If you’ve read about how I kicked 25+ years of PTSD then you know that hypnosis played a key role in my healing rampage. This week’s post is contributed by Amy Smeaton, a hypnotherapist giving us the inside scoop on how hypnosis can be used to heal symptoms of PTSD.

Hypnotherapy: Dealing With PTSD and TraumaIt’s often the case when clients come to me for hypnotherapy that there are further issues that they wish to address and that the initial appointment is my ‘test’ to see if I am the right person for their needs.

I welcome this with clients because it means that they have acknowledge that they need the right person for them if they are going to choose hypnotherapy. During my initial consultation with clients my aim is to make them feel relaxed and able to share their thoughts with me. I have a strict no judgement policy which gives clients the ability and confidence to tell me anything they need.

I find that after the initial treatment that clients are more empowered to open up to me and help me deal with the underlying issues. More and more often clients are coming to me with details of trauma and PTSD which I recognise but has been undiagnosed as they may not ‘fit’ the PTSD criteria.

Every client is different in the way that trauma such as sexual abuse- either as a victim, observer or perpetrator (I said no judgement), domestic abuse, violent crime, trauma in the line of duty, childhood illness. Has affected them and no one can say how deeply something should or does affect someone.

When using hypnotherapy to treat trauma there are several recognised methods which can be used. During the initial conversation with a new client I will discuss the reasons that they have chosen hypnotherapy and what they want to get from the session. We agree a treatment plan and also whether the client may want to discuss further issues.

I am treating victims of sexual and violent crime and domestic abuse alongside emergency service professionals, armed forces personnel and clients who went through a traumatic divorce experience or bullying as a child. Many of these clients don’t see themselves as having gone through a ‘trauma’ because of the way we use the word in society but in terms of the impact that divorce, bullying, childhood illness and even the death of a relative when you’re a child can have I find that the results are the same.

Hypnotherapy works quickly and effectively because it directly accesses the subconscious mind which is where the memory of the trauma is imprinted. I have had client who have consciously dealt with their trauma via counselling or other therapy but who find themselves repeating negative behaviour patterns time and time again. This is where hypnotherapy can help, by accessing the subconscious we change the pattern of behaviour on a different level which means that often if you want to behave in a certain way consciously for example comfort eat when stressed or sad. The subconscious will override that choice and you may find yourself turning to celery rather than chocolate. Each hypnotherapy session is different and clients can move as quickly as they like to the final trauma therapy where I take them back through the trauma in order to change the subconscious way they view it.

It’s perfectly safe and results are very quick, some clients choose to tell me their experiences beforehand but in hypnotherapy there is no need for them to do so which is why so many people choose to deal with it via this method. I personally am seeing more and more patients who are coming to me with the symptoms of PTSD who have not been through a ‘trauma’ in the traditional sense.

For more information about Hypnotherapy treatments please contact me to see how I can help you.

About Amy Smeaton:

I am a business owner, consultant and mentor. I studied Hypnotherapy as a career after being significantly helped by in a number or years ago. I am a clinical Hypnotherapist, life coach, NLP and EFT practitioner. I have significant experience and interest in working with those suffering from the effects of Trauma and PTSD. I work with victims of crime, sexual assault, domestic violence as well as those in the emergency services and armed forces. 

More recently I have been working with clients who have suffered trauma as a result of childhood illness, this is of special interest for me due to the fact that I have suffered the same trauma as a result of being born with a Congenital Heart Defect.