Is hypnosis safe?

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Do you have winter depression?

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Anxiety, depression and winter blues.
3 Secrets to change the internal triggers

By Audrey Sussman PhD

The beautiful, orange and reds of the changing leaves signals winter is around the corner.  This can be a source of pleasure and joy for many, but if you have seasonal depression it  leads to a sense of dread, sadness and winter blues.  It may seem strange that the change of seasons can cause such different reactions.  There is a reason that people have different reactions.

If your mind goes into a downward spiral as the winter season approaches, it’s important to understand that your reaction is not actually about the cold, snowy, grey days of winter.  If it were, all people would have the same reaction.   What is taking place with winter blues is the memories and old programs that are being triggered.  These triggers are hidden in the background of the mind. 

The part of the mind that records all your memories is called the unconscious part of the mind.  Lucky for all of us,  we can learn to speak the language of the unconscious to change reactions we don’t want.  The 1st step for changing programs that  trigger dread, sadness and anxiety as winter approaches, is to understand how to talk the language of the unconscious.   

Talking the language of the unconscious  is very different from the cognitive exercise,  of saying to yourself “I won’t get sad, anxious/ depressed this winter.”   Talking to yourself, saying mantra’s is a completely different skill, because it works only on the conscious level, instead of changing the unconscious programming that is causing the problem.  Cognitive skills are helpful, they help for a while, but since the program is still running,  the unwanted feelings come back, no matter how much you tell yourself this year will be different.   

Feelings don’t come out of the blue.  The programs that are causing the reaction were set inside early in life.  That is why it is so difficult to change unwanted reactions on the logical/cognitive level.  If an unwanted program is running in the background, we use the language  the unconscious  mind  will follow, to reprogram it.  

A good example of how talking the language of the unconscious change winter depression for one of my clients follows. Although she came to see me for a completely different problem, it turned out that Marcie got a huge bonus of getting free of her winter depression.  Marcie (name changed) came for help because migraines were destroying her happy life.  Medicine was no longer working, and the pain was so awful it was effecting her vision.  She was angry that she had no control over her bodily reaction and she was scared since  it was getting worse as winter approached. A dding to her misery was the fear of not knowing when the next migraine might hit. Each day as she got ready for work she didn’t know if she’d be able to complete her day without asking for a ride home. 

As I was getting information in our first session she happened to mention that each autumn the migraines would get worse, and in addition she started to feel dread of the cold, grey days of winter.   No matter how hard she tried to stay up and to be her normal happy self, as the trees lost their leaves she just couldn’t stop the downward spiral.    At this point she believed that she just didn’t like winter. She image of winter was  dead trees,  a dark and dismal sky, and feeling empty and dull inside  her chest.   

For years, she dreaded winter, and no matter how hard she tried,  she couldn’t stop the emptiness and depression that would overtake her.  In the last few years she realized that the migraines also increased as winter approached.  What she didn’t realize was all of this could change.  As we worked together it changed so much that winter no longer caused any reaction. She still preferred the warmth of summer, but the migraines disappeared, and she no longer felt dread and the downward spiral as winter approached.

It is always interesting to me what brings people to see me.  In Marcie’s case she was hoping to get relief from migraines.  A friend had giving her my card and it took her two years to finally get to the point where she was ready to try my program. Even after she signed up she was skeptical that anything would help.  She said I was her last hope because the medical approaches stopped working and she was told she have to learn to live with the pain.      After completing the program she was migraine free,  and she had a bonus she hadn’t imagined when we started.   She called me a year later.   What she was actually calling about was to say it’s Spring and she had gone through fall and winter without migraines, but even more surprising she didn’t have the dread and emptiness.   Best of all she didn’t have to try to change it, her feelings about autumn and winter were  just different.    It seemed like a miracle to her, but in reality once you know how to speak the language of the unconscious it is easy to get to the root of unwanted emotions and to change the reactions that you don’t want.

If the cold winds of winter bring on dread, sadness, depression or anxiety, you are not alone,  I get calls from people suffering from melancholy, loneliness, sadness, dread and anxiety every day,  and, I’d love to guide you to change. I offer a consultation where you can get your questions answered

If you want to experiment on your own there are a number of things you can start with to change unwanted reactions. It might surprise you to learn that it is possible to get total relief from even the most devistating feelings and reactions.

