What is hypnosis? Does hypnosis work?
is a state of deep relaxation, combined with heightened suggestibility and concentration. It is a direct way to reach the subconscious,
which governs our habits and behavior. While
you are deeply relaxed, your hypnotherapist makes suggestions, which are agreeable to you,
about what changes you are ready to make in your life.
You visualize these changes and, after the session is complete, you
naturally act on the suggestions to achieve your goals.
Hypnosis works to help you change your life through the power of
Am I asleep or in a trance during hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a state of "relaxed
awareness." There are three different states of hypnosis. In a
"light state", you consciously hear everything I'm saying. In a "medium
state", which is the most common, you may find yourself daydreaming during
hypnosis. You'll hear me say certain things, then you'll daydream, then
you'll bring yourself back to what I'm saying, and so on. In a "deep
state", you don't hear much of the hypnosis on a conscious level, but your
subconscious mind hears everything. Hypnosis works just as well no matter
what state of relaxation you are in. It varies, too. Sometimes you
may be in a light state, and other times you may be in a deep state or a medium
When you go into hypnosis, it feels very similar to the first
few minutes when you are falling asleep.
You will know that you're in my office, but are just listening to me in a very
relaxed state. You probably won't want to open your eyes or move, but you
know that you could if you wanted to. You are always in complete control
Can the hypnotist make me do funny, weird, or bad
No. You are
simply in a state of "relaxed awareness" during the session. You are
always in control. No hypnotist
can ever make you do anything you don't want to do. People
do silly things for a stage hypnotist at a comedy club because they volunteer to go on
stage; they expect the stage hypnotist to ask them to do funny things. If they
really don't want to listen to the hypnotist's suggestions, they don't. For example,
if a hypnotist asked you to do something immoral or unethical (such as hit somebody or rob
a bank) you would reject the suggestion. You have the same free will to reject
silly suggestions at comedy shows.
Can I be hypnotized?
daydreaming, and experiencing "highway hypnosis" (when you're driving down the
highway and all of a sudden find yourself at your exit) are all examples of being in a
hypnotized state. Just about anyone can be hypnotized (except if you are psychotic
or below average intelligence). Whether the
hypnosis works depends mostly on how much you want to change that part of your life.
Why are Lakeside Counseling
& Hypnotherapy Center CDs/mp3s different than other
"self-help" hypnosis available over the Internet?
My CDs/mp3s, which are recorded
during the hypnosis part of the session, are customized for each client's
specific needs and goals. Since your hypnotherapy session is personalized to
fit your goals and your lifestyle, the hypnosis CD/mp3 is very powerful and
I do offer 3 generic CDs/mp3s
as well: Smoking Cessation Affirmations, Weight Reduction Affirmations, and
Sweet Dreams (which you listen to as you fall asleep.)
How do I hypnotize myself with just a CD or mp3?
hypnosis is self-hypnosis. Simply find a quite room where you will not be disturbed
and a comfortable place to sit or lay down.
Play the CD or mp3, and listen! After all, hypnosis is so easy, all you have to do is sit
back, relax, and listen! That's all there is
to it! (Just never listen to your
personalized CD or mp3 while
driving in your car or operating machinery of any kind.)
How long does the hypnotherapy last?
Some clients notice immediate results,
although it typically takes about 21 days to notice significant changes to
your thought patterns, habits and behavior. Therefore, I recommend my
clients listen to their CD/mp3 every day, or every other day, for at least three
weeks. You can then listen to it as needed after that. My clients
have reported that for some programs, including weight reduction and reducing bruxism, they do best when they continue to listen to their hypnosis regularly. Most
changes are permanent.
Hypnosis works at the deepest part of your mind to help you
change your lifestyle and habits. Sometimes,
excessive stress may cause some people to revert back to old habits, but that is rare. If you do "fall off the wagon", you can
always listen to your personalized hypnotherapy CD/mp3 to help you return quickly
to the lifestyle you desire. Or you can
return for a booster session if you want fresh material, or if you want to
improve your life in another way.
How much does it cost?
Can this be billed to my insurance?
Counseling is $100
for a 45-50 minute session, and counseling/hypnotherapy is
$140 for a session which lasts up to 90 minutes.
I am a
counseling provider for BCBS.
