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Hypnotherapy for Trauma

Trauma affects us all, and it can creep into our lives in ways we might not expect. For instance, you might witness a traumatic experience and find it hard to process the memory. This means it becomes hard to simply forget. Traumatic experiences can also affect us at a subconscious level. This can lead to symptoms such as flashbacks, or intense anxiety. Fortunately, there are effective techniques that help reduce the negative effects of past trauma on your life. In fact, hypnotherapy is one of the most popular forms of psychotherapy for trauma because it works by helping you change your beliefs about the situation and handle it more effectively. Keep reading if you want to know more about hypnotherapy for trauma.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a disorder that can occur following a traumatic event. Flashbacks, avoidance of triggers, and hyperarousal are typical characteristics. People will find it difficult to function in daily life. This is because the things they once found easy no longer give them any pleasure or peace.

Hypnotherapy for PTSD

PTSD can cause a variety of symptoms, including intrusive memories and nightmares about traumatic events. These memories become so powerful that they affect your everyday life and make it difficult for you to feel safe and relaxed. You might also experience physical reactions such as hyper-arousal or avoidance and feel like there is no escape from the trauma. However, hypnotherapy for PTSD can help you change these negative thoughts and beliefs about the trauma and take control of your life again.

Hypnotherapy Childhood Trauma

It is no secret that it takes time to overcome the effects of trauma. For a child, this process can be particularly difficult. In fact, there are some treatment options that are more appropriate for children because they have a different understanding of the world than adults. Hypnotherapy is one such therapy. This allows the hypnotherapist to work with the unconscious mind, which is where most of our reactions and responses originate from. Because of this, children may find it easier than other psychotherapies because they don’t have to relive the traumatic event in therapy. This also makes it easier for children to let go of their fears and start moving forward with their lives. Hypnotherapy helps children learn how to bring new coping skills into play when faced with traumatic events, so they aren’t as easily triggered by them in the future.

Similarly, a traumatic experience in childhood can affect an adult later in life.

What is Integral Eye Movement Therapy?

In a nutshell, Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT) is a form of therapy used to treat trauma. It works by helping you release the negative effects of trauma that are causing symptoms such as PTSD or anxiety.

IEMT uses lateral eye movements and everyday states of hypnosis to relieve clients from trauma. Usually, trauma and anxiety can be relieved within 2 – 3 sessions.


Hypnotherapy for trauma and IEMT can relieve trauma in a number of different ways. First, the traumatic memory needs to be accessed. Its emotional effect is then reduced. If there are other related memories that occur, a further round of IEMT can weaken the emotions further.


You may have heard of IEMT and EMDR. It is easy to confuse the two. Many people ask what is the difference between IEMT and EMDR.

IEMT stands for Integral Eye Movement Therapy. It works by using the client’s own naturally occurring hypnotic states to weaken old memories.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Typically, after a person has experienced trauma (such as sexual assault) it can be applied. Unlike IEMT, EMDR is usually only used on the emotion of a memory (not the memory itself). Its aim is to change the way you think about an experience in order to change the way you feel about it in the future.

Both methods are very effective, and a trained practitioner will be only too happy to explain the benefits of each approach.

If you’re struggling with the impact of past trauma on your life or would like assistance, please feel free to contact me for a free discussion about how hypnotherapy for trauma may help you.

Or call me here: 0208 789 0992

Adrian Jackson

Specialist in Anxiety & Depression (DipHyp, CNHC (Acc), HPD) I am a Cognitive Hypnotherapist in North London, providing hypnotherapy for anxiety and depression to clients in Pinner, Northwood, Harrow, and Rickmansworth. My flexible, modern approach helps clients relieve unwanted patterns of behaviour.