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Hypnotherapy and PTSD

In addition to seeing people with a diagnosis with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), as hypnotherapists, it is common to have clients contact us for insomnia, stress, low tolerance to frustration, fears, phobias, trouble with focus and concentration, “feeling stuck”, in relationships issues, etc.

The most common cause of PTSD is an event or series of events that make a person feel helpless. This condition became associated with soldiers in military combat, but any overwhelming life experience that feels unpredictable or uncontrollable can precipitate PTSD. It can affect those who personally experience a catastrophe, those who witness it (a witness to violence or is victim of violence) or people who “pick up the pieces” after a disaster. This can include emergency workers, and family and friends and family who support someone who lived through a trauma.

After a traumatic event, almost everyone experiences the loss of safety and trust. Some people report feeling, "crazy", disconnected and numb". It is common to have bad dreams, be fearful, and not be able to stop thinking about what happened. For most people these symptoms are short lived, and they gradually lift. It is not uncommon to have increased anxiety and emotional arousal, difficulty sleeping, irritability or outbursts of anger.

Other common symptoms are guilt, shame and self-blame, feeling mistrust/betrayal, flashbacks, distress when thinking about the event. There could be reactions to reminders -self blame,guilt, shame, pounding heart, rapid breathing, high blood pressure, alienation and isolation, always being on "red alert", being easily startled, substance abuse, alienation and isolation, flashbacks, intrusive, upsetting memories, suicidal ideation and the list goes on.

It is common for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder clients to feel that there is no hope that they will ever get better.

The sooner you see someone and can talk about it, the easier it is to overcome. It is only natural to want to avoid painful memories and feelings. You can't escape your emotions completely-they emerge under stress or whenever you let your guard down -trying to do so is exhausting. The avoidance will ultimately harm your relationships, your ability to function, and the quality of your life.

Avoid "Thinking errors" (i.e. "it was my fault" “I should have seen it coming" or "What if" etc. It's easy to get "stuck" in your head. "Thinking errors" take the form of self -blame, so just be mindful of that.

In time you will learn to defuse negative reactions and triggers and unpair the sights and sounds of the present with the trauma. and become full blown PTSD.

There are many variations to how individuals experience PTSD. Most symptoms develop within days following the event, but it can sometimes take weeks, months or even years to appear and become full blown PTSD.

Here is a list of some of the most common traumatic events that are associated with PTSD.

• War
• Natural disasters
• Car or plane crashes
• Terrorist
• Sudden death of a loved one
• Rape
• Kidnapping
• Assault
• Sexual or physical abuse
• Childhood abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence


Hypnotherapists are often the first in line in helping those with PTSD.

Hypnotherapy is completely confidential with adherence to the Ethical Guidelines of the American Counseling Association regarding conduct of counseling therapists. My private practice is restricted to vocational and/or ad vocational self-improvement. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.

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