"She can't say what's bothering her since the divorce. She's all closed up.
Her father seemed to feel sorry for his 11 year old daughter who hardly dared to look up?
She never wanted to disturb anyone, and this prevented her from expressing herself.
After a few exchanges, we settle down. The girl is very sensitive and immediately goes into a deep state of hypnosis.
I start to tell her the story of a cottage that was in the rain? With her eyes closed, connected to this world, she immediately takes over:
"This chalet is my heart. And I have to protect it from the rain!
I am surprised by his responsiveness and follow suit.
- Ah! very good! And how do you do it?
- I wrap it in a plastic bag and nothing gets through!
- But if you do that, you can't go home and breathe!
- Yes, you're right? and it's already damaged, there's mould from the rain?
- Okay. So what do you do?
Well, I'm fixing the roof, and I also have to get a sponge from the shopkeeper to clean the mould? but he's mean! He doesn't listen to me, and he's angry! So I don't want to tell him I need a sponge, he scares me!
- It's possible... it happens that you meet angry people. But it's important, you can't let your house rot because of his anger! Why don't you explain to her how important it is to you?
- Okay, I explain to him that otherwise my house might get moldy? Oh, he understands! He becomes kind and listens to me! So I can clean my house, and as he has become a friend, I tell him that we exchange our numbers to have a meal later! (this conclusion made me laugh a lot)
From then on, I didn't need to talk anymore. She continued with her metaphor on her own? and I only had to encourage her to trust herself when she was in trouble.
She explains to me that she is cleaning her house, and that she now needs a bucket.
The same story repeats itself, this time with a bucket merchant who is all SORRY and indifferent and whom she has to shake to make herself heard?
Again, she doesn't dare, and I only have to encourage her and remind her that it's good to know how to show her needs, even if the others are not available to understand her at the time.
Finally, she needs a filter to clean her water and goes to a third dealer who is completely SPARRED.
A character that she has difficulty in channelling to express her needs, because he doesn't listen to her? but she insists and ends up reasoning with this agitated man who calms down and ends up helping her.
The girl then goes to the river to clean her bucket, and makes a protocol for cleaning her creation, which involves not dirtying the river with her mould!
Finally, she tells me that she invites the three of them to a restaurant, and they celebrate the fact that the house is all clean... and decide that it's time to write a book so that they don't get bored!
When she opens her eyes, she is surprised to find herself there?
She remains silent for a moment, then says to me "I love stories? but will my imagination be damaged if I use them too much?" I laugh and reassure her, on the contrary: long live the imagination, which grows when you use it!
I don't explain the details of her session, preferring to let the story act naturally on its own? and her dad will tell me later that she is much more natural since then.
That day I didn't have to create anything. I just had to give him the space to express himself spontaneously.
For those who are discovering the power of metaphors, it is possible that she was talking, without really realizing it, about the three characters that impressed her in people:
The angry person, who frightened her, and whom she didn't dare approach?
The tired person, whom she did not dare to shake.
The excited and scattered person, who couldn't be controlled.
It is always interesting to look at the meaning of a story: sometimes they have much more to teach us than we first understand!
Children are really sensitive to hypnosis! Here is another story with a 7 year old boy, which made a big impression on me!
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