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With ten years of professional experience in the field of hypnotherapy (therapeutic hypnosis) and psychotherapy and numerous diplomas and certificates, I continue my personal research of a human psyche that overcomes the strict academic or psychoanalytic framework. My open-mindedness, intercultural and intellectual curiosity and my courage to face my own fears and go through life's trials have allowed me to understand others better and, consequently, to be able to help them better. With time, whatever were our college graduations, we become aware that the best school is nothing but life. Theoretical knowledge, never tested in real life, becomes vain. All passive knowledge must pass through experience to become an active knowledge - an experienced wisdom, the only one that has the power to convince and to transform in all integrity and humility, letting others either accept it or come to it by their own spiny path. Wisdom of a therapist is also to let a patient discover his own wisdom, to reactivate his own power over his life, accompanied by a strong awareness of its presence, the inner power that each person holds without knowing it, nor believing in it, until it becomes obvious. As a human being, I know it, basing my knowledge on my personal experiences. As a therapist, with all my integrity, I have a pleasure of letting my patients discover their own power to change and improve their lives.

My patients satisfied with the results of the therapy often ask me where I have learned to do the therapy in a way that I do. Some of my former patients have since become hypnotists too ...

My Qualifications and experiences

Flash® Hypnosis and Integrative® Hypnosis Practitioner, European Institute of Integrative® Hypnosis, Nice, France

Trained in Rapid and Immediate Hypnosis, France

Practitioner of Ericksonian Hypnosis, CERFPA, St.Laurent du Var, France

Master II degree in  Human Sciences (including pedagogy, psychology and languages), State Pedagogical University, Kazan, Russia

Psychotherapist trained in psychopathology, psychoanalysis, psychosomatics, child's psychology, social psychology, art therapy, hypnosis, psychodrama, psychogenealogy. CERFPA, France (4 years graduate studies)

Master-Practitioner in NLP, CERFPA, France

Master II ( former DEA) degree in Political  Science, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France

Former member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), London

Languages: French, Russian, English

Personal experiences

Pre-cancer self healing

Near-death experience

1 month water only fasting, intermittent fasting, and periodic 1-3 days fasting/week

Walking on burning coals

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Hypnosis has existed since the dawn of time in different cultures and forms and under different names. The name "Hypnosis" is quite modern and we may say "scientific". But today its magical and often negative connotations can also be found, for example its representation in films or gypsy hypnosis. Ancient healers and shamans were already using hypnosis in their therapy in the form of trance and suggestions a long time ago. Today, hypnosis and hypnotherapy are the fastest therapeutic methods. Therapeutic hypnosis is different from the hypnosis for entertainment by its purposes and, accordingly, by its content. Hypnotic techniques have developed and changed, but the essence remains the same. Hypnosis effectively treats fears, phobias, panic attacks and anxiety, stress, addiction and various other problems.

Hypnosis means both an altered state of consciousness and a process of induction of this state with or without a therapeutic goal. This change of consciousness is manifested by lowering the threshold of conscious control, going around of logic, of critical faculties and negative self-suggestions of the subject and by its dissociation from the surrounding reality, which allows access to the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind is used here not in Freudian terms, but more than a source of human resources. Thus hypnosis provides rapid and lasting results.

During a hypnosis session the hypnotherapist will find the resources of the subject instead of imposing on him something general that is supposed to be suitable for everyone, but is not. The goal of a therapeutic hypnotist is to find these resources, to make them emerge out of recesses of a patient's subconscious mind and to help him take full possession of them in specific situations. We all have the resources more or less conscious and more or less hidden that we, nevertheless, have once used in life in one situation or another, we can bring them back through hypnosis and apply to other situations where they are the most needed.

Impact of education, culture, social norms, habitual thought patterns, professional requirements sometimes make a person go in circles dwelling on his or her problems without finding a solution. A professional therapeutic intervention is needed to help him or her get out of it. Psychotherapy is often useful, but long. Psychoanalysis is even longer and sometimes painful. Hypnosis is a very brief and refined therapy, done to get better faster and to solve concrete problems if performed by a real specialist. Without limiting itself only to the treatment of symptoms, Integrative® Hypnosis takes into consideration and treats the emotional state of a patient, which prevents the return of symptoms. Hypnosis is compatible with psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.

Hypnosis is a therapy which, because of its essence, acts differently on a human brain and activates brain's areas that are generally less used in our Western civilization (see “Brain functioning under Hypnosis”), which partly explains the result of hypnotherapy.

The fields of hypnosis application are quite wide and range from the cessation of tobacco addiction, depression , self-esteem , sexual therapy , pain, psychosomatic disorders in childhood (see "Indications and Contraindications of Hypnosis").

The consultation takes place in two stages: the anamnesis (the consultation itself) and the hypnosis session. It begins with a patient's story and questions which will help to build and to customize the hypnosis session afterwards. The hypnosis session begins either with a permissive or directive, or flash induction, which is followed by suggestions and other hypnotic tools, their choice will be determined by a patient's problem and goal. During the hypnosis session the hypnotized person is not asleep (in a sense of a night sleep), and his condition varies from a light trance to a deep trance. For more information, look  "Misconceptions about Hypnosis".

Some thoughts about the evolution of hypnosis

Hypnosis spectacularly busted onto the French and European socio-medical scene in the second half of the eighteenth century with the mesmeric practice and for a long time was a part of the magnetism. The psychological component of this therapy that produced miracles on one side and aroused rejection and questions on the other side, remained unknown for a time to patients, as well as hypnotists themselves. The hypotheses on the nature of the therapeutic phenomenon that cures patients from many different diseases appeared. Some saw the power of a magnetic fluid coming from the universe, some -that of suggestions and ideas on the body, some- that of a number of coded physical techniques, some- a natural phenomenon artificially induced ... Finally, the term ' "Hypnosis" emerged, but this state was still confused with sleep and psychic method of hypnosis was often accompanied by physical techniques of the magnetism. Hypnosis took time to exist on its own, and especially be recognized by the scientific community. Finally, this community was conquered, and hypnosis entered into hospitals. The history of hypnosis in Europe fluctuated and went through phases of recognition and success followed by phases of dissidence and misfortune.

It is interesting to note that this is essentially a dimension of body therapy that was exploited by hypnosis in its first stage of expansion. Its application to therapy of the "soul" or its psychotherapeutic dimension only came later. Here also it went through various phases. Thus, at the time of Charcot, hypnosis was used for many hysterical patients. On the other hand, the hypnotic anesthesia was practically abandoned with the appearance of anesthetics. Milton Erickson, graduated as a medical psychiatrist, developed a psychotherapeutic hypnosis, however, by omitting the possibilities of self-healing of the body in his practice with patients (excluding his own self-healing). Today, both psychotherapeutic and psychosomatic aspects of the application of hypnosis are used.

