The Clearance Protocol – Hunting for the Root
Graeme Harvey CHt, DipPLR, DipFLP.
Some six decades ago medical scientists in Australia identified the correlation between stress and damage to the immune system along with self-esteem, confidence etc. To this day there are regular reports by American universities that they have “discovered” that stress causes this or that illness or is a factor in various diseases, behaviors et al.
Looking at this situation more closely it becomes apparent very quickly that it is the accumulation of various stressors that lead to the individual reacting to try and deal with or cope with the damage that is being caused and that leads to some going down the addiction route, some developing behavioural issues and some developing psychosomatic illnesses like asthma, IBS and/or various others.
Experience has shown that virtually every client I have seen for whatever issue they believe they have, the root causes are a variety of accumulated stressors.
In my training and I am sure most will be familiar with this, I was taught to regress to the ISE (initial sensitising event) and deal with that but as someone who has always questioned the source material I saw regression to an ISE as ineffectual and I have often likened it to a surgeon removing a tumour and ignoring all the secondaries.
Using another metaphor, history in warfare shows that in siege situations the attacker bombards the opposition defense until such time that it becomes so weak it collapses. To me, this is what continual subjection to stress does to an individual, who to counteract this breach acquires various props to help them cope with their situation.
With this in mind, I developed the Clearance Protocol which is designed to clear out all negative emotions and reactions to anything that has caused them any kind of hurt during their lifetime. However, I was also conscious that leaving a vacuum had potential dangers so the process continues to rebuild the self-esteem and self-confidence and at the same time allows the therapist to factor in the client’s desired outcomes.
After putting it into use I very quickly became aware that clients were automatically dropping acquired props without them even being mentioned during the session. So many clients were calling back to ask what I had done to them as they had drastically reduced or cut out altogether their alcohol intake. I have even had clients who did not disclose they were alcoholics report back that they could no longer touch alcohol as it made them physically sick.
Many clients were victims of domestic abuse/violence and all reported back that the changes in self-confidence etc., meant they were now attracting better people into their lives.
Through social media groups like LinkedIn, I shared the Protocol with Trusted hypnotherapy colleagues around the world and found they were getting the same great results and that it was working on a very broad range of issues, not just psychological but physical as well.
As a result of so much good feedback (much of it is under The Clearance Protocol or Graeme’s Clearance Protocol) I was persuaded to start selling it, and I am happy to say that it is now in use worldwide, on every continent except Antarctica (I suspect they still talk to penguins there. Lol.)
The protocol is simple to follow containing 29/30 steps which are outlined in a sample script based on the way I work here in Scotland. It is up to the therapist using it to change the visualizations to suit the client’s knowledge and experience. Because of its simplicity, I do not run training courses, any competent therapist can pick it up and run with it. It is not expensive to buy and copies are available through the shop on my website at
Others have described it as the best tool you can have in the toolbox and it has even been described as Hypnotherapy’s version of penicillin as it is so broad spectrum.