What Hypnosis Is

Simply stated, hypnosis is a heightened state of focus within a state of deep physical and mental relaxation.  While your conscious mind is in a deeply relaxed state, the power of your subconscious mind can be accessed.  The subconcious mind is where your true power to change exists!


Your conscious mind is everything within your awareness.  This includes perception through the five senses, memory, judgement, feelings and fantasy.  The preconscious mind holds things that you are not thinking of at the moment but which you can easily draw into conscious awareness. 


There are inner forces outside of your awareness that are directing your behavior. Your subconscious mind (noted as unconscious in the diagram) is the reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that are below the surface of your conscious awareness. Much of the content in your subconscious is unacceptable or unpleasant, such as feelings of pain, anxiety (fear), or conflict.  As I said before, these were formed during childhood when you were unable to judge or decide for yourself.  The subconscious continues to influence your behavior and experience, even though you are unaware of these underlying influences.


Hypnosis simply enables you to bypass the conscious mind and communicate directly with your subconscious mind where the source of all your unwanted thoughts, feelings, habits and behaviors reside.  You may have noticed that attempts to change behavior or feelings on the conscious level through willpower have almost always failed.  This is because you have not examined and evaluated the source of, or reason for, unwanted habits, addictions, negative emotions or behavior.





What Hypnosis Is Not



Forget what you've seen on TV or in movies about hypnotists!  And stage hypnotists operate on a level all their own. You may think that TV and stage hypnotists are controlling the behavior of their subjects.  This is not true.  Because all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  Those subjects on the stage in a hypnostist's show are not doing anything that they don't want to do.  Hypnosis is not mind control.  A hypnotist cannot make you do anything.  In fact, you cannot even be hypnotized against your will.  Because, I repeat...all hypnosis is self-hypnosis.  Another fact.  First time clients often believe they've never been hypnotized, but they have.  A person goes into hypnosis all the time!  Have you ever been so engrossed in something that you've lost complete track of time?  Have you ever been to a theater and become so engaged in watching and following the plot that, when the show is over, you look up and realize you were temporarily unaware that you were surrounded by a room full of complete strangers?  Have you ever been driving a very familiar route while working out a problem or rehashing a conversation only to suddenly discover you had reached your destination?  Answer yes to any of these, and you've been hypnotized.


Hypnosis is NOT:










Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns that you may have.  Or schedule a free 30 minute consultation.  I'll even chat with you via text message.  I always love talking about hypnosis!

My name is Susan Bernardini and I am the founder and owner of Transitions Hypnosis, LLC. I have a master of arts (MA) degree in counseling and am a fully trained and certified master hypnotherapist and Past Life Regressionist.  I opened Transitions Hypnosis in order to help people like you who are searching.  The very fact that your are reading this right now means that something within you is searching...searching for something to either release or gain in your life.  All that you want is within your power to attain.  Through hypnosis you can tap in to that power to achieve whatever goal it is that you have decided upon.  You will learn that you have the means by which to attain your highest good.  I am simply your facilitator.  Please rest assured that complete confidentiality is honored and maintained for each client and for anything that transpires during our sessions. 



I received my training and certifications in advanced clinical and transpersonal hypnosis through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT) under Bryn Blankinship CHMt, CI,

one of the founding board members of The Newton Institute and

International Instructor of Life Between Lives Hypnotherapy through

The Michael Newton Institute.  Dr. Michael Newton is the founder

of The Newton Institute and best-selling author of two ground-breaking

books, Journey of Souls, and Destiny of Souls. His work with over 7000

clients in Life Between Lives regression has changed lives all over the world.

 I am certified in Past Life Regression (through IACT under Bryn Blankinship),

and am currently working toward my Life Between Lives certification. Please see

my Transpersonal Hypnosis page above for more information and discussion on

these two life-changing therapies.


As a counselor, I have worked with a variety of clients in various settings over the past 20 years including addictions, domestic violence, crisis intervention, and troubled youth.  As one who has been successful in recovery, I am uniquely qualified to help those who struggle with the issues surrounding addiction.  I am not qualified to help those who are actively addicted and who have not gone through a recovery program, but I can be very effective in helping those who continue to struggle with relapse and recovery issues, or those with addictions that are not immediately life-threatening.


I practice what is known as client-centered hypnotherapy, which means that I allow your needs and map of the world become the basis of our work together.  I will not direct you or try to impose my will or belief system on you.  That being said, I am a long-time student of A Course in Miracles, which is one of many universal thought systems aimed at teaching forgiveness.  I do incorporate many of the course ideas into my hypnotherapy sessions but, being universal in nature these ideas will resonate with your subconscious mind.  Another aim of A Course in Miracles is the release of fear, which I believe is the basis for all of the difficulties we all experience.  As one who has a very deep and personal experience with fear, and who has overcome it, I am attuned to recognizing it and finding ways to help others to overcome it as well. 


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