PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder can be helped with hypnotherapy
by taking a person back to an event in a safe way, and deleting the
negative energy around the event.
For instance, if someone has been
raped, the first thing I do is give them something called an anchor so
they can feel calm going into hypnosis and in dealing with that
Anchoring is creating an association between a feeling and a sensory
experience such as a touch or a sound. As children we may have had
The anchoring a hypnotherapist does is anchoring in
positive feelings. Anchoring works because we form natural associations
between feelings and external things every day. People have negative
anchors as well. A hypnotherapist will help a person eliminate the
negative anchors as well.
I help my clients bring on good calm feelings. I often have my client
hold their thumb and a finger together while thinking of a special or
calm place. In that way we have programmed in those good feelings and
they can have those feelings anytime they want.
So even after one
session they have a tool to help themselves feel calm whenever they
want. It’s important to have a hypnotherapist who has been trained in
programming install the anchor.
After giving them the anchor, while they are holding their anchor, I
take them back to the event and release the negative emotions around the
event. These emotions can be anger, sadness, fear, shame and guilt. They
may have one of these emotions, or some or all of them. It’s the
negative emotions that keep them stuck.
We also help them get in touch
with the positive learning. Even though the event was horrific, there’s
always something positive that came from it.
After releasing the negative emotions and getting the positive
learnings, we then program in how they would have liked the situation to
be different. Often times it’s difficult to look at the perpetrator as
being different than they were so I will often suggest they imagine
someone more positive in their life or make a person up.
By the way, the
subconscious believes pretend as much as it believes the truth so if you
program a positive fantasy into your subconscious you’ll then feel more
at peace about what happened.
In the case of rape, instead of distancing yourself from people you
want to be close to, you will be able to attract loving
relationships into your life that last.
There are other areas of their life that was affected by the rape so
a good therapist will know what other areas will need to be healed in
order for the person to have a complete and fulfilling life.
Hypnosis is only one way to eliminate PTSD. There are many other
alternative therapies for dealing with these kinds of problems such as
Neurolinguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Eye Movement
Desensitization Reprocessing, Core Transformation plus many more.
The most important aspect is that you find a hypnotherapist that
specializes in PTSD and has a quantity of different tools in their
toolbox. It is imperative that you have a rapport with that therapist.
If it doesn’t feel right, look for someone else.