Taking the leap. Tips for achieving any goal.

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Many times people get stuck and feel frustrated when they procrastinate or just don’t move forward on goals that are important to them.   The video below gives some easy to follow tips about setting yourself up for the most powerful feelings,  ones that will propel you easily towards your goals.

Audrey Sussman PhD works with successful people who get stressed, procrastinate or feel overwhelmed.   She helps them to transform the inner-critic that causes anxiety, procrastination and worry, into a positive life enhancing guidance system that automatically triggers calm, creativity and motivation needed to move forward with ease.

Of course, there is a lot more that might need to be done. Things that might also need to be released are  limiting beliefs, negative self-talk and  triggers that cause fear and worry.  Yet, I do believe that the first steps given in the video provide some good ideas and start you on the path. Moving from procrastination and fear to joyfully taking the next steps till you reach your goal.

As you will see as you watch the video it is taken while on the beach. And you can hear the waves breaking in the background as I talk about taking the leap toward goals.  I guess you can say I took a leap when I did the video. Because it was important to me to get my ideas for moving ahead on goals into  a helpful video, I just jumped in and said what was on my mind.  No script, not dressed in my normal NYC office hypnotherapist attire.   I took the leap thinking that the content and message was what was more  important than having a perfectly scripted video.

An while I’m talking about taking the leap, I guess I’d like to let you know more about me.  Those who follow my blog know me for my anxiety relief programs.  Yet, there is so much more to who I am and one of the things that is so exciting about being a hypnotherapist is that each year I get to work with the most amazing, creative Screen Writers .  They come from all over the world to this life changing retreat in Costa Rica.  The write, take workshops with two amazing teachers from Jacob Krueger Studio and take the steps of getting their movies written and made while attending this retreat.

.It is a magical time and I am so very honored to be invited to be a part of the experience.  I get to show these amazing people how to get past blocks, how to create the best state for creativity and then to watch as they find their ability and creativity easily flowing.    If you want more information on this retreat click here. It happens in June so if you are a writer and want to have an experience that is totally awesome, come join us and get motivated and freed to do your best work.

And now, if you are ready to learn how to easily take the leap to your own potential click here to watch the video guide.

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Hypnosis, is it safe? Can it stop anxiety, fear and panic?

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Questions People are asking about Hypnosis:

Question 1: I’m afraid of using hypnotic techniques but I do want to get rid of my IBS, anxiety and fear!  I don’t want to feel out of control, and I don’t want anyone to make me do something, I wouldn’t want to do.

Question 2:  I don’t think I can be hypnotized.  I find it difficult to relax, my mind keeps spinning with worry, so I’m skeptical about using hypnosis and don’t think it would work for me.

Audrey Answers:
Hypnosis can be as simple as just focusing inward.  Sort of paying attention to what is going on inside of your body.  It’s call an inward focused state.  And the best thing is that you can be totally aware of everything that is said, by the hypnotherapist, as well as have the option of what you choose to do or not.

There are different forms of hypnosis, I’ll go into that in a moment.  
Therapeutic hypnosis is very different from stage hypnosis.  Stage hypnotists are there to give a good show.  Licensed hypno-therapists use hypnotic techniques and have a different goal.  Therefore you are completely aware of what is happening, and you are part of the team with your hypnotherapist.  One of the goals of doing this type of hypnotic work is to help you to tap into your inner potential and to gain power and confidence in you own abilities.

Is hypnosis safe?

There are also different types of hypnosis.
1. Stage hypnosis uses a form of Classical hypnosis to create a trance state where the mind is more open to suggestion.  People who do these stage shows are experts at classical hypnosis and are also adept at picking people who would be willing to be on stage and are open to suggestion.

2. Therapeutic or Medical hypnosis can also use classical techniques.  But, I have found that for people with anxiety or worry a different form of hypnosis is more effective  In this form you are part of the team with your hypnotherapist.  And because you are part of the team it is possible to get healing on the deepest level, kind of like finding your own inner guidance system and making it work for your benefit.

From my years of research and study I developed a system I  call Cognitive-Behavorial-Hypnosis, it combines the older techniques of cognitive/behavioral therapy, within the hypnotic state of mind.

The type of hypnosis that I find works better than classical hypnosis is called Ericksonian Hypnosis.  And when combined with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic-Programming), for the specific issues of anxiety, panic and bowel distress it has proved to be the answer. At the Anxiety Control Center we’ve been use this amazing combination for many years,  our clients get the ultimate result they seek: Freedom from panic, anxiety, pain and bowel/gastric distress.