Contemporary hypnotic techniques have been greatly developed, renewed, enriched especially with the appearance of Ericksonian Hypnosis and of Integrative® Hypnosis* (see "Ericksonian Hypnosis and Integrative® Hypnosis" ). Integrative® Hypnosis in particular is a powerful therapeutic tool that focuses on enabling the restructuring and optimization of a person's own resources. Even still Deleuze, a magnetizer and a hypnotist, who practiced in the early nineteenth century, found that subjects in a somnambulistic state had all the information about their diseases, the necessary treatment and even showed a gift of clairvoyance. Today, the hypnotherapist works with the unconscious mind of a person who is supposed to have all the necessary resources for the solution of his or her problems. A patient cleverly guided by the hypnotherapist becomes his own therapist.

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Indications and contraindications of hypnosis


Sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, phobias, depression, post-traumatic stress, obsessions, trauma, grief, bulimia, anorexia, weight loss, smoking, alcoholism, drug addiction, other addictions.

Problems with heart rhythm, high blood pressure, migraines, sexual disorders, psychosomatic disorders, pain, psychological preparation for surgery, improved postoperative recovery capacity of a person ...

Improving of a mental performance, lack of concentration and loss of memory, shyness, tendency to blush, public speaking, passing exams, change of life, self-confidence, stuttering


Hypnosis is not recommended for people with psychotic disorders: psychotic subjects in an acute phase of schizophrenia, paranoia or mania; some borderline persons and presenting a mental retardation.

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Quit smoking, drinking alcohol or taking drugs with hypnosis

It was so easy to start smoking, or drinking, or taking drugs and it seems so difficult for some smokers and alcohol or drug addicts to quit, at least by their own means. We tell ourselves stories: "... it's nice .. I have time to stop ...". But we realize that tobacco, or alcohol, or drugs have become a real addiction, we are addicted. In this case you should contact a competent specialist who will accompany you in this process.

The demand to stop smoking has risen since smoking bans in public space have been put into place. Various tobacco cessation methods are currently available for smokers wishing to quit. Among these there are tobacco cessation by hypnosis. Most often it is Ericksonian hypnosis which is used. This kind of hypnosis is very permissive, soft and not very customized to the story and personality of the subject wishing to quit smoking. This method works in some cases and the result often depends on the talent of the hypnotist. It often requires several sessions.

With Integrative® Hypnosis* one session often is sufficient provided that the subject is motivated. This motivation is essential. Another important condition for a successful stop smoking session is an absence of depression and a reasonable level of stress. If not, it's better to treat first depression and stress before starting tobacco cessation hypnosis.

As for alcohol or light drugs, one or several sessions will be necessary. The quantity of sessions depends on the depth of the addiction and on other life circumstances such as a stable or unstable life, presence of happiness or suffering, peaceful or stressful life, and on personal natural emotional predisposition of a patient.

As for hard drugs, several sessions will be necessary. A co-treatment by a psychiatrist may be necessary as well.

This result is due to the unique method of Integrative® Hypnosis whose characteristics are the high degree of customization and composition of methods the best suited to addiction cessation. Each person has inside without knowing all the necessary resources and the most effective solutions to solve his or her problems and to achieve his or her goals. The hypnotist should find and use them in order to help the person succeed his or her goal.

Integrative® Hypnosis is also effective for other addictions such as alcoholism, drugs (several sessions are needed), bulimia, coffee, sugar, emotional dependency, gambling addiction, computer and other.

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Eating Disorders, weight problems and Hypnosis


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You have the impression that you are fat whether you are bulimic or not, you do not love yourself, nor your image in the mirror, and want to lose weight. Yet since you made this decision, you tried different diets with little or no lasting results, which undermined your motivation and morale. From snacks and gluttony to food compulsions with or without vomiting, anxiety underlies these inadequate behaviors. This is not inevitable. Hypnosis allows you to get out of this deadlock. image

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You have a special relationship with the image of your body. You adapted your diet and adopted this habit allowing you to maintain an aesthetic side of your body. However, for one reason or another you understand that it is important to change your relationship with food to preserve your health. You may not know how to do it while keeping a satisfactory image of your body. Hypnosis will help you do it.

Hypnosis does not replace any medical treatment.

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Getting rid of affective addiction with Hypnosis

A happy and reciprocal love is the greatest gift that we can ever get. But sometimes love turns to torture, especially when it is unrequited, or when you are betrayed, or abandoned. You stay alone with this feeling, which fills now your wounded heart with sorrow and pain, while the wound has not yet been healed, continuing to remind you about it every day. So, months pass after a painful separation, and the thought and the lack of understanding of about what happened, why you could deserve this punishment, why you were left or betrayed .., mixed with happy memories of the past continue to torment your mind. Often you may cycle through memories, unanswered questions, misunderstandings and the inability to accept the fact and the inability to turn the page. You may fixate on the pain, every day reproducing it with your own thoughts and memories, endlessly tormenting yourself and somewhere deep down continue to hope that the unfaithful partner finally will realize his or her mistakes, repent and return. Sometimes it happens, but rarely and briefly. Most often, this partner lives his or her own life without even knowing and thinking about the suffering of the abandoned. Worse, when the victim is constantly reminding their former partner about their suffering, pursues him or her, begging in tears for them to come back, promising to move mountains for them... In this case, the last one loses all respect for the victim. The victim becomes despised.

Trying to return the partner who left you by doing this is useless. It would be better if you could take a sober look at the situation and realize that you deserve more, and people who have behaved in this way with you are not worth your love. But the mind is often clouded by pain and incapable of a sober analysis of the situation and the relevant decision-making. What can you do? Wait, when the time finally heal you? Or switch to another partner? But often, in this case the scenario is repeated.

There's a way out, certainly not in the form of an instant magic wand, but in the form of a deep working on yourself. You should get rid of the causes, the roots of an affective addiction to your partner. Just an analytic work would not be enough here. It's not sufficient to understand why you react in this way, and why you suffer for such a long time. You must also get rid of the patterns of behavior that leaded you to the suffering, and free yourself from such reactions. Hypnosis is by far the most effective and quickest way to change our reactions, emotions, patterns of behavior, attitudes and to release from addictions. After completing specialized hypnotherapy, a previously dependent person acquires independence, pain vanishes and he or she looks at the situation with a new distant look. Most importantly, it gives back time and energy for the realization of goals and dreams, for self-realization. Then this person starts to behave differently in a new relationship, which respectively develops in a new, more harmonious way.

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Different types of phobias or terrifying fears, and relief from them with hypnosis


hobia (or a terrifying fear) of different modes of transport

You are afraid to use the bus, train, plane, car, or are afraid to drive ... You try to avoid it. However, this is not always possible. When you do have to use this mode of transport, you have a panic attack, with a rapid heartbeat and panting, body trembling, weakness, lack of self control, dizziness, even fainting. You have decided to get rid of this phobia, to stop being afraid, to feel free, safe and relaxed in any kind of transport. The hypnosis that I practice will help you.