Changing unwanted triggers:  The first 3 secrets

The 1st secret: Knowing how the mind works. 

Think of the mind as being made up of  two different parts.
1. The conscious part:  What you are aware of,  your thoughts.
2. The unconscious part: This is the part that holds all your memories, the programs and your stuffed/repressed emotions. 

We want to talk the language of the unconscious mind in order to re-program unwanted triggers.  To first way get in touch with unconscious information is to notice where you feel each emotion in your body.

Getting In Touch With Unconscious Information: 
TIP:  The next time you feel sad, angry, depressed or anxious, take a moment to do a body scan.   As you scan your body, notice what part of your body hold the emotion (or notice where you feel tension)  

This step is really important because your emotions give us vital information.  Knowing where you hold each emotions will be of help when working to clear the whole chain of similar emotions. .   

The 2nd secret:  Become aware of your thoughts.

Conscious Mind TIP: Become aware of the thoughts, pictures and memories that go through your mind.
Many times  thoughts move so quickly you are not aware that a thought is creating a reaction. What tells you there was a thought (including the ones running in the back of your mind)  is that if you pay attention you can feel where the emotion is being held in your body. 

Two different types of  thoughts:
1.  Past events:
When you have an unwanted emotion, take a moment to notice your thoughts.  Go to the moment right before you felt the emotion in your body. Notice if you thinking about something from the past.  

2. Future Worries:
These are thoughts about possible scary, upsetting, embarrassing things that might happen in the future. When thoughts get stuck on upsetting things that might happen in the future,  it creates a negative image about the future event.  These images  usually contain  images of being rejected,  embarrassed, or being flooded with anxiety.    It is understandable that these images and thoughts increase the worry, dread, sadness, overwhelm and fear about the future situation.

TIP: When future images are causing a problem experiment with this little trick.  Since the future hasn’t happened yet, and it is your mind instead of seeing what you don’t want,  experiment with creating a positive future image.  Create something you want to see happen.    These new images will set up the unconscious for a much more positive outcome. 

If after experimenting you find that  you are still suffering with negative images and emotions  that you can’t shake, it means there is something deeper that needs to be released.  Take a deep breath and ask the question: I wonder what this emotion is about.  This might give you the deeper issues that need to be re-programmed. 

The 3rd secret: Release stuffed emotions  

The unconscious mind reacts to your thoughts.  Thoughts trigger emotions because the unconscious responds to your thoughts and messages.   Your unconscious part is constantly working in the background to manage all the information coming in from all your senses.  It takes care of sending the chemicals needed to get you ready to fight or flee in a fearful situation. T he changes in our body chemistry is what causes you to feel jittery, nervous and anxious as the body is getting ready to flight or flee.  This can lead to more fear and dread of the imagined, upcoming event. 

The unconscious is also the storehouse for all of your stuffed emotions, and the images that go with them.  In order to release emotions it helps to have a guide. .  This is the area where I can help.  I have a great track record of helping people to get free of anxiety, panic, fear, worry, pain and overwhelm. It is possible to start feeling the positive changes in just sessions. And after releasing  stuffed emotions, automatically new life enhancing programs replace the old faulty ones, and you then react with calm and serenity,  in events that used to trigger unwanted anxiety.  

About the author:  Audrey Sussman PhD is a hypnotherapist and the Director of the Anxiety Control Center.  Thirty years ago she  began her quest to find a way to help her clients to break free from anxiety and panic.  Years of study and practice went into the development of her life changing program.  Now it is possible to get relief from panic, anxiety, fear, depression, phobias, migraines as well as stomach and bowel distress. You can learn to use this step-by-step system, by listening to her seminars, in private sessions and through her self study courses.

For information or to set up a consultation click here to email her 

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Shift your mind from anxiety: Moving towards your goals

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Marci Fedor and Audrey Sussman PhD  chat about ways to get out of anxiety.

Listen in to this fun chat between Audrey and Marci as these two professionals help their client to use NLP and hypnotic techniques to shift the mind quickly from anxiety to focus, calm and relief.

Chat 1 –  How to facilitate a shift
1. Where are you now:
a.  Observe your state of mind
b.  Notice the racing thoughts, that take over your mind.

