In the previous post, I dismissed a long-held myth that events cause trauma when it’s the perception of those events that is ultimately responsible.
Memories are the Key to Unlocking Trauma
In recent years, neuroscience research has confirmed what skilled practitioners of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) have known for decades, which is that memories are imperfect and inaccurate representations of experiences, and the act of recalling a memory changes the memory. Therefore, each time we remember something, we’re actually remembering the last version we recalled. Similar to the childhood game known as “Telephone,” the content of a memory can “drift” over time, so that the memory may eventually differ significantly from the first time it was remembered (which may itself be very different from the actual experience).
These findings relate to a more recently studied phenomenon known as memory reconsolidation, a natural brain process that allows for changes in memories. When we recall or activate a previously stable, stored memory, it can be modified, either passively or actively. After a few hours, the modified memory reconsolidates into the brain in the new form.
When people who have suffered a traumatic experience repeatedly recount the same story in the same way, they reinforce their perception of the memory as traumatic. This reinforces their problem and contributes to the incorrect belief that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is so difficult to treat. PTSD is, however, difficult to treat with conventional psychotherapy. Memory reconsolidation also provides us with an opportunity to change the very existence of emotional trauma by allowing us to deliberately alter a memory until it is no longer distressing.
I must emphasize that an accurate assessment of the root causes and their relationship to the constellation of symptoms does not require weeks or months of interaction with a client (as is often the case with talk therapy). On the contrary, I have found that I can reliably determine the approximate root issue(s) during my first conversation with an honest and candid client. So long as I’m observant enough to recognize patterns, and I intuitively trust my deep understanding of human behavior, that brief encounter is sufficient to determine an initial direction and action plan, after which we can fine-tune the intervention. Usually, the trauma is completely resolved within a couple of sessions (much of it within minutes), and the symptom-level behaviors are reduced or eliminated at the same time or shortly thereafter.
Upcoming articles will serve to illustrate how accurately assessing and focusing on the root issue streamlines the trauma resolution process, so long as the proper techniques are used. As a hypnotist, I do not diagnose anxiety disorders like PTSD, but I have helped many such people to eliminate post-traumatic stress at its roots, as you will read.
I have found NLP to be remarkably effective at completely neutralizing emotional trauma. My methodology leverages the phenomenon of memory reconsolidation by blending hypnosis with a variety of NLP-derived techniques (including a multi-sensory form of eye movement integration that is faster and gentler than EMDR, psychotherapy’s most powerful treatment for trauma) and delivers lasting results in a manner that is faster, easier, safer, and more comfortable than mainstream psychotherapy can offer. Stay tuned for some very eye-opening illustrations.