This weeks featured article from the Hypnosis Health Info Article Library is Reframing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Hypnosis by James Duncan. As a counselor I have always struggled with the term PTSD and as a student in my Masters program in Counseling I remember some thought provoking discussions about the word “Disorder“. In my Seattle hypnosis and Bainbridge Island hypnosis offices of Roger Moore’s Counseling & Hypnotherapy LLC, I have always urged clients to stop using disorder for anything other than to describe a messy desk or drawer. With self-hypnosis clients can unhook the intense negative stress associated with a past event. My colleague Michael Ellner says when talking about Post Traumatic Stress that “we are dealing with a “stuck” state ….Humans are engineered to heal. I see it as a hyper-altert/hyper-sensitive state induced by extreme negative stress.” Hypnosis can help you become un-stuck.
Reframing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Hypnosis
James Duncan, CHt © 2007
Let’s look at the concept of PTSD. I’m going to put it right out there… I simply don’t like the term and I do not use it or acknowledge it as an operative term in my practice. Let me explain why I approach this serious concern for many people in such a way and why I believe the outcomes for this type of client are always rewarding as a result.
Just as I do with the word, DISEASE by separating it for all my clients and students into its component meaning of DIS-EASE, or “a lack of ease”. I feel the same way about Post Traumatic Stress DIS-ORDER. Meaning there is a lack of ORDER in the life of someone who is challenged by the effects of a past event.
The problem with the diagnosis of PTSD is that it becomes a label of victimization and subconsciously removes personal responsibility for the effects of the situation, so does the label of PTSD.
But if we divide it up as DIS-ORDER or “a lack of order”, we see it for what it is. This deflates the concepts of the label. It implies we CAN bring things back INTO order. It is in OUR control. We can all put things in order, from the names in our address book, to our clothes closet, to our thoughts and eventually our coping skills and emotions.
Jim Duncan says to “Forget the label and your own beliefs about what it means and just look at the client as they describe their needs for well-being. You will be right where you need to be in helping that client to help themselves.”
Let’s get the disorder out of PTSD. Learn hypnosis so that you can focus on your well-being and put order into your life. Find a hypnotherapist in your area and learn self-hypnosis to take control of you.
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