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Despite the slick marketing out there, research has repeatedly shown that quick stop smoking programs are questionably successful, if ever successful long-term.   However, getting to and eliminating the reason for the smoking habit gets lasting results!

Yes, we do hear of people who quit smoking cold turkey, with hypnosis, patches and sheer willpower…but we don’t hear that they ended up taking up other habits (symptom migration) or intensifying others (overeating, overworking, gambling, etc) to manage the severe anxiety that drives all unwanted habits.  We don’t hear that later most of those smokers took up smoking again, only to smoke even more when they relapsed, because nothing was done to eliminate the anxiety that drives all habits. (more…)

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Hypnotherapy for Addictions

Resolve Addictions with Hypnotherapy

   All addicts must know three things in order to recover from their dependency on any substance or behavior: It’s not their fault, they don’t deserve it and regression hypnotherapy with a fully qualified regression hypnotherapist can help them recover permanently from the need to self-medicate deep feelings of hurt, sadness, guilt, shame and grief. (Please note that my reference to fully qualified does not include past life regression or basic hypnosis.)

A large part of my hypnotherapy practice is devoted to addictions issues and helping addicts and substance abusers become free of their mental and physical reliance on substances and behaviors of all kinds – from cigarettes to alcohol, heroin, cocaine, psychiatric drugs, gambling and pornography.  According to my former clients, recovering from the addictiveness and damage of psychiatric drugs is the most challenging.  (more…)

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Hypnotherapy for Self-Healing

Hypnotherapy for Mental Illness

 Hypnotherapy utilizes the natural state of hypnosis to facilitate the changes clients want.  Hypnosis is as natural as breathing; most everyone experiences it daily.  It is not sleep, unconsciousness, nor is it therapy in of itself.  It’s better described as a day-dream state during which a competent therapist can assist a client to make the desired changes at the subconscious level.

Navigating the Field of Hypnotherapy: From Mental Illness to Emotional Wellness Naturally

Sometimes the interchange of the terms hypnosis and hypnotherapy, hypnotist and hypnotherapist, consulting hypnotist, hypno-psychologist, doctor of hypnosis and so on, cause confusion for those looking for assistance with a particular issue or goal.

In the USA, UK and Canada, several organizations promote hypnosis and hypnotherapy.  Some are simply membership organizations and anyone can join, but two others – The IMDHA (International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association) and the APHP (Association of Professional Hypnosis and Psychology) have specific requirements around medical, dental and clinical hypnotism training.  Because of these strict requirements, hypnotherapy practitioners are skilled to assist with emotional, spiritual and mental illnesses and imbalances.

The APHP have very strict requirements of their members.  Membership and certification of schools is by application and proof of credentialing and training in the field of medical hypnotism. The IMDHA certifies hypnotherapy schools which teach basic hypnotism techniques first, followed by training in the applications of hypnosis for medical (including mental illness) and dental purposes.  The designation earned is Certified Hypnotherapist. Practitioners are trained to work with allied healthcare (mental/dental) professionals in focus areas of regression, medical , dental and behavioral hypnosis.  As a result, regression hypnotherapists are typically skilled at assisting those suffering from mental illness identify and dissolve the root causes of emotional suffering.

Clinical hypnotherapists are able to provide safe, dignified assistance to those suffering mental illness issues without need for a diagnosis and in all clinical settings.   Hypnotherapy practitioners are required to continue their education in the medical/dental areas and remain up-to-date with the advances in this rapidly expanding field.

The Difference Between a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypnotist

Perhaps Dr. Fred H. Janke (University of Alberta Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine) describes a CLINICAL HYPNOTHERAPIST best:  (more…)

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“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.Lao Tzu

With the guidance of a qualified hypnotherapist, one can find their way to their center, discover who they are, heal what ‘hurts’ and free themselves of unproductive past conditioning.

Hypnotherapy Heals

Hypnotherapy is an ‘Inside” Job

Our belief system regarding the safety of our world and our worth was established without our consent, knowledge or conscious input during the very early stages of development, typically before 6-7 years old.  We become hard-wired to a certain sense of self-worth and safety that continues to play a huge role in how we react to life in adulthood. 

There is a clear absence of language skills and physical and mental proficiency in a young child – skills that adults take for granted.  But children do have feelings and it is these feelings that guide them.  If they feel safe and secure, they continue their activities; if they feel unsafe and not fully accepted, they develop adaptive behaviors to restore the preferred feeling.  Thus, over time, a person’s personality becomes a reflection of their view of their world. Their brain’s responses to life are entirely consistent with the child’s belief (inner feeling) as to his level of safety and always seek to satisfy the instinctual drive for survival.