Claustrophobia or a terrifying fear of confined spaces

You are afraid to be in an enclosed space where you have a feeling of suffocation, or fear of being crushed, followed by panic ... You try to stay away from them as much as possible, but you can't always avoid enclosed spaces. You have decided to do everything to overcome this phobia. This is possible through hypnosis, which will make you feel calmer and more confident in this situation, breathe freely and fully control yourself in an enclosed space.

Agoraphobia or a terrifying fear of open spaces

You are afraid of large open spaces or being in a crowd. One or both of these factors make you panic. Your activities are limited to certain areas, beyond which you are afraid to go. If you leave these areas, it is very rare and you need to be accompanied. Hypnosis will allow you to feel comfortable and fully protected beyond your comfort zone and / or in a crowd, and thus extend the perimeter of your activities.

Acrophobia, or fear of heights and emptiness

You are afraid of emptiness, heights, afraid of falling into the void and you panic even just thinking about such circumstances. Hypnosis allows you to control your emotions and your state at a high altitude, while remaining calm and feeling protected.

Erotophobia or fear of blushing

You are afraid of blushing in public. You avoid public appearances for this reason. This limits your activities. You want to get rid of this fear and stop blushing. Hypnosis allows you to get rid of this phobia and have a normal face color during public appearances.

Nosophobia or a terrifying fear of becoming infected and sick

You are afraid of serious diseases. You avoid people with these diseases. You have a very strict healthy lifestyle. You pay attention to everything. You control everything, particularly what is associated with purity and health. But your phobia persists and you are tired of this way of life, the overcontrol and constant fear. Hypnosis will allow you to feel free from this fear about your health.

The phobia of germs and dirt

You are afraid of germs and dirt, you wash your hands as often as you can, you avoid the use of public toilets, you constantly clean your house. However, this way of life has become uncomfortable for you. Hypnosis helps you get rid of your phobia and allows you to feel more protected against germs, and therefore, lets you choose another way of life that suits you best.

Phobias of small or big animals

You are afraid of cockroaches, mice, spiders, snakes, crocodiles ... This fear seems inexplicable to you, but it is stronger than all logical arguments.  You want to get rid of this phobia. Hypnosis will make you feel completely safe and free of your fears.

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Getting rid of anxiety and panic attacks with Hypnosis

You are in a more or less permanent state of anxiety without knowing its cause, you may have acute anxiety attacks, fear of the future, you feel unsafe , you may have a negative and pessimistic vision of your existence, you depreciate yourself, you may have depressive tendencies. You may have trouble falling asleep or have nightmares. You're probably tense or you lack strength and energy. Over time you no longer have sexual desire or see it decline. In more severe cases you can experience one or more respiratory problems (chest tightness, an impression of suffocating) or heart problems, emotional shaking, crying, screaming, stupor, palpitations, syncope, digestive problems ( spasms, colic, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting). Stress-generating situations can worsen your feelings of anxiety and even cause acute anxiety attacks.

You would like to master this sinking feeling, to feel more serene about the future, to have more confidence in yourself and your ability to move forward in life, you want to increase your self-worth, and have an optimistic view of your future. You also want to feel more relaxed, full of energy, active and dynamic, to get rid of psychosomatic disorders. Hypnosis allows you to change your internal state, your vision about yourself, your life and your future, change your behavior and reactions to stressful situations, and therefore change your life.

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Break free from the traumas of violence or rape through hypnosis

Often it concerns women, but I have had male patients as well. Victims of violence which occurred in childhood or adolescence, in some cases even later, often keep not only painful memories during their whole life, but also the psychological consequences of the incident. If this happened in childhood (usually incest by a near relative or friend of the family), children, the victims of the violence, not only went through pain and humiliation, but they were often also intimidated and convinced that they were responsible for it. They believed in their helplessness and that the closest and most beloved people could not help and protect them, or sometimes that they treacherously turned a blind eye to what was happening, covering up for a rapist. They learned to keep quiet about the incident, ashamed to tell that the people who they had trusted had just cruelly abused them, fearing that they would be condemned or simply not believed. Growing up, even after they are freed from all contact with the rapist, they often retain the internal state of the victim's feeling of insecurity and mistrust of the world. Since then, they have accumulated problems in communication, especially with the opposite sex. Failure to protect themselves, to stand up for themselves and their right to say "no" leads to the fact that they often meet people who just do not respect others, especially the weak, intuitively feeling his or her helplessness. Thus, beliefs acquired as a result of violence and rape, continue to take root, and the scenario of violence continues to be repeated on a symbolic, psychological level at home, at work, and in society.

Another problem arises in the area of intimacy in relationships. Even if a woman abused in childhood or adolescence, was able to find a worthy partner in life, she often continues to associate sex with pain and humiliation, and subconsciously rejects it, while loving her partner. On the physical level, this translates into a strain of the body before and during intercourse and inability to relax, muscle spasms of the vagina making intercourse impossible. Sometimes the whole body shakes, the person may also express aggressive or fearful emotions, cry. The partner often doesn't understand such an inadequate response to his quite peaceful and loving caresses, and he does not know what to do in this situation. Other women who repeatedly experienced sexual abuse in childhood or adolescence, have resigned to their fate and associate any sex with violence that they have to endure, to the point that they developed a self-protective reaction of the so-called « exit out of the body ». That means that during a sexual assault the soul and mind were disconnected from the body, they saw themselves from the outside and felt nothing. Thus, the rape took place smoothly without physical pain, as if the woman was not there. The problem is that this protective reaction continues to play automatically in situations of normal sexual intercourse with a loved one, which is to say that the woman gives up her passive and unconscious body to a man, and thus does not feel anything. Here it is the cause of psychological frigidity. Naturally, the man in such a situation, no matter how gentle and kind he is, can not awaken a normal sensuality in his woman. This sensuality is deeply locked in her subconscious mind, because the capacity of feeling is associated with pain, humiliation and suffering. This woman, even if she knows what happened to her and why, can't heal herself on her own. She needs professional help, not just psychoanalytic or psychological, where she will endlessly talk about her trauma, once again plunging into painful memories without solving anything, but a help of an experienced hypnotherapist. These women, but also men, victims of violence in the past, often come to me.  Gradually, with the help of specialized hypnosis these women get rid of their fears, feel more confident in their body, and with men, begin to relax, and then again allow themselves to feel positive emotions during sexual contact. The men, who were victims of violence, also get rid of the negative perceptions of themselves and the limitations of their inner strength and abilities, become more self-confident. 

