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The therapy session

    During your first visit we will discuss your goals and your expectations in order to determine if and how somatic hypnotherapy can 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 major differences between the psychological treatments based on the concept that negative feelings stem from harmful thoughts, and the Somatic Hypnotherapy approach.

The Somatic Hypnotherapy approach is based on the concept that regardless of whether emotions are genetically, chemically or cognitively determined, the fastest way to control unwanted emotions is to control the related emotional feelings. Thus, as soon as you won't feel anxious anymore, your anxious thoughts and behaviour will instantly change and follow your new emotional reality. That's why in somatic hypnotherapy we always focus on emotional feelings.

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 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 in the same way, whether or not you understand how it broke.

The hypothalamic pituitary adrenal system and emotional sensations 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 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.

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 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 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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