PTSD

You don’t have to live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Hypnotherapy can offer a quick, effective and permanent solution to this very distressing condition.

Not everyone who has a traumatic experience will develop PTSD, and the symptoms are as individual…

Not everyone who has a traumatic experience will develop PTSD, and the symptoms are as individual as the traumatic experiences themselves. Trauma is a very subjective; two people can experience the same event and react in completely different ways.

It seems quite common for people to experience PTSD symptoms to a greater or lesser degree, and not realise they have been traumatised, or even be able to associate their symptoms to a particular event. In these instances there are often numerous events involved that may only have been viewed as “stressful” rather than traumatic.

This can be due to the memory of the event being suppressed, or there may have been many years between the events. Also from experience it seems that possibly the sudden onset of symptoms can be the result of cumulative highly stressful experiences over an entire lifetime. The proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.

The ONLY effective way to achieve permanent relief from PTSD is to identify the events responsible and then proceed to resolve and release the associated emotions. This requires a fairly gentle yet lateral approach. Hypnotherapy combined with the appropriate trauma counselling skills usually result in a dramatic and sudden change for the better. Complete relief may be experienced in only few sessions. It is very possible only one session will be required. This will depend on the number of events and, to a lesser degree their intensity.

If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, or you suspect may be suffering from PTSD, know that professional and experienced help is at hand and the solution may very well be dramatically easier than you thought. Please contact me if you need help with PTSD or further information.

 

Here is some information you may find helpful.

In “Psychotherapy” magazine (Volume 7, Number 1), various types of techniques were listed and profiled in a review of relevant literature by Alfred A. Barrios, PhD. In the above quoted text, the techniques that proved to generate the greatest success in providing lasting change were the following (listed in order of success rate):

Hypnosis — 93% recovery after 6 sessions (approx. 1 1/2 months @ 1 session per week).

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy — 72% after 22 sessions (approx. 6 months @ 1 session per week).

Psychotherapy — 38% recovery after 600 sessions (approx. 11 1/2 yrs @ 1 session per week).

 

Here is a link to the original article. The direct reference can be found in the section titled

Comparison with Psychoanalysis and Behaviour Therapy

http://www.hypnotherapyarticles.com/ArtP/articlep00006.htm

Things have changed since this article was written in 1970. New insights and techniques have been developed that have made Hypnotherapy even more effective. I can find no evidence of other methods of resolving PTSD anywhere in the world that are either faster or more effective than those that I employ. My clients can expect world class results, in world record times. That is a very big claim on my behalf, and one that I am prepared to back-up with a results guarantee, on the proviso we can accurately identify the events responsible for the condition, and effective rapport can be gained with the client. I should be in a position to advise you by the end of the first session if I am prepared to guarantee the outcome.

There are three main recognised types of behavioural and emotional symptoms of PTSD.

The first involves symptoms associated with re-experiencing the traumatic event. Things like flashbacks, memories that seem impossible to suppress, a very strong emotional reaction to anything that may remind them of the event. This often includes physical reactions like heart palpitations, feeling nauseous, sudden sweating, and rapid breathing.

The second type are behavioural changes. These changes will see the person suffering from PTSD going to great lengths to avoid places, people, and anything else that may remind them of the traumatic experience.

The third type are generally related to emotional changes. Sudden explosive outbursts of anger are common. Sleeping difficulties due to anxiety, the ability to concentrate can be impaired, memory loss; often relating to the event itself, but short term memory can also be effected.

A very obvious indication of PTSD is when the person appears excessively “jumpy” or is very easily startled, particularly when they are concentrating (which they find difficult) in a relatively relaxed and safe environment. This is a reflex action and is most noticeably triggered by an unexpected sound, (not necessarily loud) or an unexpected movement, like a door being opened behind them. This “jumpiness” is often very pronounced, unmistakeable and instantaneous.

If someone has this “jumpiness”, even if none of the other symptoms are particularly obvious, it is a sure sign they have experienced trauma of some kind that has probably not been recognised. They would definitely benefit by having a session.

Common symptoms of PTSD

Other common symptoms of PTSD include,

• Anger and irritability

• Guilt, shame, or self-blame

• Substance abuse

• Feelings of mistrust and betrayal

• Depression and hopelessness

• Suicidal thoughts and feelings

• Feeling alienated and alone

• Physical aches and pains

The effects of PTSD can be far-reaching. Family life can suffer terribly, intimate relationship can seem virtually impossible to maintain, as can relationships with friends. Children with PTSD can become “irrationally clingy” to those who represent safety to them. Mentally, emotionally and physically; the effects of PTSD are life altering.

Everyone wins when the problem is resolved, the person with PTSD wins, those that love them win, those that live with them, or work with them….everyone wins. Everyone loses when the problem remains.

It can be fixed, quickly and permanently. I am happy to answer any questions you may have, and are open to discussing guaranteeing the results.

 

For a confidential discussion as to how hypnotherapy may benefit you, please feel free to call. Alternatively you can contact me via email.