Hypnosis and Trauma:
- The Department of Veterans utilizes hypnotherapists in conjunction with psychotherapists for a few reasons. The relevance of hypnosis to the treatment of PTSD derives from two sources: the fact that hypnotic phenomena are mobilized spontaneously as defenses during assault/trauma, becoming part of the syndrome of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the usefulness of formal hypnosis in treating PTSD. Studies have been done on PTSD overall and sexual abuse.
- A new clinical trial shows that in eight sessions with PTSD patients, symptoms were reduced in half.
- Hypnotherapy to break habits can often be an approachable doorway for patients to get deeper help with trauma
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“I was the kind of guy who would never see a therapist. Someone said I should see Stacy to stop smoking. She helped me stop smoking by seeing how I smoked and had other addictions to cope with sexual abuse I had as a kid. I never wanted to think about it but hypnosis helped me get there and take care of it.”