Hypnotherapy to Help with the effects of abuse: by Dublin based hypnotherapist Ailish McGrath



Abuse can occur to anyone. It can take the form of physical attack, verbal put downs, emotional bullying, belittling and manipulation, psychological coercion, sexual abuse, or neglect.
Whatever your situation, you have a right to live without fear of attack. Whether you’re the abused, or a concerned friend or family member, it’s important to know that there is help available.
The vast amount of abuse that occurs does so in the home and by people we know. In particularly child sexual abuse is most often carried out by family members or close family friends – although it also occurs within institutions such as schools and while participating in religious organizations and during sport training and such like.
In Ireland it is estimated that 1 in 4 adults have experienced some form of abuse in their life.
Abuse is a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used by one person (or group) to gain or maintain power and control over another—whether it be a romantic partner, dependent child, or elderly relative. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological. It includes actions or threats of actions designed to frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Impact of abuse

Experiencing a single one off event or having endured abuse that occurs over time can lead to several emotional and psychological disturbances after the event(s) are over in physical terms.
These include:

  • PTSD (post tramautic stress disorder)
  • Flash Backs and Intrusive thoughts
  • Difficulty with intimacy, trust, communication, insecurity and in forming loving relationships
  • Difficulty in letting go and resolving the memories – disturbing thoughts of revenge, hatred, powerlessness, worthlessness, upset, mistrust of self
  • Feelings of disconnection from a sense of inner peace and feeling disconnected from others
  • Feeling fearful, anxious and panicked in situations that do not warrant fear
  • Poor self esteem
  • Depression
  • Unhealthy attraction to people who do not treat you with respect, kindness or love
  • Unhealthy attraction to violence, porn, rituals of self harm
  • Neglect of yourself. This can take many forms e.g underachieving in work / dropping out of studies, overeating, over drinking, gambling, taking high risks or otherwise being reckless towards your body or life.

    The effects of abuse can be healed

    The emotions that are triggered when remembering the abuse can be released. The memories can be resolved in such a way that they become something that no longer disturb you. The psychological impact, poor self image, beliefs of powerlessness or worthlessness can be released and healed.
    There are proven therapeutic approaches that are designed to help with the impact of abuse – including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing trauma ), hypnotherapy and regression therapy, memory reconsolidation, EFT (emotional freedom technique), suggestion hypnosis and NLP (neuro linguistic programming) processes.
    Healing from abuse and trauma is achievable and natural. We are designed to be able to recover and heal. Once you are shown how and helped through the process of healing you can move on with your life free of the pain and impact abuse can have.