Magic Toolbox for Stress Relief

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This Magic Tool Box contains:

Ways to get unstuck:
*  Relax the mind and body.
*  Engage the unconscious: Talk so your unconscious mind listens

Setting the Mind for success tools:

*  No-Fail Goal Formula: For new challenges.
*  Uncover your passion using the powerful exploration process.
*  Shut down the inner critic and negative self-talk.
*  Unlock energy and joy:
*  Keep motivation high when stressed.

Self-hypnotic techniques to:

  • Release stuffed emotions.
  • Shift into new pattern of thinking
  • Drain off stress 
  • Trigger clear thinking in any situation.

Alter your state of mind tools to:
*  Boost energy.
*  Reduce worry.
*  Eliminate fear.


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Review of Stress Relief Workshop

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Thank you all for the intense questions on getting relief from panic. I enjoyed working with you at the Hypnosis Quick “Cure” workshop. I’m looking forward to hearing how the techniques are working.

Exciting news!
I’m opening up the next Online Coaching Workshop
to new participants.
Please call 917-399-2102 for information.
As promised here is an overview of the things we talked about. 
  1. Three ways to break the stress cycle, using the 3-part system for stress relief.
  2. Why to use hypnotic techniques to release stuck emotions
  3. The quickest way to change a negative emotion. Using an NLP exercise called changing sub-modalities.
  4. The link for the video guide for the Calming “HAAA breath
    (this is once choice that can be used to make a change at the physical level) To see other choices click here
  5. Two pars of the Mind:
    a.  Conscious: is what we are aware of.
    Unconscious: where memories are stored.
    c. The unconscious part of the mind has the solutions.
    d. When the doorway to unconscious information is created, it is possible to create serenity, confidence and calm . 
  6.  Create a calming “anchor,” with the touch of two fingers or by using Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic cues. 
In the next 4-module coaching workshop we will be adding many new skills  to the “toolbox” of stress relief techniques.
I hope you’ll decide to sign up
Call 856-751-9446 or 917-399-2102 for information.

Looking forward to having you become a part of our supportive online community.  Where you can learn many of the skills I use in private hypnotherapy session., 

It’s only $450 for all 4-modules. Plus, it’s a really fun class.
Each session will be chock full of information,
with answers to your questions,
and real life examples for
reducing anxiety, changing overwhelm,
frustration.worry and stress.

Call now, for more details on the 4 module workshop

NJ  856-751-9446         NY 917-399-2102

change your life this year.


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Self-Hypnosis Workshops

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In response to requests we are opening up a self-hypnosis group workshop.  We will continue to offer the online (phone) group workshops for people who want to have the Mp3 recordings, that comes with those sessions.

In the next few days I will be posting the information needed to sign up for both the live group workshops as well as the online (phone) group sessions. We’ll start today with some information on group sessions.

Why go to Anxiety Control Center’s Self-hypnosis workshops?

1. These group workshops will give you a way to learn new tools.

You will gain three vital skills for anxiety relief:
Cognitive/Behavioral skills
Emotional healing techniques
Self-hypnotic relaxation skills

  Plus:  Time Line, Anchoring, NLP, Ericksonian and Classical hypnotic skills are some of the techniques that will be covered as we move on the path.

2. Live demonstrations will be done as needed, for the more advanced skills of hypnosis.

3. Group self-hypnosis is the most cost effective way to gain some of the same mind-body skills we use in our private therapeutic hypnosis sessions.  Our Transformation System contains specific skills for anxiety and panic relief.  It is a three part system that you will experience with the vital skills to stop the anxiety cycle.

4. One of the most exciting parts about self-hypnosis is that it is easy to learn. Our clients that have been part of online (and phone) group workshops, over the past four years, have surprised themselves with the results of using the skills taught.

If you are suffering with anxiety, worry, fear or panic there are specific skills that are needed for relief.  Become a part of these  group sessions and learn the skills for anxiety relief.

How is Group Self-Hypnosis Different
from Private Hypnotherapy sessions?

Group hypnosis is different in from private hypnotherapy sessions, because it has a different function.  In group sessions you are learning skills, for using the power of your own mind to create calm and relaxation, in the presence of others.

