosis accesses non-conscious processes

  • Hypnosis allows integration of cortical and sub cortical functioning, and so on.

So, if you are struggling with trauma, anxiety or panic attacks, why not look into Hypnotherapy as possible option for treatment.

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