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How Hypnosis helps to get rid of humiliation and repression of your personal identity by others at home and at work

These kinds of situations are fairly typical. At work, your boss or co-worker is constantly nagging you, criticizing you and your work with or without cause, putting pressure on you, making you doubt the quality of your work and yourself, every day destroying your self-confidence. You are afraid of confrontation, so you let them do it, while you suffer. You feel worse and worse. You may already think that you're nothing, incapable .... 

Or in the family: your husband (or wife) constantly finds fault with you, blames and criticizes you, constantly repeats that everything that you do is bad, that you are ugly and useless, you're bad in bed and/or in the kitchen, that your friends are so worthless that you have to stop being friends with them, or you have to stop seeing your parents …  

For some, this situation is not only well known, but banal, so much so that they are not looking for a way out of it anymore, quietly resigned to what is popularly called psychological vampirism. But allowing your destructive partner or boss to ruin your self-confidence and deepening your dependence on them in this way, you will not only indulge their impunity for the perverted behavior, but also allow the situation to damage your health. Health problems from depression to cancer as a result of constant psychological destruction and humiliation are a frequent logical consequence. The price you pay, allowing others to destroy yourself, is too big, and if you let the situation go on, the consequences can be fatal. 

Also if you have children who witness constant humiliation of one parent by another, this pattern of behavior can create deep roots in their subconscious mind, so that they are likely to reproduce it in future relationships. 

What can you do, especially if you do not believe in yourself and you do not have power to get out of this situation by yourself?

Many patients come to me with this problem, in particular women. With hypnosis I help them regain their self-confidence, ability to respond to attacks on their personality and to put the offender in his place. For some this is enough, and the former offender suddenly begins to respect them. Others find the strength to get rid of the destructive partner and start a new life, or to change their job for another one where they are respected and valued. It's all possible thanks to hypnosis. 

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Sexotherapy with Hypnosis


emale sexual disorders:

Psychosomatic vasocongestif disorders or absence of female sexual responsiveness

You have a sexual desire, and the relationship with your partner shows no problems, but your body does not react to excitement, especially in the genital area. The absence or lack of lubrication hinders sexual satisfaction. But there's no physiological or gynaecological reason for it.

You want your body to function normally and allow the fulfilment of your sexual desire. Through hypnosis your body can learn or relearn to react with excitement to sexual stimulation. Hypnosis also allows you to free yourself from fears, complexes, psychological blocks.

Absence or disappearance of libido

You no longer have sexual desire. You would like to discover again this desire to desire. Hypnosis also helps to awake sexual desire and to increase it, and through this to bring revival to your couple.


You can not make love because penetration is prevented by uncontrollable spasms of the vagina (vaginal sphincter and levator ani). You want to be able to relax your genital muscles during penetration, and thus enjoy sex. Hypnosis allows you to learn to control the contraction and relaxation of your genital muscles. If vaginismus is due to previous trauma such as rape or others, hypnosis can treat trauma as a priority and transform the affect which was related to it.

Preorgasmia (dysorgasmia or anorgasmia)

You are sexually aroused, you have pleasure during the sexual act, but you can not achieve orgasm. Thus, you remain eternally unsatisfied. You want to completely let go and to have orgasms. Hypnosis helps achieve this.


You feel pain in the genitals during and after sex. There may be organic dysfunction accompanied by psychosomatic factors. Is mainly the latter that hypnosis will treat. Hypnosis allows you to control the pain, to make intercourse painless at the desired time and to enjoy it.

Male sexual disorders:

Vasocongestif psychosomatic disorders and erectile dysfunction, sexual failure, impotence

You have regular or occasional erection problems. You want to have a normal and lasting erections, get rid of fears, blockages, complexes, and / or to regain sexual desire. Hypnosis can help you.

Ejaculation disorders. Premature ejaculation : absent, late, retrograde

In the case of premature ejaculation you feel that mastery of ejaculation escapes you, everything happens too fast when you have not had time either to enjoy the sexual act, or to satisfy your partner, your orgasms are unsatisfying. With each experience you prepare yourself to the same result. You want to enjoy the sexual act and to satisfy your partner before ejaculating. Hypnosis allows you to control your ejaculation. Attention : the missing or delayed ejaculation may be the result of organ dysfunction and should be previously examined by medical professionals.
Hypnosis can only act on the psychological component of the disorder.


The origin of pain during ejaculation or intercourse is often organic and requires analysis and medical treatment. Hypnosis is used for the psychological anticipation and pain control.

Sexual problems are more than ever visible in our society both in men (erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation) and in women (vaginismus, anorgasmia, frigidity). Despite a large interest in the subject from mass media and many articles devoted to it, sexual problems haven't disappeared. Here's a few reasons: stress from daily life, a lack of understanding between spouses, and a lack of quality in information from the sexual domain, the couple's routine, untreated latent trauma in a partner, and finally changing gender roles in society in recent decades resulting in the disruption of gender self-identification only aggravate the situation.

The quality of the relationship of the couple, the absence or presence of love and of mutual respect between partners, the quality of communication between them, the ability to manage the daily stress and not let other areas of life spill over into the private life - all these things directly or indirectly influence the quality of sex.

In some cases, sexual disorders are partly the result of a lack of true sexual culture and romantic feelings, replaced by a search for quick fun, raw and often selfish pleasure or by a technical primacy over the relationship.

The presence of traumas in one partner may have a negative impact on his or her ability or desire to have sex, as well as to have fun. These traumas need to be treated to allow the concerned person to have satisfactory intercourse. Understanding and tenderness from the partner, however, are necessary.

As for the impact of gender relations, the emancipation of women leads them to shout loudly for their right to sexual satisfaction lifting the veil from the existence of sexual disorders. The emancipation of women demanding equal rights between men and women can often go to the loss of female identity and the transfer to a clearly male or asexual identity which, in its turn, plays a role in men's castration. But how can a woman be satisfied by a man she has just castrated?

The man also has his part of the responsibility for the quality of sex and some female sexual disorders. Men and women have different functions in this area. The lack of understanding of how the other functions can make men lack tact, tenderness, caresses and time for their partner. 

What to do?

Sexual problems sometimes prove to be a symptom of other psychological difficulties and require a serious psychotherapy. The good news is that these problems are not eternal, but a symptom that can be treated and removed just as fast as it appeared. A therapy using only an analytic approach is not very efficient, and usually it's very long.

Integrative® Hypnosis* is a brief therapy that is more appropriate for such problems. Its effectiveness is due to its high degree of customization compared to other types of hypnosis. Few sessions are enough to solve sexual problems. If there's trauma behind these sexual problems, there must be an additional session to work on the trauma separately. Contrary to the opinion of psychoanalysts, hypnosis does not treat only the symptom. Hypnosis works on the state, causes and symptoms at the same time, bypassing the conscious mind and a rational approach and directly going to the human unconscious mind, which explains the time gained and the convincing results of hypnosis compared to other therapies.

