Trauma & PTSD
Trauma can happen to anyone who experiences a terrifying, frightening event. The event causes you to experience physical, emotional, psychological distress, for example helplessness, horror or fear. It is an experience that is percieved as a threat of unjury or death.
What if your life could be 'normal' again? If you could feel like 'you' again?
PTSD is most commonly associated with our war heroes, but is actually something that is suffered by many other people who are not soldiers as well.
Traumas can be:
- Assaults, such as robbery, rape, physical attack
- Abuse or neglect
- Diagnosis of life threatening illness
- Serious traffic accidents
- Military combat
- Natural disasters
- Being held hostage
- Traumatic Childbirth
To be affected by PTSD does not mean the event has to happen to you. Witnessing the event happening to someone else can cause PTSD too. First responder trauma is very real too. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics are routinely exposed to situations many of us wouldn’t or couldn’t even imagine.
A lot of people, who experience trauma, will not need any professional assistance to resolve the short-term distress caused, but for others, that traumatic event stays with them and develop PTSD. It is not yet understood why some people are affected by PTSD and others are not.
Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Perhaps the symptom that is most widely known as a symptom of PTSD is flashbacks.
Re-Experiencing the trauma by feeling, acting, or seeing the event happen again; Sounds, pictures, and smells can trigger memories. These can often be in the form of nightmares as well.
Other common PTSD symptoms are:
- Feeling on edge / Jumpy or easily startled
- Difficulty concentrating
- Irritability or angry outbursts
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep (Insomnia)
- Panic Attacks or Anxiety
- Depression and mood swings
- Hypervigilance / Feeling constantly alert
It is also common (and understandably so) to try to avoid being reminded of the traumatic event. This can mean:
- Avoiding certain people or places
- Withdrawing into yourself,
- Losing interest in activities and life in general
- Feeling isolated
All these things can lead to work and relationship problems.
Many people also feel
- Self –Blame
- Low Self Worth
Physical Symptoms such as:
- Chest pain
- Upset stomach
Traumatic stress symptoms can vary over time. The intensity can change and you can experience periods of time when the symptoms are much worse followed by periods when the symptoms are less noticeable. Some people have constant severe symptoms.
How to Deal with Trauma
Using a combination of techniques you can begin to understand and also learn strategies and techniques to enable you to put the past behind you, and overcome the trauma that is preventing you from living your life. To begin to heal your mind and body, you can build your inner resources. I can help you to become emotionally stronger and help you to learn to feel calmer again.
If you have the desire to, Hypnotherapy can help you recover and live your life without reliving the trauma each and every day.
Trauma and PTSD Hypnotherapy
Using a modern approach, together we can use a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, BLAST Technique (Bi-Lateral Analysis and Stimulation Treatment), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and NLP to create a treatment plan that is going to serve you in the best way possible. No two people are the same, and no two treatment plans should be either.
If you are suffering from trauma, or want to learn more about how hypnotherapy for trauma and PTSD could help you, get in touch with me today at my Andover Hypnotherapy practice for your FREE no obligation consultation. Call 07841 413 134 or Email
You do not have to tell me about the trauma. Our work can be done ‘content free’ meaning that if you don’t want to go into details you do not have to.
With your approval I can keep your GP informed of our progress