Maggie Minsk

Hypnosis to Help Heal Trauma

Judith Herman provides a survey of the treatment of trauma throughout recent history in her book, Trauma and Recovery, and recounts that hypnosis has helped heal trauma every step of the way. This presentation looks at distinct symptoms of hypnosis and how they correlate with hypnosis and trance and how those who have experienced trauma (and, in particular, are impacted by PTSD) are excellent candidates for the healing power of hypnosis with the right introductions, inductions, and suggestions.

To understand how to define trauma and identify it.

To describe how hypnosis was used with trauma from the very beginning.

To identify three important aspects of a pre-talk aimed at working with those in trauma or with PTSD.



The way we view the world, the meaning we give to significant events, and what we attribute those events to determine our level of happiness and life satisfaction. Previously, our ‘happiness set point’ was thought to be rigid and unmoving but now because of Dr. Martin Seligman’s work with LEARNED OPTIMISM you can reprogram your thinking in a very specific, quick and easy-to-learn way that is also extremely grounded in science and research.

• Introduction and objectives

• Highlight practical, scientific and valid reasons to become more positive. (Some info from Barbara Fredrickson’s book POSITIVITY)

• Inform about Dr. Martin Seligman and his work in: o Learned helplessness & resilience o Learned optimism – attributional styles o Positive Psychology

• Engage in brief discussion of common definitions of and myths about OPTIMISM (glass half-full, rose-colored glasses, Pollyanna, not realism, etc.)

• Provide super-short “sticky’ version of definitions of OPTIMISM vs. PESSIMISM.

• Demonstrate: o Identifying pessimism in examples of client’s complaints. o Writing corresponding and appropriate optimistic suggestions to counter pessimism within client sessions.

• Allow time for brief exercise (2 minutes) of writing optimistic statements/suggestions with a partner based on a sample statement from client.

• Review 1-2 rewrites and provide suggestions or validation and praise. (5min)

• Encourage participants to read more about OPTIMISM and POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY o Learned Optimism o The Optimistic Child o Flourish

After this seminar, participants will:

1. Be able to list some scientific reasons why positivity is so powerful for helping clients make the changes they want AND how optimism can be learned & taught!

2. Be able to quickly and easily define optimism & pessimism – ON ONE STICKY note that clients can take with them!

3. Practice identifying pessimism within client statements and reframing to a positive/optimistic attributional style.

4. Take away concrete ways to structure successful suggestions with evidence-based knowledge of learned optimism.



Maggie Minsk is a Certified Instructor (CI) and Consulting Hypnotist (CH), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of North Carolina, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Military Counselor (CCMC). She received her LPC and NCC licenses in 2009 and has been a certified hypnotherapist since 2006, writing her Master’s thesis how to learn optimism quickly using hypnosis. Maggie has been focused on positive psychology, been intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for treating those with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and specializes in helping clients work through trauma to build a life of satisfaction, contentment, and flow. She also teaches hypnosis certification and mindfulness classes and has her own private practice in Madison,