Hypnotic Influence – Early Origins of Trauma Therapy

Hypnotherapy is considered the rebellious grandparent of Western psychology. In this video we look at how hypnotherapy became popular and was adopted by Sigmund Freud. But back then hypnosis was called ‘Magnetism‘ or ‘Mesmerism’. This was the earliest roots of Energy Therapy – the manipulation of energy as it flowed (or was blocked) in the body.

Freud recognised that ‘influence’ wasn’t something that could only be moved or manipulated through energy but that influence could also be created with words and the manipulation of thought.

Roots of the Bottom Up Approach To Healing Trauma

Was Franz Anthon Mesmer the first hypnotherapist to use the ‘bottom up approach’ that has now been proven to be highly effective in the treatment of trauma?

Trauma isn’t a label. It’s an experience. It’s more than the thoughts that you think. It’s a reaction that happens in our body when some experience – internal or external – fires off a cascade of overwhelm inside our body and our mind.

Susan Wallace, 2023, Dublin Trauma Training

From the earliest of times in the history of hypnosis – we explored and discovered new ways to help clients heal from the effects of emotional and mental overwhelm. What was discovered back then has stood the test of time. In fact, Pierre Janet’s three phased approach for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder is still used by all trauma therapy experts.

Healing Trauma Through Hypnosis with Susan Wallace

In this video, let’s go through the three phases so you know exactly how hypnosis is used systematically to heal trauma though hypnotherapy.

Why Do People Put Themselves At Risk After a Traumatic Childhood

Seven minutes into this video I speak about two clients – one working in prostitution and the other working on a building site. Both have been sexually abused as children. Both have chosen careers and do things within those careers that put themselves at greater risks of self harm. Neither use the recommended protection necessary to keep themselves safe. You might ask yourself why? The reason for this is their early life experiences gave them the subconscious understanding that despite the challenges they faced at home – they had to go home and put up with it – or else things would have been a lot worse for them. As children they had no choice but to put themselves into situations that threatened their survival, their sense of self and their self worth. They learnt on an implicit (body memory level) that this was ok. Roll the clock forward three decades and that learnt behaviour isn’t even noticed by them.

A Brief Introduction to the Trauma Response

Your client comes in and you’re trying to take a case history and what you see at 7.50 minutes in this video happens. What we have here is the activation of a Trauma Response. Your client can’t share the story of what happened – they aren’t able to share the ‘verbal narrative’. So how can you make sense of the fact that as you observe them – their body is speaking without words and letting you know how uncomfortable and impossible it is for them to speak.

A Brief Description of the Three Phases of Healing Trauma Through Hypnosis

At around 9 minutes into this video I briefly describe the three phases of Healing Trauma Through Hypnosis. I focus in on Phase Three – The Re-Integration of the Self. Now described as the development of resilience and the development of Post Traumatic Growth. The mourning of the self that got lost along the way. Think of those two clients I mentioned earlier – one working in prostitution and another doing hard manual labour on a building site. What do you think those two people as young children lost when they should have been enjoying simple childhood experiences instead of being used for adult gratification and humiliation? Those aspect of the self can be identified and reclaimed in Phase Three and re-integrated into the sense of self so they can become whole again.

What’s Right With You! That’s What’s Important When You’re Working With Clients Who Have Come Through Difficult Experiences

Ten minutes into the video, I provide you with the mindset you need to become a great hypnosis focused Traumatologist. When you use this lens – it’s not what’s wrong with you but focus on what’s right with you – we are non verbally demonstrating to our clients that we see inside of them not an unfortunate victim but an ingenious survivor. Make sure you watch this part to grasp this concept. This is something we go into great detail on during the Healing Trauma Through Hypnosis course in Phase One.

Let’s End With a Thought On Tree Hugging

Yes, tree hugging was perhaps the original hypnotic anchor. That’s how we end this first video in our Healing Trauma Through Hypnosis pre training.