Dex: As with a Scientology “auditing session”, the length of time of the session is not pre-set. Generally the session ends when some resolution of the subject or subjects being addressed has been reached.
Unlike in a Scientology session, there’s no “E-Meter” in between us to serve as as the ultimate authority of what is happening with you, and what action to take. There are simply, and only, direct interchanges between you and me.(See the question on this page, “What is the “E-meter”..?)
There are some principles in common, such as recognizing undesirable feelings and attitudes as forms of what could be called “negatively charged 3-dimensional mental film recordings of overwhelming incidents, resulting in unconscious automatic perceptions, attitudes, feelings and sensations”, and the principle of resolving these through gaining consciousness of such material.
In my sessions, we address whatever is barking at you right now, and my only purpose and function is to help you to accomplish those things that you hope and/or intend to resolve and achieve.I’ve written a plan tailored to you for the session, but it is as flexible as it needs to be to stay on track with what is manifesting in you or for you here and now. In standard Scientology practice, there is no improvising; there is a very long, uniform “grade chart” programmed sequence of processes for every client to be run through.
In standard Scientology, “intensive auditing” is the rule, meaning that auditors and their clients are pushed to spend long hours in sessions day after consecutive day, pushing the idea that rate or degree of progress is equivalent to the amount of time spent in sessions, and that progress is best made by having as little time as possible between sessions. This also means that much more money is used up in much less time. In my approach, sessions on consecutive days is rarely going to be best for the individual, because, when a session is run to meaningful, life-changing realizations and releases from unwanted conditions, such changes commonly continue to unfold and reverberate for days, and while it may be more profitable for the counselor to push the client immediately onto the next process, and right back into the next session day after day, it will tend to interrupt, “step on” and prevent the full flowering of the changes already being experienced. And so, with me, a client will typically have 2 sessions in a week, with days in between, and we are careful to end for the day any time something meaningful enough to need time to fully unfold occurs.
In sessions with me, you are encouraged, in fact expected to allow any “answer”, idea, image or feeling that presents itself to fully emerge, whether or not at first it seems relevant, or seems not to be what is asked for. Years, and thousands of hours of experience have proven that such thoughts, permitted to fully emerge to be experienced and voiced, always turn out to be relevant, and to answer the question asked.
The standard Scientology auditor, through his “TR’s” (“Training Routines”), is trained to evaluate and dismiss those responses that seem irrelevant to him, with the phrase “I’ll repeat the auditing command”, which, unfortunately, indoctrinates Scientologists to suppress and dismiss their own material as “random” and “a waste of the auditor’s time”. Many of my clients, after sessions with me, come to realize that they had been indoctrinated to “be a good preclear” and to behave in such a way as to “please or satisfy the auditor”, and so, not feeling free to go to where their own spiritual compass is leading them in response to what has been asked for.
A “standard” conventional Scientology practitioner will not accept anyone for treatment who is taking or has a history of having taken medications for anxiety, depression and/or other mental/emotional conditions. This is also applied to other prescription medications, and even common over the counter items such as aspirin, ibuprofen and other similar things. Part of the policies are to label you “illegal” to receive the counseling for such “transgressions”.
Anyone relying on such medications is doing so out of a need to find relief and stability, and I would not turn someone away for that; I think that it would be most unkind to do so. It is well known that such medications can be dangerous and debilitating in the long term, and nobody wants to be or feel dependent on such things, but sometimes its the best immediate solution one has, at least until true relief and recovery is found, and that’s where I come in. I can work with those in need to help them to recover from the conditions for which they are taking or may have taken medications to find stable relief, and to wean off anti-depressants and/or anti-anxiety medications safely and successfully, including, as needed, working in tandem with the doctor or mental health professional authorizing the prescriptions so as to incorporate his or her expertise and advice for a gradual decreasing and eventual eliminating of the medications as the underlying condition is being relieved through therapeutic spiritual counseling sessions.