Our groups offer a supportive environment because the hypnotherapist has the skills to make it feel safe to share and  get to know and care about each other.

The workshop has a number of different parts:

1. There is the teaching part, where you will be guided in using your mind in a enhancing way.  Not only do you learn many skills of mind-body healing but also you will learn how to  combined them for the best effect.

2. Self-hypnotic skills are a major part of each workshop.  At the Anxiety Control Center we have been helping people for over 30 years. You will get the benefit of our research, using the skills specific for anxiety, fear, worry and panic.

3.  Part three happens as the hypnotherapist helps  the group to become a warm, caring entity.   A place it is safe to share a connection with others. There is a f positive, healing effect of being in a group.    Most people in this group will share some issues in common. People  find  that others share many of the same issues you are dealing with.   In this group you become a part of the Anxiety Control Center community where we share tips and life stories.

Do you want to learn how to use your mind
in a powerful and healing way?
Set up you initial consultation or
Join us for the next

4-week online coaching class 
Call for information 917-399-2102

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Panic and Anxiety Attacks Can Be Stopped

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Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
Doesn’t Heal the root of Panic Attacks

Most of the people call the Anxiety Control Center want a way to stop  panic attacks, worry or fear.  Many people struggle for years before finding their way to my therapeutic door.  And most tell me that although have found excellent therapists that helped in many other ways, it is still struggle living with panic, a racing mind and worry.  In this short article and audio attached I want to let you know that panic can be a thing of the past.  And the reason that cognitive and behavioral therapies aren’t enough for lasting change.

In the 30 years I have been helping people I have become an expert in helping people to get true inner changes that lead to the relief from panic, worry, migraines and IBS.  What makes the different is the three part approach  I developed.  It is called the Transformation System and it is the only way to get lasting relief from panic and anxiety issues.  I know this approach works because my clients get better and most of my practice is from referrals from happy clients.  One part of the system I use, is to heal old negative programs, the ones that run in the background of the mind.  To do this I use I teach you how to use a form of hypnosis, where you are awake and aware, yet in a state of mind where we can access information stored in the unconscious part of the mind.   Cognitive and Behavioral techniques are part of my system, but only a very small part of what makes it work.  The three parts of the Transformation System make it possible for the mind to automatically move from anxiety to calm in just seconds.

I did the audio you can listen to because a client read an article and then called me fearing she couldn’t get lasting change from panic.  Let me tell you about my client Marie (name changed). When  she came to me she was unable to work because of the severity of her panic and the exhaustion that went with it.   After a number of sessions she was back to work, first part time and as she felt the positive shift in her energy to a full time position.

Although  the symptoms of panic, fear and worry had lessened we knew there was still more to do so she could resume living her life the way she wanted.  But, Marie is a person who is highly intelligent and likes to have as much information as she can get, she researches everything.   This can be very helpful and she even sends me articles she comes across that I might find of interest.  And so far so good.  Unfortunately she came across a number of articles that said panic issues never really go away.  The article she found led her to believe that even when you are doing better the panic will eventually recur and once again create havoc in life.

After reading this article and finding others like it, she began to fear that the panic was in just in remission and feared it would eventually come back.  Of course this thought stimulated sadness and more anxiety.

Although though the reality of feeling better, with more energy, and being back to work, and  seeing her ultimate goals in sight she believed that she couldn’t really get truly better.  At this point she called me, very upset because the research she found indicated that even when symptoms go away, they will recur.  What it came down to was that she read about panic and the research she found caused her to believe that panic is a recurring problem that can’t really be fixed.

This was the basis of her fear.  Since she was starting to feel better she was afraid that if the research was correct panic would overtake her again.

We talked about why the research she found didn’t pertain to what we were doing. The research that caused her fear was using only a Cognitive and Behavioral approach to panic.

I agree with the research, because if that if that is all a person does, then it is correct, as soon as a person stops using the skills and tools, it is true the problem will resurface.  This is why it is vital to work deal with panic and anxiety issues using a three part approach.  Once that gets to the underlying roots and not just making the changes on the surface.