A customized regression to root-cause hypnotherapeutic approach will assist clients in finding their way back to pivotal childhood events in a safe, dignified, label-free, drug-free manner.  By guiding them through a subconscious course-correction of those events and a release of all unwanted issues and beliefs, clients can finally resolve the inconsistencies between their actions and desires. PTSD, anger, anxiety attacks, panic attacks, depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and stress-related physical issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Fibromyalgia, all become a thing of the past.  The Mayo Clinic is only one of many esteemed institutions which have highlighted the benefits of hypnotherapy as an alternative to psychiatric drug therapy for emotional issues.

Becoming free of unproductive childhood imprinting allows clients to proceed along their life’s journey free to be them and all that being them means.  Clients enjoy a new sense of being equal to all others – unique but equal.  Hypnotherapy seeks to ensure that all clients fully believe, in the deepest part of their spiritual being, that nothing anyone can think, do or say – and nothing that can ever happen to them, can ever diminish their worth to this Universe.  That’s freedom of the human spirit, the foundation for a fulfilled life!

Related Reading:
Hypnotherapy for Mental Illness
On the Psychiatric Drugging of Children:  Dr. Peter Breggin Says “Don’t!”
All you want to know about the damages of psychiatric drugs

 Grace Joubarne, CCHt: main office, Ottawa; p/t office Belleville ON. 613-422-7027, toll-free 1-888-390-3553  info@graceplacewellness.com  Verifiable Credentials at www.graceplacewellness.ca

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Hypnosis is such a natural feature of our being that we routinely go in and out of the hypnotic state throughout the day. Most everyone can learn, in just a few minutes, how to hypnotize themselves and willing others, technically making them a ‘hypnotist’. But does that also make them an effective therapist?

Few people who have learned to hypnotize others have the verifiable skills in therapy required to assist others to heal themselves of emotional issues, unwanted habits and physical ailments. Qualified hypnotherapists on the other hand, can provide verifiable credentials of specialized hypnotherapy training and demonstrate advanced skills in the therapeutic aspect of their work; the use of hypnosis facilitates their therapy.

What is the State of Hypnosis?

Being in the state of hypnosis means that a person has narrowed their focus to a single thought or feeling and allowed other mental functions to fade into the background of their mind. Although the brain is not evaluating new data when one narrows their focus to a specific stimuli or set of stimuli as it would if in the fully alert state, it is not comatose, asleep or anesthetized – it is still operating ‘in the background’.
Therefore, hypnosis is merely a state of mind during which a person has suspended reality. Often it involves relaxation, but we can also be in a deep state of focused concentration when panicked, fearful, obsessively washing our hands, or apprehensively waiting on our doctor to share test results.

Why is it Important to Understand Hypnosis?

Because it’s so easy to induce hypnosis in a willing person, we see thousands of ‘hypnotists’ claiming that they can also help people with all sorts of personal issues.

While hypnosis is not harmful, its allure can separate you from your money if you do not keep in mind that it is the ‘therapy’ undertaken while a person is in a focused state of concentration that will help you achieve your goals, not the state itself. To be an effective therapist, one must have not only advanced training in how to use the state of hypnosis effectively, but relevant experience and skills with life and the specific issues to be resolved; these a practitioner does not acquire in a weekend course on how to induce hypnosis.

Questionable Claims by Poorly Trained Hypnotists

Many hypnotists incorrectly claim that hypnosis has a 90-95% stop-smoking success rate, while failing to define ‘success’. Hypnotists who are unable to recognize and address the underlying root-cause of the habit may well leave behind a non-smoking client with heightened anxiety or a new, equally undesirable coping mechanism to handle ‘stress’. It is very common for a person to stop smoking only to become an emotional eater when the underlying reason for the anxiety and stress reactions are not first dissolved – or worse, to return to smoking more heavily.

Similarly, there are so many variables to be considered in safe weight management that hypnotists without significant experience and knowledge of root-cause issues, GMO’s, nutrition, medication side-effects, depression, anxiety and physical conditions may unwittingly lead a weight-loss client to believe that their weight problems will resolve with hypnosis scripts designed to reduce food intake, even though food intake may well not be the problem.

