Hypnosis Specialist

Family Addiction Specialist

Addiction Counselor & Clinical Hypnotherapist located in Brooklyn, NY & Manhattan, New York, NY

Hypnosis is a safe and highly effective treatment for numerous mental health problems and emotional ordeals. If you’ve never tried hypnosis, Lin Sternlicht, LMHC, MA, EdM, at Family Addiction Specialist can talk you through the treatment and help you use hypnotherapy to heal yourself. To find out more about hypnosis and the difference it could make to your life, call the Family Addiction Specialist office in Brooklyn or Manhattan, New York City, or book an appointment online today.

Hypnosis Q&A


What is hypnosis?

Hypnosis is essentially a state of mind in which you feel relaxed and focused, much the same as you would when lost in a good book or absorbed in a favorite TV show. Being hypnotized is like meditating, with someone else guiding you through and helping you overcome any barriers to emotional healing.

The state of hypnosis is one most people regularly experience without being aware of it. For example, going into autopilot when you’re driving. You might not recall parts of the drive, but you still drove safely and arrived at your destination.

This is the essence of hypnosis – being awake and aware, but able to turn your attention into your mind. In this state, you can access memories and feelings. You can also find resources within you to help you deal with problems in your life.

What can hypnosis do for me?

Hypnosis is a tool that Lin uses as part of a program of therapies to help people with a wide range of issues. Some of the problems hypnotherapy can treat include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Phobias
  • Smoking
  • Overeating
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Bad habits
  • Poor sleep
  • Communication difficulties
  • Relationship problems

Many problems are connected. For example, procrastination and lack of focus can hold you back from achieving your goals, which contributes to anxiety and low self-esteem. Relationship issues can also distract you and affect your ability to focus.

If you’re going through a difficult life transition, like a divorce or bereavement, you might experience poor emotion regulation and find yourself overreacting to the smallest issues. All these problems contribute to increased stress, which can cause insomnia and lead you to substance abuse.

Does hypnosis really work?

Hypnosis can address all these problems. It’s a fast, safe, proven, natural, and effective therapy when used by experts like Lin. A survey of psychotherapy literature illustrates the effectiveness of hypnosis by comparing recovery rates using different forms of treatment.

Psychoanalysis achieves an average 38% recovery rate after 600 sessions and behavior therapy achieves a 72% recovery rate after 22 sessions. Strikingly, hypnotherapy achieves an average 93% recovery rate after only six sessions.

What happens at a hypnotherapy session?

Your hypnosis takes place in a comfortable, calm environment where you can relax and feel safe. Lin asks you to sit down, whichever you prefer, then they start to talk in a soothing, calming way. All you need to do is listen to their voice, and you’ll soon be in a relaxed but focused state of hypnosis.

When you’re ready, you and Lin can talk about the issues you have and how to reframe your feelings to help you deal with your problems. You’ll probably have your eyes closed, but you’re awake and aware, and won’t do anything you don’t want to.

The state of hypnosis makes you suggestible, but only to ideas that you’re already willing to receive. Lin uses hypnosis along with other therapies, like recovery coaching, where appropriate. Being hypnotized is an effective way of dealing with bad memories and loosening their power over you for good.

If you’d like to find out more about hypnosis and how it can help you, call Family Addiction Specialist or book an appointment online today.