*The Integrative® Hypnosis mentioned here and in all other articles is the one created by Gérôme Ettzevoglov, the founder of the European Institute of Integrative Hypnosis (IEHI), in France, and should Not be confused with its homonym practiced in the United States

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Couple's therapy


aturity and self-confidence of partners

One of the sources of imbalance in the relationship is a lack of confidence and a lack of awareness of self-worth of partners. These people expect that their partner will give them this missing confidence and fill an inner emptiness. This often happens during the first period of the relationship. The need for the other makes them lose their ability to see the partner not only with his or her qualities, but also with flaws, differences and expectations, in a realistic way, and makes them build the relationship on a delusion, the image of the ideal partner. This explains the frequency of disappointments in these couples.

These people are looking for their second half, feel incomplete without him or her, long for a total fusion and are willing to sacrifice their interests, their personality for the other, which causes them to be unable to live without the other, without flourishing either with him or her. Over time the relationship can transform, making one partner painfully dependent on the other. The relationship is struggling to evolve harmoniously. The change of a partner's behavior, the differences between partners, which were previously hidden and now have become obvious, trigger anxiety. Several scenarios for the evolution of the relationship are possible.

Some live together by fear of loneliness, but are they happy? For fear of being alone, unable to live without each other they end up accepting disrespect, humiliation, betrayal, while losing more and more each day the rest of their self-confidence. To leave and to start life over from zero without knowing what awaits them seems harder than to stay in the known destructive relationship. Staying alone again means to come face to face with himself or herself and with the need to rebuild his or her own self-worth and self-confidence.

For others the couple becomes the ground for settling scores, a verbal or physical battle. A constant search for defects in the other, mutual accusations and reproaches, the more or less permanent confrontational communication, a set of negative projections, all that is more or less faded in social relationships outside for the reasons of politeness and a preservation of a nice self-image, becomes on the contrary especially exhibited in the marital relationship when the doors of the house are closed.

Children are often the first victims of parental disagreements.

Impact of the new genders' balance

The couple has changed in the last half century. Patriarchy gave up its positions under pressure by the emancipated women. The role of man and his behavior also changed. Machismo still keeps its last strongholds in some corners of society under protection of a culture or a patriarchal religion. In a major part of society the division of roles within the couple has changed. Divorces are now common. The entry of women into the workforce gave them a greater independence and more confidence in themselves, women were given the right to decide their freedom and their missions at home, birth of children, they acquired an important voice in family decision-making. The quest for gender equality was often accompanied by devaluation of man and release from traditional male responsibility. This process has resulted in the movement of the cursor on the masculinity-femininity scale to a new pseudo-asexual balance, where women gain power and masculinity, men acquire more feminized traits. This is not an evil in itself. Yet Jung believed that each of us has a feminine side and a masculine side : Anima and Animus part whose inner agreement would influence the balance of a human being. However, it is precisely the proportion of one with respect to another, and the degree of a conscious and an unconscious acceptance that are important. Thus, typically male traits can be helpful for a woman in her professional career, as well as typically feminine traits for a man in the education of children. Their correct dosage can bring more balance to the couple. However, their excess is often detrimental to the couple, and therefore for children. Thus, a phallic woman is castrating for a man. A couple consisting of a woman holding the reins and a submissive man can last as long as the man accepts this position, but at what price? A couple of a dominant man and a submissive woman is often also self-destructive, as well as harmful for children. The witnesses of the parental relationship with all the consequences that it entails, children unwittingly incorporate this model in their memory and may later recreate it in their adult lives.

The influence of parental modeling

Often people try to build their relationship on a model or an anti-model of their parental couple. In the case of reconstruction of the parental model they may attempt to replicate the behavior of the parent on the partner of the same sex as the parent, and have the same type of relationships as those existing between parents. If the parental couple was not very balanced, this lack of balance can be reproduced in the next generation unless the person becomes aware of it and decides to do therapeutic work to detach from this model and to operate differently.

In the case of construction of a couple on the parental anti-model, one risk to go to another extreme which also lacks balance as well as the original model. To deal with it, awareness and therapeutic work are needed.

What are the alternatives? How to live happily in marriage?

The work on oneself in parallel with the work on the relationship between partners are required. Knowing to abandon an old way of thinking and behavior patterns that do not work, to overcome complexes, to gain self-confidence and a better understanding and tolerance towards the other, to agree to change, to determine goals and hopes in a relationship and the means that everyone is ready to implement to see the couple flourish, are necessary. Here's just a few therapeutic work directions for couple's therapy. The motivation and the ability to question oneself and to accept a consensus are essential.

A balanced couple is composed of two whole beings, two mature and independent people who have developed their personality, remaining themselves with the other while respecting their differences. Two people in love without suffocating each other, accept one another without trying to change the other. It is a couple where love, sharing a bond, respect, trust, good communication, values ​​and common interests reign.

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Recovering after separation with a partner with Hypnosis

Usually, when you are dating or living with a man, you are symbolically associate yourself with him. You have not only a common household, the property, maybe children, shared interests, plans for the future, but you also feel that he is a part of you, like you're a part of him. Sometimes it happens that both partners evolve in different directions, each lives in their own representation of the relationship, of themselves and the future, which may not coincide with the other's representation. One day your partner understands that he does not love you any more and makes you face the facts. You did not notice the changes in his behavior and didn't prepare for them. Suddenly you fall from heaven to earth. The shock is so strong that you have no choice, you are left alone watching your relationship and shared plans for the future break. The pain of loss and the inability to understand what happened come along with the impression of losing the foundation under your feet. You feel that life is falling apart, and you do not know how to stop it, what to do, how to go on living.

If you do nothing, then you should expect a long and painful process, you'll have to go through anger, despair, depression, decreased self-confidence, before starting a new life. This is similar to a protracted illness with severe attacks.

Is it possible to accelerate the process of recovery from the trauma of separation? It is possible and necessary. Of course, a lot depends on the structure of your personality and your psychic structure, on whether you have a penchant for dependent relationships, or are a very independent person, and how stable, full and interesting your life is outside your relationship. The worst case, of course, is when a person is completely psychologically, financially dependent on a partner, and has sacrificed his or her own interests, career, has concentrated and invested all the energies in it. Also that this partner, who became, during the joint life, the only support and meaning of life to the other, goes away, taking with him all the investment of energy, time, forces ... It is clear that in such circumstances, the recovery process will take longer because you should restore all of the following: your autonomy, belief in yourself and your strength, learn to rely on yourself, love and respect yourself, invest energy in your development, and learn to live alone and for yourself. You also need to overcome your fears, learn to trust men again and build relationships on another stable base ....

