Posted on 03 March 2015
Increasing recognition of PTSD and Secondary Trauma and how specialist techniques such as EMI and Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help.
Interesting article on Secondary Trauma and PTSD across the news today, both in London and internationally, by award winning journalist, Mac McClelland. Mac McClelland was traumatised after reporting on Haiti, made worse by guilt that she had only seen, rather than experienced, terrible things.
The recognition of the impact of Secondary Trauma is growing and using specialist techniques such as EMI and Cognitive Hypnotherapy, I am working more and more with clients who exhibit the symptoms of PTSD from witnessing rather than directly experiencing a traumatic event. Sometimes just learning about the event may be sufficient to cause Secondary Trauma and PTSD if the persons involved are family members or close friends.
Secondary Trauma can impact on professionals who work closely with victims of abuse. At my London clinic I am increasingly working with professionals such as the lawyers for victims of abuse who are experiencing nightmares and hyper vigilance as a result of their detailed involvement and understanding of the cases of abuse.
The effects and impact of PTSD and Secondary Trauma can be successfully treated by the use of a range of specialist techniques including EMI (Eye Movement Integration) and Cognitive Hypnotherapy. Eye Movement Integration is a powerful psychological method for treating emotional difficulties and for many clients it provides more rapid relief from PTSD than conventional psychotherapies. EMI is similar to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and they share a common methodology.
Author: Fiona Nicolson is a practising and professionally qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist and a member of the CNHC. She is co-publisher and author of The Hypnotherapy Handbook, a handbook for new practitioners and students of hypnotherapy and a published author on the topics of anxiety and trauma. Fiona is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the National Council for Hypnotherapy and runs clinics in Henley on Thames and Harley Street, London.
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