When it comes to the treatment of PTSD, hypnosis can be good for bringing forward a single event or trauma. However in the case of complex PTSD it could be difficult to bring out the events one by one and could lead to the sufferer becoming even more traumatised. Cognitive behavioural therapy is a very effective way of dealing with PTSD and especially triggers.
Hypnotherapy is vastly different to stage hypnosis where people are put into a state of trance and told to perform tasks that humiliate or make others laugh. Having said that, the subjects picked for stage hypnosis are individuals who are highly susceptible to the power of suggestion. It is very easy to put these people into a trance like state. Contrary to popular belief, it is impossible to hypnotise someone without them allowing you to. If they are even the slightest bit resistant, it won’t work. So it is not something that can be done against your will.
This therapy is especially good for the treatment of phobias and for changing patterns of self destructive behaviour.
So What is actually happening if you have hypnotherapy ?
The parts of the brain activated are the pre-frontal cortex, anterior angular cortex and the parietal networks.These areas are activated during hypnosis and those who are more open to this type of therapy tend to suffer abuse at the hands of manipulative and narcasisstic partners/parents than those who are mindful and have learnt self awareness . Hypnosis moves the cognitive process away from the conscious mind. The above areas are targeted by the hypnotherapy process to control the complex functions, emotional responses and memories that cause us to perceive life changes and situations in a certain way. This means that patterns and cycles of destructive behaviour can be changed in these areas.