How Hypnosis Helps Treat PTSD

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be broken down into five diagnostic categories, according to DSM-V: Exposure, Intrusion, Avoidance, Alteration, and Arousal. All of these symptoms combine to cause trauma and ongoing difficulties for sufferers – which is where hypnosis for PTSD can help. Hypnotherapy is an evidence-based treatment which treats the underlying causes of the illness, as well as addressing each of these symptoms in turn: 1. Exposure Clients who have experienced a traumatic event, or a prolonged series of traumatic events, perceive the world in different ways going forward. The experience of such trauma imprints on the body’s limbic system – the “fight or flight” response – which means that sufferers continue to suffer ongoing anxiety and feelings of stress. Hypnotherapy can work as treating PTSD by addressing the underlying triggers of the stress, allowing the client to access his or her memories/emotions and processing them to help remove the negative triggers and transform the body’s response. 2. Intrusion Flashbacks, nightmares and other negative thoughts are common amongst PTSD sufferers. These thoughts can be very intrusive on day-to-day functioning and can distract sufferers from normal functioning. Hypnotherapy addresses intrusion by targeting the disruptive thoughts and preventing them from interrupting daily functioning. Hypnotherapy gives clients the tools to take back a sense of control, in a technique called ego strengthening, whereby a client can reconnect with inner strength and develop a greater sense of agency. 3. Avoidance Most sufferers will do anything to avoid confronting situations or stimuli which invoke past trauma. Such avoidance can be conscious – for example, staying away from people, places or smells – but...

Smoking Causing Financial Stress

Why Smokers are Becoming More Stressed I have been helping smokers to quit for several years.  Although I personally am a non-smoker, I fully understand how smoking can become addictive and the power of nicotine. My brief experience of smoking goes back to my time spent in the Royal Marines.  I was in the commando division in the terrorists campaign in Cyprus.  This was way back in 1955 (this has really given away my age now!).  Our division had two smokers, the remainder non-smokers. On Christmas Day we were on duty and the CO brought us cigarettes and beers.  Persuaded by others, I had just one cigarette.  I didn’t enjoy it.  The following day was our Christmas Day.  After our dinner there was nothing else to do except go to the NAFFI, smoke and drink. Our camp was way up in the mountains with no way to leave. I started a smoke and before I was even half way through the cigarette, we were called out on duty.  I forget the reason –  probably an ambush or some other emergency.  I put the cigarette out and never picked up another.  It was not long before I was the only non-smoker in the section.  That is the history of my personal smoking experience. I think it ironical that my main clients are smokers.  Just think of the money and stress I have saved myself.  Although back in those days, being on active service, we could buy cigarettes for a shilling per packet.  I will not go into the conversion, I think a rough calculation would be a fraction of a dollar per packet....

Personal contact in business reduces Stress

Personal contact in business reduces Stress Growing up I watched my father in business and the relationships he built, both professionally and personally. Now, in my own business, I realise that most of my best business connections are with people I already knew personally or they came from personal recommendations.  I grew up on a farm in England and farmed in my own right for over thirty years.  The agriculture merchants and other businesses that I did business with, I knew their representatives personally.  Not necessarily as close friends, but colleagues. One incident in particular comes to mind.  A sales rep of a new machinery company, which had just started up in the area, arrived at my door one day.  At that point I really didn’t need a new tractor, although I liked the idea of a new one.  The sales rep viewed my tractor, produced a quote for part exchanging of my tractor for a new one.   I was not completely conversed with the value of agriculture machinery.  I rang Philip a friend, who owned a machinery agency and told him of the quote. Phillip’s immediate reaction was, “take the deal quick and make sure you have all the extras”.   Phillip did not persuade me to deal with him and his own company; he missed out on a sale.  From then on, nearly all my machinery purchases were via Phillip’s company.  I knew I had service reliability, mutual trust.  The same applied to all the agriculture merchants, who I purchased fertilisers and concentrated feed for the pig enterprise.  I was not a ‘shopper’ as such, trying to squeeze the...