2. Where do you want to go?
a.  Put images and thoughts of what you want in positive
b.  What you want instead of what you don’t want.
c.  Setting the course – train track or a map of where you want to go

Tips:
*  1st step in shifting – Slow down your system
*  Breath to alter state to calm
 * Visualize a movie of what you want in the future
** NLP technique:  the more senses you use (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) the more real it will feel.

  • In an anxious state can’t get anywhere: body in state of alarm, clouding thinking.
  • 1st is to slow the system down,  use any of the be-calm exercises
  • Acceptance of where  you are
  • Your are doing the best you can in the moment
  • Changing programming that gets you stuck.
  • Gaining new perspective a hypnotic exercise
  • Anchors that trigger old unwanted responses
  • Re-imprint (re-script) old images and programs
  • Birthright to make mistakes and to be loved

Next step: Identify what is underneath the anxiety:
Questions to get underneath emotions.
1. The “why” or  “what” question: which works best for you.
2. Is it true?
3. Who would you be without anxiety?

Click on this link to hear the audio’s.

Audrey Sussman PhD works with successful business owners who get stressed, procrastinate or feel overwhelmed with all there is to do in growing a business.   She helps them to transform the inner-critic that causes anxiety and worry into a positive, life enhancing guidance system.

 

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Overworked, Overwhelmed and Stressed? Tips for a Calm and Focused Mind

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Have you every felt so overwhelmed that you procrastinate?   Does self-doubt set in when you most need to be at your best when taking on new challenges? Do you then feel bad about procrastinating on the things you really want to do?   

The stress reaction is something that happens when people take on new challenges.  The more successful you are the more challenges you are taking on.  And the anxiety-procrastination reaction is one of the most misunderstood reactions.  Most people add to the distress with self blame.  Yet, procrastination happens because of the programs and triggers that run in the back of the mind.  The amazing thing is that there is a way to change these anxiety reactions so you can be in the state of confidence and curiosity needed when things seem overwhelming.  

Many people feel anxiety from overwhelm in the body.   At time it might seems that anxiety comes out as heart pounding, stomach clenching or a mind fogging reaction.  And to make it worse it might even seem that these physical reactions come from out of the blue. 

This is because the triggers for reactions are so hidden, that it seems like there is reason to feel this way.  As your mind tries to make sense of the reactions it can cause more of fear and worry that adds to the stress you are already feeling.  And for many people they fear that the body reaction is a signal that something is terrible wrong physically. 

The anxiety/fear reaction does have a positive purpose. When working properly, it can mobilize you for action.  But, when procrastination or fear is the response it takes you out of your best state of mind into one where you begin to doubt yourself.

UNCOVERING THE PROGRAMS:

Think back on a time when you felt worry, fear or procrastinated on something you really want to do.  Then notice what happens as the fearful thoughts move through your mind.  You’ll probable begin to notice that your thoughts are creating future images of what you fear might happen.   And sometimes the thoughts and images move so quickly through your mind that it seems the reaction your are having is for no apparent reason.   The unconscious mind interprets the future images as a signal that you will need to fight or flee.  It accepts the thoughts and images as if they are really happening in the present moment.  Then chemicals pour though the body getting you ready to fight or flee, sometimes the chest gets tight, or you’ll feel a nervous energy though-out the body.   People suffering with panic then increase the distress as they worry that something is wrong with their health.

This cause the out of control feeling that add to the distress as new thoughts arise telling you these terrible feelings will never stop.

GETTING A HANDLE ON THE STRESS REACTION

The mind and body are connected, and thoughts can create physical reactions.  Actually, the unconscious part o the mind is doing what it is designed to do, send a message to release chemicals, getting  the body ready to fight or flee.  This is a normal, healthy part of the mind-body connection.

But, when we aren’t aware of what is triggering the anxiety reactions, as chemicals rush through the body it might seem the reaction is coming from out of the blue.   And this then plays havoc on both the 

STARTING TO GET BACK IN BALANCE   

  • No matter the event, you can learn to have control over these stress reactions.
  • 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 that determines our reactions. 
  • Take a moment to identify the symptoms you are having.
  • Then, take a moment to be curious about the thoughts or images moving through your mind.
  • Continue with the experiment below or go to the link to have a consultation for getting relief.

 If you want more information on calming the mind and body so you can sail easily towards goals, take advantage of our 10 week home-study course.  Want to change on the deepest level where you can reprogram your own unconscious for calm, focus and motivation?

