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Stress, anxiety, phobias, panic

If you are looking for a faster way to winnow away your piled-up stres s, anxiety and other unpleasant feelings, you are in the right place!

As long as your emotions are well anchored in reality, there is absolutely nothing wrong with experiencing strong emotions. When you face a real danger in real time, whether you react with courage, cold blood or fear, as long as it is proportional to the danger, your reaction is legitimate and reflects your personality.

Yet, when there is an obvious discrepancy between the objective reality and feelings that arise against your will, your feelings will have a powerful grip on you, and most probably, they will end up controlling your thoughts and your behaviour. Because, disproportionate or time-shifted emotional responses result from patterns of behavior stored in your subconscious and therefore very difficult to manage by the rational mind alone.

Stress and anxiety are very personal experiences and you are best positioned to assess whether or not you feel stressed or anxious. Experiencing stress or anxiety is considered a normal part of life when its occurrence is occasional and temporary. Occasional stress or anxiety are not disorders in themselves, nor are they normative concepts. However, very intense or lasting stress or anxiety can fuel various health disorders and medical conditions, situations that require medical assistance. 

Stress comes from the pressures you perceive in life. Anxiety is an anticipated fear of a negative future outcome. Anxiety is induced by the perception of a potential or imagined threat to well-being or survival. Social anxiety, phobias and panic attacks are particular types of anxiety. Whether you call your reaction stress, trauma, anxiety or any other name describing negative feelings, as long as they are unpleasant and overwhelming, they are toxic. Since toxic emotions drain your vitality, the fatigue, insomnia and pain are often their early outcomes.

Stress is not about what happens to you. Stress is always about how you react to what happens in your environment. The common perception is that stress and anxiety are caused by external factors, processes and events, such as: health issues, aging, family, career, financial issues, social tides, loneliness, life’s purpose, self-esteem, etc. Yet, you are not passively undergoing any of these. You are the one who makes sense of these everyday life facts and perceive them as stressful, emotionally neutral, or joyful events.

When talking about stress, there is neither a clear barrier nor an objective system of metrics that can be used to make a net difference between the so-called “normal” and the pathological stress in terms of persistence or intensity. You are the only one able to set the limits of what is and is not suitable, acceptable and bearable as “positive” stress. As a rule of thumb, whatever the nature of your stress, as soon as you perceive it to be a negative emotion or an unpleasant feeling, that is definitely a clue that it is a bad stress experience for you, with huge potential for causing harm and life-quality damage.

Stress never stays in your head.  When you are stressed, your entire body is stressed, and you feel it as a physical manifestation inside your body. Your cognition acknowledges and confirms the presence of stress in your life by shifting your mind into a specific, stressed state of mind. From then on, your decisions will be easy prey to those powerful feelings of stress from inside your body. Chronic stress can affect your psychological, emotional and physical well-being, and it can end up causing a variety of medical problems.

Stress and anxiety always have a cumulative effect, and if you don’t dissipate them in a timely manner, your stress and anxiety will begin to accumulate. Thus, the lasting stress (which accumulates during the day and doesn’t evacuate overnight) becomes your morning stress, over which you will continue to accumulate fresh anxieties. Your ability to cope with stress and anxiety is limited, and unless you find an effective way to avoid or evacuate them effectively, the accumulated stress and anxiety will ultimately affect your well-being. In the long run, the cumulative effect of stress and anxiety can wreak havoc on your mind and body.

My approach is based on the contemporary physiological and neurological behavioral response models. From this updated perspective, when they occur, emotions cause a change in the state of your mind, your body and your physiology. Since these changes are always coherent, you can regulate an unpleasant emotion by regulating any of its manifestations. This explains how, despite the complex nature of emotions, psychiatric treatments can control unwanted emotions by controlling the physiology of the brain by using psychoactive drugs, psychological treatments by focusing on mental and thoughts, while hypnotherapy controls undesirable emotions by controlling their perception. Because, what really has the potential to accomplish or haunt your life is the perception of events, not the events themselves.

When they manifest, you feel as if your emotions were a kind of a physical sensations in your body as 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. You might feel flushed or chilled, you may feel weak, faint, or dizzy, you might feel a sense of unreality or loss of control. If the causes of these feelings are not addressed in a timely manner, your 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.

The abundance of many different models of how the human mind works is fuelling a lot of controversy regarding cognition, feelings, perception, emotions and behavioural decision-making. Even though the cognitive psychology model seems to be the most popular, this model has been around mostly between 1967 when Dr. Ulric Neisser founded the cognitive psychology and 1992/94 when the American neuroscientists Prof. Dr. Joseph LeDoux and Prof. Dr. Antonio Damasio's somatic marker behavioural model brought a modern and scientific dimension to the traditional emotional models of behavioural decision-making.

According to this neurophysiological approach, decision-making in your daily life is much more about emotion-driven habits, than about rational choices. Many assume that positive emotions and progress on the path to happiness are the result of good, rational choices. Only when your life starts taking the burden of your bad decisions do you realize that your emotions have a powerful grip on your decision-making processes. Once there, if you want to regain control over your life, you have the option of investing in the long process of educating your rational brain on how to better negotiate your decisions with your emotional brain, or to take the somatic hypnotherapy shortcut, with instantaneous good results.

What has the potential to fulfill or to haunt your life is the emotional reading of your memories, not the memories themselves. Therefore, unlike conventional hypnotherapy approaches that focus on adding a fresh layer of positive emotions on top of your lasting fears and traumas, the somatic hypnotherapy is all about releasing the past by rearranging the emotional reading of the past traumatic experiences. This therapy works with your model of the world, involving you in your therapy process, so that changes are more likely to be easily accepted and long lasting.

With my approach, you won't undergo a passive script therapy; instead you’ll be in charge and in control of your therapy. You’ll be the one who will  identify and clear out your negative feelings. Your overwhelming negative or painful emotions that you identify, quantify and body-map at the beginning of your therapy session, will gradually cease following my therapy. Once you release the negative emotions you piled up during your past experiences, you can change your perception of those experiences, which in turn will readjust your behaviour.*

You can forget about the lump in your throat, your stomach knots, muscular tension, hesitant voice and confused ideas when you speak in public, and many other things. As soon as the unpleasant body feelings associated with your negative emotions have been eliminated through therapy, your anxiety, grief, stress, sorrow, jealousy, pity, guilt, rage or other negative emotions will be eased or cleared, as if by magic!*

Somatic hypnotherapy won’t overwrite or change your thoughts or your pattern of thinking, but can help you to think, feel and live the way you want, by effectively helping you to ease or clear whatever negative emotions that keep you from not thinking, feeling or living the way you want.*

Right after your therapy session you'll feel different. You'll feel that inside of you something has already changed, or is about to change the way you asked for. You'll feel like the stress you've come to therapy to work out in is gone!*

Free yourself from the burden that prevents you from revealing your talents, and allow yourself to be more charismatic and confident. Whatever your stress, anxiety, phobia, or other issue may be, don't allow it to cripple your life.

The "No Results - 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.

If you are already under the care of a doctor or under medical treatment, follow the advice and treatment recommended by your doctor. For any medical emergency, call the Info-Santé service by dialing 8-1-1

*The results may vary from person to person.

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