Frequently Asked Questions

Quit Smoking

How does this program help me to quit cigarettes?

Because everybody’s reasons for smoking cigarettes differ we custom tailor the sessions for you and address your specific needs. We break old cues and triggers that had you reaching for a cigarette & turn off your attraction to cigarettes. You become a non-smoker with ease.

No pain No major life changes No chemicals No dangerous drugs No patches or pills No needles

How long does it take to quit cigarettes for life?

It only takes 2 hours to quit cigarettes. We encourage you to attend a 60 minute free reinforcement session 1-2 weeks after our initial Quit cigarettes session. This ensures that you are strong and confident as a non-smoker with NO URGES or cravings to ever smoke again. The Quit smoking program we are offering enables you to use a third session (up to 60 mins) to be used ANYTIME to strengthen and reinforce you as a non-smoker.

How does this program help me to quit cigarettes?

Because your reasons for smoking cigarettes are different than other people’s reasons. The areas you need help in are different than your friends. And since we custom tailor the sessions to you and address your specific needs, break up all those old cues and triggers that used to have you reach for a cigarette, turn off your attraction to cigarettes, you become a non-smoker with ease.

How much does it cost to quit cigarettes for life?

The average smoker smokes 15-20 cigarettes a day. With the rising costs of cigarettes most smokers recover the costs to be a non-smoker within a month of quitting cigarettes!

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How do I know I’m ready to quit cigarettes?

​Of course nobody can make you do what you don’t want to do, but if you really want to quit you could be free of the smoking habit after the first session. And you’ll have up to two bonus sessions for reinforcement to ensure you remain strong and confident as a non-smoker.

(VGB) Virtual Gastric Band

What is a VGB Program?

Sheila Granger’s Virtual Gastric Band Program uses hypnosis to condition the sub-conscious mind into believing that a band has been placed around the top portion of the stomach in order to create a small stomach pouch thus reducing the amount of food that one needs to eat in order to feel satisfied. And, because it’s not a diet, you won’t feel deprived, miserable or hungry, which are the issues that usually cause diets to fail.

How does VGB work?

Gastric Band on stomach The hypnotherapy process retrains the mind to become satisfied with much smaller food portion sizes, so there is no need for more food. It changes the way you think about food making it easier to achieve your ideal body weight. The Virtual Gastric Band provides the benefits of weight loss surgery, but without the risk of an invasive operation, and without the expensive medical costs of a physical operation.

Who is VGB for?

The Virtual Gastric Band is for people who are aware they overeat. The Virtual Gastric Band is available at a fraction of the cost of real surgery and has comparable results. It is very safe, has no side effects, does not involve the use of drugs, it is completely painless, and there is no need to take time off from work in order to recover.

What does the VGB program involve?

The Virtual Gastric Band program involves 6 sessions, 3 sessions a week apart. Fortnightly sessions 4-6.

In the first session, we ask you to record your starting weight, and take measurements so that we have a starting point. Our program is not just about weight, it is about shape and size, hence the reason we also focus on measurements. We go through the rules of the program with you, and you receive the first of two support MP3 tracks. We then insert The Virtual Gastric Band hypnotically in the first session, this reduces the portion, thereby leading to the weight loss

In the second session, we record your weight loss for the week, and we ensure that you have been correctly following the rules of the program without any problems. We hypnotically reinforce what was achieved in the first session, and address any issues that need to be addressed.

In the third session, we once again check to ensure that some more weight loss has been achieved, and we do some release work hypnotically, so if you are having any issues with certain foods or habits we can address those issues with the release work that we do hypnotically.

Session 4-6: You will have formed a good solid base, and the rules of the program will become habitual to you. We check in on your weight loss and measurements again, so that we can see not only how many kilo’s you have lost, but also how many centimetres you have lost. At this point you receive your second support MP3 track. You will be amazed at how easy it is to be satisfied with smaller volumes of food. You continue losing the weight on your own with the tools you have gained over the sessions.

How long does it take?

