Astonishing Benefits of Hypnotherapy for PTSD

You will achieve astonishing benefits for PTSD with Hypnotherapy. Clinical Hypnosis, also known as Hypnotherapy, is an effective treatment for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or any traumatic experience.  The benefits of hypnotherapy is that it utilizes hypnosis techniques that place an individual in a deep state of heightened relaxation and focused concentration.  Hypnotherapy has been used to treat mental health disorders for centuries and this article will discuss how hypnotherapy can help a client reduce the symptoms associated with PTSD.


What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnosis, when performed by a licensed professional mental health therapist is called hypnotherapy.  The clinician uses hypnosis techniques to help the client heal themselves from a traumatic experience.  The hypnotherapist guides their client into a state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness sometimes referred to as a trance state.  Once in this trance state, the client can address traumatic memories and emotions that they would not otherwise be able to handle during a typical therapy session.  Once the client is in a trance state, the hypnotherapist works directly along side the client to assist in the release and understanding of traumatic memories, emotions, and experiences. 


Why it works?

The science behind why hypnosis works for PTSD treatment is not fully understood.  However, it is commonly believed that once an individual is in a deep state of relaxation, feeling calm and safe, they can quiet their conscious mind.  Once the conscious mind is quiet and instructed to step aside, the hypnotherapist can tap into the unconscious part of the brain.  The parts of the brain where emotions, sensations, perceptions, and beliefs about the trauma are stored.  Once the trauma is accessed, the clinician gently guides the client to process and resolve the traumatic experiences.


Is Hypnotherapy safe?

Hypnotherapy when performed by certified hypnotherapist and licensed professional mental health counselor is safe and effective for the treatment of many mental health disorders.  Hypnotherapy techniques use four stages of hypnosis to provide the client with symptom relief.  The four stages of hypnosis include induction, deepening, suggestibility, and emergence.


The induction phase of hypnotherapy is when the client begins to feel relaxed, focused, and can ignore distractions.  The deepening stage is used after the client is relaxed and during this stage the client is guided into a deeper level of relaxation, which is called a trance state.  Once in a trance state, the client is guided to explore the experiences that have gone under to explore.  The skilled hypnotherapist will know what probing questions to ask and will assist the client to remain calm during the exploration process.  Once the client has achieved the goal for the session, the clinician will assist the client to come out of the trance state by reversing the deepeners, and emergence into conscious awareness begins to occur. 


Is hypnosis used as a sole treatment?

A hypnosis session is not considered hypnotherapy unless it is performed by a licensed professional clinician specifically trained in hypnosis.  The mental health professional will use hypnosis along with other therapies and treatments as part of a complete treatment plan.  Hypnotherapy is used in a clinical setting as a sole treatment or as an additional treatment in psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy.  A clinical hypnotherapist is a trained licensed professional and is not the same as someone who is simply certified or trained in hypnosis.  So, if you are seeking therapeutic results for a mental health disorder, you must seek treatment from a licensed professional.  Hypnosis is not regulated in most states so, please be aware of charlatans claiming to offer services they are not licensed to provide.


Who benefits from hypnotherapy?

Everyone can benefit from a hypnotherapy session.  Results may vary from person to person however, most people will experience some symptom relief.  You may require multiple sessions to achieve a therapeutic level of symptom relief.  To achieve optimal results, look for a healthcare professional who is properly trained, licensed, and certified in the healthcare field.  This practitioner should have additional training in hypnosis and hypnotherapy techniques.  Always ask the practitioner you intend to work with about their training, credentials, and experience. 


Does insurance cover hypnotherapy?

Consult with your hypnotherapist and your insurance company to see if your hypnotherapy session is covered under your healthcare insurance.  Most insurance companies will cover some or all the cost of a hypnotherapy session if it is performed by a licensed healthcare professional. 


Benefits of hypnotherapy:

Hypnosis is becoming a successful treatment tool for individuals with mental health and medical conditions.  Although hypnotherapy is not for everyone, it may prove to be extremely beneficial for you.  Always seek professional medical advice and do not use hypnotherapy if it interferes with your current medical treatment or conditions.  Talk to your healthcare provider about hypnotherapy and for a hypnotherapist referral.  You may contact Sobair Professional Counseling and Coaching for a hypnotherapy session from a licensed and highly skilled trauma therapist. 

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