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The therapy session
Although Somatic Hypnotherapy is a very effective approach, the promise that you will experience a significant improvement in your condition at the end of your first session, is a bold promise.
In real life, you cannot expect extraordinary results by following ordinary paths. Therefore, your experience in Somatic Hypnotherapy will not be an ordinary experience and it will probably not be what your preconceived ideas would lead you to believe it should be. Hopefully, this unique experience will not only exceed your expectations, but that you will perceive it as one of the most extraordinary of your entire life.
On your first visit, we will first discuss your goals and your expectations, in order to determine if and how Somatic Hypnotherapy could help you achieve the desired change. Then, to ensure the smooth running of your therapy, I will help you understand the complex nature of human emotions, as well as the main differences between various approaches available for emotional health and wellness issues, and the very particular approach in Somatic Hypnotherapy.
Depending on the nature and extent of the problems you would like to address in Somatic Hypnotherapy, as well as of your academic background and your curiosity, this explanatory part may only take a few minutes or a good part of the time reserved for your session. My job is to help you identify and remove the padlocks that keep you locked in your self-limiting reality. I won't even try to push you out of the prison you've built for yourself, or to make you slee-pwalk the rest of your life.
Human behavior is complex and multifactorially determined as an interplay between intentional thought, feelings (both somatic and emotional) and chemical balance, especially that of the brain. As long as they can mentally focus, people have a natural tendency to rational, exploratory, and creative thinking, just as they naturally tend to trust and follow their intentional thoughts. Therefore, whatever you think or do because you really want to think or do is none of my business. I make no moral, ethical or aesthetic judgment on people's lives.
What really has the power to fulfill or make people's lives miserable are their feelings. Whether painful, stressful, anxious, or traumatic, what drive people to seek help is the unpleasant feelings that overwhelm them. However, just as happiness, health and serenity are not the result of chance targeting some lucky people, misfortune and misery do not happen by chance to some other, unlucky ones. The harsh emotional reality that you are dealing with is most likely due to an involuntary projection of your negative emotional accumulation into your emotional reality of daily life.
My mission is to help you when you find yourself caught up in negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that go against your will. As soon as they arise, intense somatic or emotional feelings will disrupt the flow of your intentional rational thought and will most likely take over your thoughts. This is how you find yourself ruminating on absurd or negative thoughts and often end up overwhelmed by intrusive thoughts. And so you can easily slip into a vicious cycle where your negative thoughts will trigger even more unpleasant feelings that will alter your decisions, control your life, poison your existence, and drive you to despair.
While my job is to free you from suffering and to encourage you to enjoy your new reality, understanding that there is no longer a padlock that holds you captive in your past reality, getting out of your cell and live your life while enjoying your new reality, that's your job! Things are not complicated when dealing with a chronic painful knee. You know your knee is painful not because someone told you or you think so, but because you feel your pain. At the end of your session, as soon as you realize that your knee is no longer painful, you will stop limping and will resume walking confidently on your once painful knee.
The same is true when your daily life is impacted by crippling phobias, stress, anxiety, or trauma. You understand that you overreact not because you think the spiders might kill you, or because you don't know that past events have actually happened in the past - but because you feel terrified when you see spiders or because you feel stressed and anxious each time you walk yourself through your stressful, anxious or traumatic memories. At the end of your first session, you will no longer overreact because you will no longer experience the once fearful feelings when facing spiders, nor the stressful, anxious or traumatic feelings when you plunge back into your once stressful anxious or traumatic memories we have worked.
However, when it comes to side effects of the piled-up traumas, lasting stress and anxiety such as: outbursts of anger, aggressiveness, panic attacks, depression, insomnia, chronic fatigue, compulsive or addictive behaviors, post-traumatic stress and many other health problems caused, triggered or made worse by lasting traumas, stress and anxiety, the causal relationships are not obvious. The key to understanding how distant events might affect everyday reality is to understanding that the perception of everyday reality is always filtered by the state of mind which is nothing but a projection of most of the lingering emotional memories - whether good or bad - into the emotional background of each moment of this everyday reality.
Since my promise is that you will experience a significant improvement at the end of your first session, I will unfortunately not have the privilege of two or three assesment meetings during which I will listen carefully the story of your life, at the end of which I will define and propose a treatment plan that can extend over several months. With Somatic Hypnotherapy, everything must happen during the two to three hours reserved for your first session. So, better get ready for it! Please take the time to read my website and familiarize yourself with all of these topics before our meeting. Be a proactive part of this team work and put on your side the chances of a spectacular change.
