"All right. Let's determine the topic for this session."
Here you will determine what to address in this session, your topic. For the first many sessions, it will probably be something big. It will usually be something long-term, something that has been bugging you for years, maybe decades. It will usually be something sticky, meaning once you have been reminded of it it will be difficult to get out of your mind. Examples:
• Maybe some failure in life?
• Maybe money worries?
• Maybe a sour relationship?
• Maybe work-related?
• Maybe a health issue? (PaulsRobot sessions are not a substitute for medical treatment, but can still release stress connected with a health issue)
• Maybe something forced on you?
• Maybe drug-related?
• Maybe a loss, like a pet or loved one died or you moved apart?
• Maybe an unethical situation you've been involved in or some harmful actions you've done?
• Maybe concern about the future?
Something should have come to mind by now, maybe more than one thing. Go with whatever is uppermost in your mind, whatever is staring you in the face right now. That is your topic for this session. Don't second guess it and think, "Oh no, it couldn't possibly work to address that, so I'll pick something else." You are probably interested in working with this topic, even if you don't believe it will ever get better.
The fact that it is right there so vividly means that it is ripe for plucking, so to speak. It should discharge to some extent relatively easily, as long as you have had enough sleep etc, you are fairly sessionable, and Rub & Yawn works with you.
If you have had many sessions and/or have cooled off many hot topics in your life, maybe there is nothing urgent to address. In that case, either click here to end the session and go off and work out what you would like to try, or try the advanced topics below. As before, it is best to address whatever is uppermost in your mind, so if you have something sitting there right now go with that. The purpose of the lists below is to systematically bring to view items to address that are currently under the surface.
SUDS = Subjective Units of Distress (Negative) Scale
SUSHI = Subjective Units of Session Harmony and Insight (Positive scale)
Sometimes people find it helpful to assign a score to their topic both at the start and at the end of the session. It can help to objectify to some extent any benefit the session might have provided.