Hello, I am Lisa, a qualified hypnotherapist and PTSD therapist. You can find out more about me here.
As your therapist I work with you to process the trauma memory, helping you gain control of your thoughts and emotions.
Hypnotherapy for PTSD works by accessing the subconscious mind, processing the traumatic event, and filing it in the memory bank where it can be remembered only when required and without intense emotion.
What is great about hypnotherapy is that you can do this "content free”. As your hypnotherapist, I do not need to know the details of the event, and you do not have to relive the event by explaining the details to me and how they made you feel in great detail. Often, this can be re-traumatising.
We can use several different techniques to process the memories. As your therapist, I will explain how I can help you and give you the choice of how you wish to proceed.
Usually, we start by using hypnotherapy to promote deep relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety levels. This, in itself, can help individuals reduce the overall impact of PTSD. But there are other techniques we can use where you can visit the trauma in trance, but from a dissociated perspective. This limits the impact on your emotions and allows you to appropriately file the memory. If you need to remember the event, you can do so from a practical, not emotional, state.
Once the memory has been filed correctly, I can help you move forward in life, help you gain control of your thoughts and emotions. Moving your focus towards the future you want, hopefully calm, confident, positive etc. How would you like to feel? What would you like to achieve?
Hypnotic trance accesses the subconscious mind, where the neuro pathways in the brain are re-balanced, ultimately leaving you feeling calm, confident, and happy.
When calm and confident, you exude an aura of inner peace and self-assurance. You can feel comfortable in your own skin and approach life with a sense of purpose and direction. You can have a sense of resilience, and setbacks can be seen as challenges that can be dealt with positively, calmly, and confidently.
Overall, hypnotherapy is an effective and non-invasive treatment for PTSD. It can help individuals overcome PTSD symptoms, develop a positive mindset, and live a more fulfilling and empowered life, free from the burden of past traumatic experiences.