How the InstaCalm® Anxiety Relief System Works
by Charles Beeson
The InstaCalm® Anxiety Relief Program is an alternative anxiety treatment that combines Cognitive Behavioral Hypnotherapy with time-tested self-help techniques. It can be used to compliment medical treatment and psycho-therapy.
It can also be used as a stand-alone method to alleviate the symptoms of many different types of anxiety, such as:
Phobias (Fears of; public speaking; flying, driving, etc.)
InstaCalm® is conducted in a step-by-step process or system that focuses on calming the nervous system, changing the minds perception about what’s triggering the fear, and, improving a person’s self-confidence.
InstaCalm® achieves this through the following 5 Steps:
STEP 1. Alleviating the Root Cause by Desensitizing Stressfull Memories.
STEP 2. Calming the nervous system with the InstaCalm Relaxation™ Technique.
STEP 3. Learn a Quick and Easy Technique to let-go of worry and anticipation anxiety in seconds.
STEP 4. Learn fast-working techniques to stop anxiety & panic attacks, as well as, alleviate anxious, irrational thoughts.
STEP 5. Improve Your Self-Confidence in knowing you can fearlessly feel safe in any place and situation.
I have been developing this program since 1995. It began as a simple stress reduction method and evolved in its’ complexity of techniques to meet the needs of my clients. Through trial and error, it has become a viable treatment approach, but remains experimental, due to a lack of scientific study.
Critics of this program, say that other types of therapy are superior, because they are ‘Evidence Based” and are supported by clinical study.
The advantage of the InstaCalm Anxiety Relief System is the speed of recovery. It can achieves results in 50% of the time of typical, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Many of my clients had spent months participating in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and received minor or limited results.
It can be truthfully stated that InstaCalm is a form of cognitive therapy; in that the above objectives can only be met if cognitive thought process is somehow modified. The differences lie in the methodology used to achieve these cognitive changes. InstaCalm uses cognitive hypnotherapy and cognitive hypnotic reinforcement recordings to effectively speed-up the process.
Methods Used During the first session, I conduct a history review, and then, coach my client in a method that allows them to alleviate the negative, stressful feelings of: anger, sadness, fear, shame and guilt, in significant past memories. This technique is called “Time Line Therapy®” (TLT). [Time Line Therapy and the Basis of Personality, Tad James and Wyatt Woodsmall, Meta Publications 1988]
This TLT session usually takes one to two hours. Afterwards, when the person thinks of the uncomfortable memory, it feels numb. This result appears to be lasting and does not require reinforcement. These significant emotional events are often the initial trigger of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), or, a cause of the rapid worsening of the symptoms.
During the completion of the session, I teach my client how they can use the TLT technique to alleviate the feeling of worry or anticipation anxiety regarding a future situation or event. This Anxiety Release Technique is explained in my free eBook, “Top Ten Self-Help Techniques for Fast Anxiety Relief“.
This eBook is downloaded in an Anxiety Relief Kit that includes an MP3 relaxation recording called, “Deep Calmness”. I recommend that anyone suffering with any type of Anxiety Disorder to listen to this 19 minute recording (or any relaxation recording they prefer) every morning, to calm their nervous system.
Calming the Nervous System
One of the most important steps in the initial treatment of GAD, is to quiet the Autonomic Nervous System. Practicing relaxation techniques through out the day, helps to “break-the-habit” of connecting to the sympathetic nervous system, AND begin re-connecting to the Relaxation Response, through the parasympathetic nervous system.
During the Second InstaCalm Session, I teach the client a self hypnosis technique called the InstaCalm Relaxation Technique. It quickly causes an immediate, deep state of relaxation. Thus the name… InstaCalm®. The person then practices the technique throughout the following week while listening to a recording that conditions the mind with the following new cognitive process:
“Anytime you begin to feel nervous or tense… you automatically take a deep breath… and as you exhale you will immediately feel calm and confident!”
The client is then taught the, One-Minute Light Switch Technique™, that allows for frequent moments of deep relaxation when practiced throughout the day. Daily listening to the Five-Seven Breathing recording will also help to condition the mind for extended calmness.
Triggering Positive Resource Anchors
The term anchoring, in this case, comes from a study of an approach to communication techniques that are used for self improvement and re-engineering the human condition, called Neuro-lingustic Programming (NLP). These techniques are often used to help change behavior and emotional states.
Anchoring is a process of conditioning the mind with an association between an emotional mood, and, an external stimulus that is usually something seen, felt, heard or smelled. Once an anchor is established, the emotional state can be re-experienced by repeating the stimulus. This is called “firing” or “triggering” the anchor.
example: A tightened fist can be anchored to the positive feelings of happiness, confidence and calmness, from past memories to create a “Positive Resource Anchor”. You can use this technique to quickly change the negative, emotional states of anxious fear or sadness, to a positive state of calm–confidence!
You will learn how to do this during the Second InstaCalm Session. Step-by-step instructions can be found , also, on page 10 of “Top 10 Self-Help Techniques“.
Managing The Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
The Third, Fourth and Fifth InstaCalm Sessions, focus on managing and alleviating the various GAD symptoms in the order of severity for each client. The most common symptoms that are usually addressed, include:
– Obsessive Negative Thoughts & Worry
– Anxiety & Panic Attacks
– Improve Self Confidence
– Fears & Phobias – Driving, Flying, Speaking, Social, Public Places, Enclosed Spaces
Process Time Frame
InstaCalm® can usually be completed in 5 weeks. The sessions may be accelerated, but enough time must be scheduled between sessions to allow for the “learning” process to modify the the cognitive thoughts and beliefs causing the anxiety. Hypnotic recordings are listened-to, once or twice a day, to “quicken” this learning. The participant maintains a daily check-list journal to track their progress.
Private Anxiety Therapy and Treatment Coaching is available for the InstaCalm Program in the San Francisco, California Bay Area, at the InstaCalm Offices in Cupertino, CA. This office helps clients from San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Milpitas and Santa Clara.
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