More about they type of hypnosis I recommend.
Since my speciality is panic, worry, anxiety, IBS and pain I developed a way of helping my clients to uncover the old, faulty programs that trigger these symptoms.  And, all done in a state of mind where they are in control and a part of the process, as they learn how to use their own mind in a new enhancing way.

Question 3:  Why use cognitive-behavioral-hypnosis for anxiety and worry?
Audrey Answers: It works! People make changes in just sessions, that would take years and years of talk therapy.
a.  When in an inward focused, hypnotic state, it is possible to draw on information and resources not possible in to “conscious” state.
b. When the mind is open and curious you get out of the stuck  or problem state.
c. Solutions to even the most difficult problems appear almost effortlessly.
d. Learn how to gain distance so you can decrease the emotional charge on unsettling events.  
e.  And it is possible to release the emotions from traumatic events. When emotions are released old reactions patterns and old beliefs that are holding you back can change easily.  It is like re-booting a computer, with new programs, and patterns available.

1. We can create a inner trance state, without the need of relaxation or giving up control.  It is a skill that can be learned and only seconds are needed to get into it.  Being awake, in control and aware yet in a inward focused (trance) state is where deep change can happen.

2. The self-hypnotic trance state can be accessed in just seconds. There is no need for long exercises to get into a relaxed state. The bonus of learning self-hypnotic techniques is that when you have relief from symptoms of anxiety and worry,  you can learn to use other hypnotic techniques for healing and to trigger instant relaxation.

3. Using hypnosis allows you to focus inward. All that is needed is slightly altered our state of consciousness.  You will be aware of all that goes on.  When seeking hypnotic work be sure the person is a licensed trained professional in addition to being a hypnotist.  That way you can be sure they are bound by  ethics of the profession and that  no one will be making anyone do anything they wouldn’t want to do.

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I’ve been helping people to break free of IBS, anxiety, fear and worry for many years, now I’m opening up my program to new clients.  If you want to get relief without medication sign up for one of the Discovery Consultations time slots I’m offering.

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Hypnosis the answer? Stop anxiety, worry and panic

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What is Hypnosis?

Hypnosis is simply an inward focused state of mind. When you find yourself thinking about a past event, or are having a conversation in your mind, you are already experiencing something similar to a light hypnotic trance. When you alter your state of mind in a purposeful way to accomplish something that is called hypnosis.

There are many different ways to create a hypnotic state.  According to what you are trying to achieve the altered state can be very light or very deep.   The easiest way to alter your state of mind from an outward one to an inner focused one is to change your breathing pattern. Information on this method can be found at: www.anxietycontrolcenter.com/stress-breath. 

Who will achieve the best results for clearing up a problem using hypnosis?

People who are highly intelligent and creative make the best hypnotic candidates. But, anyone of at least average intelligence who wants to can learn to use this skill.

Why are people who have anxiety good candidates for hypnosis? If you can do anxiety, panic or worry you are already using your mind to create a trance state. Therefore you will be able to learn to use the same techniques that create anxiety to create calm. I have been helping my clients who have anxiety, panic, fear, worry, post traumatic stress issues to use their own mind to create a positive hypnotic trance state. And once the mind get adept at going into an altered state it is possible to release stuffed emotions that weigh heavily on daily activities.  See panic attacks can be stopped at:  http://www.anxietycontrolcenter.com/change-your-life/scared-of-dying-panic-attacks-can-be-stopped/

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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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Action Step Four: Success with Self hypnosis

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If you’ve been reading my posts in the last few weeks, you know that one of the goals I set for the New Year was to provide useful information for people who want to stop the distress of anxiety, fear, worry and panic.  

Each post starts with information I think you’ll find helpful.   It is followed by an Action Step you can take immediately.   I hope you are already finding the step-by-step guidelines useful in your journey to finding peace, calm and serenity in your life.

ACTION STEP FOUR:  Self-hypnotic techniques are easy to learn.  For today your Action Step is to gain an understanding of hypnosis.   

Classical hypnotic and self-hypnotic techniques consist of three identifiable parts:

Part 1 is called the induction: Using certain language and suggestions the mind is led to an inner focused state, or altered state of mind.  This is what hypnotists call a trance state.  There are many ways to go into the inner focused state, in the weeks to come you’ll be given a number of easy ways to create an altered state of mind. Some will take just seconds and others can take up to 20 minutes.  The longer inductions are useful for relaxing the body,  for sleep issues and for gaining a deeper level of trance where it is possible to release negative emotions..  

Part 2 uses positive suggestions or visualizations.  Once in an inward focused trance state the mind is open to suggestion.  Suggestions can consist of images, thoughts or feelings.  The suggestions are designed to help you create a positive outcome for whatever issues you are dealing with.

The unconscious mind will only accept suggestions in alignment with you values.  If they are not acceptable to you then they won’t stick.

