“What are the ideal time intervals between sessions?” The “ideal” session spacings would be anything between a day and 3-4 days. The usual time frame is two visits on consecutive days; session one in the first day, and sessions two and three during the second day’s visit. This applies to almost all Affectologists.
“How long are the sessions?” Your first session may take anything between 2 and 3 hours with subsequent sessions taking 50 to 60 minutes each.
“How does Affectology compare to hypnotherapy?” Clinical hypnotherapy relies almost entirely on a therapist’s assessment of a client’s symptoms and subsequent “re-programming” of the sub-conscious in an authoritative way that leads AWAY from those important human innate re-balancing abilities. Affectology strives for the opposite. The experience of subconscious re-framing is one of gentle guidance to allow, rather than insist on selective attention to affect states: – not unlike selective meditation, mindfulness, prayer, or even daydreaming. Simple and gentle, yet effective.
“Some other therapies claim that the “emotional release” in THEIR therapy is what is required for change. What makes your approach different?” Affectology is VERY different. True, there exist some similarities in CONTENT, but vast differences in the CONTEXT of approach to the therapy. All successful therapy relies on a client taking back responsibility and empowerment, and the reflective, non-narrative nature of this work ensures that like no other. A ‘catalytic release’ as described by more demonstrative therapeutic approaches is unnecessary and may even be counter-productive in Clinical Affectology work.
“Can I stop my medication?” That’s entirely up to how YOU eventually feel about that, perhaps in line with your doctor’s opinion. A responsible registered Clinical Affectologist will not interfere with the relationship between you and your medico, but always be aware that if you seek clarification from the same doctor that prescribed that medication for you, it is not in his or her best interests to admit that your medication will no longer be needed. Our advice is to seek out medical practitioners that respect your wishes.
“What do I have to do after the therapy?” Nothing. You will be encouraged to “let it happen” and be discouraged from trying to analyze the sessions’ proceedings. Affectology asks that you, for once, trust your subconscious.
“What if I don’t think I experience RELEASE during the sessions?” As expressed above, popular misconception in our therapeutic society is that ‘release’ must be experienced during session work. Affectology works on the basis that the unconscious learns its own private reframing and re-learning skills without necessarily focusing on any consciously-registered ‘release’. In fact, it has been shown that the desire to consciously experience release has in some cases been the very thing that sabotages subtle and ongoing change at subconscious level.
“Will I have flashes of painful old memories?” Not necessarily so, and if you seem to, it may be the conscious awareness only of an aspect of self that wants to AVOID change. In any case, the encouragement for you to revive trauma – authentic or inauthentic – is an old psychoanalytic regressive method. We don’t do that. In reality, most people proceed through this therapy experiencing little more than subtle feelings during session work.
“Is Affectology good for my ………?” If there is ANYTHING in your life about which you are uncomfortable, or you realize you are being prevented from reaching your full potential in any way, this can almost always be attributed to early learned emotional response patterns. Many people have been surprised at the changes experienced to areas of their life OTHER THAN what they originally sought therapy for. Sports people and other performers have “freed-up”, executives have been able to make better stress-free decisions, and even those with true physically-generated symptoms and problems have found greater acceptance and peace.
In short, the above question has no definitive answer other than, “who of us has not learned habitual responses in our lives that could do with re-learning?”
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