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How does it work?
Hypnotherapy is a brief and very efficient systemic therapy used to ease a large variety of emotional, behavioural and somatic issues.
Not only does hypnotherapy work, but it is so effective that it is known to be one of the most powerful and rapid tool for positive life changes. The good results in somatic hypnotherapy are due to the ability of hypnotic suggestions to shape not only perception and behavior, but also various phenomena at the somatic and physiological level.
The simplest way to explain how Somatic Hypnotherapy works is to look first at what really brings you to see me. Most often, what prompts you to seek help in hypnotherapy are the various unpleasant or painful emotional feelings that really bother you, as well as the intrusive thoughts or unwanted behaviors associated with them. What most approaches to unwanted feelings do, they focus on helping you to controll those thoughts that would eventually awaken the unwanted feelings. Which makes sense because if you could stop thinking about what is bothering you, you will no longer experience the associated unwanted feelings and your problem is solved.
Now imagine how wonderful it would be if you could think of everything you wanted in regards with what you went through and your thoughts wouldn't awaken any of your once unpleasant or painful feelings! Because, this is what Somatic Hypnotherapy can help you accomplish. At the end of your therapy, you will feel as if your heart has relieved or completely forgotten the stressful, anxious, traumatic or painful component of unpleasant events of your past that we worked on, while your cognitive memory keeps the associated images and factual details intact. The mechanism of how it is possible to experience such an extraordinary change in Somatic Hypnotherapy is explained below.
Throughout your life, your mind learns and memorizes your emotional, somatic and behavioral responses to each new situation you experience. Whenever something similar happens, your already learned emotional reactions, as well as the behavioural pattern related to that situation, are repeated and thereby reinforced at each repetition. Thus, you develop your habits which are behavioral programs stored in your subconscious mind. This is why bad habits are very difficult to re-program by a better understanding of their causes or by mere rational will.
When they occur, emotions cause a measurable change in the state of your brain, your physiology, and your body. Moreover, according to contemporary scientific models, emotions are complex experiences leading to coordinated changes across mental, somatic (physical), physiological (neuroendocrine) and behavioral response systems. Thus, an emotional response pattern always has a cognitive component (the meaning the mind makes out of emotional feelings), a chemical (neuroendocrine) component and a bodily feeling, called somatic component. Since these manifestations are coherent, you can control your emotions by controlling either the physiology (chemistry) of your brain, the thoughts that caused or have been caused by the emotion, or by controlling the emotional feelings.
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. An emotional responsive pattern always has a bodily feeling called somatic component, a chemical (hormonal) component and a cognitive component, which is the meaning your mind makes of your emotional 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, shortness of breath, knots in your stomach, chest pressure, body tightness, body pains, smothering sensations, restlessness or a sense of impending doom.
Since your feelings are the outcome of your subconsciously driven emotional responses, the quickest and most effective way to control unwanted feelings is to control the patterns of your emotional responses to life events. If not addressed in a timely manner, your negative feelings will gradually detach from the 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 would not bet that you will be able to relieve or get rid of your unpleasant emotions unless you appease or eliminate the associated unpleasant bodily feelings. For, by alleviating or eliminating the emotional feelings (the somatic component) associated with un unpleasant emotion, the cognitive reading and the negative behavior associated with it will also change.
Contrary to a popular misconception, hypnotherapy is not a magic spell and it does not control 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 experiences 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. 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 permanently accepts this new reality, and you feel, think and behave accordingly.
A somatic hypnosis therapist guides you in remembering the event that led to the unhealthy reaction, 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 be involved in the process, overseeing your own 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. Your induced hypnosis will provide the 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 identify them, I’ll guide you through easing and clearing them. And you can't go wrong, as your body and your soul know how to use its own resources to heal itself. You'll always be in control of the situation, the 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 and guide you throughout your process of change. I can assure you that my hypnotic trance and guidance will empower you to be able to winnow away whatever pains, or negative feelings you don't want in your life anymore.
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. For, with the right therapeutic approach, good results always appear immediately, such as the immediate improvement after the treatment of a venomous snake bite with the right anti-venom.*
The particularity of the somatic hypnotherapy is that this approach is oriented towards the solution rather than the cause of the problem. Thus, the details of what happened in your past are not of great interest to a somatic hypnotherapist, as they are not essential to helping you solve your problem.
Your subconscious knows the precise reason for each of your problems and is able to implement sustainable change and solutions adapted to your own resources.
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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 medical conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.
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*The results may vary from person to person.
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