Beware Exaggerated Credentialing

It is not uncommon to hear of hypnotists, with little more than a few hours training in how to induce hypnosis in another, string all manner of unrelated titles behind their names, hoping to appear to be qualified in the medical and dental use of hypnosis. Many even claim they are ‘hypnotherapists’ despite having no therapy skills and experience whatever. Ethical hypnotherapists do not engage in exaggerated credentialing.

Titles such as Doctor of Divinity, Ph.D of Philosophy, and so on, have no bearing on a hypnotists’ ability to help clients resolve emotional hardships, unwanted habits and health issues and are entirely irrelevant to the field of medical and dental hypnotherapy. No real ‘bricks & mortars’ educational facilities offer doctorates or Ph.Ds in hypnosis or hypnotherapy. As seen in many other professions as well, millions of Ph.Ds and doctorates are acquired from on-line diploma mills by the unprincipled.

Choosing the Right Hypnotherapist

So while it is exciting that hypnosis can be easily induced by most people, confusion can result about which practitioner is best for the prospective hypnotherapy client. Thus the need to question more! What is their training in medical and dental hypnotherapy exactly; have they completed their Master Hypnotist and then Hypnotherapist training, or are they simply taking a few hypnosis courses, getting a handful of diplomas from poorly trained ‘instructors’ and joining one of the several organizations that take a membership fee and cavalierly proffer an important-sounding title without any formal testing or supervision? Have they been supervised by a qualified instructor before being unleashed on the public? Did their instructor have a successful hypnotherapy practice prior to instructing, or did they too just take a few courses and then offer to teach others?

Summary

As you can see, practically anyone can be a hypnotist, and any hypnotist can claim to be a hypnotherapist, or appear to have magical powers, but only those who can demystify the hypnotherapeutic process, prove their medical and dental hypnotherapy credentials and support their claims, deserve your patronage if you are seeking to heal yourself physically and emotionally.

Grace Joubarne, CCHt, LAPHP, offices in Ottawa and Belleville, ON, contact:
1-888-390-3553 or 613-422-7027  info@graceplacewellness.com  Verifiable credentials: www.graceplacewellness.ca

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Feb 6, 2013:  Kim Warner, Plainfield Ontario Canada sends along this testimonial regarding her experience with Grace Joubarne, Clinical Hypnotherapist.  With her permission it is shared here:

I started seeing Grace in June.  I was not sure about the hypnosis thing but thought it certainly would not hurt!!  I was dealing with various issues but one of the main ones was the problem of not being able to shut my brain off.  For years my first response to all things in life was to start thinking about what could go wrong.  I spent a lot of energy and time worrying about what could happen.  I have horses and the worry about their health and safety was constant and very tiring.  I found I couldn’t enjoy my time with them as it was always over shadowed by the worry of what ifs….what if they trip and hurt themselves, what if they get out of their pasture and get out on the road, what if they choke on their food, what if their water freezes.  Even riding was a function in nerves and worry about what if they spook at something and dump me on my head and hurt themselves doing it, what if I’m hurt and can’t look after them, what if…what if….!!!  On and on it went every day – it was like I couldn’t shut my brain off.  I would have mild anxiety attacks.  And it wasn’t just the horses, I worried about everything and it was affecting my life and I was becoming more and more reclusive.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep.  Driving in the winter was extremely stressful and when there was bad weather I would stress all day about having to drive home.  I have family that live 3 hours away and trips down to visit them involved days of worrying about the drive down and then for the duration of my visit worrying about the drive back.

 I noticed a difference after the first few sessions with Grace.  At first I started to sleep thru the night and then using the coping techniques she taught me I was able to keep my anxiety from developing into anxiety attacks.  As time goes on I catch myself noticing changes I hadn’t realized were happening because they were gradual.  I don’t have to resort to my coping techniques as often and I handle stressful situations in a more relaxed manner.  I am enjoying my horses so much more and although I’m still properly cautious with them and keeping them safe is still a priority it’s no longer an overwhelming worry.  I have also just realized that winter driving is not the huge stressor it used to be.   I approach it calmly and without the high stress level it used to cause.  You have to put the effort in to it but I have been very pleased with the results.  At the age of 49 I find myself starting to enjoy life again after many, many years – decades even.  It’s even more amazing considering how fast I saw the changes starting!  I am finally looking forward to where my life is going and I do think things will only continue to improve.  Life will always have its stresses but how I deal with these stresses is getting better and better.