The Virtual Gastric Band program involves 6 sessions.

3 sessions a week apart and then fortnightly sessions 4-6.

The sessions are held on a one to one basis.

They are not group sessions.

The first session runs for approximately two hours and sessions 2 – 6 run for approximately 60 minutes each.


How does hypnosis work?

Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious mind. The unconscious mind controls our habits. In the relaxed state known as hypnosis, we can communicate directly with the unconscious mind. This is why it is so quick and easy to change habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.

How does hypnosis feel?

Going into hypnosis feels similar to how you feel falling off to sleep at night when you are tired. We all go into hypnotic states just before sleep and are in hypnosis when we first wake up.

Your eyes tend to feel drowsy, your head, chest, arms and/or legs may feel heavy, but pleasantly so. Yet, the experience can vary from one individual to the next, as some report having felt instead a lightness or buoyancy in their body.

Your breathing tends to slow down and deepen.

Your body gets more relaxed as your muscles get loose; you can still talk and move your body, but most people prefer to be quiet and still. But if asked questions during hypnosis, you can easily respond.

Your conscious mind tends to drift back and forth during hypnosis. You may be listening attentively at first, and then only hear me talking in the background since you no longer pay attention as you allow your conscious awareness to float or go elsewhere.

This is exactly what we want to happen, since in this state your subconscious becomes directly accessible and highly suggestible to the ideas being presented.

Colours and imagery may appear more vivid. Memories, perhaps long forgotten, may be recalled. The experience of time may slow down or speed up (time distortion).

Nearly everyone says how relaxed, calm and clear they feel at the end of the session.

Who can be hypnotised?

We believe that everyone has the capacity to be hypnotised and it’s the trust and rapport between you and the therapist that will provide the outcomes you are seeking. Yet many people wonder whether they can be hypnotised. They’ve read about its benefits, know people who have been successful with hypnotherapy, and are eager to try it themselves. Yet, they are concerned that maybe they won’t “go under”. While there are various levels of depth, so that some people can achieve greater depth than others, or go under more quickly and easily, virtually everyone can be hypnotized if they want to be. The truth is that all day, every day we all go in and out of a hypnotic state. Have you ever “zoned out” in a boring meeting until someone mentions your name? Or “drifted off “at a traffic light until you hear a horn honking you to attention? Or listened for a weather report only to have forgotten to hear the temperature forecast?

How does clinical hypnotherapy differ from stage hypnotists?

It is important to understand the difference between stage hypnosis, performed for entertainment at a club or party, and clinical hypnosis, induced in a professional and private setting for therapeutic benefit.

Stage hypnosis is a form of entertainment that typically seeks to amuse an audience by directing willing participants to engage in sometimes silly behavior or stunts under the direction of a stage hypnotist. Frequently, the subjects have been drinking, and eagerly volunteer to be part of the show as a way to ham it up in front of others.

Clinical hypnosis (hypnotherapy) is the use of hypnosis for its therapeutic value. Clinical hypnotherapists require over 900 hours of training and over 500 hours of supervised case studies to be recognised by the Australian Hypnotherapy Association.

Myths about hypnosis Hypnosis can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. You are always in control. Hypnosis allows you to focus on what you WANT to change … hypnosis makes it easier to achieve what you want to achieve Hypnosis can’t make you want to change aspects of your life that you don’t want to change. In hypnosis you are not asleep. You are deeply relaxed and will feel refreshed and revitalized at the end of a session. According to the American School of Hypnosis, 20-30 minutes of hypnosis is equivalent to 4 hours of sound sleep.

Will this program work for me?

Everyone with an Average IQ can be successful in using Bayside Healthy Living Programs. And since all sessions are custom tailored to your individual needs, it works for almost anyone.

How will I know if the program works for me?

You will be relieved and excited to notice the goals that we set at the commencement of your Healthy Living Programs have been met with ease. There is no turning back; these are your new healthy living defaults.

Is this program safe?