Part 3 consists of Post Hypnotic Suggestion as you are coming back to the outward focused state of mind.   They are given as you are coming back out of the trance state towards the conscious waking state.  In this part of the process, ideas are presented to the unconscious part of the mind, and as you gently bring yourself back to the present, the unconscious incorporates the suggestions that are acceptable to you.  They serve to give you a glimpse of a positive future.

Remember:  Your mind will only accept suggestions that are in alignment with your values. When they are in alignment its like all systems are set on “go” and changes can happen almost in the blink of an eye.

The language and words used while you are in an altered / trance state, are different than they way you might speak, in the regular conscious state of mind.  So be aware that reading the words might not always make sense on the conscious level.  The unconscious mind interprets things in its own way.  When powerful hypnotic “languaging” fits with your inner needs, you’ll be surprised  to notice the changes that take place.  And any relaxation in your body and mind happens without any effort on a conscious level.

For more ideas about hypnosis and what it can be used for go to:  What is hypnosis?

REMEMBER:  Before trying a skill or technique out in a stressful situation, it is so much easier to learn the technique in a quiet spot you set aside for practice,.  

1. In Action Step One, we used a series of questions to get a baseline of distress on the  the issues you are struggling with.

2. In Action Step Two,  we talked about creating a quiet spot where you can practice. Somewhere in the comfort of your own home or office.   This is a space where you can practice each technique, to experience how it works for you.    

3. Practice the mind calming technique in your dedicated space for doing this work.
     a. And in 60 seconds you can feel the difference of using the calming breath
     b. Most people feel the calming change with the first practice.
     c. Within 2 – 4 weeks of practice, a positive habit it developed.  Stress relief tools can help in any situation where you want to bring down stress.

4. This calming breath is one of the tools used to bring down stress – in the physical part of the stress cycle.  

With each step you’ll be delighted with how differently your body reacts.  Having a toolbox of stress relief skills gives you back control of your life.  

6.  Action Step 4, was to read about hypnosis and self-hypnosis.   Make sure to read the first Four Actions Steps, and if you haven’t already watched the calming breath video you can do this first before going on to the next technique.

Bonus:  You’ve gotten to the end of another Action Step.  If you’d like to treat yourself to another experience using a hypnotic technique, go to the Standing Meditation technique.

The Standing Meditation Technique is one we use with our private clients who want to release negative emotions.  It uses a combination of skills from all three parts of the stress relief cycle.  The video that you can watch is a shortened clip we posted after one of our workshops.  The full Standing Meditation  takes from 20 to 40 minutes, so as you watch recognize that although beneficial as it is, all the parts are not included. To get most benefit practice the breathing for calm exercise before watching the Standing meditation video. 


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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 www.anxietycontrolcenter.com/stress-breath 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 www.anxietycontrolcenter.com/stress-breath 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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Self-hypnosis: Standing Meditation for Stress Relief

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We had a great turnout at our February “Self-Hypnosis to Ease Anxiety and Worry,” Workshop.  A the end of this post you will find a link to a sample of the “Standing Meditation Technique.”

If you are interested in being a participant at future workshops please sign up for our email list, and we will contact you.   Some topics we will cover:
1.  How the mind-body connection can be used to change anxiety into calm.   
2.  You will get a taste of ways to tap into your own powerful unconscious guidance system.
3.  Learn the Standing Meditation technique that drains off tension.
4.  Learn where faulty reactions such as fear, worry, panic and anxiety come from and how they can be re-programmed.
5.  Begin to use your own mind in a new and powerful way.

We realize the audio quality is a bit fuzzy at times, so we’ve added annotations to explain what the hypnotherapists are describing. Click on the link below to watch the video.

Self-hypnosis Standing Meditation for Stress Relief Video Clip. 

We hope you find it useful and welcome your questions and comments.
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What is Hypnosis?

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It is a process that uses imagination
and an inwardfocus
to open the doorway to the unconscious.

Hypnotic techniques enables a change of state
which is needed
 to make lasting change,
and tap into reserves of potential.


People who are intelligent and who have
an active and creative imagination, 
are the best using hypnotic techniques.

Anyone who creates anxiety, worry and fear about a
possible future event is using a type of hypnosis.
The same process the mind uses to create stress
can be reprogrammed to a positive use. 

The mind has a great capacity for change.
Using hypnotic techniques an inward focused,
trance state 
is created.
In this state of mind
it is possible to 
release negative emotions,
re-program new beliefs and
new desirable reactions

You do not have to remain forever locked
into reactions we don’t want.
If you are worried, anxiety or having panic you can
learn to use hypnotic techniques to calm your mind.

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