What should I do if I am in trouble and there is no psychologist available?

In that case, please do not hesitate to contact the psychiatric emergency, available 24/7. Number is 0848 133 133, in the meantime, if possible, contact one of your friend or family member. You can also contact anonymously La Main Tendue (meaning A hand stretched out), dial the 143 (mostly French speaker). You can also chat in English click here.

Will you ask me to lay down on a couch?

Well it is up to you! You may lay down if you wish or you may sit or even stay up. For example, if you need spend a part or the entire session sitting on the floor. Whatever fells right to you.

This means I need to tell you everything?

Indeed I am going to invite you to open up and sometimes to talk about your intimacy, however only if it is okay with you and at your own pace. You can select what you want to share. It is important this space belongs to you: You are the hero of the story and I will simply be the voice-over for the film.

What are the differences between approaches? What about yours?

Every professional has his personal touch, however there are different types of approaches. I use tools and techniques from whatever approach will helps the most the patient.

Will you give me drugs?

No, I will not. Only a doctor in medicine can give you prescription.

Is it expensive? Is it refunded by insurance?

Cost depends on what you want. Psychology session will cost less but if we use hypnosis it will cost a little more. The FSP has published an information document online (click here).  You may contact your insurance for further information.

Why do I pay for an hour if the session last 50 minutes?

Beside the time to prepare a session, it means creating and keeping regular update in your patient’s files. Sometimes it means writing down reports and dealing with the administrative work. That is why this time is already included in your payment, so you won’t be surprised every once in a while.

Does hypnosis really work? For everyone?

Yes, hypnosis works for everyone as it is a natural state. Have you ever noticed while driving that you do not remember the last seconds or minutes? Or, while you were in the middle of a book or activity, not seeing time pass? You were then in a trance, that is the state we are trying to reach with Ericksonian hypnosis.

Do you do like Boris Cherniak?

No, he uses what is call stage hypnosis. My job uses a therapeutic approach. My goal is to help you get better, to overcome difficulties and to increase your daily life quality. We cannot force people to do what they do not want to do. Something you will experience is while you are in trance social boundaries are different.

Will you be in my head?

As a psychologist, my job is to be able to understand what you feel, without being actually experiencing it myself. It is call being empathic. In hypnosis, you keep control of yourself, you decide what you do or say.

How long is this going to last?

In hypnosis, a treatment takes an average of five sessions. In psychology, the duration of guidance varies according to needs and problems. It can take a month or more.

What are the main streams in psychology?

Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT): with a clear aim, therapist will guide you, through exercises, to identify your beliefs, your automatic thoughts and their consequences on your behaviour and/or how you react to whatever happens to you. It is a short-term approach with an empathic setting that will allow you to explore your working patterns in order to modify, reduce or amplify them. Leading you to solve a specific problem that may result in global changes in your daily life.

Person Centered Approach: you are your own expert. Therapist is here to mark the path You decide to take. Through questioning and reformulation, the therapist will guide you to get a different perspective to get to know you better. Most of the time, you will work on your emotions. It is a mid-to-long term approach.

Body-Mind Methods: : nowadays mechanisms behind the mind-body connection are well-known. Based on that, methods such as Jacobson’s Relaxation will help you to work on body tensions to release mind pressure. It could be either a long or short-term approach.

System theory: people are at the center of a multitude of systems (family, work, couple, etc…). If one of them suffers from dysfunction there will be consequences on the others. Working on yourself means working overall on the sums of these systems (the person) and locally on one of them (the couple) to reach a greater level of self-improvement. Mostly, a mid-to-long term approach.

Psychoanalysis:  is based on the principle that every word or act, even involuntary ones, is an expression of our needs and expectations. Its purpose is to help us gain a better understanding of our needs in order to fulfill them. To do this psychoanalysis uses tools such as: free association through speech, role plays (psychodrama) or psychoanalytic relaxation.  The Psychoanalyst’s role will be to help identify unconscious mechanisms, such as certain defence mechanisms or lapses, to analyse the difficulties and resources present to deal with them.