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Can Hypnosis Help With PTSD

Can Hypnosis Help With PTSD

There is much in the news about trauma and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Some of the information being given is very useful whilst other bits of information are less helpful. The question I get asked a lot is whether or not hypnosis is an effective intervention for PTSD.

The answer is yes, but as with all things there are conditions attached. Hypnosis has been used as a means to help people to re-evaluate and rationalise the trauma that they experienced. Hypnosis, as with all therapy relating to trauma, cannot change the traumatic event. However, utilising the trance state can help a person to better understand what happened to them and find ways to not allow what occurred to be the defining point of their lives.

As many people know, hypnosis is often associated with regression. In my view, hypnotic regression for trauma is something that needs to be undertaken, if at all, very carefully. The mechanics of using this are fairly straight forward. However, it is essential that the practitioner be trained in the treatment of trauma and as well be trained in psychotherapy and counselling as well. The reason for this is hypnosis alone will not be enough for these clients.

So yes, hypnosis can help with PTSD, but be sure that the practitioner is appropriately qualified to work with it.

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