Monday, 29 April 2013

You Can Control Your Alcohol Consumption With Hypnosis

For confirmed alcoholics, total abstinence from alcohol may be the only option.  However, for many, controlled drinking or moderated drinking may be the goal.  I would be happy to work with you and help you become sober and in control of your drinking.

A client in Belgium once told me he wanted to be able to drink a couple of Belgian beers and enjoy them rather than drink five or six and wake up in a pool of vomit with a hangover. 

Of course, alcohol is easily available, relatively cheap and portrayed as part of adult socializing.  For most people, alcohol moderation is not an issue.  They can enjoy a drink or two and know when to stop. 

I want to help the people who have crossed the line or are concerned that they may be about to.  Most alcoholics or people with uncontrolled drinking are normal everyday functioning people, often with professional and family responsibilities.  It may be your neighbour, colleague or relative and you don’t even realize.

Alcohol can cause cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure, depression, anxiety and damage to the brain and nervous system. It is really not worth it.

For Muslims, drinking alcohol is forbidden because they know that it alters your state, the real uninhibited person appears who may behave in a rude, violent or aggressive way when alcohol is in control.  Some people become very emotional and some pass out, vomiting.  The contraceptive pill is not effective for the rest of the month if a woman has vomited which is how some unwanted pregnancies occur.

I combine advanced hypnosis with NLP and Timeline to change the faulty mental conditioning and boost your willpower. When your “childish” unconscious mind knows that this uncontrolled habit is not helping you but doing you harm, it will adopt change like switching on a lightbulb.  Cravings disappear, your willpower is strengthened and you find new alternative behaviours to replace that automatic reaching for a bottle (or can).  Your self-confidence and self-esteem probably need a boost.  Certainly your self-respect.

You don’t need alcohol to be an emotional crutch.  If there are reasons for your drinking, relaxation techniques will help us to access the root cause for the addiction in your unconscious mind so that we can deal with them.  You may be facing an emotional problem and hiding from it rather than dealing with the consequences.  Life throws us bad situations and stressful circumstances but it is not what happens so much as how we respond that matters.  I change the story about “needing a drink to cope” to more positive feelings about yourself.  Whereas drinking used to be for escape, we replace that running away with confidence, strength and self-control.

Together we create better coping strategies and attitudes towards alcohol.  It is not your friend, any more than a cigarette is a friend.  They are both harmful, addictive drugs.

You don’t have to spend the rest of your life going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, standing up and saying, “My name is xxx.  I’m an alcoholic.”  Hypnotherapy can help you to put alcohol dependence behind you so you can say socially, “I used to be an alcoholic” or “I used to have a problem with alcohol... but I found a way out.  I’m in control now.  I can have a drink when I want to, without needing to have a drink for the wrong reasons.”

Cutting down on your alcohol consumption will also help you with better sleep, appetite, concentration and decision-making skills.

Today can be the day when you start loving yourself and appreciating yourself for the really good and intelligent individual that you are.  It is time to take action.

©Antonia Harrison 2013. 
Antonia Harrison is The Lifestyle Liberator freeing people from bad habits, addictions and fears using the powerful tools of Clinical Hypnosis and NLP.  She is located in the UK and helps clients worldwide via Skype.  Visit

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Monday, 22 April 2013

NLP and Hypnosis for Allergies including Hayfever

An allergy is an overreaction on the part of the immune system to things that were not necessarily dangerous in and of themselves, but that at one time your body thought they were.

Allergies such as hayfever are traditionally treated with a strong antihistamine. The medicine is relatively effective, but it dries out the nasal passages and throat and can be very uncomfortable.  Is it possible to use our own powerful mind to treat the allergy?  Apparently, yes.

NLP is about human excellence, about how to change limiting beliefs and attitudes to restore health and maintain happiness. 

NLP aims to combine the three most influential factors known to influence human experience:
  1. The neurological system, responsible for body function regulation;
  2. The language system that controls how we interact and communicate with others;
  3. Our programming, which defines the models of the worlds we create in our lives.
NLP is known for modifying many behaviours through anchoring of a positive state in the predominant V-A-K senses ie Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic.  NLP can help in situations like public speaking; a salesperson can identify a purchaser’s buying strategy to understand what would be the best approach in selling and a teacher can use NLP to help students learn in the way which is best for them individually.

The NLP Fast Phobia Cure can remove a phobia within 15 minutes.  I know because I have used it successfully with many clients and used a combination of self-hypnosis and the NLP Fast Phobia Cure to overcome my life-long spider phobia. 

Yes, there are many widely known applications of NLP but I want to look at a little known area:  NLP for Allergies.  This method  recodes how the person’s T-cells flag an allergen in the their immune system. Allergens that were marked out as harmful by the person’s immune system are, after the NLP allergy process, treated as they should be ie they aren’t flagged any more.