So, before you figure out how to speed up the recovery process, let's look at the reasons why the separation caused suffering. Often, so-called adult relationships are built on the same principle that a child's relationship is built with his mother. That is, on the principle of merging the two into one, and mutual dependence on each other. This merger should bring a sense of usefulness, fullness to a person, especially if his or her life is empty, he or she is absolutely unrealized, and should give a sense of stability and security to one or both of the them. Accordingly, losing the partner, a person loses a sense of fullness, or rather loses the illusion of fullness. Being alone, he or she is in reality and finally with him- or herself, facing the emptiness of his or her life, missed opportunities, lost time, losing the illusion of success within the family. And with that, he or she also loses a sense of stability and security if the symbol of this stability was the family. Looking at separation from the point of view of the fundamental symbolism of loss, it is easy to understand the depth of suffering that can only be compared with the suffering of a child who lost his mother, and with it all that she symbolized in his eyes.

Children grow up showing adult interests and needs, but they under-evaluate the importance of the internal psychological growth until life makes them pay the price for such a frivolous approach to their development by making them suffer.

To recover, you need to become a completely independent person, to learn how to fulfil yourself and to give yourself love and respect, to heal your wounds, to forgive your former partner, let him go and stop waiting for him, to build the foundations of your own stability, to improve and to strengthen your self-esteem. 

If you have enough will and skills, you can make the journey on your own. If you feel you need help, you can make this journey with a one on one hypnotherapy session.

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Pregnancy and Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been used successfully in several areas related to pregnancy: First, hypnosis allows you to remove all the psychological blocks associated with pregnancy. It often happens that a woman can not get pregnant for a long time, with all medical tests showing no abnormalities. In this case, the reason of the problem lies in the mind : the fears related to pregnancy or childbirth, future changes in life after the birth of a child, a subconscious reluctance to have children with a particular man, past traumas associated with birth or sex concerning this woman or her family members. These fears and stress can block the ability to become pregnant. Therefore, they must be removed with the help of hypnosis and free the woman from all psychological trauma. Also, hypnosis is effective for the growth of eggs in women, even after forty years when their number is usually reduced. Under the influence of hypnosis the body is able to produce new eggs in an appropriate quantity and quality. Hypnosis is effective to release toxicosis and to let the woman live comfortably during her pregnancy. Furthermore, many women are too nervous during pregnancy. But as we know, all the emotions of the mother are transmitted to the fetus. Also in times of stress or anxiety the mother can have a psychosomatic reaction expressed in the form of muscle spasms of the abdomen, which naturally affects the fetus, because in this way not only the fetus can be exposed to muscle contraction, but also the umbilical cord, which gives it all vital elements for life and growth. Especially if the woman was nervous, anxious, or prone to stress before pregnancy, then prevention using hypnosis is necessary to change her response to sources of stress and to allow her to stay calm during the whole pregnancy, thereby creating ideal conditions for the development of the fetus. Also hypnosis can prepare the woman for childbirth, psychologically as well as for pain relief. Moreover, as we know, many mothers have postpartum depression, which can also be avoided and treated through hypnosis.

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Taking your life into your own hands

Some adults think that they don't have perfect parents : they were too harsh, strict or too permissive, not present or intrusive, they have abandoned them, did not give enough love, or on the contrary, smothered them with their love and spoiled them, alcoholic parents, drug addicts ... The list of reproaches can be long. Some of these complaints can be objectively considered as based, others are rather subjective views of the child, but in every case, it is precisely the subjective view of the situation from the child's point of view that makes sense. Some would have liked to have other parents or see their parents behave differently. They think that in this case their lives would have been different, happier, more successful. They blame their parents, then their spouses, friends and others, for their failures, feel like powerless victims unable to change anything in their lives. Events interpreted as traumatizing in childhood leave a deep mark in their memory and awake the same feelings and emotions every time that another more or less similar event occurs. They feel unable to break free of this emotional reaction and think that they are forever condemned to suffer. Some of these people finally accept the role oas a victim, taking secondary benefits from it and are unable to give up their complaints.

Others want to get out and undertake all kinds of therapies that provide more or less significant results. This motivation to want to get out is essential. The change starts from the time the person agrees to review his or her relationship with their parents, to understand their behavior, to forgive and to accept them as they are. Sometimes it is very difficult to forgive and to accept, but without forgiveness and acceptance they can not be detached and become truly mature and independent because resentment keeps them in the past and prevents them from moving freely forward into the future. As the therapeutic work makes progress, the person decides to reach the adult stage, takes his or her part of responsibility for what happens to him or her in life, sees the past differently, learns, puts himself or herself into question, as long as the old ways of thinking, behavior, reactions, takes his or her future and life in his or her own hands, and decides what changes he or she is ready to make in order to be happy, successful in achieving his or her goals.

In life everyone can have difficult times, meet dishonest, disrespectful people, go through treachery, lies, loss, theft, injury, abuse, but it is up to everyone to say "No" to prevent or to stop abuse, it is up to everyone to make choices in life, which means to refuse what is inappropriate and to accept what is good for oneself, it is up to each one to heal injuries instead of letting them poison the entire organism, to draw lessons from the past, to turn the page and to begin a new stage in life, it is up to everyone to choose to become and to remain a victim or to master his or her life.

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Facing life changes

Whether we choose them or they are imposed on us by life, we all face one day or another with a major change in our lives. This may be a dismissal, or a new job, or another change of professional environment; separation with a friend, spouse, child, divorce; the loss of a loved one, either your relative, friend, spouse, child, pet, moving into a new house, city, country...

You may experience a shock at first, you do not accept the reality, then a state of anxiety, and even depression can overwhelm you. You may feel anger, be afraid of the future or feel lonely, and yet you have to face this important change in your life.

To move forward, regain good mood, joy in life, self-confidence and confidence in the future, you must first grieve, literally or figuratively. Under normal conditions time is needed for this to happen naturally. However, some people are unable to mourn what, or those, they lost. They remain in this state of depression, and may live with it for a long time.

If you want to find joy in life, hypnosis can be very effective and beneficial for you. Hypnosis allows you to do this work of mourning more efficiently, to regain your vitality, makes you come back to life, to new projects, new circumstances of your life, armed with the necessary positive resources. Hypnosis helps you to smoothly complete a stage in your life and start another one with a good mindset.

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Integrative® Hypnosis


Integrative® Hypnosis ("Hypnose Integrative®" in French) comes from France and is a new method of hypnosis, more effective than the previous ones, largely thanks to its personal approach. I made a comparative analysis of several well-known types of hypnosis, where I describe in detail Integrative® Hypnosis.

Ericksonian Hypnosis and Integrative® Hypnosis*. A comparison

Ericksonian Hypnosis replaced the traditional hypnosis in the second half of the twentieth century, while the last one was considerably losing its influence. It is the hypnotic method the most well known and the most widespread in the West today, mainly due to the glory of its founder. Some gaps of this method and a narrow interpretation of the therapeutic legacy of Erickson by some practitioners have encouraged the emergence of Integrative® Hypnosis which competes with Ericksonian Hypnosis more and more.