The  research she found didn’t pertain to the combination approach I developed called the Transformation System, where lasting change is possible.

Once I explained this very important difference she said, “Audrey you have to tell others about this.”   Anyone who researches on the internet is going to think that they will always suffer.  So I made a quick audio which gives a short sketch of what we discussed and about the three part approach.  Listen in at the audio at the beginning of this article.

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Tinnitus symptoms healed using NLP and hypnosis

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Although I don’t specialize in tinnitus and hearing issues I have had been able to offer a number of clients a way to reduce the suffering.

My latest client was a musician who was referred to me because he was suffering from tinnitus-like symptoms.  The noise in his ears was getting in the way of his profession and his life. After his session he offered to say some words about what he experienced.  The following audio tells of his happy results.

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Changing the Worry Habit: Stress Relief Action Step Six

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Stress, anxiety and reactions such as worry and fear can be caused in 3 different ways:

1.  Scary thoughts that move through the mind.
2.  Repressed emotions that are chained to present day events.
3.  Bodily reactions such as a pounding heart, clenching stomach or muscle tension.

There are many different techniques that can be used to stop disturbing reactions. Because there are three different ways stress is created (cognitive, emotional and physical) it’s important to know what techniques to use for each different type of stress.  Each type of technique has its own importance.

In todays Action Step (6) I’ll start by giving information on how thoughts can create stress.  In Action Step 7, I’ll give you a skill for stress relief using a cognitive technique.

This technique  is useful when you feel overwhelmed, worry or fearful.  It works because it helps to change negative thinking.   Using it over time will help you to re-program the worry habit.

Sometimes it takes a bit of a push to get yourself to use cognitive techniques. Because negative thinking habits take time to change. When you do push yourself a little you will get the benefit of the wonderful feeling of getting back in control of your own thoughts.

Remember, cognitive skills are only one part of the journey to a calm, relaxed way of being. What we want to do to build skills in each area so you no longer have to work so hard on just the cognitive or managing stress level.

In the first five steps we’ve started the process.  Be began by tapping into the creative part of the mind when you used your  imagination to create a future image of what you want in your life.  We then added a physical stress relief technique in the Breathing for calm exercise. 

Setting up a place to cue your mind that it was about to do something different was the next step as you dedicated to practicing the techniques. And I hope you have your journal that you are using for questions, complaints, and any thoughts that you are having as we do this work together.

Cognitive  techniques can help with negative thinking because the thoughts you have can create fear, worry, anxiety and even panic reactions.  They can stimulate pain in the body, can increase the discomfort and pain of IBS and other stomach and bowel issues.  Our thoughts can even increase the severity of migraines and other health issues. Therefore it’s important to know how to reprogram the pattern of your thoughts.  The cognitive part of the stress is something we change on a conscious level.

Many times the thoughts behind the symptoms you feel, will pass through the mind so quickly that a you might not be aware of it.  At other times you are aware of the anxiety that comes with worries you conjure up.  As you are well aware just thinking about all the possible things that can go wrong creates stress.

The body reacts as if the negative predictions had already happened, and it gets into the fight/ flight mode, even though the negative prediction hasn’t even happened yet.

Worry can serve a positive function when you use it to prepare for possible future difficulties.  But, continuing to be stuck in worry, even after the possible problems are recognized, becomes an obstacle itself.

In the next post (Action Step 7) you’ll learn a skill called the “2 for 1 Technique.”  It will help you to change negative thoughts into more positive, enhancing ones. There might be times when stressors and events are outside of your control, yet even in these circumstances thoughts can be used in a way that will have a positive impact on your stress level rather than creating more distress.

Action Step Six: Identifying your negative thoughts

1. Take out your journal and start a new page.

2.  For one day pay attention to your thoughts and make a list of any negative thoughts or worries you have.

3.  It is important to write down your thoughts.  Once they are on paper they will be easier to change. 

4.  Include any images that come with the thoughts.  

5.  Start to become aware of any stories you are telling yourself. Stories can be positive or negative. They are called stories because they aren’t facts, they are only possible outcomes.

