PTSD

PTSD Specialist
George P. Glaser, LCSW is a psychotherapist treating patients with PTSD in Austin, Texas. The different treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder include hypnosis and hypnotherapy, as well as psychotherapy. Mr. Glaser can help PTSD sufferers identify the type of traumatic disorder they are suffering from, along with the best type of treatment for their needs.

PTSD Q & A

by George P. Glaser, LCSW

What is posttraumatic stress disorder?

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a form of anxiety disorder. It occurs after an individual has suffered or witnessed a traumatic event, such as war, physical violence, sexual abuse, or a natural disaster. The individual will suffer from persistent symptoms that include depression, anger, nervousness, distraction, flashbacks, and night terrors. They may also suffer from an inability to feel or express emotions that is related to dissociative disorders used as a coping mechanism. PTSD can be categorized as acute or chronic. Acute posttraumatic stress disorder occurs within the first month after experiencing the traumatic event. Complex PTSD is caused by chronic exposure to a traumatic event, such as sexual or emotional abuse, in which the victim cannot escape or has no control over the situation.

How can a clinical hypnotist treat PTSD?

As a clinical hypnotist, Mr. Glaser is able to treat PTSD using hypnosis. There are three ways that hypnotherapy can be used:

  • Stimulating a patient’s imagination by using mental imagery so the individual can refocus their thoughts and have a more positive attitude and mindset.
  • The hypnotic method can also be used to suggest powerful ideas of positive feelings and emotions for the patient. This can help the individual overcome the loss of control associated with the traumatic situation, and is highly effective for those with chronic PTSD.
  • Hypnosis can also resolve underlying issues or past events that are causing post traumatic disorders in individuals who can’t identify the problem. This helps patients who have mentally blocked past events as a psychological defense.

What should I look for when choosing a therapist to treat PTSD?

Finding the correct therapist to treat posttraumatic stress disorder begins by finding a licensed behavioral health or medical professional. Often a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist or physician will have advanced training in hypnosis. By going to a certified and trained professional for hypnotherapy clients can be more assured of receiving ethical and safe treatment.

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