204 – Healing Pain and Trauma with Hypnosis


Healing Pain and Trauma with Hypnosis

Protocols for Relieving Pain and Empowering Clients

Trauma doesn’t just leave behind emotional pain—it can also manifest in physical pain that drives addictions, stalls progress in therapy, and fuels feelings of hopelessness within both the client and clinician. Clinical hypnosis can be a highly effective tool for relieving pain in trauma survivors. Learn a trauma-informed approach to hypnosis that allows you to safely evoke hypnotic states; relieve pain with evidence-based protocols; and elicit a greater sense of hope, well-being, and empowerment in survivors. Live demonstrations and experiential activities will show you how to:

  • Incorporate clinical hypnosis into Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Guide clients into hypnotic states, effectively frame suggestions, and activate innate healing responses
  • Utilize both direct and indirect suggestions for relieving anxiety and pain
  • Resolve subconscious beliefs that may be maintaining pain states
  • Demonstrate self-hypnosis techniques clients can use to evoke self-compassion, motivate themselves, and stop self-defeating behaviors

Courtney Armstrong, LPC, is the founder of the Institute for Trauma Informed Hypnotherapy and author of Rethinking Trauma Treatment: Attachment, Memory Reconsolidation, and Resilience.