6.  After identifying negative thoughts, images or stories focus on your feelings: both physical and emotional.

a. Just notice where the feeling is held in your body.   There is a connection between the body and mind and thoughts can lead to physical issues in your body.

b. Write down what you are saying to yourself about the physical feelings you are having?

7.  Sometimes a negative thought goes through the mind so quickly that at first you might not even conscious of it. Take a moment to search for these thoughts.

8.  If there you have trouble finding the thought,  it can be helpful to think back to the moment just before the emotion or physical manifestation in the body was felt.

9.  Being curious is the best state to be in to bring these thoughts into awareness.

10. Doing the above steps will help the thoughts and images to surface.  

Negative thoughts typically create a vicious cycle, with more negative thoughts popping up to support the first one. As you probably have noticed, this creates unnecessary anguish and stress on you.  Creative people have an amazing ability to create many negative thoughts in just an instant.

Once you recognize the thoughts going through your mind, it becomes possible to stop, and correct the negative thought process.

These exercises are from books and e-books and workshops written by Audrey Sussman PhD,  Director of the Anxiety Control Center.   

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Action Step Two of “Quieting the Mind Series” for Stress Relief

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Audrey Sussman PhD’s Quieting the Mind Series.

It is possible to learn to use your mind to stop automatic reactions.  In this article and the ones to follow you’ll be learning to use your mind in a very different way, one that creates feelings you want, rather than ones that cause fear, overwhelm, grief or worry.

Each article in the Quieting the Mind Series, builds on the skills in the previous ones. 

Stop Stress Using the 3-Part Method

To understand how to stop stress reactions it is important to understand  how the mind and body interact.  There are three parts you will need to work with in order to change stress reactions:

  1. Physical part
  2. Cognitive part
  3. Emotional part

Click on the link to view the Diagram of the cycle of stress: This diagram gives both the problem and solutions in the three parts of the stress cycle.
Blue = solutions

Red = issues  

If you are feeling anxiety, worry, fear, etc. you are already familiar with how stress is triggered. What we want to do is to learn to use the three-part system to create calm, focus, security, and serenity instead of worry, stress and anxiety.   

ACTION STEP TWO:  Getting your body and mind into the de-stressing mode.

1.  The first part of the calming process is to get your mind ready.
2.  Using a simple self-hypnosis technique is t
he fastest way to get the mind ready.
3.  We start with the physical part of the three-part system, using a simple change in the breathing pattern.  In the diagram this technique is listed in the solutions in the physical part of the stress cycle. 

Note.   The video guide for the Calming Breath will guide you through the steps for getting your mind ready.  If you’re already part of our online community and you are already using this Calming Breath you are ready for: Action Step Three, The Focusing Technique in the next article excerpt.

Go to and following along with Audrey Sussman PhD, as she takes you through the Calming Breath exercise.  There is a bonus exercise at the end of the calming breath exercise, so be sure to watch all the way to the end to experience using color for healing with the healing light exercise.

Setting the foundation importance of the calming breath technique.

a.  Practicing the Calming Breath gets your mind and body prepared.
b. Once learned this simple breathing technique can be used to enhance the effectiveness of any other exercise or technique.
c. This is a skill that can help you to get you into a calming, creative, altered state without any drug or medication.
d. Doing the exercise also prepares your mind for other stress relief techniques.
Go to to start this process

Once your have practiced you will be ready for the next step in the journey to calm, serenity and focus.   Over the weeks you will be learning more about:

1.  How the mind and body are connected.
2. And how physical, cognitive and emotional reactions can be changed.
2.  How the mind and body connections can be make to work for you.
3.  How symptoms get triggered.  

My years of research, practice and experience as director and hypnotherapist at the Anxiety Control Center led to the development of the Transformation System.  The  techniques for calming a racing mind come from the combining the most effective cognitive and behavioral techniques with NLP and Two types of hypnosis.  I believe the Transformation System works so effectively because it recognizes the importance of connection of the body and mind for healing.   Our clients have gotten freed from panic, phobias, anxiety, fear, depression and the physical pain of migraines, IBS and stomach issues using this powerful Transformation System.  

