Hypnotherapy Treating PTSD

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that can occur after living through a traumatizing event. PTSD sufferers experience serious symptoms and those symptoms can lead to a greatly reduced quality of life. In extreme cases PTSD symptoms can even take the form of violent acts against one’s self or others.

PTSD Symptoms

PTSD symptoms generally fall into two categories: Re-experience symptoms and avoidance symptoms.

  • Re-experience symptoms include flashbacks to the traumatic event itself, frightening thoughts and nightmares or bad dreams.
  • Avoidance symptoms include: a lack of interest in everyday life, severe depression, and the avoidance of places or things that trigger memories of the painful experience.

Feelings associated with PTSD include guilt, anger, sadness, self-pity and panic. Other manifestations can be trouble concentrating and difficulty sleeping.  Sufferers may also experience physiological changes such as rapid breathing, higher heart rate, and sweating whenever exposed to situations that may resemble the earlier trauma.

Untreated PTSD

While time can heal a wound, untreated PTSD may have serious consequences, include drug dependence and social phobias, depression and alcoholism.

A person who suffers from PTSD can become anxious when something triggers a painful or disturbing memory. The re-experience the trauma even though it is no longer present, a thing of the past. For example, the sound of a car backfiring might immediately and viscerally bring to mind scenes of gunfire to a soldier who  has just returned home from war. Although he is now safe and hundreds of miles away from the trnches, in his mind he is instantly transported back to the battlefield, fighting for his survival.

When we experience a traumatic event it is normal that our perception will shift in order to distance ourselves from the extreme circumstances. Factors that determine susceptibility to PTSD may be genetics, early age of onset, longer lasting childhood trauma, lack of functional social support and concurrently stressful life events.  People at the greatest risk for PTSD are those who experience threat or danger, suffering, upset terror, horror or fear.  Those whose environment has produced feelings of shame, guilt, stigmatization or self-hatred can also be highly susceptible.

Hypnosis and PTSD

Hypnosis has been found to be highly beneficial in treating PTSD for the reason that the traumatizing event, being overloading the conscious mind, and by-passing the critical thinking, is similar to the phenomena of hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a method of communicating directly with our unconscious mind, where the trauma experiences and its emotional charge are stored. In a 2005 study, the effects of hypnosis on participants with PTSD were tested.  In the study 67 people with PTSD were divided into 3 groups.  Each group of participants received 6 sessions, either with CBT and hypnosis, CBT only, or supportive counseling.

The study’s results revealed that the hypnosis plus CBT group and the CBT-only group exhibited fewer symptoms of PTSD immediately prior to the treatment and also again at the 6-month follow up.  In addition, the group that received hypnosis had fewer re-experiencing episodes than the CBT-only group.

Hypnosis has long been used in the treatment of war related post-traumatic conditions. In my practice it has been used effectively to treat post-traumatic symptoms in cases of childhood sexual abuse, car accidents, kidnapping and other events.

The Effectiveness of Hypnotherapy

The main principle of hypnosis is to induce a deep state of relaxation.  This in itself is potentially effective against PTSD as it may lead to feelings of safety and less environmental anxiety, a decrease of intrusive thoughts and a re-involvement in daily activity.

When working with PTSD, the hypnotherapist needs to be aware whether she is dealing with a single, or multiple trauma incidents.  The client should understand the concept of PTSD and what the hypnotherapy goals are. It’s also important to understand that contrary to what you see in some movies, hypnosis is completely safe.  You cannot get stuck in hypnosis and hypnosis is not sleep, as many believe.

The practice of using hypnosis to treat PTSD symptoms has the potential to greatly improve a person’s well being. Hypnotherapy can give you more control over the symptoms and minimize recurring negative thoughts stemming from the traumatic event.

CPTSD – Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is treated differently from PTSD. And it’s really based on case by case, as a person’s cognitive understanding is very important in forming a treatment.

A hypnotherapy session with Kemila means a safe space to explore what truly happened, what you think happened, as well as what should or should not happen. It is also an opportunity to learn and grow. What does what happened mean about you? Give Kemila a call at 604-687-4325 and set up a free consultation. Schedule your first Counselling-Hypnotherapy session with Kemila in person. If it’s via Skype, please go to the Skype page. For returned clients, click here for scheduling a Regular Session.



