~ EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA ~
WHAT IS IT, THE SYMPTOMS AND HOW HYPNOSIS CAN HEAL IT
WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL TRAUMA?
Trauma is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as:
Definition of trauma
plural traumas also traumata \ˈtrȯ-mə-tə also ˈtrau̇-\
a: an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent
b: a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury
c: an emotional upset
a: an agent, force, or mechanism that causes trauma
Psychological and emotional trauma is the result of tremendously stressful life events that deflated our sense of personal power and devastated the safety and security of our existence. Experiences that were so severe as to be traumatic often involve threats to our safety, our body, our life, and can also include any occurrence in which we were extremely overwhelmed and isolated, even if it may have not included physical damage. This, also, can include experiences that were exceptionally stressful, and disturbing event or events that left you feeling helpless and powerless as well as emotionally overwhelmed at a highly elevated level. Psychological trauma can create distressing feelings of isolation and volatile emotions, anxiety, phobias & fears, unwanted memories, mental & physical numbness, disturbing dreams. It can also include a suspicion and distrust of others, ongoing perception of being different from our peers and a general sense of not fitting in anywhere. Individuals that suffered trauma on an extreme level also suffer somatic (physical) pain, illness and weight gain, and many more that we will talk about later. The symptoms go on and on… However, the good news is that there are healing modalities, such as hypnosis, that assist survivors in the recovery of the many byproducts of psychological and emotional trauma. Keep the hope – there are better things coming your way!
WHAT CAUSES PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL TRAUMA?
Psychological and emotional trauma can be caused by one event in which the individual(s) safety, sense of security or life is threatened such as in an auto accident, a violent physical attack, natural disaster, or an injury. We may also experience trauma with the sudden unexpected death of a family member or loved one. There may be repeated events in which one is exposed to chronic pain, terminal illness, homelessness, bullying, or any other type of ongoing repeated exposure to daily stressors that are extreme. Another form of trauma is mental, verbal, physical and sexual abuse of any kind, whether it is once or ongoing, in which the victim is powerless to protect themselves. There are many more causes that I have not named, but the above gives you some examples.
WHAT KIND OF INCIDENTS CONTRIBUTE TO PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL TRAUMA?
Incidents that contribute to trauma are ones that occurred repeatedly, were unexpected and unprepared for, were done by someone that was intentionally inflicting pain and abuse, occurred in childhood, all of which leave an individual feeling powerless and unable to stop the traumatic event(s).
ARE SOME OF US MORE AT RISK THAN OTHERS FOR TRAUMA?
While trauma survivors are NEVER at blame, there is a group that are potentially more at risk than others. Childhood trauma increases the risk of future trauma. This is because childhood trauma can have long-term, severe effects that, if not resolved, instill fear, phobias and powerlessness that likely will carry into the child’s adult life and into old-age. The fear, phobias and powerless feelings and behavior put the individual at risk as they’ve never resolved the trauma, therefore empowering themselves with their own sense of safety, security, inner-strength and an ability to stand up for themselves and set firm boundaries.
Childhood events that lead to trauma do not only consist of mental, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, but also include neglect, unstable home, domestic violence, a sense of being unsafe in the home.
WHAT ARE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL, EMOTIONAL & SOMATIC SYMPTOMS OF TRAUMA?
When trauma is internalized, we all have psychological, emotional & somatic (internalized physical) reactions and behavior that may vary from others and vary within us over time. Regardless of what you are experiencing, you are not at fault in any way, shape or fashion, and there is no wrong or right way to feel, think, respond, so don’t compare yourself to anyone else… Your journey is as individual as you are. <3
CAN HYPNOSIS HELP ME?
The answer is a resounding YES! Hypnosis will make immediate positive change to your subconscious mind, that, in turn, promptly launches you on the journey of quick healing from past trauma. The healing that occurs is life-changing, literally, and many report that once addressed, the traumatic event(s), which seemed so large and life-impacting, becomes smaller and less significant in one’s life, allowing them to release the emotional, psychological and somatic symptoms and move forward, feeling lighter, happier and free!
WHAT IS HYPNOSIS?
There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Often, when discussing hypnosis with someone, the first thing I’m asked is if I can make someone do something they don’t want to do such as cluck like a chicken, etc. (I hear this often and it still makes me chuckle). The answer is a definite NO. First off, there is not a hypnotist in the world that can make someone do something they would not want to do, because our mind has a built-in automatic trigger that would immediately pull a person straight out of hypnosis trance. It is impossible to do. Another misconception clients have is that they will be so deep in a trance state that they will not hear me speaking, or directing them, and I’ll be dictating every move they make while they are completely unaware. I guarantee that while in trance you are aware of everything happening since you are awake and in a very relaxed state. Put simply, hypnosis is a safe and peaceful state in which your conscious (thinking) mind is resting and I access your subconscious (memories, beliefs, behavior) mind while you are deeply relaxed, yet awake, in that peaceful space right between wakefulness and sleep.
WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
While hypnosis is often portrayed to the world as stage hypnosis which carries an entertainment value, hypnotherapy uses hypnosis for therapeutic purposes. Hypnotherapy utilizes hypnosis on the subconscious mind to transform problems. Hypnotherapy is a therapy, in which the session occurs after you are put into a hypnotic trance with hypnosis. Once trance is induced, the hypnotherapist will make suggestions that help your subconscious mind transform your beliefs and achieve your goals through a vast variety of techniques.
HOW DOES HYPNOTHERAPY WORK?
Hypnotherapy is a safe and enjoyable state in which you are deeply relaxed, yet awake and in control, while I lead your subconscious mind on a focused trek of healing the areas created by the trauma. The conscious mind is what we use often throughout each day to make ‘thinking’ decisions, but it is our subconscious mind that intuitively propels us forward, as it is the part of our mind that contains our ‘filing cabinet’ of memories, thoughts, and beliefs that we each have learned over our lifetime, especially as young children. It is the subconscious mind that drives much of what we believe about our self and life. For example, if you were taught that you were not of value as a child, it likely will not matter how much you accomplish in your life, you will still feel at times like you are of zero value. Hypnotherapy can go deep into the ‘filing cabinet’ of the subconscious mind and reframe the traumatic memories and negative beliefs by looking at them differently, realistically, with an adult mind, therefore, releasing the negative thoughts, beliefs, feelings and realizing the reality of the situation for what it actually was. This reality, reframed through hypnotherapy, is what frees you from the trauma and allows you to move forward in your personal healing – Moving forward to the ‘YOU’ that you were always meant to be. Each session will leave you feeling so good and positive about the future.