Ericksonian Hypnosis as it was used by Milton Erickson was a series of original masterpieces of an artist. Milton Erickson was this artist who improvised with each patient. It is true that his method was innovative for his time compared to conventional hypnosis. However, this does not mean that the approach of Erickson was always permissive and he never used in his practice some directive or provocative elements of hypnosis. On the contrary, he was free and open in his choice of tools that he adapted to the problem and the character of each person. Erickson in his lifetime did not put his practice into theory.  This was done by his followers. NLP and Ericksonian Hypnosis are their products. Moreover, often a contemporary Ericksonian Hypnosis includes protocols or element of NLP protocols.

The question is whether we can extract from a masterpiece (which by definition is an original and unique creation, a product of a free mind) rules, criteria, a creative process which determine this uniqueness, to produce on this basis an infinite series of works having the same effect as the original masterpiece ? How to theorize and to teach genius, freedom of creation, intuition? Thus Erickson's original therapy was categorized, generalized, simplified in the process of theorization to make it accessible to a large number of practitioners.

To be fair we must admit that Ericksonian hypnosis practiced today produces effects that are superior to those of classical hypnosis, and in this it is a step forward in the evolution of this therapy. But is it as effective as the one made by its creator? Could there be a contemporary Ericksonian hypnotist who could dare compare to Erickson? Let's admit that the contemporary Ericksonian hypnosis is only a pale copy of the original. But let's also recognize that without this attempt to theorize the genius of Erickson, his creation would have been only a part of history, and we would not have benefited from the fruits of his labor. For all these reasons Ericksonian hypnosis has its strengths, but it also has its limits.

The recognition of these limitations and a need to fill a therapeutic gap have stimulated the eternal process of evolution and gave rise to Integrative® Hypnosis in France. This new form of hypnosis has an exclusive concept while remaining open to all existing methods as that of Erickson, and owes its success to the transfer of genius from the hypnotherapist to a hypnotized patient. Now it is this one which provides the practitioner with all the necessary elements for his or her personal therapy, in this way Integrative® Hypnosis is customized to each person, and for this reason each session becomes an original creation with a high success rate. The induction varies from very permissive to directive, or even flash. The hypnosis session is presented either as a conventional session with a trance of different depths, or as a conversational hypnosis called also « hypnosis without hypnosis ».

Original does not mean chaotic. All personal and original elements provided by each person are based on a solid and well thought out structure, which is the second key to success of this method. This structure includes seven pillars characterizing the concept of Integrative® Hypnosis : Integrative® Anamnesis (a collection of very specific information provided by the subject), Integrative® resonance (repetition of certain words of the subject in a particular order and with a varying intensity), Integrative® pseudo-regression (meeting with a happy child) Integrative® Fable (therapeutic story built with the material provided by the patient), Integrative® propagation (propagation of a desired state), Integrative® transcendence (confrontation of the person to a frustrating element) and post-hypnotic Integrative® suggestion (suggestion of therapeutic work's continuation beyond the duration of a session).

Logical, simple, well organized, this basic structure requires only to be dressed by personal words provided by the subject that resonate in his unconscious mind transmitting exactly what he wants and needs.

*The Integrative® Hypnosis mentioned here and in all other articles is the one created by Gérôme Ettzevoglov, the founder of the European Institute of Integrative Hypnosis (IEHI), in France, and should Not be confused with its homonym practiced in the United States

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Is hypnosis for you?

Check out whether hypnotherapy sessions are for you!

Hypnotherapy sessions  are designed for you if:

You are mentally healthy and stable, but you have a problem which you would like to solve.

- You suffer from neurosis, and you want to get rid of it.

- You really want to solve your problem.

- You have a strong motivation.

- You take responsibility for your life instead of shifting it onto other people.

- You are ready for a positive change in your life.

- You are ready to act to bring these changes into practice.

- You are ready to follow all my therapeutic instructions that allow you to quickly implement your goal.

- You trust me and your subconscious mind and make this choice consciously and voluntarily.

- You recognize that some changes in life need time and occur gradually, while others may take place more quickly. It depends on each particular problem and each individual.

Sessions of hypnotherapy are not for you if:

- Attention! If you know that you are suffering from the following psychopathological disorders: schizophrenia, paranoia, manic-depression or bipolar disorder, prone to thoughts of suicide (especially if you have already tried to bring them into action), only hypnosis with the supervision of an experienced therapist is permitted for you!

- You like to shift responsibility for your failures onto others. By doing this, you will never be able to analyze the causes of your failures, and thus correct them and come to success.

- You expect a miracle, while you are not willing to do anything to solve your problems. This is the position of a child, dependent on a strong adult. You need first to grow up and take responsibility for your life.

- You play the role of the incurable patient. You have seen a lot of professionals, and, oddly enough, no one can help you. The role of the patient has become a major role in your life. It is your choice and your responsibility.

- You are not ready to change your life. Changes scare you. It is much easier for you to continue to live in misery than to change your life, even if these changes lead to welfare and happiness.

- It's important for you to feel stronger than the therapist who helps you. Resisting is more important to you than solving your problem. It means that you lack self-confidence. In this case you have to work on it by yourself to be able later to accept and respect the competence of others without feeling humiliated at the same time.

- You are unable to accept help from others, it seems that it humiliates you.

- You feel the need to criticize everything that surrounds you. The need for criticism is due to your self-doubt. By criticizing others you are trying to increase your worth, but also reject the opportunity to get help from someone else, because by criticizing what you receive, you are trying to devalue the help that you get.

- You want to get everything at once, while changing nothing in your life.

- Continuing to live with your problems is easier for you than solving them.

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Answers to your questions. Misconceptions about Hypnosis


the hypnotized person under total control of the hypnotist?

Many people who have never experienced hypnosis often have a very mystified representation of hypnosis created by the literature of past centuries, fictional films, television shows where the hypnotist is believed to have an unlimited power over others like a magician or a witch, to take control over the hypnotized subject and thus to to make him obey by depriving him of all free will. Hypnosis often incites fear, apprehension, or rather, a desire to transfer the image of omnipotence on the person of the hypnotherapist hoping that he heals all pains with a wave of a magic wand, while the concerned person makes no effort, not even noticing the how and why of healing.

In reality, therapeutic hypnosis today is very different from the spectacle of hypnosis. The hypnotherapist does not seek either to submit the subject, to do work against his values ​​and principles, or to favor the spectacular appearance over the therapeutic goal of the session. The contemporary hypnosis has developed many new tools respectful of the person while maintaining and even increasing the effectiveness of the therapy. The person in hypnotic state keeps his will, the ability to make choices, not to accept a suggestion of the therapist at any time if a session seems uncomfortable for him.

Is a hypnotic state equal to the state of sleep?