146 WAYS HYPNOTHERAPY MIGHT HELP YOU

Discover for yourself how you can use your inner creative abilities to overcome and transform obstacles and limitations and to realize your goals in joy and freedom.
  1. Strengthening Self-Confidence
  2. Motivation v.s. Procrastination
  3. Poor Self-Image
  4. Reduce Stress
  5. Overcome Anxiety
  6. Assertiveness
  7. Worry
  8. Guilt
  9. Forgiveness
  10. Stubborn
  11. Anger Isssues
  12. Frustration
  13. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome )
  14. Social Phobia
  15. Sales Performance
  16. Passive-Aggressive
  17. Stop Blushing
  18. Concentration
  19. Mental Focus
  20. Reach Goals
  21. Shyness
  22. Change Habits
  23. Attitude Adjustment
  24. Career Success
  25. Chronic Fatigue (ME)
  26. Relationship and Couple Hypnosis Therapy
  27. Relaxation
  28. Nausea
  29. Surgical Recovery
  30. Tardiness
  31. Gambling
  32. Memory Recall
  33. Creativity
  34. Writers Block
  35. Self-Expression
  36. Lack of Initiative
  37. Allergies
  38. Overly Critical
  39. Negativism
  40. Grieving and Mourning
  41. Weight Loss
  42. Substance Abuse
  43. Addictions
  44. Irrational Fears or Phobias
  45. Dialogue with Inner Child
  46. Insomnia
  47. Childhood Sexual Abuse
  48. Sports Enhancement
  49. Fear of School
  50. Fear of Dentist
  51. Fear of Doctor
  52. Fear of Surgery
  53. Soul Retrieval
  54. Past Life Regression
  55. Contact Spirit Guides
  56. Access Higher Self
  57. Out of Body Experience (OBE)
  58. Automatic Writing
  59. Spirit Attachment Release
  60. Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  61. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  62. Eating Disorders
  63. Cravings
  64. Compulsive Eating
  65. Communication with the Deceased
  66. Obsessions
  67. Insecurity in Relationships
  68. Child Birth
  69. Future Life Progression
  70. Fear of Flying
  71. Fear of Heights
  72. Fear of Water
  73. Depression
  74. Pain Management & Pain Control
  75. Fear of Rejection
  76. Life Balance
  77. Irritability
  78. Pessimism
  79. Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)
  80. Performance Anxiety
  81. Panic Attacks
  82. Temptation
  83. Road Rage
  84. Self-Awareness
  85. Aggression
  86. Stop Smoking
  87. Overcome Fear of Public Speaking
  88. Break through limitations
  89. Moodiness
  90. Sleep Disorders
  91. Age Regression
  92. Sexual Problems
  93. Irrational thoughts
  94. Lack of Enthusiasm
  95. Lack of Direction
  96. Ulcers
  97. Helplessness and Hopelessness
  98. Pregnancy and Childbirth
  99. Infertility
  100. Money and Financial Success
  101. Bed Wetting
  102. Perfectionism
  103. Trauma and PTSD
  104. Stuttering
  105. Abandonment
  106. Problem Solving
  107. Hypertension (Lower Blood Pressure)
  108. FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
  109. Deal with Changes
  110. Self-Forgiveness
  111. Nail Biting (Body Focused Repetitive Behaviours)
  112. Thumb Sucking (BFRB)
  113. ET Abduction and Encounter
  114. Discouraged
  115. Fear of Loss of Control
  116. Fear of Failure
  117. Fear of Success
  118. Lack of Ambition
  119. Self-Control
  120. Inferiority
  121. Superiority
  122. Jealousy
  123. Self-Criticism & Self-Defeating Behaviors
  124. Shame
  125. Indecisiveness
  126. Resistance to Change
  127. Self-Hypnosis
  128. Restlessness
  129. Sadness
  130. Insecurity
  131. Mistrust
  132. Victimization
  133. Summer Depression
  134. Maintain Posture & Improve Body Language
  135. Presurgical
  136. Postsurgical
  137. Hoarding Disorder
  138. Gagging
  139. Dreams
  140. Nightmares / Night terrors
  141. Headaches
  142. Death or Loss
  143. Fear of Death
  144. Learn a New skill
  145. Assist Healing
  146. Self-Mastery
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