This system is based on the most advanced hypnosis, NLP and neuroscience available. These systems are completely safe. You are aware and in control at every moment and can terminate the session at any time. You cannot get stuck in hypnosis or NLP. You can’t be made to do something against your will! Your sessions are safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experiences. It’s like a peaceful, guided day dream.

I’ve had hypnosis before and it didn’t work: I was told that I can’t be hypnotised.

We use a combination of hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) which can make it easier for you to achieve your goal of being a non-smoker. NLP is a simple and powerful way to turn off habits in your brain to achieve the desired goals that you are striving for.

At least half of our successful Quit Smoking clients have tried hypnosis with other therapists in the past. Many of them were told or believe ‘I can’t be hypnotised’. Anyone who can follow instructions, with an average IQ, can be hypnotised and it’s the role of the hypnotherapist to adapt their style to fit your needs. For example highly analytical minds require powerful techniques to easily experience hypnosis.

What if it is not suited to me?

If for any reason the therapist doesn’t believe you are truly ready to make the healthy living changes or that our approach will help you achieve your goal we will advise you of this before the hypnosis begins. We will discuss an action plan to assist you to achieve your goal


Can I claim this therapy under my health insurance?

Yes - many health insurers recognise the therapy we provide, see list below. However we recommend you check with your health provider as things change fast! · Medibank Private: · Navy Health fund: · Teachers Federation · Australian Unity · AMH · CBHS · Grand United Health · HBF · Health Care Insurance Limited · · Health Partners · Reserve Bank Health Society

Why choose Bayside Healthy Living?

25 + years experience with qualified experts Qualifications - R.N., B.N., Grad. Dip. Ed., M.Ed., PhD., Nationally recognised AHA Clinical Hypnotherapist & Supervisor; NLP Master Practitioner & Trainer: VGB Certified Consultant; Resource Therapy Certification; Theta Healing level 1 & 2. Combination therapy tailored to suit each client to achieve efficient and powerful results National Accreditation with Australian Hypnotherapy Association and Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy

What services/therapy do we offer at Bayside Healthy Living?

SERVICES * Quit smoking in 60 minutes * Control stress and anxiety * Drop weight naturally * Virtual Gastric Banding (VGB) * Phobia removal * Sleep well * Break habits and take control * Enhance relationships after cancer & chronic illness * Public Speaking * Supervisor and Business Coaching (recognised by Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and Australian Hypnotherapy Association as a supervisor and soon to be AACHP) THERAPIES * Hypnotherapy * Neouro linguistic programming * Mindfulness * Theta Healing * Resource Therapy

How do I get further information about Bayside Healthy Living?

We've tried to cover everything on our website, without being too overwhelming. Click on any words that are underlined to read more, send us a message or give us a call.

(NLP) Neuro linguistic Programming

What is NLP?

Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a form of counselling and coaching that explores the link between our thoughts and our behaviours. By changing our thoughts we can change our behaviours to help reach our goals or change our lives.

How can NLP help me?

NLP is able to change thought-patterns and beliefs which are hidden in your subconscious and which affect the way you approach your daily life. NLP will help you replace negative thoughts, beliefs and behaviours with positive ones. You won’t be holding yourself back any more. NLP helps you: Free yourself from worry, anxiety or depression Learn to be happy Boost your self confidence Develop the loving relationships you need and deserve Free yourself from bad behaviours such as smoking, addictions, and conditions such as insomnia and fear of public speaking Develop a healthy attitude towards money and finance Improve your communication skills

How does NLP work?

NLP is about: N – Neuro: The mind, how you think, how you feel, how you interpret the world. L – Linguistic: How you use or interpret words and language, and how it affects your beliefs and behaviours P – Programming: The strategies and actions you use to deal with life and reach your goals. NLP helps you discover what your current patterns are and how they influence your present behaviour. When you understand what you are doing, it is possible to create new strategies to replace the ones which are not serving you well. NLP is simple and non-threatening. It produces results very quickly, often in as little as one session. If you would like to know more about NLP and how it can help you, please contact us.