Reading Hypnotherapy - Trauma & PTSD

Are you suffering from trauma?

Is the past very much in the present for you sometimes? Do you sometimes struggle to live in the here and now?

The word trauma means very different things to different people but if something that’s happened in the past is still affecting you today, still comes to mind when you would rather it wouldn’t, you may be suffering from trauma.

Trauma can result from a single big event that either happens to you or someone you care about or even that you witness in some way. Or else multiple smaller “drip drip” events over time can have the same effect.

How does trauma affect you?

You may experience flashbacks, or unwanted physical sensations, negative feelings or perhaps a numbness – an absence of feeling when you most want to feel. A sense of detachment.

Trauma can have the tendency to make us develop inaccurate, negative beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. We then view ourselves and the world through the distorted lens of these beliefs and things start to look and feel pretty scary. And beliefs are  just that – we believe them. They may not be true but we are absolutely convinced.

Sometimes we’re well aware of these beliefs, even if we can’t understand why we have them. Other times they’re just below the surface of our awareness, but nevertheless driving how we feel and behave towards ourselves and others. This can leave us just plain confused – “Why did I react like that”?

How I can Help

We can work together on the psychological effects of trauma, any unwanted thoughts, images and feelings. I use a combination of hypnotherapy and EMDR (Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to do this. EMDR is one of the NHS recommended treatments for PTSD and can be very effective at changing the way you think and feel about your negative experiences.

It's also important we work on the physiological effects of trauma. Re-teaching your nervous system that you are now safe and encouraging your body back to getting used to feeling relaxed.

At the momen,t when you are feeling the effects of the trauma, your body is primed for sensing danger and as such you subconsiously tune into looking for signs that all is not well, whether or not they're present. Your heart rate increases, you may feel sick, or have unpleasant sensations in your body. In short you are always on alert.

As your body is relaxed, your heart rate decreases and you literally sense and interpret the world around you very differently. The same person we see in the street whose demeanour seemed threatening when we're on alert for danger can be interpreted very differently when we're feeling inwardly safe.

As well as the work we'll be doing together in our sessions, I’ll also teach you practical techniques you can use at home. These enable you to re-train your nervous system so you can spend more and more time feeling calm, as you feel more and more internally secure.

When you're ready to find out more, please do get in touch. I offer a free initial consultation either in person or on the phone.