Marilyn Montero, C.Ht. Clinical Hypnotherapist on Trauma

Marilyn Montero, C.Ht. Clinical Hypnotherapist on Trauma
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By: Marilyn Montero from Marilyn Wellness Studio

Interviewer: Can you speak to the impact that unresolved trauma can have on an individual’s mental health and overall well-being?

Marilyn: Trauma, whether it’s from a single incident or prolonged exposure, can have a truly devastating impact on an individual’s mental health and overall well-being. Unresolved traumatic experiences often become stored in the subconscious mind, manifesting as anxiety, depression, PTSD, phobias, and other debilitating issues. The mind and body become stuck in a state of hypervigilance, unable to fully process and integrate the traumatic memories. This can lead to chronic stress, relationship difficulties, and an inability to live life to the fullest. It’s heartbreaking to witness but incredibly rewarding to help clients overcome these challenges.

Interviewer: How can hypnotherapy be a practical approach for healing trauma?

 Marilyn: Hypnotherapy is particularly effective for healing trauma because it allows us to access the subconscious mind, where these traumatic memories are held. Through the hypnotic state, we can safely revisit and reprocess the trauma, releasing the emotional charge and restoring a sense of control. Unlike talk therapy, which can sometimes re-traumatize the client, hypnotherapy facilitates a deep state of relaxation and openness, enabling the subconscious to release the trauma without being re-traumatized. The hypnotherapist can then work with the client to install new, empowering beliefs and coping mechanisms. It’s a truly transformative process.

Interviewer: Do you find the same level of effectiveness in your virtual sessions as your in-person sessions?

Marilyn: Absolutely! I’ve found that the effectiveness of my hypnotherapy sessions is the same, whether they’re conducted virtually or in person. The hypnotic state can be just as easily achieved through a secure video call, and the client can experience the same profound level of relaxation and openness. In fact, many clients find the virtual setting even more comfortable, as they can access the sessions from the privacy of their own homes. The connection and rapport we build are as strong, and the transformative results are consistent across both modalities.

Interviewer: Can you share a client success story demonstrating hypnotherapy’s power for healing trauma?

Marilyn: One of my most rewarding client success stories involved a woman who had suffered sexual abuse as a child. For years, she struggled with anxiety, depression, and an inability to form healthy relationships. Through our hypnotherapy sessions, we were able to access the root cause of her trauma and guide her through a powerful healing process. She experienced a profound emotional release, finally letting go of the shame and self-blame she had carried for so long. Throughout several sessions, she was able to reframe her perspective, cultivate self-compassion, and develop the tools to move forward in her life with confidence and inner peace. It was truly inspiring to witness her transformation. 

Interviewer: Many people may have preconceived notions about hypnotherapy. How do you address those concerns and help clients feel safe and in control during the process? 

Marilyn: I completely understand the apprehension that many people have about hypnotherapy, as there are still many misconceptions about the process. However, I always make it a priority to educate my clients and ensure they feel completely safe and in control throughout our sessions. I explain that hypnosis is a natural, relaxed state of focused attention – not a state of unconsciousness or mind control. I also emphasize that the client is always in charge and that nothing will happen without their full consent. By fostering an atmosphere of trust and transparency, I can help clients feel empowered to explore their subconscious and access their own inner wisdom and healing potential.

Interviewer: What are some of the profound benefits you’ve witnessed in clients who have healed their trauma through hypnotherapy?

 Marilyn: The benefits of healing trauma through hypnotherapy are truly life-changing. Clients often report feeling a profound sense of relief, as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders. They experience a significant reduction in anxiety, depression, and other trauma-related symptoms. Many also find that their relationships improve as they connect more authentically with others. On a physical level, I’ve seen clients experience improvements in sleep, digestion, and overall energy levels. But perhaps most importantly, they regain a sense of control over their lives and a renewed passion for living. Hypnotherapy allows them to reclaim their power and enter a future filled with possibility. It’s truly remarkable to witness.

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