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What is somatic hypnotherapy?

    Hypnosis is a particular state of deep relaxation of the body and high concentration of mind, commonly known as hypnotic trance.

Hypno-therapy is a brief therapy used to facilitate rapid change in the form of new perceptions, new attitudes, new behaviors and new emotional responses.

Somatic hypnosis has nothing to do with the stage hypnosis and it is not a magic trick in itself either. Since hypnosis in itself does not bring any particular health benefits, somatic hypnosis relies on a specific set of learned skills, primarily on a sound understanding of the functioning of the human mind and on the talent of the practitioner. Because, to negotiate with your subconscious mind the changes that you wish to experience, is an art.

Although hypnosis is used as a tool by various health professionals, between hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and psychiatry there are no or very few similarities in their philosophies, assessment protocols and treatment protocols. Hypnotherapy is a treatment in itself with a distinct ancestral philosophy and a holistic therapeutic approach. This is why, despite their great diversity and popularity, no form of hypnotherapy is approved as a psychological, allopathic or psychiatric treatment method.

According to contemporary scientific models, 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.

Although health professionals agree that emotions have a powerful grip on our life, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to emotional issues. To treat the overwhelming negative emotions, we have a choice of three approaches based on three different scientific concepts. Each approach focuses on improving or eliminating the negative thoughts, the unpleasant feelings, and the unwanted emotional behaviors that result from negative emotions, by easing or eliminating the physiological, mental or somatic manifestations associated with the targeted unwanted emotion.

  • Psychiatrists believe that negative emotions stem from a physiological imbalance. This is why, psychiatrists recommend pharmacological medicines to correct negative emotions through correcting the physiological (chemical) imbalance that would have caused them.

  • Psychologists believe that negative emotions stem from negative harmful thoughts. Thus, they use various psychological therapies in the effort to correct the harmful thoughts that have generated the unwanted negative emotions.

  • Hypnotherapists believe that, regardless of whether emotions are genetically, chemically or cognitively determined, the fastest way to control unwanted emotions is to control their perception. That's why hypnotherapists always focus on emotional feelings, as opposed to psychologists who focus on thoughts.

The practice of somatic hypnotherapy emerged from the traditional hypnotherapy of which it inherits a time-tested ancestral approach to health, adding to it the rigor of the scientific methods of several visionary scientific models of human behavior that it integrates, in particular the somatic markers theory, developed by the American neuroscientists Prof.  Dr. Antonio Damasio  and Prof. Dr. Joseph LeDoux, and the Dr. Bruce Lipton’s deterministic epigenetic model. This therapeutic approach is focused on feelings  and is based on the physiological and neurological models rather than on the cognitive psychological model. This therapy focuses more on how you feel about what happened than what you think about what happened.

According to these models, the behavioural response is modulated rather by the perception than by the observation of the objective reality. For instance, someone terrified by a tiny spider is overreacting because of his perceived irrational fear of spiders, not because he really thinks that a tiny spider can harm him. Yet, for as long as strong emotions do not tangle, it is most likely that people will act logically and rationally. According to this biological approach, decision making in your daily life is much more about habits, emotion-driven desires and rewards than about rational choices.

For as long as your good emotions are driving your life on the path of happiness, you assume this is the expected result of your rational good choices. Only when your life starts taking the burden of your bad decisions you realize that your emotions have a powerful grip on your decision-making processes. Once there, if you want to regain the control over your life, you have the option to invest yourself in a long process of educating your rational brain on how to better negotiate your decisions with your emotional brain, or to take the somatic hypnotherapy shortcut, with instantaneous good results.

Apart from relaxation, the induction of hypnosis by itself does not bring any particular health benefits. It is the suggestion inside a hypnotic framework which leads to changes and it represents the hallmark of each type of hypnotherapy. Unlike conventional hypnotherapy approaches that focus on adding a fresh layer of positive feelings on top of your lasting fears and traumas, the somatic hypnotherapy is all about releasing the past by rearranging the present reading of your past traumatic experiences. This therapy works with your model of the world and you are getting involved in your therapy process, so that changes are easily accepted and long-lasting.

The somatic hypnotherapy is a particular type of hypnotherapy which can help you enhance your life through positive changes. This intuitive and very effective therapy can help ease or clear your negative emotions, it can help winnow away all sorts of pains and painful feelings, it can help release addictions and unwanted behaviours, it can help increase confidence and self-esteem, and it can help you be the person you always desired to be.*According to this approach, you don't necessarily need to learn how to cope with your overwhelmingly unpleasant feelings. You have to winnow them away before they become persistent and part of your life.

Even though it uses verbal cues as specific tools, this therapy does not rely on the speaking ability of your hypnotist, but on his ability to understand how the subconscious mind actually works. Somatic hypnosis has nothing to do with the stage hypnosis and it is not a magic trick in itself either. Those who practice it do not have the slightest supernatural power over you. Their only "magic" is to know how to put their techniques, their talent and their passion at your disposal, to allow you to access the immense resources of your subconscious, so that you can use them as you like.

The hypnotherapist cannot take any credit for your healing as he is definitely not the one who heals you. His work consists mainly in guiding you to trigger your inner self-healing resources.

Yet, it is the talent and the passion of the therapist that can make the difference between endless sessions and a brief professional therapy, with constant good results.

Whatever your fear, pain, or other issue may be, don't allow it to cripple your life.

The "No Cure - 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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