At  © 1998 by Robert Dilts we find the NLP technique for re-programming the way a person responds to an allergen which is briefly outlined:
1.       Associate into the memory of an allergic reaction.
2.       Establish an anchor [A1] for a dissociated state.
3.       Establish a desired state anchor [A2] for how the explorer wants to respond.
4.       Establish an anchor for several counterexample reference experiences [A3].
5.       Check for any secondary gains or ecology issues regarding the allergic response.
6.       Fire off the dissociated state anchor [A1] and have the explorer begin to imagine being near the allergen.
7.       Fire off the anchors for the desired state [A2] and counterexample [A3] simultaneously. 
8.       Test.

The site goes on to say:
“The basic NLP Allergy Technique has now been applied thousands of times in clinical and training settings and has been effective in changing a vast majority of allergy symptoms. The types of allergies have included those to airborne material, such as smoke, pollen, perfume, etc., to various foods, and even in cases involving asthma.
In a study done in Salt Lake City (Hallbom & Smith, 1987), 32 individuals were guided through the allergy pattern for a multitude of allergies, including pollen, smoke and foods. They even treated a person who was sensitive to poison oak, which is a kind of an allergy. Out of the 30 people, all but three showed immediate reduction of their symptoms. Most of the people in the study, in fact, showed a complete suppression of the allergic reaction immediately after learning the process. A six month follow up revealed that only three of the individuals who had responded positively had any recurrence of their allergies. 
In the Summer of 1994, a controlled clinical test of the Allergy Process was conducted with approximately 120 allergy sufferers. The study was conducted under the supervision of Dr. David Paul at a hospital in Vail, Colorado. The study showed that the Allergy Process produced significant reduction in the symptoms of many types of allergies, in particular food allergies. Details of this study are available from the Institute for Advanced Studies of Health (IASH).”

How Does NLP Help Allergies?
The premise of NLP suggests that allergic reactions (an immune response from the body) are directly influenced by the mind and other psychological factors. NLP works by questioning these factors and teaches the individual how to have more control over his or her body’s response to allergens.
Medical people agree that the chronic, allergy-related diseases (asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema) can be triggered by stress, anxiety or strong emotions.

NLP practically retrains the immune system to react less, if at all, to allergens. It aims to treat the allergy by re-educating the immune system to react passively instead of actively in response to allergens (and other foreign substances) via techniques of psychological reframing.

Allergies can often develop in times of great change such as puberty, marriage, poor health and even parenthood. These changes can all affect us both externally and internally at a cellular level. With these changes in mind, NLP aims to help the individual identify how and when the allergy developed, and re-educates the body on how it may have acted differently. In training the imagination, NLP teaches the body what it needed to know to deal with the allergen at that crucial time of development, giving it a new point of reference for future encounters with allergens.

The NLP allergy process was originally developed by Robert Dilts, Tim Hallbom, and Suzi Smith. Here is the process taught by Tim Hallborn:

Here is the experience of people who have used NLP for allergies:
“I think the best claims are to actually try the techniques. I have seen NLP used to cure all sorts of allergies – including mine. I had horrible food allergies that completely constrained my life for 10 years. At a certain point I was willing to try anything to get over them. I did try NLP and it worked.” - Kat
Peter N:
"Amazing.  After years of hayfever misery, one session of NLP has freed me." 

Cliff Westin:
“The above (Tim Hallborn video)should cover your question about the process. As for the extraordinary evidence; for me, I had seasonal allergies relieved while learning the process. I have since used this process to alleviate pet allergies with a number of people and I have been able to alleviate lactose intolerance in one person as well.
I agree that a large study should be conducted on this to give the general populous that don’t understand what the processes is about, the ammunition needed to make a reasonable decision. On the other side of this statement, without such a study, it’s also hard to condemn the process. 
For those that feel this is dangerous. It is always recommended to validate the outcome of this process with a medical professional. If you have sea food allergy and you try this process, go back to the Dr. and have them run the tests again. For the love of all that is holy, don’t take anyone’s word for anything, certainly if you have a condition that could kill you.”

Hypnosis can sometimes be applied:

Jonathan Arthur:
“I had a hypnosis session for the matter of dog allergies. I have been thinking whether or not this has worked. For the last two weeks I have been fostering dogs with no allergic reaction, I have concluded that my allergies to dogs have been cured! If you are skeptical of hypnosis then you should try it. If you don’t think this exists, try it for yourself. It’s not the Hypnotist doing anything, it’s how you go about in your own consciousness. It’s extremely hard to explain but if you have allergies, depression, addiction etc…… Just try a session and see if it works for you. This is not voodoo or anything like it. Try it for yourself.”

Remember that an allergy can be the body’s way of communicating the need to take better care, slow down and return to a healthier way of living.  A disease shows that the body is at dis-ease with itself.

Antonia Harrison is The Lifestyle Liberator freeing people from bad habits, addictions and fears using the powerful tools of Clinical Hypnosis and NLP.  She is located in the UK and helps clients worldwide via Skype.  Visit

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