The state of hypnosis is not a state of sleep in a sense of the night sleep. Induction: " Sleep !" belongs to previous centuries. Now it is proven that the hypnotized subject does not sleep, but is in an altered state of consciousness of a different depth, more or less separated from the surrounding reality, while remaining connected with the hypnotherapist. Most often, the subject is in a state of a light hypnosis and may seem to keep all his faculties of conscience. The magnetic state, but also a somnambulic state which were often confused with sleep are a kind of deep hypnotic state.

I was aware of what was going on during a hypnosis session - so I was not under hypnosis?

It is now recognized that the person in hypnotic state is more or less aware of his or her surroundings and of the content of the session, thus remaining a passive spectator. This awareness depends on the person's ability to become absorbed in his or her inner world and dissociate his or her self from the surrounding reality. This ability varies from person to person, and may be different for the same person from one session to another. Nevertheless, it is important to emphasize that the presence of consciousness does not prevent the therapeutic work from being done in parallel with the conscious work. The spontaneous amnesia following hypnosis is not a common phenomenon contrary to what is often believed. The spontaneous amnesia may occur following a deep hypnotic trance. It is noted, however, that people capable of deep trance represent a small percentage of the population.

The deeper the trance, the greater the therapeutic effect?

The depth of hypnotic state is no correlated with the therapeutic effect of the session. A light trance is often sufficient. In addition, there is a form of hypnosis which is a conversational « hypnosis without hypnosis », hypnotic state giving very good results. In this state the person has the impression of being completely conscious, speaks, moves, understands, but becomes very suggestible.

Some people suffer from an inferiority complex, are terribly afraid to appear weak in front of a hypnotherapist, and resist as much they can, trying to prove that they are stronger than the hypnotherapist. It's pretty silly on their part, because by doing so they are sabotaging the therapeutic work. But whatever the problems destroying their life, appearing stronger is more important at this moment. So it can be useful to revise expectations about the state of hypnosis and analyze your eventual resistance.

I'm not hypnotizable, hypnosis is not for me? ..

Everyone experiences a light hypnotic state several times a day when driving on a well known long road, noticing with surprise that we did so automaticly and unconsciously, or attending a long monotonous and boring speech, we let ourselves be absorbed by our thoughts, we are also absorbed by television, computer or an interesting book without paying any attention to what goes around, when we are dreaming about something, praying or meditating, listening to some music or dancing, writing, drawing … These natural trance states are common for everybody.

However, each person has different abilities to experience trance states of a varying depth. Someone easily sinks into a deep state of trance, and it may even seem that he fell asleep. Others, especially those who are constantly tense and feel they need to control everything, usually during first sessions go into light trances, where the body relaxes becoming heavy, but they have the impression that they retain full control of the situation because they hear and understand everything. This state feels like the moment when you have just woken up, but get neither strength, nor the desire to move. After the session, they feel relaxed just like after a dream. Others start with a light trance and slowly sink deeper and deeper during the session. They think that they are falling asleep. People with developed imaginations see everything in pictures. Some may even feel kinesthetic sensations. As for the results, there is no difference in which state you are. All people are hypnotizable in varying degrees. The main thing is whether you want to let a transmitted information reach your subconscious mind or you want to resist. Whether you agree with the message given to you or not. Another thing - your conscious resistance. In this case you take the responsibility for it.

Fear and apprehension of the subject may cause a certain resistance to the hypnotherapist. This obstacle can be easily lifted. The establishment of a climate of trust between the subject and the hypnotherapist is necessary for the induction into the hypnotic state.

It is also useful to review your expectations of the state of hypnosis. Therapeutic hypnotic trance has nothing to do with possession of the body by any spirits.

Are you afraid of losing control under hypnosis?

Fear of losing control means a lack of an inner security. Typically, these people are trying to maintain control in every situation including hypnosis, and let themselves go into a very light trance like in a meditation. Usually after my sessions a sense of inner security increases and it becomes easier to lose control during the following sessions and in life in general.

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Brain functioning under Hypnosis

The prevailing hypothesis about how the brain functions under hypnosis concerns the domination of its right hemisphere. However, in the late 90s, Spiegel published the results of their experiences when they demonstrated the role of the left brain in some hypnotic phenomena and certain types of tasks which the subjects were asked to perform in hypnotic states (Jasiukaitis P., P. Nouriani, Hugdahi K., D. Spiegel, Relateralizing hypnosis: or, have we been barking up the wrong hemisphere?  //Int. J. Clin. Exp. Hypn. — 1997. — Vol. 45. — No. 2. — P. 158-177).

Toukaev considers that in hypnotic state both hemispheres of the brain are used with a partial and selective activation of the right brain and a selective inhibition of the left brain, with the condition of the domination of the right hemisphere (Toukaev RD, Hypnosis, Mechanisms and methods of clinical hypnotherapy, Moskovskoe informazionnoe agenstvo, Moscow, 2006, pp.142-143). Brain-imaging of the brain under hypnosis shows increasing blood flow into certain areas of the two hemispheres with a gradual transfer of the domination of the left brain to the right brain. The installation of hypnotic state goes by passing more or less gradually from the analysis of surrounding data captured by sensory receptors to their selective inhibition for the activation of the brain areas responsible, among others, for the creation of mental representations, hallucinations and emotions (Toukaev, Same, pp.152-156).

Hypnotic state is caracterized by activation of the brainstem (regulation of heartbeat and breathing, pain control, alertness and sleep, activation of sensory perceptions), of the prefrontal cortex (language, reasoning, planning, working memory, tactile stimuli, taste, smell, emotions and motivations, remembering affective memories, "moral" concerned decision-making or followed by a reward; self-generating behavior), of the anterior cingulate cortex (affective behavior, cognitive regulation of emotional behavior, mental representation of the person's personality, self-judgment, pain perception), of the thalamus nuclei (reception and analyzis of sensory information, body awareness) (See functions of brain areas: Sylvain Pirot, Neurobiologie de la perception des émotions : structures et systèmes mis en jeu, www.neuropsychiatrie.fr/numero-article.asp?pId_art=139&pId_num=13, Neuropsychiatrie, Tendances et Débats, 2003, n°22 ).

The functions of the brain areas activated during hypnotic state clearly show the applicability of hypnotherapy.

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Video-meditations and hypnotherapy

This short video-meditation is created using my poem "Believe in yourself" which can be found in the book "Back to myself: Or my way towards happiness".

If Integrative® Hypnosis is ideal for individual work with the patient in the office, the video- meditations or video-hypnotherapy are designed for people who can not personally meet with the therapist, but who still want to solve their problems. Such meditations can be watched while travelling or sitting at home on the Internet. Furthermore, they can be viewed multiple times. Here you can see the advertisement of a coming soon 30 minute long video-meditation "Know your worth" and subscribe if you want to know when it's ready.


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