Hypnosis, and particularly Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), are used to reduce the emotional and physiological effects of trauma.
Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Chronic Combat-Related PTSD Patients Suffering From
Insomnia: A Randomized, Zolpidem-Controlled Clinical Trial
Those in the study given hypnotherapy had improvement in quality of sleep, total sleep time, number of awakenings during the night, ability to concentrate upon awakening and morning sleepiness. The hypnotherapy group had better quality of sleep, better concentration, and lower sleepinesss than the group that received a prescription insomnia medication. The hypnotherapy group were treated by symptom-oriented hypnotherapy, twice-a-week 1.5-hour sessions for 2 weeks.
Hypnosis for “Complex Trauma” PTSD (such as from childhood abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence) indicates a significant reduction in trauma symptoms after hypnosis treatment. The hypnotic treatment involved three steps: “stabilization, trauma processing, and integration.” Hypnosis was first used to help stabilize the victims. Then age regression techniques were used to help them to remember the traumatic events that led to their condition (and to begin to distance themselves from these memories). Finally, hypnosis was used to help them integrate and consolidate the gains they had made.
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