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Treating PTSD with Hypnosis - All you Need to Know

Hypnotherapy, also referred to as clinical hypnosis, is all about focusing on a person’s subconscious and conscious mind to foster behavioural and emotional change. It can be used to treat a variety of different conditions, like phobias, stress and anxiety, as well as
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). One session of hypnotherapy lasts about 60-90 minutes, while an entire course of treatment can vary anywhere between two sessions for several weeks to months, depending on the severity of the condition and the success of the treatment. 

Main concepts of hypnotherapy 

The treatment revolves around the model of the mind that features a conscious part and a subconscious part. They function differently and work in unison to navigate a person in their daily life. 

  • The conscious mind – is where focus resides. This part of the mind is responsible for attention at any time. This means it notes things like lights, sounds, activities and various tasks the person is engaged with. A person can only engage their conscious mind to pay attention to a few things at a time. 

  • Subconscious mind – it contains all of the memories, beliefs, habits and learnings of the past. It is tasked with keeping knowledge on important matters, from very simple ones like tying one’s shoes, to knowing how to speak a foreign language they have learned. It also hides the aftermath of traumatic events and experiences, which, in the case of PTSD, it is within the subconscious mind that painful memories and experiences get stuck. When it comes to hypnosis, it is the subconscious mind that therapists work on. This state of mind is more easily accessible and the therapist can make useful suggestions to it, to help a person overcome their past traumatic experiences. 

Who is this treatment right for? 

Anyone suffering from past trauma and struggling with PTDS symptoms can easily benefit from hypnotherapy. The symptoms often range from mild to severe and can sometimes persist from mere months to years. That is not to say hypnotherapy alone should be utilised for people with severe symptoms, but it can be a great addition as a complementary treatment. When added to psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can contribute a great deal in overcoming the negative symptoms and turning the impact of past trauma around. 

How does hypnotherapy help? 

  • Pretty much everyone experiences a traumatic event in their life. That is when the brain’s ‘fight or flight response triggers and kicks the sympathetic nervous system into action. However, oftentimes with PTSD, a person hasn’t properly processed the stressful situation. When they are reminded of it, their fight or flight response triggers again, causing distress without actual need. This is what hypnotherapy aims to address. 

    • It introduces relaxation – the goal of hypnotherapy is to help the person enter a state of hypnotic trance through complete relaxation. This process acts as an antidote to many of the processes surrounding PTSD. 

    • Dealing with triggers – during hypnosis, the therapist will identify stress triggers. Sometimes these are non-threatening stimuli, which cause an overreaction. Knowing the triggers, the therapist can then start making suggestions to change the subconscious perception of these triggers and deem them in a non-threatening and non-stressful manner. 

    • Self-management tools – hypnotherapists often suggest a variety of self-management tools to help people with PTSD even further. This not only leads to effective treatment of the present issue but also recurring symptoms in the future. These tools can include self-hypnosis, deep breathing exercises and guided meditation. 

© Zoe Clews & Associates

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The Ways Acupuncture Helps With Stress


In the world of today, when stress, anxiety and depression threaten to overwhelm us and decrease our wellbeing, we need to pay attention to the various ways that prevent such a process. Everyone needs to take proactive steps to counter stress, and one such is acupuncture. 

The treatment has deep roots in Chinese tradition and Chinese Medicine practices. It has been used for thousands of years, although it has been mostly utilised in Western societies for a century. People have relied on acupuncture for a whole host of conditions, in addition to stress relief. It is based on the idea that essential energy (Qi) flows through meridians in the body. As these become blocked, the energy doesn’t flow freely, and so negative conditions follow. By working on specific points of the body to unblock the pathways of the Qi energy, acupuncture aims to restore balance and bring back emotional and physical wellbeing. 

The mechanism of work for acupuncture is inserting very thin needles in acupuncture points in the body. This process releases tension and there is a certain psychological aspect to it that makes it particularly effective for stress relief. There are many reasons to try out acupuncture for stress: 

  • It helps the body release natural ‘feel-good’ hormones – one of the main reasons why acupuncture is so effective against stress lies with the main mechanism of action. As the needles are inserted, the body releases feel-good hormones, which instantly lead to relaxation and overcoming the negative effects of cortisol. This process occurs naturally with acupuncture, making it a very effective tool for combating stress. 

  • It leads to relaxation – acupuncture is a process that leads to relaxation. The whole procedure is centred around the comfort that one needs to experience, to feel good. Usually, the person will lie down on a table, and then the acupuncturist will insert the needles into pressure points. The needles will then remain in place for a short time. The acupuncturist may also utilise essential oils and calming music to further contribute to the relaxation and feeling of calm for their client. 

  • A fine alternative to medication – many people think the only way to address the issue of stress is to rely on some sort of medication. This is especially the case if they have reached a new level and are dealing with anxiety and depression. But medications are often associated with many unwanted side effects and that is what makes them questionable. Acupuncture, on the other hand, doesn’t have any negative side effects and that is why it is such a good option for stress relief. 

  • It acts like physical therapy for the brain – because acupuncture works to release stress-combating hormones in the brain and the body, it is like doing physical therapy. And once a person has a regular acupuncture schedule, the brain learns to trigger this release of hormones daily. This can happen when a person is consistent with their acupuncture sessions and shows perseverance, to make the most of it. 

  • Acupuncture teaches a person to make time for themselves – the beauty of acupuncture sessions lies with the beauty of spending time for oneself and not worrying about anything else. Acupuncture means self-care and that is the best strategy for combating stress anyone can adopt. It shifts the fight or flight response towards personal growth and wellbeing. 

There are many advantages to relying on acupuncture for stress relief. It is an effective solution to a notable problem. 

© The Acupuncturist Ltd


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