First Australia now Pakistan. Well, you can’t really say first anymore. Terrorism is far to occurrent today. Hostages, executions, and mass killings. The world has gone mad.
On December 16th 2014 news broke of the most recent Taliban attack, this time on a Pakistan school. In the attack 132 children lost their lives as well as nine staffers. Right about the same time in an Australian café, a self-styled Muslim cleric held 17 hostages for 16 hours, killing two of them before he was eliminated by police. Thankfully, in each story there were more survivors than dead. Of those that survive, some will have the inner fortitude to put it all behind them and go on with their lives. Others, will be plagued by the memory of such extraordinary violence. For some, it will be a full blown case of PTSD. For others – a milder case. Others still may experience something that is sporadic; triggered by anchors from that day. For example, a survivor from the tragedy in the Australian café may, whenever he or she smells coffee or chocolate, find themselves in a flashback to that moment or day. They may find they can never enjoy either one of those things again as they are reminders of that fateful day. For survivors of the Pakistan school massacre, seeing the color green that was the color of those school uniforms will take them back to that horrific day. Maybe the smell of blood from a bloody nose or a simple cut can send them reeling as it triggers the memory of the smell of blood on that day.
Our brain has the ability to link ordinary items to extraordinary events. A 9 year old Pakistani student saw his classmate’s head nearly blown clear off in front of him. In the press report, his father stated they would be taking him to a psychologist the next day. Perfect. The sooner the better. However, survivors from both of these incidents and others like them may find that traditional psychology is not enough and pharmaceutical tranquilizers and mood balancers take more from their life then give. So, what is the answer then? The answer is hypnosis.
Through hypnotherapy, the past and all its triggers and anchors can be reorganized into a neutral page of personal history. Traditional psychology, while valuable, works on the conscious level. It helps patients to rationally “critical think” their way through an event. But much of what disables a person after a tragedy, exists on the subconscious level. This is why hypnosis should always be considered in addition to traditional psychology whenever a person suffers extraordinary tragedy. It is a one-two punch to put the past in the past. What if you have a minor situation? Just a personal screw up that you can’t get over or put behind you? What if you have an anchor or trigger that every time you see or feel, smell or experience something you go right back to an unpleasant past. Hypnosis works for that too! One does not have to be suffering from violent or extraordinary tragedy to enjoy the benefits of hypnotherapy to resolve the past.
So come on y’all–kids, teens, adults– everyone who is plagued by bad memories: Get in my chair! Let’s put your past behind you; quickly, safely and easily.