Reduce emotional stress, Increase confidence to communicate

As Stress Levels Increases Confidence & Communication skills decrease The power of hypnosis is not the be-all and end-all in helping my clients.  The basic principle of hypnosis is to bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious mind.  The ability to do this not rocket science.  In fact, to learn it is relatively simple.  All one needs is to have a passion for it and an aptitude.  I fortunately have both these attributes.  I enjoy my therapy work and I have a passion for it.  I rely mainly not on the courses I have attended but on my experiences in life in general.  I reflect on my personal experiences and what I have observed with other people. In fact recently I have had a few health problems.  My therapy has been my therapy.  It has given me something to focus on, not on myself.  It’s amazing how this alleviates the stress. I will reflect on helping a young part-Chinese man stressed out by his inability to communicate, stressed out with his studies.  This stress created anger outbursts.  He was, on first observation, a classic example for the Richards Trauma Process.  This was to clear the negative emotion from what he had experienced in his life which had created stress.  He had come from China.  His parents, quite understandably, wanted him to be a high achiever. He has a first class academic brain and is achieving excellent results.  The problem is that his parents had put too much pressure on him.  This principle is quite understandable.    The records show Asian students are coming out on top.  Their parents instil...

The Power of Positive Thought Takes Away Stress and Anxiety

The Power of Positive Thought Takes Away Stress and Anxiety All we are, are thoughts and beliefs.  Thoughts are more powerful than words.  Some of my blog readers may have difficulty in agreeing with that statement.  In my therapy room I tell my   clients there is more happening than we can see, feel, taste, smell and hear.  I call it the ‘universal energies’.  In one of my previous blogs I told the story of the lady who had not seen her son for over two years and had a grandchild that she had never seen.  When she was in a hypnotic state she talked to him and he talked back.  The son came to see her the following week.  That is not an isolated incident.  This helped her to take away the stress and anxiety which was having an effect on her general health. Thought forms travel.  The last session of the Richards Process is putting positive thought out into the universe.  Positive thoughts: positive things happen, taking away the stress and anxiety.   Negative thoughts: negative things happen, creating stress and anxiety The Power of Positive Thought Takes Away Stress and Anxiety All we are, are thoughts and beliefs.  Thoughts are more powerful than words.  Some of my blog readers may have difficulty in agreeing with that statement.  In my therapy room I tell my   clients there is more happening than we can see, feel, taste, smell and hear.  I call it the ‘universal energies’.  In one of my previous blogs I told the story of the lady who had not seen her son for over two years and...

Nicotine: What you need to know

Nicotine: it’s effect on your mind and body It is important to have an understanding of the effects of nicotine on your mind and body. The more you know, the more it can help you to understand what is going on, to start the process of becoming free of cigarettes. The Effects of Nicotine Cigarettes contain 1000s of chemicals that you would never normally put into your body. In normal circumstances these deadly chemicals would be avoided at all cost.  For example, cigarettes contain chemicals like DDT, tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic and formaldehyde (a gas to preserve dead animals).  The tobacco in cigarettes also contains nicotine.  This is the chemical that causes you to form an addiction to cigarettes. Nicotine affects the body in a variety of unique ways. It is useful to have an understanding of the effects of nicotine on the brain and body. Nicotine (or ‘continine’, which is a nicotine by-product) is a ‘greedy’ drug. When a cigarette is inhaled, nicotine enters the lungs where it is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream. It is then carried to the heart, liver, spleen, brain and other systems of the body.   Among other organs and systems of the body, it affects the hormonal system, blood vessels, sexual organs and sex drive.  It lowers skin temperature and reduces blood flow to the legs and feet This is the bad news. The good news is that the body has a remarkable ability to heal when it is in the right environment. Being Smoke-Free Within approximately 2-3 days most of the nicotine will have been eliminated from the body just through natural processes....