By Susanna Sweeney, MSC, MBACP, CHT
Are you looking for a trauma therapist who can help you change your life in a short space of time?
Hypnotherapy and related short term therapy methods may be just the thing for you.
I have been working with a lot of clients in my 25 years in the field. Most were dealing with major trauma such as child abuse, or sexual assault.
I originally trained in sensorimotor psychotherapy which uses cutting edge systems, models and maps specially designed for trauma recovery. Although clients were making a successful recovery, I still found that talk based therapy can be very hard on the client. The slowness of it frustrated me too.
Hence I went looking for other ways of working because I wanted to be able to get better results for my clients. On this journey I broadened my understanding of trauma as well. I now view most mental health issues as being related to some form of underlying trauma.
In latter years, I have replaced pure talk based psychotherapy with much more advanced tools such as hypnosis for trauma, and Havening Techniques. You can find plenty of information about those methods in the section on hypnosis treatment for anxiety and healing with hypnotherapy for mind and body.
I now understand trauma much better, too. One useful image for explaining how trauma works is to imagine your mind as a pressure cooker. At the moment, the pressure cooker is only luke warm, and there is some water in the bottom, the everyday content of your life.
Then, life brings you stresses and strains. The heat of life gets turned on underneath that pressure cooker. Inside, incidents like bereavements, surgeries, accidents, painful relationship breakups and also major traumas such as for example witnessing or being subjected to domestic violence, being the victim of crime and so on- all accumulate.
Steam builds. And eventually, when your mind cannot take any more, the pressure cooker will blow up.
By now, a critical amount of traumatically encoded memories have accumulated on certain receptors on the lateral surface of the amygdala. These are not necessarily due to life threatening events- they may be, but what also happens is that events we perceive as 'minor' which cause us stress at the time, are also encoded in the same way.
Once the accumulation reaches critical mass and your zone of tolerance for stress is exceeded- that is the moment that you become symptomatic, for example with anxiety.
Sometimes, a major trauma such as a car accident can act as the trigger that makes the pressure cooker blow up. Other times, there isn’t any one trigger but rather, symptoms come on slowly, over time.
Please know that dismantling the effects of trauma, in contrast to popular myth, does not have to take may years or even months. When working with the right methods and with an experienced trauma therapist, typically clients will experience major progress in only a small number of sessions.
To answer this question in the most up-to-date way possible, I interviewed Dr. Ronald Ruden, co creator of Havening Techniques, who has spent fifteen years and counting of his life studying neuroscience to be able to answer this question.
Find out from Dr. Ruden what happens in the brain at the moment of traumatization to make the associated encoding permanent. See ways to decode it.
All my clinical work is focused on dismantling the impact of trauma symptoms going back to traumatically encoded events big and small. See for yourself the wide range of symptoms that can be associated with trauma.
An interview with Dr. Ronald Ruden on a neuroscientific take on trauma and its effects.
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