Although the ideal  and fastest way  to get relief from symptoms is to have the guidance from one of our hypnotherapists in private sessions, I also realize that not everyone can afford to do this.  This series of articles was created to provide a place to start in the journey towards calm and focus.

I hope the information you will be learning stimulates your motivation to continue your learning to use your own mind-body connection for healing.     

The steps are broken down to small, easy to follow steps.   Where necessary I’ve changed the techniques to makes them possible for you to use on your own.  Each skill and technique is broken down into easy to follow steps.

The Transformation System uses the connection of the mind and the body to facilitate change.   Within this system are three different types of skills you will learn, each affecting either the mind or the body.  Each skills works on a different part of the stress-cycle.

Today’s action step of using the breathing exercise, will prepare you for success.


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Stress Reaction a Misunderstood Condition – Tips for relief

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The “stress reaction” probably started as far back as in cave man days.  Yet it is the one of the most misunderstood issues.

Most people associate it with aggravation, anxiety and dis-tress. When the reaction to stress seems to come out of the blue,  or when there is a situation where no stressor can be seen, it can be the cause of fear and worry. Yet, the stress reaction has a positive purpose. when working properly, it can protect you by mobilizing you for action.  

Fear and worry feed the symptoms of stress.  

Our fearful thoughts create negative images, ideas or reasons for our symptoms. When the heart starts to pound, for no apparent reason, or when the chest get so tight or the stomach starts to churn, our distress is multiplied as we worry about possible heath conditions.  And feel out of control wondering if these terrible feelings will ever stop.

At times thoughts can move so quickly through the mind that we are not aware of them.  Yet, the fearful thoughts add to the stress we are having.  

The mind and body are connected, therefore our thoughts can create physical reactions.  Our body does what it is designed to do in a flight or fight situation: it releases chemicals to get the body ready to fight or flee.  This is a normal part of the stress reaction, but when we aren’t aware of the triggers, the chemicals rushing through the body create physical symptoms that seem to come out of the blue. This plays havoc on the mind and body.

The first key to getting a handle on the stress reaction is to recognize that it is not the outside event that actually causes anxiety, fear or stress.   It is the way we interpret, filter or think about what is going on outside of us that determines the severity of our reactions.  No matter the event, you can learn to have control over your reactions.

Once the symptoms and thoughts are identified, there are many different things you can do to change your reactions.  There are different techniques that you can learn according to which part of the stress cycle you are in.  Addendum A of Audrey Sussman’s e-book: More Than Stress Management for the list of techniques.   

My clients who have used the Transformation System techniques, say that it’s like having an automatic guidance system in times of need, one that creates calm, balance and energy.

Because many of the techniques have a self-hypnotic component it puts the mind into a state of balance where it is easier to make decisions in a calm and focused manner. It is easier to do these the first time with one of our therapists who are trained in these techniques, yet there are many things you can do on your own where you’ll find it is possible to let go of fear and anxiety that have been weighing you down.

Experiment with the next technique to identify issues that are causing distress. 

1. Think about what causes you stress, panic, fear, guilt or anxiety.

2. Write down whatever comes to mind.  Keep this list because when you change you will be amazed at where you started. 

3.  Number the issues or symptoms from most stressful to least.

4.  Put a star next to the top 3 stressors, and write them down on a piece of paper.

5.  For each of the 3 starred items, write down how it will it be when you are free from the issues.  

6.  Take some time to really imagine how life is different when these are gone.

7. Start right now by visualizing a new possible future: This is the start to any change.  

8. Make note of any negative thoughts the come up when doing this positive future visualization exercise.

 NOTE:   If you would like detailed tips and exercises, you can get a copy of Audrey Sussman’s newest e-book:  “More than Stress Management”.  (This is an unedited, draft edition so please be patient with any errors)  The good news is that it’s only $10, and is chock full of ideas and information.  Next month when it is edited and ready for publication the cost will be $39.    

The link to order is:

And in  February 2014 the book people have been asking for  “Quieting the Mind,” by Audrey sussman PhD, will be available in the stores.    You can learn the step-by-step method for inner peace and balance.

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