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Can Hypnosis Erase Trauma?

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy for trauma are techniques proven to help us deal with unpleasant symptoms or unhealthy behaviours that are the result of trauma. When successful, the outcome is a better quality of life and the chance to move on.

Until we fully understand this treatment, our expectations can be unrealistic because of the way hypnosis often gets portrayed in novels or in movies.

Decipher fact from fiction as we show you how hypnosis for trauma can work, along with some of the benefits of hypnotherapy for trauma.

Hypnosis vs Hypnotherapy For Trauma

In a nutshell, hypnosis is the act of navigating a person into a hypnotic state. Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, blends hypnosis with talking therapy. We use both to change a person’s habits. Some therapists may use hypnosis to boost the effectiveness of other psychological treatments or pain management.

What Trauma Can Do to Us

Our Brisbane hypnosis therapy uses various hypnotic techniques so that you can achieve a “heightened state of consciousness.” This is so that you can concentrate your attention on the achievement of your hypnotherapy goals.

A traumatic event or what triggers trauma may be over in seconds. However, both can haunt us for years, replaying over again in our minds. They can continue to cause us distress and interfere with the way we live our lives.

You are likely to be more receptive to a hypnotherapist’s suggestions during hypnosis. This enables you to access self-limiting and negative automated “patterns.” Your therapist can then encourage you to re-imagine them in alignment with your positive therapeutic aims.

We can treat stress, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks and weight control through hypnotherapy, along with many other conditions.

Remoulding Memories

Although you may feel a desperate need to forget a painful memory, you won’t find a modern therapy that allows you to do so. Memory-erasing techniques do not exist, and even if they did, their ethics would be highly questionable.

What is possible is to remould the context of memories with hypnotherapy. In other words, you’ll have the chance to change how you react to a memory.

Memories do not have to be stationary, constant fixtures in your mind. You should see them, along with the emotions you associate with them, as being flexible. Memories are open to suggestions and are adaptable. In other words, it’s possible to alter some of their original meaning.

By adding or creating new narratives and associations to a memory, you can change what it means to you and how you respond to it. What’s interesting is that when you apply these changes, they don’t need to have happened. They just need to be reasonably believable.

How to Change the Meaning of Memories

Hypnotherapy is a tool that will help you to re-edit any negative emotions you associate with a memory. It lets you reinterpret these associations into new ones that align with your therapeutic goals. Once you alter how you feel about a memory, you can change your default mental discomfort and any negative physical reactions.

Although you can’t eradicate bad memories through hypnotherapy for trauma, you can alter the emotions, thoughts and behavioural associations connected to it. Your hypnotherapist can help tackle complex trauma and recognise any possible triggers without you having to re-experience the traumatic event.

This makes for a peaceful resolution through a safe type of treatment that can effectively free you from traumatic symptoms. Hypnotherapy for trauma acts as an outlet for the necessary emotional release, enabling you to fully overcome the mental and physical effects of trauma.

Positive Outcomes

You’ll regain the support levels you need to move on with your life safely. Hypnotherapy has also developed a reputation for boosting feelings of well-being, hope and overall mood. You can take a complementary approach and use it alongside other treatments for more complex mental health conditions related to trauma.

Conditions That Benefit From a Reinterpretation of Memories

Some issues, in particular, can benefit from a reinterpretation of your bad memories. Bear in mind, however, that your specific problem does not have to fall into any of the categories listed below to be treatable through hypnosis for trauma.

In some cases, you may not actively find that you relive those bad memories. You may, however, harbour beliefs connected to those memories that prevent you from moving on and making a positive change. Here are some of the areas that can benefit from hypnotherapy for trauma:

Phobias and Fears

There is a broad spectrum of causes that can lie behind phobias. We learn most phobias during childhood when traumatic experiences shape our beliefs about our phobic situation. Hypnotherapy for trauma can lead to a reinterpretation of the traumatising event and can help release the emotions connected to a phobia.

Lack of Self Confidence

It’s not uncommon for some people to avoid a new challenge because they fear failure. Events in your past may be the root cause of the fear. These can go on to shape a belief that situations will go wrong again in the future.

Hypnotherapy for trauma releases the feelings from the memories of these past events and can alter the cycle of this negative kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Poor Self Esteem

We can internalise past bullying, abuse, neglect and unfair criticism until they become definitions of our worth. It’s possible to go through life believing there is something wrong with you without even realising we are holding onto these memories. When we reappraise bad memories, it can help challenge our beliefs and rebuild self-esteem.

PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Certain triggers revive traumatic memories, causing symptoms such as nightmares, distressing flashbacks, panic attacks or sudden fits of anger. Hypnotherapy for trauma can help safely reprocess the traumatic memory, reducing the distressing PTSD symptoms.

Coping with Memories

Hypnosis cannot erase trauma, but it can offer you a way to deal with its memory so it no longer adversely affects your day-to-day life. Get in touch with us at Advanced Neurolingustics today with any questions you may still have about hypnotherapy for trauma, and talk to a Brisbane hypnosis expert today.


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