Understanding trauma triggers: How hypnotherapy can help

Trauma is the aftershock of a deeply distressing experience that has long-lasting effects on your mental and emotional well-being. Trauma is the result of experiences such as childhood abuse, a natural disaster, or a life-threatening event. However, you can also experience trauma after an event that leaves others untouched. We all perceive life differently and experience it through our own eyes. Therefore, the same experience affects everyone differently.


Trauma makes you vulnerable to triggers that reawaken painful memories and overwhelming emotions. However, there is hope for those who suffer from trauma triggers. Hypnotherapy, a therapeutic technique that utilises hypnosis during therapy, offers significant relief and helps individuals overcome the distress associated with trauma.

What are trauma triggers? 

Trauma triggers are external or internal stimuli that remind you of the traumatic event, leading to an emotional and physiological response. These triggers vary from specific sounds or smells to certain situations or even visual cues. When you encounter a trigger, you may experience a wide range of reactions, including anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks, or a general sense of unease. The unpredictability and intensity of these triggers can severely impact your life, making it challenging to engage in ordinary activities or form healthy relationships.

How can hypnotherapy help? 

Hypnotherapy, as a complementary therapy, offers a unique approach to addressing trauma triggers. By guiding you into a deep state of heightened focus, your trauma-informed hypnotherapist will help you process and align the traumatic memories and feelings in a safe, controlled environment.

Hypnotherapy offers a valuable avenue to heal from trauma and regain control over your triggers. 

During a hypnotherapy session, your hypnotherapist will use various techniques to address trauma triggers. One such technique is regression therapy, which involves revisiting the traumatic event under hypnosis. By doing so, the hypnotherapist and client can work together to reframe and reinterpret the traumatic experience, fostering healing and resolution.

This technique is controversial, and your hypnotherapist must have the experience to avoid re-traumatising you. Ideally, you’ll experience and process the feelings, rather than the event. Trauma is the result of an experience in which you felt out of control and as if your life is at risk. To keep you safe from distress, your brain dissociates. Some people report a feeling of floating above themselves. When you use regression therapy, you allow your body to feel. This enables you to process the feelings associated with the experience and let them pass on, as happens in experiences daily.

One of the key benefits of hypnotherapy in treating trauma triggers is its ability to focus and feel less diverted by external stimuli. Many people find it hard to access traumatic memories, which are deeply buried in their minds. Hypnosis often helps people confront and process their traumatic experience from a different perspective. This can lead to a profound shift in how you experience triggers, diminishing their power and allowing you to regain control over your emotions and responses. 

Importantly, hypnotherapy will help you develop relaxation techniques and coping strategies to use daily when managing trauma triggers. Through suggestion and visualisation, your hypnotherapist will help you create a mental toolbox of resources, such as deep breathing exercises, grounding techniques, and positive affirmations. These tools will empower you to respond more effectively when triggers arise, reducing the intensity and duration of your emotional response.

It is important to note that hypnotherapy is not a quick fix or standalone treatment for trauma. It is most effective when you take a holistic approach and use it in conjunction with other therapies that support your body as a whole.

While hypnotherapy shows promising results in relieving trauma triggers, it is essential to work with an experienced, trauma-informed hypnotherapist. A skilled professional will have the necessary expertise to create a safe and supportive environment, tailoring the therapy to your unique needs and goals, without exasperating the trauma.

Trauma triggers are debilitating and hinder your ability to live a fulfilling life. However, hypnotherapy offers a valuable avenue to heal from trauma and regain control over your triggers. By employing various therapeutic techniques, hypnotherapy will help you process traumatic experiences, develop effective coping strategies, and ultimately find relief from the distress associated with trauma triggers.

If you or someone you know is struggling with trauma triggers, consider exploring hypnotherapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Juliet Hollingsworth, MSc
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Juliet is a trauma-informed therapist. Her passion is helping people reach their potential through a combination of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and transpersonal psychology. Juliet works online and face to face with clients across the world. (DHP Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy. MSc Consciousness, Spirituality & Transpersonal psychology.)

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