Is The Lerner Method considered therapy?
Not in the conventional way.
The Lerner Method is a holistic, and goal oriented intervention. The therapeutic vehicle of this intervention is advanced clinical hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy is not talk therapy, and does not include advising, diagnosing or prescribing medication. That would be the domain of other professionals, usually licensed to counsel. The primary aim of hypnotherapy is self-change. The hypnotist’s job is to assist the client to achieve those natural states of mind where change and healing best happen. Used correctly, hypnotherapy is especially useful for leveraging the innate power of the human mind for change, healing and recovery.
Clinical hypnotherapist is not a mental health provider or a medical providers.
Is this a group program?
No. The Lerner Method is an individualized program tailored to your specific needs and challenges.
Can this replace my current care?
No. The Lerner Method is most effective when practiced alongside current mental, emotional and medical care. Hypnosis or any other methods of conditioning (Relaxation, Creative Visualization, Visual Imagery, NeuroLinguistic Programming etc.) offered through The Lerner Method cannot and will not substitute any current or future appropriate medical or psychological care or treatment, and if any concerns i.e. medical or psychological arise, you should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice.
Is this program covered by insurance?
We do not accept insurance.
Do you maintain confidentiality?
We do not release any information without a written authorization from you, except as provided for by law. All of your personal details, the nature of your visit, and your identity will remain confidential according to current Federal Regulations known as HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
What is your cancellation policy?
Your appointment time is reserved specifically for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment for any reason, please provide 24 hours’ notice. The full fee will be billed for any appointment cancelled without 24 hours’ notice.
What is Hypnotherapy?
Say the word “hypnosis” or “hypnotherapy” and many people immediately think about Hollywood’s portray of people with “special human powers” or people doing unusual things on stage. Other people think of pocket watches, or spirals twirling.
Needless to say this view of hypnotism is pure fiction and has little basis in reality. It is now much more common for hypnotists to use techniques which consist of soothing words and suggestions to focus patient’s attention.
Unfortunately, many of these myth and misconceptions about hypnosis and hypnotherapy cause unnecessary fear and apprehension in those who can benefit from the practice the most. In the clinical setting, hypnosis is a safe, effective and scientifically recognized intervention practiced all over the world. In the United States, the American Medical Association (AMA) formally recognized the benefits of hypnosis in 1958.
Is hypnotherapy real? If so, how does it work?
Yes, it’s real. Researchers have found that when someone is hypnotized, they actively respond to given suggestions. During hypnosis, it is as if the brain temporarily suspends its efforts to validate incoming sensory information, allowing new perceptions and thoughts to occur. And, some people are more hypnotizable than others, although scientists still don’t know why.
Is hypnotherapy safe? Is it medically approved?
Hypnosis was first officially recognized as a viable and safe therapeutic tool by the British Government through the Hypnotism Act in 1952. Then, in 1958 both the British and the American Medical Associations (AMA) sanctioned the official use of hypnosis by physicians. In 1958, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) also approved hypnotherapy for use by professionally responsible individuals.
How is hypnotherapy thought of today?
Hypnotherapy is the clinical application of hypnosis, and many medical facilities either have a hypnotist on site or can refer you to a trusted practitioner. Myths still abound regarding hypnosis, although it is becoming more widely accepted and trusted. Unlike Hollywood’s portrayal of hypnosis, it cannot be used to control someone else’s mind, or their actions. By using hypnosis, and through the practice of hypnotherapy, people gain greater control over their own minds and their own actions.
What does it feel like during hypnotherapy session?
The hypnotic state is actually a familiar state we all experience in our daily lives. It is a state of focused attention and heightened believability in which the mind can more readily accept new ideas that are not in conflict with your personal values. There is also a higher threshold to pain.
I mentioned it’s a state which we enter on a daily basis… think of what happens when you watch your favorite TV show or a good movie. We tend to become so involved in the plot to the point we can feel what the character or hero is feeling. In the case of scary movies for example, it’s hard for us to separate ourselvse from the scene in front of us to the point we feel fear. That’s what a state of focused attention and heightened believability means.
In the hypnotic state the body is relaxed but the mind has heightened awareness. At all times you have the ability to vocalize and communicate and most importantly, because the goal of The Lerner Method is healing, you will be able to remember everything you hear and say. From a body perspective your limbs may feel leaden or light, tingly or somewhat numb. The perception of time is also distorted due to the experience of being involved in your internal story. This is similar to the experience of watching a great movie and getting so involved with the plot to the extent that time fly i.e. where an hour might seem like just a few minutes.
What about stage shows?
The fear of someone taking control of us may be real to us, but it has little grip in reality. Stage shows and Hollywood’s portrayal of hypnosis hyped this fear, because it showcase the subject surrendering their ‘will’. This is not real, it’s entertainment, much like any other tale of the imagination.
It is helpful to remember that stage hypnotists design their shows for entertainment purposes, which include participants doing strange things. What people don’t realize is that the stage hypnotist has a strategy in place, he or she chooses only those who are highly suggestible, and may have a strong desire to have a “different” or less inhibited experience of themselves.
In a hypnotic state, people can give themselves permission to do many things that they may not otherwise be able to do.
Hypnosis cannot, and should not, stand alone as the sole medical or psychological intervention for any disorder. Hypnosis should not be used instead of appropriate medical, dental, or psychological treatment, and any individual with a medical or psychological problem should first consult a qualified health care provider for diagnosis and professional advice. Hypnosis should only be practiced by those who have been appropriately trained, who practice appropriately, and within the scope of their training.