How Hypnotherapy Can Be Used to Treat PTSD

Author| Sian Ferguson

PASTE Magazine article

By Sian Ferguson, March 20, 2017

How Hypnotherapy Can Be Used to Treat PTSD

Michael Munion, MA, LPC, Chief Psychology Officer of The Pain Project, says that hypnotherapy is one of many approaches that could be used to treat PTSD. Our experiences (good and bad) are stored in the brain through encoding in actual neurologic structural change,” he explains. “These neural connections are physically linked to other encodings of similar nature. Just as a certain song on the radio may recall a pleasant time in high school, a particular smell or sound, for example, may recall a traumatic event in which a similar smell or sound was involved. We call this a trigger. Response to those triggers is a result of chemicals and hormones released in the brain.” Traumatic events are out of the ordinary and painful, those memories don’t easily connect with other life experiences