Once we have identified the problems you are facing, have defined your therapeutic goals and clarified the conceptual basis of my approach, the therapy session can begin. While seated on a chair, after the induction of the hypnotic state of mind, you'll feel comfortably relaxed. You will be inwardly focused and you'll remain aware for the duration of the session. Like any other relaxation technique, hypnosis lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and changes certain types of brain wave activity. Your conscious mind becomes less critical and your subconscious mind becomes more focused.
Unlike the psychoanalytic approach that aims to foster change by helping you understand your past and assess the extent to which past events might affect you now, in Somatic Hypnotherapy you do not necessarily need to understand or to know the exact roots of your irrational negative feelings in order to be able to uproot them. Since Somatic Hypnotherapy focuses on your feelings and not on what you think about your feelings, the factual details of your past are not necessarily of interest to a somatic hypnotherapist, as they are not essential to the process of healing. For, with proper care, a fractured bone will heal the same way, whether or not you understand how it broke.
The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system and the emotional response mechanism always respond to stressors; whether you are awake, dreaming or under hypnosis. You assess your emotional feelings through the cognitive component as "emotions," and you feel them through the somatic component as emotional "feelings" in your body. Your body is reflecting your feelings like a mirror, and this is how you can identify and body-map each of your emotional feelings. The perceptions of these sensations transcend cultural boundaries and are consistently similar all around the world. Thus, based on the appraisal of your negative feelings before and after your therapy session, you can assess the exact effectiveness of each of your sessions.
During your therapy session your mind will be wide awake; you'll always be in control of the situation, master of your state of mind. We will interact the whole time, and you’ll talk almost as much as I do. My role is primarily to guide and assist you. Although we'll likely work complex emotional issues, we’ll use a simple language that your subconscious mind understands well. Thus, we'll deconstruct complex emotions and concepts to basic feelings that the subconscious mind understands clearly. Your hypnotic trance will help you to identify and body map your feelings, to see clearly and to assess the exact nature of each of your unpleasant or painful feelings.
Then, I'll guide you through the process of improving or uprooting and eliminating your unwanted feelings and body sensations. I will guide you through selectively ridding yourself of a good deal of your accumulated stress, pains and negative feelings. The process of suppressing the unwanted emotional and painful feelings is highly personalized. While still using the neuro-linguistic modulation as the main tool, the therapeutic process integrates various elements of traditional hypnotherapy and ritual healing metaphors. Once your therapy session is over, we’ll re-evaluate your feelings regarding the issues we have worked.
This is how you'll know that what you’ve experienced has started the process of your desired change. You'll feel that something inside of you has already changed or is about to change in the way you’ve desired and allowed. You'll feel like the issues you've come to work in therapy are gone! However, rest assured that somatic hypnotherapy does not interfere with your future ability to feel new pain or any other emotion. You will keep memories of all that has happened, been said and exchanged during your session of somatic hypnotherapy.
Since your mind tends to create coherence between what your subconscious mind really believes and the life reality you experience, you’ll start thinking, feeling and behaving according to your new reality, as soon as the wished change has been accepted and integrated by your consciousness. Most likely, you'll feel that the painful or negative feelings we've previously identified have disappeared! After the therapy, you’ll be issued explanations that help you to better understand what has happened already and what remains to be done.
Once relieved of your issues, learning to listen to your feelings and expressing gratitude for your change are the best ways to protect your ongoing healing. Because gratitude is not only the fastest way to dissolve stress, anxiety, trauma, and pain, but it's the miracle cure for everything. Therefore, each day spent in ingratitude, denial, disbelief or doubt of your extraordinary experience in Somatic Hypnotherapy could weaken your good results.
Hypnosis is safe! The hypnotherapist has no control over you. While under hypnosis, a person will never do things that are against his/her values and will. Hopefully, your session in Somatic Hypnotherapy will be one of the most exciting experiences of your life.
The clear vision you will get after eliminating most of the things that have poisoned your life and kept you trapped in your past will help you gain a better overview of the past and foresee the best decision in the future.
Please allow 2.5-3 hours for our first meeting, although the therapy session itself should not be longer than 60-90 minutes.
The principles of the "No result - no pay" guarantee apply to all my therapies.
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Disclaimer: The above article may contain statements that reflect the opinion of the author. It is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute psychological or 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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