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The Mayo Clinic among many other major IBS research facilities spearheaded countless studies on IBS over the last 20 years and found that it was not caused by dietary/nutritional/bacterial problems and attention to diet has never provided permanent relief. Indeed, one’s doctor would have checked for this as well as for parasites and pathology before settling on the diagnosis of IBS. In fact, research shows that many sufferers have a perfect balance of digestive enzymes and gut bacteria, leaving stress and cortisol the likely culprits.

Dr. Grant Thompson, one of the world’s leading authorities on IBS concluded in his review of drug management of IBS “the sheer number and variety of drugs sold for IBS treatment are testimony to their collective uselessness (Thompson, 1994). There is occasionally temporary relief of symptoms by diet control.

Permanent response of IBS to hypnotherapy treatment is in 80-95% range (studies: Whorwell et all 1984,1987), Palsson et al 1997,2000). They concluded it is a comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable treatment, without side-effects, often resulting in significant improvement or complete dissolution of other problems usually found with IBS, such as headaches.

According to solid data by IBS expert Michael Mahoney, Hypnotherapy has proven highly effective in alleviating IBS symptoms. In his 15 year scientific research, it is shown that it is safe and inexpensive and conclusively shows Hypnotherapy routinely produces positive results in over 85% of the people who use it.

Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, Chair of the National Women’s Health Network in Washington DC stated because of it’s efficacy Hypnotherapy should be the treatment of choice for IBS before drugs or the humiliating treatments are tried.

Journal of Gastroenterology: Dr. Peter James Whorwell, Manchester, UK, a world leader in IBS research, reported significant benefits of Hypnotherapy in all gastrointestinal disorders, particularly IBS. Many studies in pain management at Case Western Reserve University, found Hypnotherapy to be a very valuable and reliable tool.

The BMA (British Medical Association Journal) specialist publication “Gut” reported a long term study of more then 200 IBS patients and found 71% of patients had permanent improvements with 8-12 sessions and that this was faster, more cost-effective treatment then the temporary fixes of medicine and surgery. The UK government operates hypnotherapy clinics for IBS sufferers and their results are phenomenal as well.

Hypnotherapy is not counseling (talk-therapy) in the sense people are accustomed to. Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious mind of a person to convince it to normalize body functions. It guides a person into a state of relaxation and lower brain-wave frequency that allows that person’s subconscious to accept direct suggestions about gut function, as well as to help reduce the sufferer’s reaction to stress.

Whether stress is/was the precipitating reason for the development of IBS, stress affects all bodily functions and distorts memory and thought…those are also very well researched facts. People under stress get headaches, irritability, etc. etc., therefore it is not hard to see how stress could impact the way their digestive tract functions. The reason for the stress may be long gone, but the memory of the events may well work subconsciously.

It only stands to reason that if a person is stressed and they hold the stress in, their entire body will be tense. If the entire body is tense long enough, not only their breathing, but other bodily functions are affected…affected long enough, the effect becomes permanent. Just as people subjected to prolonged stress soon become shallow breathers, many people subjected to prolonged stress also develope digestive problems.

The common thread for all sufferers I have worked with is how they have learned to manage stress…many of those who internalized stress ended up with gastro-intestinal issues. There are many forms of stress…physical, mental, emotional. Therefore it is not only the source of the stress, but how the person has learned to manage stress that factors in. There is a great deal of stress associated with having to manage a life with IBS for instance.

My Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) treatment program therefore targets not only the resumption of normal gut behavior, but the sufferer’s reaction to stress. If the stress is emotional and is tied to past unresolved events, then those old memories are neutralized in hypnosis as well, so that they no longer impact the sufferer’s current life.

IBS can start in childhood, as children have even less opportunity to relieve emotional and mental stress. It is not something that starts overnight and it takes years to manifest as full-blown IBS, a syndrome that often gets worse with time, severely interfering with a person’s quality of life and mobility.

In the past it was thought that diet/enzymes, etc. caused IBS, however better information through research is conclusive on that issue now…certain foods can cause a worsening of the symptoms in some people some of the time, but they are not the cause of IBS and attention to this, as many have discovered, does not relieve IBS symptoms.

The program used at GracePlace Wellness focuses on resolving the emotional root-cause of the sufferers anxiety and once that has been completed, attention is directed toward teaching the client new ways to manage stressors in their lives, so that their reactions result in the release of calming hormones into their bodies rather than the damaging stress hormone cortisol.

I see many clients with IBS…always there is ‘stress’ factoring in, whether it is recognized or not. Some may be from past unresolved events and always there is some accumulated from having to deal with this suffering. To heal through Hypnotherapy it is not necessary to believe in hypnosis, hypnotherapy or even agree on the causes….it just works because the subconscious mind is convinced.

