Today in the Club Bonheur, we welcome Louise Chabat
In this episode, Louise Chabat, psychotherapist and coach talks to us about psycho-somatotherapy. How can the body, mind and soul connection help us in our daily lives? Louise gives us her advice inspired by positive psychology, yoga, meditation, intuitive dance, writing and even theater to successfully let go emotionally. You are ready to get better.
Mix practices to best help patients?
From the start of her training, Louise was fascinated by the therapists with whom she worked, they mixed different approaches: physical , spiritual , with art , dance etc. Then in 12 years, Louise trained in many different practices and now offers complete courses in order to have days enriched by all these approaches.
How does a session go and why do we come for an individual session?
Louise mixes psychotherapy or psycho-somatotherapy which is more Yin: interiority, introspection including the body, emotions and sensations, with the practice of coaching which is more Yang: square, objective etc. These two aspects are very beneficial and complementary.
Louise carries out her sessions by video and depending on the patients, the people are face to face or lying down. The extended sessions allow people who have difficulty externalizing, a lot in their minds and who dwell a lot to refocus more easily in their body and their emotions by simply listening to Louise's voice without facing her. It is deeper, necessary and complementary work compared to face-to-face sessions.
Patients come to see Louise for different problems: professional, personal, romantic, life changes, etc.
But what is psycho-somatotherapy?
Psycho-somatotherapy is truly body/mind reconciliation . The idea is to understand what may have happened in the patient's life (particularly in his childhood) by questioning the body. With sophrology or hypnosis work, Louise will study the body which will constantly manifest itself and give the patient keys to analysis. Louise really takes the body as an ally in therapy and does the same with the emotions in order to externalize them and revive those that have been repressed by the patient.
“The idea is to put words to words. ”
Do you have any psycho-somatic tools or exercises that can be used on a daily basis?
Louise suggests that we become aware that the body speaks to us and sends us messages (when we have accidents, illnesses, physical symptoms). You just have to hear them and look for the symbolism . It is also important to analyze when these symptoms appear. This will allow us to discover or better interpret our analysis keys.
Positive psychology and tools
Positive psychology comes from the United States and is quite recent (end of the 90s) and has more scientific bases than positive thinking. This positive psychology is not only based on psychopathologies, flaws, fears, etc. but studies health, well-being, the meaning of life, which makes certain humans happy.
Louise advises us to take the Character Strengths in Positive Psychology test by Florence Servan-Schreiber which will allow us to bring out our 5 character strengths and then we must try to put them at the service of something greater than ourselves (this that we want to accomplish etc.).
Louise also suggests that we get closer to what we liked as children, what energizes us today, to follow our desires and desires! We must try to return to childhood to rediscover what we loved to do and bring back moments of spontaneity and letting go .
Gratitude exercises are also important. All you have to do is make a list of thanks for what made us happy during the day, what made us happy! We must get out of this posture of lack and thus enter a posture of abundance, gratitude and contentment.
“We cannot have or live more than we live today until we are satisfied with what we have or what we live today”
What is Transformative Sunday?
Transformative Sunday is a personal development workshop created in February 2019, in which Louise offers support towards a transformation of the body, soul and spirit! The days are themed, with a program that changes each time and depending on requests, groups, energy.
Louise is moving more and more towards instinctive and intuitive day-to-day support . Different tools are used: talking circles, art therapy, role plays, etc.
These are spaces of free expression with common symbolic work. Louise also works the body with improvisation exercises, theatrical improvisation, intuitive dance, emotional letting go, writing workshops, etc.
This is a very stimulating moment when collective intelligence is at its peak!
To finish, Louise Chabat gives us her advice and recommendations by playing the “Tonic Quiz” game (quick questions – quick answers):
- A book to recommend: When consciousness awakens by Anthony de Mello
- An activity to let go: Dance, ecstatic dance, biodanza...
- Your favorite time of day to refocus on yourself: Morning
- A positive food: Ginger
- Next person to interview: Angelo Foley, Suzan Oubari
- One last piece of advice: Live!
We'll see you next week for a new episode of Club Bonheur.
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