Addressing & Overcoming Childhood Trauma As An Adult

While the growing brain is excellent at storing new information, it is vulnerable to the effects of stress and may incorrectly file away experiences of childhood trauma. As children, we are more susceptible to the impact of our environment and our experiences. 

Suffering the lifelong effects of early traumatic experiences is common for most of us. However, the fact is that we all have unresolved traumas from things we’ve seen or experienced in the past that we’re still dealing with now. Using hypnotherapy for trauma may be useful in resolving this issue. In this article, we discover the nuances of childhood trauma and how hypnotherapy can help you overcome it.

Do you think souls live forever? Reincarnation is a widely accepted belief system both in Eastern and Western societies. Pre-Socratic thinkers in the West theorised that the soul survives physical death and can be reincarnated into a new body. Vedic literature practitioners in the East, including the Buddha, contemplated the possibility of a rebirth of the soul or subconscious mind through reincarnation.

However, the existence of past lives indicates the presence of past life achievements, experiences, challenges and traumas ‒ all of which may be impacting your current life.

Are you looking to undertake therapy for past life regression in Johannesburg? Unsure if this therapy module is right for you? Are you still among the many sceptics? Or have you opened your mind to the possibility that this therapy might help you excel in your current lifetime? 

Whatever your situation is, if you have questions about past life regression in Johannesburg, you’ve come to the right place.


Understanding Childhood Trauma


In a perfect world, trauma survivors would be able to put their past experiences behind them and go on with their lives. However, adolescents sometimes lack the coping mechanisms that would help them through these experiences. 

What this means is that the child’s immature mentality may be unable to process the trauma, and as a result, the subconscious mind stores it away, where it will remain unresolved until adulthood.

Trauma may be divided into two categories:

  • Big T Trauma, such as the loss of a parent, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing a death or living through a natural disaster, etc.
  • Little T Trauma includes social rejection, minor physical harm, bullying, difficulties in friendships or relationships, emotionally unavailable parents, etc.


How Does Childhood Trauma Affect Us In Adulthood?


Lack of affection and support during or immediately after a traumatic experience may cause a person to develop harmful coping mechanisms that can last into adulthood. When a traumatic event that left you emotionally and psychologically disrupted continues resurfacing, new problems will begin to emerge.

Recent studies confirm that traumatic experiences in early life are the catalyst for the development of the following unhealthy coping mechanisms:

  • Obsessive & addictive behaviours 
  • Overeating, drug and alcohol abuse 
  • Codependency
  • Dysfunctional relationship patterns 
  • Compulsive sexual behaviours
  • Self-harm
  • Social withdrawal


How Does Childhood Trauma Manifest In Adulthood?


Even though you are a fully developed adult at this point, you still retain the pain of your past in the form of an inner child. Your mind recalls and repeats the traumatic experience of the unhealed inner child.

Because you didn’t have the skills to deal with your trauma as an adolescent, you carried it into adulthood, which has now resulted in:


  • Phobias
  • Resentment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Interpersonal issues
  • Behavioural disorders 
  • Inability to regulate emotions
  • Physical symptoms such as panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • PTSD

These have inhibited your ability to live your life to the fullest potential.


How Can Hypnotherapy For Trauma Help You Overcome Your Challenges?


Fortunately, hypnotherapy can enable you to connect with and heal your inner child. By tapping into your subconscious and reorganising your memories, hypnotherapy enables you to put the trauma from your past to rest. The anxiety and worries progressively subside as you discover new, healthier ways to process these memories.

Hypnotherapy deals with the underlying cause of the issue and allows you to reframe how your mind functions to alter the anxiety and fear you experience when reliving the memory. Even memories locked in the subconscious mind are experienced there, but potent hypnotic techniques like visualisation, relaxation, focused attention and suggestion can transform associations to that memory.


Take The First Step Towards Overcoming Your Childhood Trauma


I use a gentle, compassionate, and kind approach to trauma therapy in Johannesburg because I know the events and experiences that brought you to me are probably still extremely raw, no matter how long ago they happened. Together, through hypnotherapy, we may enter your subconscious and heal the parts of you that were hurt by your traumatic experience by erasing the negative and fearful impressions they left.

By using targeted hypnosis methods, we can minimise trauma’s effects without losing any of the knowledge and maturity gained, paving the way for you to continue as a strong, self-assured adult. As a qualified and trained Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, I adhere to the strictest confidentiality and highest levels of sensitivity and mindfulness. 

Hypnotherapy can help you embrace newer perspectives and constructive behaviours. Hypnotherapy can support you in overcoming anxiety, overcoming harmful coping mechanisms, and boosting productivity by giving you access to your subconscious mind. Get in touch today and take the first steps with hypnotherapy for trauma in Johannesburg.