Hypnotherapy for PTSD and CPTSD in Norwich and London
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) are normal reactions to abnormal situations. They usually stem from a sense of inescapability from a single (PTSD) or continuous (CPTSD) threat to self. These can include, but not limited to, war, violent attacks, abuse, sudden death of a loved one and other life threatening events.
Symptoms can manifest immediately or lay dormant until a triggering event, with some resemblance to the original, is encountered. The nervous system can flare up with feelings and images of the original event and become debilitating to living a normal life.
As well as hypnotherapy for PTSD and CPSD, I use the evidence based approach of EMDR in order to fully process the trapped feelings/memories in the brain and body. New resources are integrated to give a sense of freedom and recovery.
Talking therapies, such as CBT, counselling and psychotherapy, can often prolong the trauma as they are effective only in the thinking brain, the cortex, but PTSD is throughout the feeling brain and nervous system and this is the area I work producing often rapid results.
Symptoms of PTSD (from PTSDuk):
Increased anxiety and emotional arousal
- Hypervigilance (On constant ‘red alert’)
- Intense physical reactions to reminders of the event (e.g. Pounding heart, nausea, muscle tension, sweating)
- Irritability or outbursts of anger
- Irrational and intense fear
- Reduced tolerance to noise (hyperacusis)
- Difficulty concentrating
- Being easily moved to tears
- Panic attacks/anxiety/depression/mood swings
- Feeling jumpy and easily startled
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Anger or aggressive behaviour
- Tense muscles
Avoidance and numbing
- Work-related or relationship problems
- Inability to remember important aspect of the trauma
- Loss of interest in activities and life in general
- Sense of a limited future
- Feeling numb and empty
- Avoidance of people and places
- Feeling isolated
- Frequent periods of withdrawal into oneself
Re-experiencing the traumatic event
- Flashbacks (Acting or feeling like the event is happening again)
- Nightmares (either of the event or of other frightening things)
- Feelings of intense distress when reminded of the trauma
Other common symptoms
- Feeling suicidal
- Self harm and self-destructive tendencies
- Feeling distrustful and suspicious/blaming others
- Guilt, Shame, embarrassment or self blame
- Misuse of alcohol/drugs/gambling and/or food
- Seeking out high-risk/dangerous pursuits
- Physical aches and pains
- Over-reactions to minor situations
- Fear of being alone and fear of being in crowds
Sufferers of PTSD can have chronically high levels of the stress hormone ‘cortisol’. Cortisol is important for your health, but too much of it can wreak havoc on your body and cause a number of unwanted symptoms.
The methods I use, including hypnotherapy for PTSD, can safely and quickly restore the traumatized nervous system to balance in order for you to trust your responses to daily situations and start living your life again, free from the past and looking at the future in a new, positive and healthy way.