As children we are vulnerable and sensitive to what is happenings around us and things that happen to us. Often we suffer a childhood trauma.
While the developing brain records information very quickly it can also, due to trauma, store that childhood trauma incorrectly. Hypnotherapy can help correct this.
In an ideal world people would be able to process the traumas they encounter and move on with their lives.
However, children may not have the kind of skills required to process those traumas. In other words the child’s immature personality may be unable to process that trauma so it pushes it to the back of the mind and fails to find a resolution to the conflict the trauma set up in the mind.
As an adult, you may suffer fear, a phobia, anger or difficulty with relationships because you are carrying a conflict in your mind that disables you every time you attempt to ride a lift, swim or fall in love.
In truth we all carry unresolved traumas around with us from things we have encountered or experienced in our past. Problems occur when a very big, dramatic and scarring trauma keeps haunting you.
Robert came to see me as he had a mother with bipolar disorder when he was a child. She would smother him with affection one minute and then ignore him or shout at him the next.
Each time he tried to form relationships with women as an adult, he was torn between adoring them and distrusting them. This gave rise to a need to control all his girlfriends, who would leave him after a while.
In hypnotherapy he had to learn how to hypnotically recode his memories of his relationship with his mother and process the traumas that he had suffered so the conflicts he experienced were resolved.
His personality had to be supplemented with the skills he needed to have a relationship without the need to constantly control his partners.
Dana had never had any kind of stability in her life as a child. Her mother had died when she was three years old, her father was in the airforce and they would move to different locations every year. Each time she lost all the friends she had made during that year.
She felt she had been very lonely as a child, and as an adult suffered from a social phobia. There was conflict in her unconscious mind that told her if she got close to anyone she would suffer the trauma of losing them very soon.
During hypnotherapy Dana learnt how to feel comfortable around people she did not know and form social relationships that could be either short term or long term. She developed a sense of belonging to groups of people she began to allow into her life.
Unconscious conflicts induced by childhood trauma reside deep in the unconscious mind, so hypnosis is the most effective way to reach them.
Healing childhood trauma with hypnotherapy does not mean that you have to relive the childhood trauma again.
What hypnotherapy can do is give you a safe environment to focus on resolving the conflict and processing and re-cataloguing your memory so it no longer disturbs you.
It can also help you acquire new sets of skills fast so you can physically and psychologically operate differently in the future, allowing you to enjoy your life to the full.
If you need some help to overcome childhood trauma, call my office on 02 8021 6429 to book an appointment.
Dr Tracie O’Keefe DCH, BHSc, ND, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Psychotherapist. Counsellor, PACFA registered Mental Health Professional and Naturopath In Sydney. You can get help by booking an appointment with her at Australian Health & Education Centre.