Hypnosis as an added treatment for PTSD, can
help transform the unconscious minds perceptions and beliefs. To begin with,
hypnosis works from the assumption that the unconscious mind (the veritable
source of all of our internal power) is the storage space of past experiences
and emotions. In this incredibly vast warehouse, traumatic experiences are
filed away on both physical and emotional levels, the stimulus of which can
affect our immune system and health. Processing old traumas and the emotional
charges attached to them allows a patient to find internal resources that begin
the healing process through hypnosis/ The unconscious is the part of your
mind burdened with the job of protecting you. It will do anything even adopt
negative behaviors in order to keep you safe.
When these protective measures
no longer serve us we feel the need to change. This change is difficult to
bring about because the unconscious mind is devoted to its imprinted
perceptions. In its bypass of the conscious mind, hypnosis brings the
unconscious to the forefront so that changes can be made via guided imagery.
Hypnotherapy helps change perceptions of memories, which in turn helps change
perceptions of the self and behavior. The past cannot be changed or escaped,
but our emotional and intellectual attitudes toward it can be radically
altered. Change happens through hypnotherapy, since emotions play a large role
in our activity, thoughts and actions.