What is Complex-PTSD

Complex PTSD is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to repeated or prolonged traumatic events. It’s similar to PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) but with some key differences.

Complex PTSD

Symptoms of CPTSD

The Symptoms of CPTSD can vary depending on the individual and the nature of the trauma. Some common symptoms include:

    • Re-experiencing symptoms: Flashbacks, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about the trauma.
    • Avoidance symptoms: Avoiding people, places, or situations that trigger memories of the trauma.
    • Negative alterations in cognitions and mood: Difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts about oneself or the world, detachment from others, and persistent feelings of fear, sadness, anger, or guilt.
    • Altered arousal and reactivity: Hypervigilance, difficulty sleeping, irritability, or outbursts of anger.

Emotional Flashbacks

If you have complex PTSD, you may be more likely to have what some people call a “emotional flashbacks.” This is when you have strong emotions like fear, shame, sadness, or sorrow that you felt during the trauma. You might act like things happening now are making you feel this way, not realizing that you are reactive from memory.

By entering a relaxed, hypnotic state, individuals with CPTSD can access their subconscious mind. Here, hypnotherapists can utilize techniques like guided imagery and positive suggestions to:

  • Reduce emotional dysregulation: Hypnosis can help regulate the nervous system’s overactive response to stress, leading to a calmer and more balanced emotional state.
  • Process trauma indirectly: While not directly confronting the trauma, hypnotherapy can facilitate the processing of negative emotions and memories associated with it. This allows for a form of emotional release without reliving the event itself.
  • Reshape negative beliefs: Through positive suggestions, hypnotherapy can help replace negative self-beliefs formed during the trauma with more empowering and positive ones. This can boost self-esteem and create a more positive outlook.

How can Hypnotherapy Benefit You?

For those struggling with Complex PTSD (CPTSD), the scars of past trauma can run deep, affecting everything from emotional regulation to self-perception. Traditional therapies, while effective, often require revisiting painful memories, which can be a daunting prospect.

Hypnotherapy offers a unique approach, providing a safe space to address the root causes of CPTSD without reliving the trauma itself.

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Hypnotherapy isn’t a magic bullet, but it can be a powerful tool in a CPTSD survivor’s healing journey. By addressing the underlying emotional and cognitive aspects of trauma in a safe and supportive environment, hypnotherapy can empower individuals to reclaim control of their lives and move forward with greater resilience.

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Other Resources For More Information On Complex PTSD

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