If you are covered through BCBS, you are responsible
for your deductible and/or co-pay at the time of service. I will file your
claim for you. Please let me know when you schedule
your appointment if you want to go through BCBS. I will verify your
benefits BEFORE your first appointment.
If you don't let me know
until the day of your appointment that you want me to file for you, you must pay
for the session in full on the date of service. I will then reimburse you
any applicable amount once BCBS processes the claim.
If you are insured by a different insurance
company, I am considered an out-of-network provider. You pay me
directly, and then I can provide you with the necessary information so that you
your claim with your insurance company, and be partially reimbursed
by your insurance company, if applicable.
Please feel free
to call me if you have any questions about your insurance coverage as it
pertains to counseling and/or hypnotherapy.
Is hypnosis really going to help me lose weight?
Hypnosis is a very effective weight reduction tool. You must be ready to
make a permanent lifestyle change. Hypnosis makes the weight loss process
easier, as it works at the deepest level of your
subconscious mind. Whereas diets are only
temporary, the goal of hypnotherapy is to make the weight loss process easier by
having you naturally eat less, eat healthier and exercise more. Keep in mind that hypnosis doesn't just melt the fat away with no effort
on your part! It is not a quick fix. Your hypnotherapist is not
a Registered Dietician or Medical Doctor. It may not work for you if there
is a m
edical, medication or metabolic reason for your
weight issue. If the weight issue is caused solely by overeating and/or
not exercising, then hypnosis can surely help you to reach your weight reduction
Ive tried to stop smoking many times. How can hypnosis make me stop?
works at the deepest part of your subconscious mind.
You will experience a lifestyle shift from being a smoker to a nonsmoker, and you
will do different activities instead of smoking. This program is very
behavior-oriented, so your hypnotherapist needs to know what you want to do behaviorally
instead of smoking in the car, with your coffee, etc. Something has to
"click" inside of you, at which time you decide once and for all that you are
ready to be a nonsmoker. If you are ambivalent about wanting to quit, it
probably won't work.
You must be serious about becoming a nonsmoker.
"When I went to see Amy I was smoking 4 packs of cigarettes a day.
I smoked everywhere - in the tub, in the car - I was a walking furnace.
Thanks to her and hypnotherapy I am smoke free
for a year. Thank God. I am around smokers at the bar and
restaurant but it doesn't bother me whatsoever. Thank you, Amy, for
helping me leave cigarettes and nicotine and poison behind and becoming
healthier every day."
- Dillard A., Cornelius, NC
Is hypnosis better
than the patch or that nicotine gum?
works to change your habits on a subconscious level.
It is very powerful and does not rely on a temporary chemical substitute. Instead of providing you with an alternate source
of nicotine, hypnosis works at a deep level within your mind to help you become
Does hypnosis work for chewing tobacco,
pipes and cigars as well as just cigarettes?
are Emotional Freedom Techniques
Emotional Freedom Techniques™ (EFT) provide a quick and easy way to eliminate
pain, such as headaches and backaches, and other health problems.
It also can help you improve at sports, overcome cravings and eliminate
feelings of anger, depression, grief, guilt, and anxiety. The EFT program
was developed by scientist Gary Craig in 1995 and is based on the
work of psychologist Dr. Roger Callahan.
With EFT, relief from symptoms is very quick, often within minutes.
EFT is easy to apply.
The method is so simple, even children can use it.
EFT methods are similar to acupuncture and acupressure, except instead of
using needles or pressure, you tap on energy points throughout your upper body.
By tapping on several energy points while focusing on the issue you want to resolve, you can
quickly experience profound changes in your emotional and physical health.
You will be given a handout that describes the techniques and shows the
tapping points, so you can do EFT on your own after just one session.
I have condensed EFT into the "Reader's Digest" version and added my own helpful
additional information, please visit the official website www.EFTUniverse.com.
I usually teach EFT as part of the second session (in addition to
counseling and/or hypnosis.)
What kind of experience does Amy Bernstein, LCSW,
Amy Bernstein is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified
Hypnotherapist. She trained through the American Institute of Hypnosis and is a member of
the National Association of Social Workers and the National Guild of
Hypnotists. Amy has a BA in communication from NC State
University and a BS in social work from UNC-Greensboro. She earned her Master of
Social Work degree at the University of South Carolina.
She is a Hypnotherapist and Psychotherapist with almost 20 years of experience.