Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD

The most common cause of PTSD is an event or series of events that make a person feel helpless to get back to regular life, connecting with others and feeling safe, even in safe circumstances. These people can feel that they will never get over what has happened or feel normal again.

Not everyone experiences PTSD the same way, but most symptoms develop within days following the event, however, for some it can take weeks, months or even years before PTSD becomes full blown. Common symptoms include re-experiencing the traumatic event, avoidance or numbing, increased anxiety and emotional arousal, shame, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, nightmares, alienation and isolation, non specific aches and pains, physical reactions to reminders such as pounding heart, rapid breath, nausea, sweating, etc.

Some of the most common traumatic events that are associated with PTSD include:
war, natural disasters, car or plane crashes, sudden death of a loved one, violence such as rape or assaults, child abuse, neglect, or witnessing violence against another.


1 out of 5 people say they might not get help because they are afraid of what others might think. 1 out of 3 people say they would not want any one else to know they need help with therapy. For soldiers returning from Iraq, one study showed that the most common reason for not getting help is that they are worried what others would think, that their military career could be jeopardized and that they might be viewed as being weak or are afraid that nothing can help them.

Getting help now is the best thing you can do because the sooner PTSD is treated the easier it is to overcome. It is only natural to want to avoid painful memories and feelings. But if you numb yourself and push your memories away, PTSD will only get worse. Your emotions will emerge under stress or whenever you let down your guard, and this becomes exhausting. This will ultimately harm your relationships, your ability to function, and the quality of your life.

You are not alone. There is empirical evidence that with a solid treatment plan, reaching out to others and developing new coping skills, overcoming the symptoms of PTSD is possible.

The Hypnotherapy Plan: As a hypnotist, I will work with your doctor or therapist to help you overcome PTSD.  I will teach you about anxiety and how to shift your worrisome thoughts. These skills will eventually free you from the stressors that are holding you back.

I also will help you identify the upsetting thoughts about the traumatic event, particularly thoughts that are distorted and irrational. In hypnosis we replace them with more balanced picture. It teaches you that feelings are not facts! You can change the way you think, which will change the way you feel.

Our work together will free you with less fear about your memories. You see, people learn to fear thoughts, feelings, and situations that remind them of a past traumatic event. You will overcome the natural tendency to avoid stimuli related to the trauma.  You will learn that it isn't necessary to be afraid of the traumatic memory and reminders any longer. 

Michelle M. DeStefano, Master Hypnotist - Copyright © 2017 - All Rights Reserved