Using my emotional freedom program, which targets and resolve the root cause of the high anxiety levels which manifest as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, my success rate has been over 90% .

In the end, it doesn’t matter what the stressor is, the subconscious mind can be convinced to resolve the issue and restore normal gut function and that is what is important. Working with the subconscious mind while a person is in a relaxed hypnotic state is the purview of a competent hypnotherapist specializing in IBS symptom relief….that is why hypnotherapy is fast becoming the treatment of choice for permanent IBS symptom relief world-wide.

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Eczema is a common skin disorder which has an inflammatory and itching component no matter which of the many types one may have.  It is a condition often found in children and the cause is unknown.  What’s more there is supposedly no cure. However, I did finally beat eczema and my experience may help you.

In 2009 I was diagnosed with eczema after a year of suffering with increasingly larger areas of itchy skin patches  on my face, which turned bright red, became very dry and scaly…and embarassing!  The local doctor told me it was a skin disorder for which there was no known cause and no cure.  She offered me her only solution…steriods.

Because I had always had excellent skin, especially on the face, this created a great deal of additional stress and now I realize that the additional stress only enouraged greater areas of my face and neck to be affected.  As well, my facial skin became excessively dry no matter what moisturizer I used, as did my hands, despite my being a heavy water drinker and consumer of organic only foods and drinks. I also do self-hypnosis daily and I believe in the end this helped considerably in preventing the condition from affecting my entire body.

Baffling and frustrating are understatements that only touch the surface of how I felt as I tried to understand this entire situation …adding to the stress!  I was not about to take steriods, being completely aware of the adverse health effects it has over time.  So what did I do?

First I consulted with Dr.Topalo, a medical doctor who treats only with natural remedies and he advised me that while I’m a laid-back person who is usually very calm, I am always very busy, sometimes taking on more than I should.  My iridology report showed that I had been subjected to high stress levels…indeed, in 2008 I had been through a very sad and demoralizing situation and shortly thereafter the first little spot showed up. A good detox was in order for certain!

I  took Dr.Topalo’s liver detox remedy and I felt considerably better…and I reduced my workload and other stressors.  I felt great, but the skin eruptions continued although significantly diminished in severity, each time encompassing yet another small area of my face.  But the cummulative effect of all these little spots turning bright red and violent-looking over almost 2 years was taking its toll.  My forehead had become fully affected in the area above my eyebrows, on both sides of my nose I had major rough spots and so too down my cheeks, around my mouth and on one temple.  Sometimes the itchiness was distracting and relentless, even at night when I was asleep.

Finally, roughly 5 months ago, I decided to look into all of the products (yes, all of them natural) that I was using.  I also started using Traumeel, a homeopathic cream which pretty much eliminated the itchiness and reduced the redness.  I took Bach Rescue Remedy and it seemed the redness and breakouts diminished yet again in both severity and frequency. But, I did continue to have very mild eczema outbreaks from time-to-time.

As I was eliminating one thing after the other from my diet and my skin care products and then re-introducing them one at a time to learn whether I might be allergic to something, I discovered that I was reacting to glycerin (vegetable glycerin) products.  Many soaps and most facial cleansing products contain some glycerin.  As I don’t wear makeup, I decided to wash my face only with warm water.  Also, at this time, I noticed that the rest of my body was just fine…not dry, not itchy, not breaking out.  This suggested that whatever I was using outside the shower was the culprit as it affected my face and hands….I was not using glycerin products in the shower!

Once I stopped using glycerin (which is a natural product) I had no further breakouts.  But I did continue to have a very slight dryness to my facial skin.  I reviewed all my products and sure enough, there were one or two which contained very slight amounts of glycerin.  When I eliminated those, all breakouts stopped, my skin is clear and supple and there is no hint I ever had such angry looking rashes and such a disconcerting skin disorder.

Today I can see that the severe stress I was under in 2008 set my skin up for trouble… not only because of the cortisol released into the body during stress reactions, but because it depleted my immune system.  Perhaps my skin was not fond of glycerin in the past, but now that stress had compromised it’s ability to heal itself, the dislike of glycerin was perfectly evident.

So, if you are suffering eczema, I suggest you try what worked for me…identify and reduce stress, get a good liver detox, take Bach Rescue Remedy to help you remain calm in stressful situations, use Traumeel ointment to quell the itchiness and redness and eliminate glycerin or any other ingredient you discover exacerbates the problem. And don’t forget to meditate or do self-hypnosis!

