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The therapy session

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

Then, for the smooth running of your therapy, I will help you understand the complex nature of human emotions and the major differences between the psychological treatments that are based on the concept that negative feelings stem from harmful thoughts and the concepts of the Traditional, Erikssonian and Somatic Hypnotherapy which are based on various models according to which emotions are complex experiences that manifest themselves at the mental, somatic, physiological, and behavioral levels.

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 the physiology (chemistry) of your body, change the thoughts that have induced that specific emotion (change the way you think), or change the perception of the emotion, by changing the emotional feelings. Various approaches focuses on improving or eliminating the negative emotions through easing or eliminating the physiological (chemical), mental or somatic manifestations associated with the targeted unwanted emotion.

Hypnotherapists believe that, regardless of whether emotions are genetically, chemically or cognitively determined, the fastest way to control unwanted emotions 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. This is the reason why we will focus during 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 inward focused and you'll remain aware all the time during the session. Like any other relaxation techniques, 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, your life story or the factual details of your past are not necessarily of great interest for a somatic hypnotherapist, as they are not essential for him in order to help you. 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. For, with the proper care, a broken bone will heal the same, no matter if you understand or do not understand 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 are able to 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 awaken; you'll always be in control of the situation, master of your state of mind. We will interact all the time, you’ll talk almost as much as me. My role is primarily to guide and assist you. Although we'll most probably work-out complex emotional issues, we’ll use a simple language that your subconscious mind understands well. Thus, we'll decompose 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 that, in a very selective way, you will get rid of at least a good deal of the accumulated stress, your pains and your negative feelings. We’ll work out your issues, and once your therapy session is over, we’ll re-evaluate your feelings with regard to the issues we have worked out. Most probably, you'll just feel that the painful or negative feelings we've previously identified will no longer be there anymore!

This way you'll know that what you experienced has already started the process of change, the way you wanted. You'll feel that inside of you something has already changed, or is about to change the way you asked for and have allowed to change. You'll just feel as the issues you've come to work out in therapy are gone, are not there anymore! However, 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, of all that has been said and exchanged during your session of somatic hypnotherapy. After the therapy, you’ll be issued explanations that will allow you to better understand what has happened already and eventually 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. A person will never do under hypnosis things that are against his/her values and will.

A session of somatic hypnotherapy takes 60 - 120 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.

*The results may vary from person to person.

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