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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 an out-of-the-ordinary promise.
In real life, you cannot expect extraordinary results by following ordinary paths. Therefore, your Somatic Hypnotherapy experience will not follow Holywood's scenarios and probably will not be what you think it should be.
During your first visit we will 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 your therapy runs smoothly, I will help you understand the complex nature of human emotions, as well as the fundamental differences between psychological treatments and the very particular approach of Somatic Hypnotherapy.
I have to warn those who come to me after having followed several years of treatment in different other approaches, so as not to be surprised by the pragmatism of my approach. Since I promise you that you will experience a change at the end of your first session, I will unfortunately not have the privilege of two or three assesement meetings during which I will listen carefully to 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 hours reserved for your first session. So, better get ready for it!
Please, understand that to assess your issues, establish the objectives of our meeting, explain the semantic value of the concepts we will use, describe the functioning of somatic hypnotherapy, continue with the therapy session and help you live a significant change in less than two hours reserved for our first meeting is not an easy task. 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.
One of the concepts underlying the Somatic Hypnotherapy approach is the concept that, regardless of whether emotions are genetically, chemically or cognitively determined, the quickest way to control unwanted emotions is to control the related emotional feelings. Thus, as soon as you won't feel anymore stressed or anxious, your stressed or anxious thoughts and behavior will instantly change and follow your new emotional reality. That's why in somatic hypnotherapy we always focus on emotional feelings.
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 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 emotional feelings 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 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 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. 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 your issues, and once your therapy session is over, we’ll re-evaluate your feelings regarding the issues we have worked out.
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!
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. After the therapy, you’ll be issued explanations that help you to better understand what has happened already and what remains to be done.
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.
Once relieved of your issues, learning to trust your feelings and avoiding to living in disharmony with your heart, are the best ways to protect your ongoing healing.
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 medical 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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