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Healing emotional trauma

    If you are looking for a faster way to heal your trauma, you are in the right place!

Emotional wounds are as real and painful as physical wounds, and can affect every aspect of your life.

Experiencing stress or anxiety is considered a normal part of life when this is occasionally and temporary. Although the emotional excitement triggers the same response mechanisms as stress does, excitement is perceived as a positive emotional tension and therefore it is called “positive stress. However, when these emotional reactions become more intense, more frequent, more persistent or even chronic, they can interfere significantly with activities of daily living whether at work, at school or in social relationships.

Stress always has a cumulative effect. Thus, the stress you accumulate during the day and that you will not evacuate overnight will become your next morning starting stress level, over which you'll pile-up fresh stress, and so on. As resilience to stress is limited, and unless you find an effective way to avoid stress or to evacuate it effectively, the accumulated stress 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.

Lasting stress may have a tremendously negative impact on your emotional, mental and physical well-being. Chronic stress is a favouring, an aggravating a trigger or even a direct causal factor of various psychological and psychiatric troubles and diseases, as well as of an endless list of very serious and life-threatening medical conditions. When living with lasting stress, it’s much like living in a house full of mold. You feel it, and even if you do not see it and do not touch it, it hurts you.

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 to set the limits of what is and what is not suitable, acceptable and bearable as “positive” stress. As a rule of thumb, whatever is the nature of your stress, as soon as you’ll perceive it as a negative emotion or as an unpleasant feeling, this is definitely a clue that this is a bad stress experience for you, with huge potential for causing harm and life quality damage.

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 that happen to you, 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.

Stress never stays in your head.  When you are stressed, your entire body is stressed, and you feel it undoubtedly as a physical manifestation inside your body. Your cognition is acknowledging and confirming the presence of the stress in your body by shifting your mind into a specific stressed state of mind and from now on, your decisions will be an easy prey of those powerful feelings of stress from inside your body.

Whether physical or emotional, the pain is your inborn mechanism to warn you that your limits of tolerance have been reached. Therefore, the only true measure of a traumatic event is how you perceive it, not the objective evaluation of the event itself, or what others would think about that event. Because, what really has the potential to fulfill or to haunt your life is the emotional reading of an event, not the event itself.

Although most people associate emotional trauma with the exposure to extreme, unpredictable and uncontrollable situations such as war, natural disasters, major accidents, assault or kidnapping, most of those who suffer from emotional trauma have not experienced nor witnessed themselves extremely dangerous events. This is why the emotional, physical and sexual abuses, bullying at school, at work or at home are the leading causes of emotional traumas.

Persistent or intense stress is always a negative ingredient of life. For as long as the stress is bearable, most likely it will be dissipated through the resilience mechanism, or it will eventually end-up inducing bearable levels of anxiety. When stress becomes extreme and stretches the perceived emotional tension beyond your tolerated limit, the emotional response mechanism may not be able to take the load and it may break down. Each time when life deceives you and the perceived reality stretches your feelings beyond your emotional tolerance, you may get emotionally hurt.

When the stress related to past events is lasting and you remain constantly on high alert and irrationally focused on specific alert triggers related to past events, most probably you are dealing with a traumatic stress. Then, specific noises, sounds, images, gestures, words, smells, or thoughts can trigger flashbacks and irrational behaviours. When a trigger reminds you of a traumatic event, this will suddenly collapse the time and you’ll feel almost the same degree of fear or terror as you did when the recalled event happened. Thus, when exposed to your alert trigger, you can feel fearful or even terrorized in common situations that don’t represent any real danger to a rational mind.

Even though  emotional trauma seems to be a highly individual experience, trans-generational PTSD-like or hereditary trauma as well as  behavioural patterns may be transmitted across generations through the process of parental epigenetic programming. Thus, traumatic experiences can be passed down from generation to generation, such that children 6 years old and even younger may suffer from preschool traumatic stress and display similar behavioural issues as their parents, or their ancestors.

Unlike the psychoanalytic approach that aims to foster change by helping you to understand your past and how events from your past could be affecting you now, in somatic hypnotherapy, you do not necessarily need to know or understand how you got stuck with your irrational negative feelings in order to be able to uproot them. This is why somatic hypnotherapy is the therapy of choice for the most of the symptoms related to hereditary and trans-generational PTSD-like emotional traumas.

My therapeutic approach is focused on emotions  and is based on the physiological and neurological models of behavioural response.  When they occur, emotions cause a change in the state of your physiology, your mind and your body. Therefore, you can control your emotions only to the extent that you can change your physiology (your chemistry), change the thoughts that have induced or have been induced by your emotions (your mind) or change the state of your body (your emotional feelings).

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. In its change management framework, this approach focuses on changing the perception of the unpleasant events of the past by altering the somatic component of negative emotions associated with the unpleasant events.

Regardless whether your post-traumatic stress has been induced by shocking, dangerous event, by sexual or physical abuse, bullying or emotional abuse, or has been trans-generational inherited, the Somatic Hypnotherapy is an efficient tool to decompress the triggers and to release the symptoms of the trauma-related stress. This is possible thanks to a somatic hypnotherapy specific technique which sets in motion a process that disables traumatic emotions through a very fast and efficient dissociative process between the traumatic emotions and the factual memories associated with that event.

Somatic hypnotherapy can help you experience at least a significant improvement in the following symptoms of emotional traumas:

  • Re-experiencing the traumatic event
  • Frequently having upsetting thoughts or memories about a traumatic event
  • Having recurrent nightmares
  • Acting or feeling as though the traumatic event were happening again, sometimes called a flashback
  • Having strong feelings of distress when reminded of the traumatic event
  • Being physically responsive, such as experiencing a surge in your heart rate or sweating, when reminded of the traumatic event
  • Actively avoiding people, places, or situations that remind you of the traumatic event
  • Making an effort to avoid thoughts, feelings, or conversations about the traumatic event
  • Making an effort to avoid places or people that remind you of the traumatic event
  • Making sure you're too busy to have time to think about the traumatic event
  • Feeling keyed up or on edge, known as hyper arousal
  • Having a difficult time falling or staying asleep
  • Feeling more irritable or having outbursts of anger
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling constantly on guard or like danger is lurking around every corner
  • Being jumpy or easily startled
  • Having negative thoughts, feelings and believes about yourself and others
  • Having a difficult time remembering important parts of the traumatic event
  • A loss of interest in important, once positive activities
  • Feeling distant from others
  • Experiencing difficulties having positive feelings, such as happiness or love
  • Feeling as though your life may be cut short

Your emotional trauma-related and trigger-conditioned symptoms, so present and clearly body-mapped in the beginning of your somatic hypnosis therapy session, will progressively cease and go away with my approach. Following a 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. Once you release the causal emotions of your overreactions you can change your perception of those past experiences, which in turn will readjust your behaviour.

Whatever the nature of your trauma, after your first session of somatic hypnotherapy you will experience a significant improvement in your trauma related anxiety. After a maximum of three sessions, as you recall the images, sounds or the factual events related to your trauma, you will feel as if your traumatic experience would have taken place many, many years ago and the time has faded or completely erased all negative feelings associated with the event.

Once the healing process is completed, the victims of a traumatic event will be able to easily think of, face or confront a past threat or traumatic memory much more rationally and without any excessive fearful feelings or uncontrolled reactions.

Don’t remain imprisoned by memories of what others have done. Whatever your emotional trauma symptoms are, don't allow them to cripple your life.

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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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