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The therapy session

During your first visit, we will discuss your goals for change and your expectations, to determine if and how somatic hypnotherapy can help you achieve the change you want.

Then, to ensure your therapy runs smoothly, I will help you understand the complex nature of human emotions, as well as the major differences between the psychological treatments based on the concept that negative feelings stem from harmful thoughts, and approaches in Traditional, Erikssonian and Somatic Hypnotherapy.

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.

Hypnotherapists believe that regardless of whether emotions are genetically, chemically or cognitively determined, the fastest way to control them is to control the way emotions are perceived. Because, as soon as you won't feel anxious anymore, your thoughts and behavior will naturally change and follow your new emotional reality. For this reason, we will focus your therapy on your feelings and not on what you think about your feelings. Once we have identified the problems you are facing, have defined your therapeutic goals and clarified the conceptual basis of my holistic 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. The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal system and emotional sensations respond to stressors, whether you are awake, dreaming or under hypnosis.

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 for him to help you. Unlike the psychoanalytic approach that aims to foster change by helping you to understand your past and how those past events could affect 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. For, with the proper care, a broken bone will heal the same, regardless of your understanding of how it broke.

You assess your emotions through the cognitive component as "emotions," and you feel them through the somatic component as "feelings," which manifest themselves as physical sensations 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 feelings and emotions. 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, 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 out 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. You'll identify, quantify the intensity and you'll body map 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. We’ll work out your issues, and once your therapy session is over, we’ll re-evaluate your feelings regarding the issues we have worked out. Most likely, you'll feel that the painful or negative feelings we've previously identified have disappeared!

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 out 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. After the therapy, you’ll be issued explanations that help you to better understand what has happened already and what remains to be done. You'll be issued advice on how to protect the good work we've done together.

Hypnosis is safe, you are in control at all times, and you can terminate the hypnotic state at any time. The hypnotherapist never has control over you. While under hypnosis, a person will never do things that are against his/her values and will.

A session of somatic hypnotherapy takes 60 - 90 minutes, the time for you to be part of one of the most exciting experiences of 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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