Click here for information on the consultation

Sign up for a 30 minute Consultation session with Audrey Sussman PhD.   You’ll find out how I have helped successful, creative professionals to get free from anxiety, worry and procrastination. It is possible to keep calm, focused and motivated with the most stressful challenges.
Important links:

 

Before your consultation: Experiment with the following ideas

Identify issues that cause distress.

1. Think about and then write down: What causes you anxiety, worry, fear, sadness, panic, guilt.

2. Keep this list because after using the Magic Toolbox you will be amazed at where you started

3.  Next: Number the issues or symptoms you’ve written down: From the most stressful to least.

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

5.  For each of the 3 starred items: 

a. Think about and then write about how different it will it be when you are free from the issues. 

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

c. Visualize a new possible future: notice what you see in this image, what you hear and even how it feels in your body as you imagine stepping into that future image.

d. Make note of any negative thoughts the come up, when doing this experiment with creating what you want your future to look like.

Following the steps above, is the start to any change. 

Links: Information about the   Magic Tool Box
Consultation:   To set up a consultation email your name, contact information and phone number to Audrey.

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Consultation: Get relief from anxiety worry, self-doubt.

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Complimentary Consultation
with Audrey Sussman PhD


Find out about The Magic Toolbox of skills that has helped successful, creative professionals to get free from anxiety, worry, procrastination, overwhelm, self-doubt and pain. It is possible to change your life.

What you can expect in your free 30 minute consultation.

1. Get your questions answered on how to break free from the issues you are dealing with. 

2. Develop a sense of clarity about what drives anxiety, worry, and overwhelm.

3. Discover the 3 essential elements you can use to free up energy and confidence.

4. Identify the #1 thing stopping you from getting freedom from worry, fear or pain.

5. Complete the consultation knowing exactly what to do 
next to get free of anxiety, pain, worry and panic.     


Call  917-399-2102 or email for a consultation. 

When you email Audrey please include
Best contact information
and a bit about what you’d like to get from the consultation
and what you are struggling with.


Audrey has created the formula for results. 
Gain the keys to calm a racing mind and for breaking free of
the stress and anxiety that smothers natural ability. 

 

 

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How to Stop Negative Thinking

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Do you wish to have a way to
stop the mind from racing?

In this article you’ll get tips you can use to stop negative thinking.  These are the thoughts that pop into the mind increasing stress, anger and self-doubt.

I received the following questions from one of my readers.

*What can I do when I start to feel negative thoughts?

*Is there any quick way to get out of feeling down?

*How do I get out of the negative mindset and change it to thinking positive?

She continued saying: a lot of people say to just think positive thoughts, but if it were that easy I would already be doing that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 
In the audio below are the answers to these questions:
Listen in to hear a more about using your
mind in a more positive way.

 
What you can do to pull yourself
out of a negative mindset
.

1. Pick one specific situation where negative thoughts are getting in your way.

2.  Notice where (in your body) you feel the emotion. 
 
3. Ask yourself: I wonder what this feeling is about?
Note: this is different from the question? Why am I feeling this way?
 
4. Different types of thoughts:
* Thoughts that tear down self-confidence
* Imagined conversations we with someone who caused upset.
* Thoughts of revenge.
* Thoughts that circle: Each negative thought leads to another  until the reaction is out of control. 
 
There are many different ways to stop the cycle.
 Click here for the first mind calming tool
 And
Sign up for a Consultation to
learn how to get free from
Anxiety, Worry, Procrastination and Self Doubt. 
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The Purpose of Worry

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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.

Click  below to watch the video on ways to stop worry.  If you enjoy writing join us for the next retreat go to: writeyourscreenplay.com/retreats

This was taken in Costa Rica where Audrey Sussman PhD goes each year to give Screen Writers new ways to increase focus and flow that enhances their inner potential.  In the clip we are discussing how to stop procrastination by releasing blocks that limit potential.

Would you like to have a system to:
1. Calm a racing mind in just seconds, without medication? 

2. Give you the blueprint for setting any goal, so you can’t help but achieve it?

3. Learn how to re-program your own unconscious so you no longer feel stuck, procrastinate, or have worry that drains your energy?

4. And have a way to have all of this set on automatic?

Then I have something you will want to know about.
email Audrey for more information on the next group coaching. 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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