What are the symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder? (PTSD)

If your reaction to traumatic events persists for a period of time, or comes up at least six months after the event, you may have developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).   Not every trauma becomes PTSD. If you have the following symptoms for more than one month, and you are significantly distressed or impaired in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning, proven treatments are available.  You may have partial PTSD if you have some of these symptoms, but not enough to qualify for a clinical diagnosis.

1.  You have both of the following after a traumatic event:

  • You experienced, witnessed, or were confronted with event(s) that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of yourself or others.

  • Your response involved intense fear, helplessness, or horror, or your perception of the event led to these emotions.

2.  You re-experience the event in one or more of the following ways:

  • You have recurring and intrusive distressing recollections of the event,including images, thoughts, or perceptions.

  • You have recurring distressing dreams of the event.

  • You act or feel as if the traumatic event was recurring, and you may have a sense of reliving the experience through illusions, hallucinations, or active flashbacks.

  • You experience intense psychological distress or bodily reactions when exposed to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event (such as sights, smell, sounds, dates):  these are called triggers.

3.  You persistently avoid things or events (triggers) associated with the trauma, and numb your response by using three or more of the following:

  • You make a great effort to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations associated with the trauma, or to avoid activities, places, or people that would cause you to remember the trauma.

  • You can't recall an important aspect of the trauma.

  • Your interest or participation in activities is much less.

  • You feel detached or estranged from others.

  • Your ability to feel emotion is restricted, as is your range of emotions (you feel numb or unable to have loving feelings).

  • You have a sense of a foreshortened future-you can't see ahead into a far-off future (you do not expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span).

4.  You have two or more of the following symptoms of increased physical arousal that were not present before the trauma.  You experience:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • Irritability or outbursts of anger

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Hypervigilance (being overly watchful)

  • Exaggerated startle response (you're jumpy)

For over 25 years I've been helping trauma survivors experience relief safely, by using therapy methods designed to release the anxiety, depression, pain, and negative beliefs that got stuck in the nervous system at the time of the trauma(s).  Symptoms of codependency and adult children of alcoholics syndrome (ACOA) may develop or be much worse as a result of trauma. Some of the gentle healing methods I use include EMDR and Hypnotherapy, which help you clear the trauma and become free from symptoms and triggers.

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Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a treatment intervention that induces a relaxed, suggestible state of mind.  Then post-hypnotic suggestions are given for relief of symptoms. It uses the hypnotic trance, the simple shifting back and forth between the conscious and subconscious mind, a natural process that occurs in everyday life to everyone--in order to create this relaxed, suggestible state.

What is the hypnotic trance?

Many people think of hypnosis as inducing sleep.  That's actually not the case. Hypnosis (and hypnotherapy) induce the "trance state"  It is actually a natural state of mind that we encounter in everyday life on a regular basis.  If you've ever been engrossed in a book, television show, movie, or performance, then you have experienced the trance state.

The only thing that distinguishes a naturally occurring trance state from the hypnotic trance state is that hypnotherapists induce the trance state and are able to then make suggestions to create understanding and healing.

How is the hypnotic trance used in hypnotherapy?

The hypnotic trance state creates a deep sense of relaxation and allows the client to allow the subconscious mind to support their conscious goals to let go of emotional pain and unwanted behaviors and addictions.

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is the practice of psychotherapy with a client who is in the hypnotic altered state of consciousness.  Hypnotherapy is a powerful way to access the source of distress, like depression, anxiety, trauma and addictions. People can then connect with the dissociated emotions and disowned parts of themselves.  Hypnotherapy helps get us closer to the source of problems by opening the doorway to their subconscious mind.

What are the differences between hypnosis and hypnotherapy?

The difference is that hypnotherapy is an internationally recognized therapy technique for treating mental and emotional issues.  It uses hypnosis to break through to the subconscious mind to better understand and heal the problems.

How does hypnotherapy work?

With traditional therapy methods, much time is spent simply trying to get past mental blockages to understand the subconscious reasons for issues. Hypnotherapy uses the hypnotic trance as a method for accessing the subconscious which allows therapists to better understand the core reasons that problems may be manifesting.

What are the benefits of hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy has repeatedly and consistently helped people with anxiety, depression, trauma, abuse, PTSD, and addictions.  I use it in addition to EMDR and other therapy methods to help people begin to experience relief from symptoms as quickly as possible.

Does a hypnotized person lose control?

No.  Hypnosis is nothing but a state of relaxed deep focus.  A hypnotized person always has control and can always hear what's going on.   It is a natural state that you enter while waking up and while falling asleep, while watching movies and TV, and by staring at a computer screen.

What can be treated with hypnotherapy?

I use hypnotherapy to treat:

  • Trauma, abuse and PTSD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome

  • Codependency

  • Addictions

  • Grief and Loss

  • Weight problems

  • Sleep problems

Contact me today to set up an appointment for hypnotherapy!