Using Hypnosis to Treat Trauma & PTSD

Using Hypnosis to Treat Trauma & PTSD

It can be very difficult for people who have suffered a traumatic event to function properly in everyday life. Trauma and PTSD can be so deep-rooted that often, it’s difficult to overcome on your own. Hypnosis may be the assistance you need in overcoming your trauma.

What Is Trauma?

Trauma is nothing more than a post hypnotic suggestion. A post hypnotic suggestion is a suggested act made to an individual during hypnosis to be carried out after the hypnotic state.

For example, if a person walks across a bridge and gets jumped by three muggers, they experience shock. This emotion will bypass the conscious mind’s critical factor, taking them into a trance state, a focused state, and a learning state that is hypnosis. In this state, the person feels as though their life is in danger, and they form a very powerful hypnotic suggestion: bridges at night are very dangerous places.

Now let’s say a week later, the same person goes to walk across a similar bridge, their mind sends signals that they are in extreme danger because ‘bridges at night are very dangerous places‘. They go into a panic, with a flight, freeze or fight response. They feel as though their life is in danger all over again. This state is their trauma.

Trauma essentially is ‘bad’ hypnosis, a belief that has been formed on a subconscious level that an experience was bad.

So, how do you change this negative belief and free yourself from trauma and PSTD?  You combat ‘bad’ hypnosis with ‘good’ hypnosis, and this ‘good’ hypnosis is called clinical hypnotherapy.

What Is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is the bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind and the establishment of selected thinking. When in a hypnotic state, the critical factor is bypassed, changing the deeply rooted beliefs formed during moments of trauma. Think of it as being able to talk directly to the CEO rather than the receptionist; you can go straight to the decision-maker and make effective changes.

The critical factor is the part of the mind the passes judgement; it is the guard at the gateway and has the power to accept or reject suggestions from entering the subconscious mind.

Everyone’s heard of the ‘highway hypnosis’ where you’re driving down the road, and suddenly your conscious mind begins to daydream. Your subconscious mind says to you, “Hey, you’re a danger to us, and you’re supposed to be driving“. The subconscious mind takes over driving; then, when our conscious mind realises this, it takes back control of the car. It’s only then; you realise you have just driven 5km without any conscious memory of driving at all. Why? Because your conscious mind was daydreaming.

How Clinical Hypnotherapy can Help Trauma and PTSD

Research suggests that hypnosis may effectively treat the effects of posttraumatic stress. [i]  Moreover, additional studies found hypnosis to be very useful in treating complex trauma. [ii]

Gold Coast Hypnotist Bradley Buchanan, who has a particular interest in Trauma and PTSD, uses post-hypnotic suggestion to help treat trauma. A post-hypnotic suggestion is a suggestion given by the hypnotist to action after they have emerged from hypnosis, which becomes their new belief.

Hypnotists counteract the ‘bad’ hypnosis with ‘good’ hypnosis to resolve trauma. They do this by taking their clients into hypnosis, a focused learning state. They use the feelings of the trauma to access the event that conditioned the post-hypnotic suggestion and aim to release the energy and emotion using specific clinical hypnotherapy techniques. Once the energy and emotion are released, the client feels calm with the environment of the event.

While in a hypnosis state, the hypnotist questions how these new feelings of calm affect your present life, and the client’s response becomes their new belief.

An example of the new belief could be, ‘I don’t have to panic when I walk across a bridge at night, I can be concerned, but there is no need to panic’. They now take these new feelings and beliefs and wash them through their memory timeline, creating a solid new belief.

Now, when the client walks across a similar bridge at night, they don’t panic; they may feel concerned, but they won’t panic or go into the flight, flight or freeze response because now, their core belief is different. It is now essentially ‘good’ hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a powerful tool that can help to desensitise from a traumatic event. It can also help release the energy, allowing you to take back your power without attaching emotion to objects or things such as bridges or the night.

If you would like to explore clinical hypnotherapy to aid your trauma or PTSD, book an appointment with our qualified and certified hypnosis, Bradley Buchanan, today. Call 07 5571 0001 or make an online appointment via the button below.

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[i] Bryant, R. A. , Moulds, M. L. , Guthrie, R. M. , & Nixon, R. D. V. (2005). The additive benefit of hypnosis and cognitive-behavioral therapy in treating acute stress disorder

[ii] Maggie Wai-ling Poon. Hypnosis for Complex Trauma Survivors: Four Case Studies