Trauma-informed Conversational Hypnosis

I am certified in Strategic Conversational Hypnosis, also called Psychotherapy of Reassociated Traumatism (PTR)developed at the Milton Erickson Institute of Belgium. This solution-focus approach helps to desensitize traumatic experiences & phobias, by changing the way our subconscious records them. You’ll find below the frequently asked questions regarding hypnotherapy.

WHAT IS HYPNOSIS? 

Hypnosis refers to a modified state of consciousness, during which the individual is somewhere between being awake and asleep. It’s a natural state that we experience on a regular basis, for example when we read a book we’re passionate about, when we drive and lose track of time, when we’re ‘lost in our thoughts’, or when we watch a fire. This hypnotic state, also known as a ‘hypnotic trance’, can be used in a therapeutic context, accompanied by a hypnotherapist using suggestions, memories and body sensations. It is also possible to induce your own hypnosis, known as self-hypnosis

Contrary to what performance hypnosis would have us believe, you don’t lose control when you’re in a state of hypnosis. A person cannot be hypnotized if they don’t wish to be, and hypnosis is based on active collaboration with the therapist. 

WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY?
Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses hypnosis to help individuals achieve a heightened state of focus and suggestibility, which can facilitate positive changes in behavior, thoughts, and feelings. Hypnotherapy is a cooperation between the therapist and the client. It’s not something a therapist is doing to their patient.

CAN ANYONE BE HYPNOTIZED? 

Hypnosis is a state of altered consciousness which can be induced during a session, but which can also occur spontaneously (when carrying out a meticulous task, or when one’s full attention is riveted on a film, for example). It can therefore be said that everyone can be hypnotised, i.e. that everyone has the ability to enter hypnosis. However, not everyone enters hypnosis in the same way, and the level of suggestibility varies. Factors such as willingness, trust in the therapist, and the ability to concentrate can influence the ease of entering a hypnotic state.

 

WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY OF REASSOCIATED TRAUMATISM (PTR) / STRATEGIC CONVERSATIONAL HYPNOSIS? 

PTR conversational hypnosis – also called Strategic conversational Hypnosis, is a gentle yet powerful tool for transformation. By working specifically with your unconscious mind, it enables you to untangle knots, stresses, shocks and traumas that are deeply rooted within you. And leads to a true healing.
This approach has been developed by the Gérald Brassine at the
Milton Erickson Institute of Belgium. It’s a solution-focus approach that helps to desensitize traumatic experiences & phobias, by changing the way our subconscious records them.  We can’t change the past events. But we can change the way they impact us in our everyday life. Our brain does not make the difference between an imagined experience and an actual one.
So by exploring a memory under hypnosis, it is possible to desensitize painful past events, emotionally or physically, and free yourself from any symptoms that may have arisen as a result.  This tailor-made work is inspired by you.  You remain in control at all times, as hypnosis is not the result of suggestion, but rather the use of your memory and imagination.

WHAT CAN HYPNOTHERAPY TREAT? 

I focus my practice of hypnotherapy to treat post-traumatic syndrome disorders and complex post-traumatic syndrome disorders.

Based on the approach of Gabor Maté, I consider that “trauma is not what happens to you; it is what happens inside you as a result of what happens to you“. In the same way, post-traumatic stress disorder is not what you have experienced. It’s the recording of it., in your unconscious as well as in your body. And that can be changed through hypnotherapy. 
If talking about a trauma can be a way to treat a trauma and its consequences on our every day life, this approach does not fit everyone’s needs. Sometimes, talking is not enough, and sometimes it’s too much. By using hypnosis, we will work together to help to free yourself from the weight and symptoms of past traumas and phobia. Those are protections put in place by your unconscious to protect you in case of danger. Through hypnosis, we’ll tell your unconscious that these protections are no longer always necessary in certain situations. 

WILL I LOOSE CONTROL DURING HYPNOTHERAPY? 

No, individuals under hypnosis remain in control and aware of their actions and surroundings. They cannot be made to do anything against their will. Moreover, we are always talking during the session. This allows us to go even deeper in hypnosis.
You don’t lose control, you gain it: you learn to put suffering at a distance, and control of the autonomic nervous system is facilitated.

IS HYPNOTHERAPY ALSO POSSIBLE ONLINE? 

Yes, hypnosis is possible in person as well as online. The effects are exactly the same, as soon as you have a good internet connection, and you’re in an environment in which you feel safe and where you won’t be disturbed. 

HOW MANY HYPNOTHERAPY SESSIONS WILL I NEED? 

The number of sessions needed varies depending on the individual and the issue being addressed. Some people experience significant improvement in just a few sessions, while others may require more. We are unique in our healing journey.

I always start with a first 90-min session, because some people need more time than other to be hypnotized, I want to be sure we won’t have to rush and have a debriefing time at the end. Depending on the needs and client, we can keep doing with 90-min session or 60 min. You can schedule a session here

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A HYPNOTHERAPY SESSION? 

The session can be done in person or by video-call, in a seated position. We are constantly talking. You lead the hypnosis and I follow and accompany you.
The first session is an encounter between us and with the tools. I’ll introduce it to you through what we call a “good moment” or a “safe place”. It’s only after practising this, that we can explore more difficult memories and reduce the impact they have in your present life. 
Then, the second and followings sessions, we address one or several experience(s) that are still impacting your life negatively.