In hypnosis, you go in a state of trance. It is a state of relaxed yet heightened inner focus and concentration.
In that state of trance, you can gain access to various layers of your Self, create changes in your beliefs and bring peace to emotional unrest.
In some sessions, your subconscious mind provides us with “deep imagery” — symbols, images, which help us to connect with emotions and dynamics present within our psyche, and to work with them.
Most of us have experienced scary, confusing, wounding situations in childhood, or for some of us, even abusive situations.
In such situations we might register a lot of stress and confusion, and start believing that it is happening because of who or what we are (not good enough, not lovable...). We also believe adults around us even when they are wounded themselves and not able to give us truthful, supportive messages.
As that happens, false or damaging beliefs and automatic, disproportionate stress-response become engraved in the subconscious mind and in the body's memory.
Some messages or abuse we receive have been passed down to us from multiple generations before us. If that's the case, we work on bringing healing and peace in these intergenerational “stories”.
This has the added meaningful benefit of clearing the slate for others coming after you in your family line.
We reframe earlier events retaining the wisdom and important lessons surrounding these life experience while removing the painful "sting" from these memories.
Working with the Shadow
Within my hypnotherapy practice I include elements of Shadow Work, which helps you integrate aspects of yourself that have been deemed unacceptable or feel uncomfortable -- your fears, anger, doubts, difficulties, and blocks.
The "Shadow" part of Self is often viewed by the conscious mind as "bad", but it is actually a very creative and powerful force, the keeper of important wisdom and resources. Through working with it, you are provided the opportunity of accessing these and living a more fully integrated life.
Often there is great intensity associated with shadow issues, that simply points to an area where a shift is ready to take place. It is possible for our consciousness to expand and incorporate the area of "friction" into our growing zone of self-love.
I work with body consciousness as a main tool. Sometimes the body is expressing itself strongly, through pain or intense discomfort.
Your physical sensations serve here as a solid guiding tool. The body doesn't lie, and has the ability to take us to the core of the emotional issues present.
From a place of deep focus and stillness, I assist you in meeting the various aspects or shapes that the emotional energy that is calling out for your attention is taking.
With an intention of unconditional love, through allowing the feelings that come up with these to be fully felt, fully acknowledged and accepted, they are able to become integrated.
With this comes peace and the ability for your inner wisdom to unfold and discover and release events, beliefs and fears you might be holding onto and no longer need to.
The body will often relax the pain or discomfort, which functions much like a signal on a dashboard, once we have brought our attention and heard what is needed.
Becoming emotionally embodied also allows you to notice and take care of the messages sent by your body's sensations in your everyday life.
In sessions I sometimes include Emotional Freedom Techniques or EFT.
EFT, or Emotional Freedom techniques, is a practice which uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine system of meridian points. We gently tap using our fingers on a series of meridian end points, relaxing the body and allowing energy to flow through. Studies have shown that EFT helps decrease the stress hormone cortisol rapidly.
EFT combines this tapping process with a series of sentences that help you move through the issue at hand and release the emotions and stress surrounding it.
In the midst of a physically distressing experience it is almost impossible to think of new creative ways to look at an issue, or to make the decision that we know is right for us. The mind can't see past the old ways of thinking and acting because of the stress activated in the body.
Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as Tapping, allows this stress-response to be relieved quickly and effectively.
EFT has been shown to regulate the amygdala, the area of the brain that activates the chemistry of stress. It can quickly modify what is happening in the energy of the body facing a challenging thought or situation. By acting on the emotional reaction of the primitive brain, you can release the discomfort, anxiety or pain and connect to inner calmness and serenity.
EFT can be used easily and effectively by yourself outside of sessions and can serve as a simple, active and structured everyday stress-management practice.
My vision of healing is that it comes from within and goes hand in hand with a shift in consciousness, harmonizing how we connect with our deep selves and our relationship with the web of Life around us.
My healing journey
Like many in this area of work, I have learned a lot of what I now share through my own healing path, while experiencing burn-out at work, severe stress and anxiety, years of chronic fatigue, and other chronic health issues.
Fortunately, I have grown up with amazing healers and mentors around me in a rural area of Brittany, France, with whom I learned and practised creative visualisation, meditation, relaxation from an early age. My mother, a Jungian psychotherapist who works with hypnosis and trance work, has been and continues to be a major inspiration and a teacher of mine.
So in the years of struggle with burn-out, stress and fatigue, I was lucky enough to have people I could reach out to for help.
I studied and practised intensively Mindbody Trance work techniques, influenced by the Psychosynthesis school of Robert Assagioli, under the guidance of Joy Liengaard, Brittany-based healer, retreat guide and mentor of mine since childhood.
I then travelled and lived in Canada for several years. I trained as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in Vancouver, BC, in a school specialising in an interactive, transpersonal approach to hypnotherapy.
I'm certified in North-America by two of the major bodies in the profession:
The IMDHA (International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association)
The IACT (International Association of counsellors and therapists).
I practised in Canada and in France before relocating to Bristol in November 2015.
In the UK, I'm certified with the General Hypnotherapy Register.
It is also in Canada that I developed my practice in Emotional Freedom Techniques through a series of trainings and seminars. Additionally, I trained and certified in an Energy Healing practice similar to Reiki, called Heart Resonance Energy. This spiritual practice based on the concepts of Unconditional Love and Allowing what is deeply informs the way I work.
Other influences in my life and work include the Northern American Indigenous spiritual teachings which I came in contact with through mentors and relationships within these communities, in various regions of Canada and the USA.
I'm passionate about sharing simple, powerful tools to support your healing and happiness. They are based in listening to the body's natural wisdom, bringing back the awareness of our belonging to the wider realm of Life, connecting to Self-Love and compassion for ourselves where we are now. These are values and practices that I continue to use in my own ongoing healing / growth journey.
It is a source of great joy for me to share these practices with you and to witness the profound, magical unfolding that occurs once the emotional and energy blocks start to dissolve - often very rapidly!