I don’t believe there was only one culprit at work here…it was just a set of circumstances that made the situation come to a head.

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For decades ordinary people have benefitted from consulting with qualified hypnotherapists for drug-free, dignified help with the ordinary problems of life.  The use of the state of hypnosis to enable change at the deepest levels – the subconscious level- has been around for centuries.

Hypnotherapy refers to the therapy done while the client is in the state of hypnosis (the relaxed brain wave state).  In of itself hypnosis (the state of relaxation) changes little.  In well-trained hands however, this state can allow for client self-exploration, self-healing and self-determination.  Every day research is finding increasingly more significant benefits of using hypnosis to heal and help people of all walks of life, and of all ages…from depression and emotional suffering to pain management, weight loss and weight gain.

Anger, fears, resentment, frustration, grief, shame, guilt, addictions to a myriad of substances and activities all seem to find resolution with hypnotherapy for many clients tired of living with the shackles of feelings they neither deserve nor understand.  Even the effects of bullying can be neutralized with hypnotherapy and a competent hypnotherapist can help children overcome their fears of going to school and teach them techniques for managing their situation.

Those who have suicidal thoughts benefit greatly from speaking with a hypnotherapist, because hypnotherapy offers everyone the ability to look inside to find their own answers.  Hypnotherapy can help sufferers of depression and low self-esteem learn that in fact they are an equal creation of the Universe, an equally important piece of the Universal puzzle and without them, the puzzle is simply not complete.

It is a safe, drug-free therapy that strives to empower a client and help them regain control of their life’s journey and gratitude for their lives. If you have any issues that keep you from being happy and content, you can consult a competent hypnotherapist for non-invasive, non-drug self-healing assistance.

NOTE THAT HYPNOTHERAPISTS DO NOT DIAGNOSE, THEREFORE IF YOU FEEL YOU HAVE ISSUES THAT REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION, YOU ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH YOUR MEDICAL DOCTOR. Most informed doctors are aware of the benefits of hypnotherapy and you can discuss hypnotherapy as a treatment with them.

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It has been my experience that many PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) sufferers have found permanent relief from having undergone competent hypnotherapy.  After hypnotherapy, most PTSD sufferers seem to feel a calmness and peacefulness that pervades their approach to life.

Many PTSD sufferers feel deep anger, resentment, fear, discouragement, anxiety, depression and various combinations thereof.  But the one symptom that is common is a severe anxiousness.  PTSD is usually diagnosed after a person has experienced a traumatic event; it is suffered by children and adults alike.   In summary, they are truly suffering and many feel a sense of hopelessness and disempowerment as they face relentless periods of severe and uncontrollable anxiety.

I was trained at The Pacific Institute of Advanced Hypnotherapy where a hypnotherapist is taught the techniques that can help relieve such suffering, irrespective of the label affixed by the medical community.  Many of my clients have successfully healed themselves of the deep-rooted emotional causes of the intense and disabling emotions associated with PTSD.  Being piled on top of an accumulation of years of feelings of danger and insecurity, often, the most recent traumatic experience is in effect the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’.

Unfortunately, it seems that many of the drugs prescribed for PTSD seem to intensify the anxiety and the withdrawals add to feelings of being out of control of one’s life.  Hypnotherapy however, carried out by a well-trained, experienced hypnotherapist is drug-free and entirely dignified and self-healing.  This therapy provides a safe and effective way for the PTSD client to connect with the deep subconscious reason(s) for the life-long fear that was confirmed and intensified by the traumatic incident.

It is vitally important that a PTSD client seek out the most experienced and well-trained clinical hypnotherapist possible.  Some hypnotists, without the requisite training and experience refer to themselves as hypnotherapists and thus, without the intensive regression training required, may be ineffective in dissolving the root-cause issues.  A competent hypnotherapist can help a client reach the subconscious mind, help the client become aware of the underlying issues, facilitate reframing of the events that are at the root of the issues and provide direct and indirect subconscious suggestions for calmness, safety, protection, love and worthiness that benefit the client permanently.

While everyone should be consulting their doctor about all health issues they struggle with, it may also be beneficial to ask your doctor about hypnotherapy as a first option for relief of PTSD symptoms.  Many people have found that hypnotherapy should be a first option rather than the last, given that it’s benefits have been confirmed by research and it has no known negative side effects.

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