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How does it work?

    Somatic hypnotherapy is a very efficient brief systemic therapy and it is the therapy of choice to ease a large variety of emotional, behavioral and somatic issues.

Although hypnotherapy seems complicated to understand, it is so beautifully simple to experience. Fact is that hypnotherapy works, and it is so effective that it is known as a powerful tool for rapid health improvement and positive life changes. The seemingly sensational responses to hypnosis are striking examples of the powers of suggestion and beliefs in shaping our perception and behavior.

You are fortunate to be gifted with a powerful mind, able to shift smoothly between the consciously driven rational behavior mode when you are into a calm and emotionally detached state of mind and the subconscioussly driven emotional behavior, when you are emotionally aroused. Actually, many studies suggest that your life is as much as 85% subconsciously driven by your behavior patterns.

When you experience a new situation, your mind learns and memorizes your emotional and somatic response to that particular new situation. Whenever something similar happens, your already learned emotional reactions, as well as the behavioral pattern related to that situation are somehow repeated and thereby reinforced at each repetition. Thus, you develop your habits which are behavioral programs stored in your subconscious mind, in that part of your mind that contains your memories and your emotions. Therefore, bad habits are very difficult to be accessed or reprogrammed by a cognitive understanding or by rational willpower alone.

An emotional responsive pattern always has a bodily feeling related to how you feel your emotional state, called somatic component,  and a cognitive component wich is the meaning your mind makes of your bodily feelings. The somatic components of your emotions (your emotional feelings) are sort of a physical presence in your body. You feel them as physical sensations, including butterflies, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, or shortness of breath, knots in your stomach, chest pressure, body tightness, body pains, smothering sensations, restlessness or a sense of impending doom.

If not addressed in a timely manner, your negative feelings will gradually detach from the initial causal root and will become persistent and part of your daily life. You will work, sleep and live with these feelings on a daily basis. And I won’t bet that you can ease or rid of a negative emotion for as long as you won’t ease or clear the associated unpleasant body feelings. The aim of somatic hypno-therapy practice is to help you uproot the unhealthy learned habits, pain and whatever other unpleasant or negative feelings which are withholding you from feeling and living the way you wish to feel and live.

While cognitive approaches are focused on the cognitive content of emotions (the thoughts that have induced or have been induced by an emotion), the somatic hypnotherapy approach is focused on emotional feelings. From this neurophysiological perspective emotions are at the heart of life's regulatory processes of all living creatures, regardless of whether we are talking about emotions that are genetically determined or those that are somehow the result of a cognitive process. When they occur, emotions cause a measurable change in the state of your brain, your physiology, and your body.

Therefore, as soon as an unwanted emotion has somehow been awaken, you can control it only to the extent that you can control the physiology (chemistry) of your body by eventually taking psychotropic medicines, control the thoughts that have induced or have been induced by that emotion through psychological approaches, or control your emotional feelings (the somatic component of emotion), through hypnotherapy. When winnowing away the feelings (the somatic component) associated with an unpleasant emotion, the cognitive reading and the associated negative behavior will change for as long as the feelings remain changed.

Although your subconscious mind stores everything what happens throughout your lifetime, what has the potential to fulfill or to haunt your life is the emotional reading of your memories and not the memories themselves. Therefore, somatic hypnotherapy is not intended to overwrite your memories, but will permit you to regain your most natural blueprint of your personality, cleansed of pains or unpleasant feelings, freed of your fears or your self-imposed performance limitations. This profound change is possible by changing the emotional reading your subconscious currently has of your past traumatic experiences, and not by changing your factual memories.

Contrary to a popular misconception, hypnotherapy is not a magic spell and it does not control or reprogram your mind. A hypnotherapist will use his talent and insight into the workings of the human mind to change the mind's perception of the emotional content of past events. It's like a magician who uses his talent and advanced knowledge of how the human vision works to change not the factual reality or the functioning of your vision, but only the perception of reality. Because they are both based on science, knowledge and talent, magic tricks and somatic hypnotherapy sessions are always reproducible with predictable results.

Once you've seen with your eyes the magician pulling the rabbit out of his hat, no matter how many times you replay that image in your mind, you will always see the same thing, because the magician has convinced your mind that it has happened so. By analogy, once the hypnotherapist has convinced your subconscious mind of a new emotional reading of an uncomfortable situation, no matter how many times your conscious mind replays this situation, the associated emotional content would be changed, although the factual content is unchanged. This is how, once your subconscious learns that there are no more painful feelings related to your last separation, your conscious mind would take this new reality for good and you would feel, think and behave accordingly.

A somatic hypnosis therapist guides you to remember the event that led to the unhealthy reaction, to separating the factual memory from the learned negative emotional response, and to winnowing away the negative emotional response. With somatic hypnotherapy, you won't "undergo" a passive script therapy; instead you’ll get involved in the therapy process, you'll be in charge of your therapy. Essentially, my role is to induce and maintain your therapeutic hypnotic state of mind and to assist and guide you throughout your therapy journey. Through the right state of your induced hypnosis you'll gain access needed to perceive your pains and your negative feelings.

Thus, you will identify and evaluate your unpleasant feelings, your pains and your traumas, as you perceive them. Once you’ll identify them, I’ll guide you on how to ease or to ease or clear them. And you can't go wrong by doing so, as your body and your soul know how to use its own resources and heal itself. You'll always be in control of the situation, master of your state of mind, and you'll retain vivid memories about the entire process. All this time, I will be beside you and at your disposal to help you and guide you throughout your process of change.

The above-exposed process is not a kind of scientific explanation of how somatic hypnotherapy works, or why things happen this way; this is all about how it will most probably happen if you'll decide to give it a try. I can assure you that my hypnotic trance and guidance will empower you to somehow be able to winnow away whatever pains, or negative feelings you don't want anymore in your life. Following your somatic hypnosis therapy you'll feel as if your heart has forgotten the stressful, anxious, traumatic or painful component of the unpleasant events of your past, while your cognitive memory keeps intact the factual details.*

The particularity of the somatic hypnotherapy is that this technique is oriented towards the solution rather than the cause of the problem. Thus, the details of what has really happened to you in the past are not necessarily of great interest to a somatic hypnotherapist, as it is not essential for him to help you solve your problem.

Your subconscious knows the precise reason for each of your problems, and is able to implement sustainable change solutions adapted to your own resources. Thus, even if you might not always get complete symptom remission, at least a very significant improvement after a single treatment session is a feasible reality for most issues.

Whatever your problems or your sufferings are, don't allow them to cripple your life.

The "No Cure - No Pay" principle applies to all my therapies.

Contact me and book your appointment today! Let this be the most exciting experience of your life, and I will be happy to help you on your journey.

Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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