6 Areas Hypnotherapy Can Help PTSD

In reading Joan Courtney’s book, PTSD: A Guide to the Basics, I was reminded of just how JoanCourtney-picprevalent this condition has become. When I hear the term I first think about combat veterans. Simply looking at the definition tells us that it affects a much larger population. “PTSD is a cluster of symptoms coming from exposure to an overwhelming stressful event or series of events, such as war, rape or abuse.”

The events causing PTSD might also be a sudden, natural occurrence such as an earthquake or a tsunami, man made disasters as in the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11 which caused PTSD for many observers and first responders.

Children living in an abusive environment suffer from PTSD as a result of watching dad come home drunk and beating up mom. Secondary PTSD from being glued to an iPhone or television for news is fast becoming an epidemic.

Hypnotherapy can be helpful in alleviating symptoms of PTSD, such as

  • Anxiety and Panic – Being in a state of constant alarm is hard on the physical body but can be alleviated with hypnosis.
  • Fears and Phobias – Hypnotherapy helps to neutralize the emotional charge in past traumatic events. Clients remember what happened but no longer feel the fear.
  • Low Self-esteem –  Low self-esteem is one of the easiest aspects to heal often simply by reprogramming the subconscious mind.
  • Insomnia and Nightmares – Self hypnosis, especially for sleep, helps clients gain confidence, giving hope for a brighter future.
  • Stress and Anger – hypnotherapy gives clients a set of tools to banish anger and relieve stress.
  • Dissociation – Hypnosis provides a safe and comfortable space to release the energy of the negative reactions to old traumatic memories.

Joan Courtney is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. She’s certified by four major national hypnotherapy associations and is also certified in advanced NLP training.

Having over 25 years of experience in this field, Joan specializes in clinical and medical aspects of hypnosis and is affiliated with and referred clients by healthcare professionals, other alternative healthcare practitioners as well as satisfied clients. Throughout her practice, she has worked with veterans and others affected by symptoms of PTSD related to fire, earthquakes and physical/sexual abuse.

In addition to small group work and speaking engagements, she teaches classes at Northland Pioneer College (NPC). She can be contacted at   (928) 367-8208

If you would like more information about PTSD you can purchase Courtney’s book here:


If you are a hypnotherapist or a counselor using hypnosis, we will be offering a 2-day training in Hypnotherapy and PTSD in San Diego, CA on Nov. 9-10, 2013.  Watch this newsletter for more information.

Tip to quiet your mind for sleep

In the Chinese Medical model, Insomnia is largely caused by Chi (energy) being drawn up to the head and causing the brain to rev. This is caused by our fixation on the visual world. Internet, screens, reading etc. The cure is to drop the Chi in to the feet (or at least the point known as the lower Tan Tien) you can do this physically by focusing on the sensations in your feet and rotating them (while in bed) 100 times slowly in each direction. You can also of course direct the energy and blood (in a healthy way) back to the feet using direct suggestion.  A.J. Hope-Lewis

Group Mentoring Update

We start on Wed., July 31, 4:00 – 6:00 pm (PDT)

Just a reminder… I have a group mentoring program. In the group sessions you will benefit from hearing the questions of fellow hypnotherapists and the solutions suggested to them. Group size is small to ensure that you receive the focus that you deserve.

Joining the Hypnotherapist Mentoring Program is definitely an investment in yourself and your practice, and for many new practicing hypnotherapists, this is an important addition to their learning experience.

Your investment for the group program is $100/month. The group will meet for 2 hours once a month. Meetings will be scheduled for late afternoon or early evening (Pacific). Mentoring fees are pre-paid through PayPal (http://trancetime.com/hypnotherapy-services-san-diego/pay-for-services/) or you can call me before the first meeting with your credit card information:  619-710-9583

Details are on my website: http://trancetime.com/hypnotherapy-services-san-diego/mentoring-for-hypnotherapists/

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