Let it go and live your potential

Everything we do at Bayside Healthy Living is to empower people to be the best version of themselves.

We believe that everyone deserves to live the life they desire, and that past experiences, unconscious beliefs and blocks can get in the way of people being who they want to be.

Let us guide and support you to realise the healthier, happier version of yourself and to achieve more meaningful life connections along the way.


If we could switch off the unconscious blocks that prevent us from being our best selves, we would, right?

Sometimes we need a little assistance to go to the place deep within to eliminate the obstacles that hold us back and 're-set' the mind and body to healthier and happier defaults. 

That's why we use a tailored approach and are here to support you every step of the way.


When going through challenging times in our lives, it’s natural for the brain to default to fear-based emotions such as overwhelming sadness, anger, frustration, shame, guilt, and despair, to name a few. When you are clearer about what you are searching for, we can guide and connect you to your ‘WHY’ factor as we offer supportive programs that are tailored to your individual needs.

We use an individualised ‘custom-made’ approach because we understand that every person’s past is unique. Our programs assist you to recognise and eliminate the personal triggers that hold you back (especially the ones that you are not consciously aware of) and will give you back the power to create the future that you truly desire. We draw on a range of therapies to support you as you discover your ‘HOW’ … and it is much easier than you think!

‘HOW’ therapies include:

Counselling & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Amanda has extensive training in health counselling and effective use of CBT techniques to assist you to be clearer about the changes you are searching for and connecting you to 'your WHY factor'. This will complement the unconscious mind work that we undertake together.

Counselling & Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


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, maybe 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.

How does hypnosis work?

Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the unconscious. We make decisions, think, and act with our conscious minds. 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 the habits of a lifetime with hypnosis.

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 daydream.

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.


Neuro Linguistic
Programming (NLP)

NLP is a system of working with the language of your mind and how it impacts your feelings, emotions, and beliefs. By working with your mind through NLP, we are able to alter this 'programming' quickly and efficiently, so that you can achieve your goals easily and effortlessly.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)


Mindfulness is about focusing on the present, rather than being trapped in the past or dreading the future. Mindfulness can help you feel better and reduce stress in the mind and body. The more aware you are of your body and the way  it responds to stress and tension, the more control you will have to retrain your body to respond differently in times of stress.


Theta Healing

Theta Healing is relaxing and inspiring as it harnesses purposeful and spiritual energy to rejuvenate and renew both the mind and body. 'Lightness' and 'clarity' are the ways clients describe their Theta Healing experiences.

Theta Healing

Resource Therapy

We all have 'parts' (resources) that enable or prevent us from achieving our goals. Resource Therapy focuses on removing the internal 'tug of war' that occurs when you’re trying to make changes in your life.
This technique works with 'inner child' emotions in a compassionate way to connect you to your calmer, more confident, and courageous defaults that will support you to change in the way you desire.

Resource Therapy


Dr Amanda Hordern is an expert on the latest and greatest in neuroscience and is passionate about sharing its benefits with her clients. Recent studies in neuroscience tells us that one new thought or life experience changes us neurologically, chemically, and genetically. This means that your brain is an ever-changing organ and has an amazing capacity to change itself as life unfolds around you...so let's tailor your therapy so you can gain the maximum life benefits!



Dr Amanda Hordern is an expert at supporting you to find your WHY, even if you have never had it before.

When you are clear about your WHY factor, your “what’s in it for me” reason to make the lifestyle changes you’re wanting to make, Dr Amanda will assist you to embrace your HOW… and it’s much easier than you think!



Complimentary phone consultation

Before attending the Clinic, we offer a complimentary no-obligation phone consultation. We answer your questions about the change you desire and identify which of the Bayside Healthy Living individualised programs suit you best.

We then send an email that summarises the step-by-step process, along with an outline of the fees. We will outline the eligibility to claim through private health funds (if appropriate) or tax claims under ‘professional development’.

Preparing for your visit

Pre-session information and forms (including ‘The Power of Hypnosis’ Mp3 track) will be sent to you via email or post. 

Please commence any ‘pre-session tasks’ (if required), complete the forms prior to your first session, leaving any questions that are not relevant, and bring the forms with you when you attend your first session.

Please listen to the pre-session Mp3 track which explains how the programs work and answers frequently asked questions.

Your first visit

Your therapist will go through your pre-session forms, to gain clarity around your healthy living goals (your WHY factor - your ‘what’s in it for me’ factor), assessing past, unconscious barriers or blocks that have prevented you from successfully achieving this before now.

The development of a personalised program and subjective measures of success are recorded in this pre-session discussion. Your first session includes a long therapy session (that’s why the first session is 2 hours – and goes really fast ).

You will sit in a relaxed chair, with the option of putting up your feet, and relaxing under a comfortable blanket.


Amanda is simply phenomenal. She is kind, caring and just a divine human. From the moment you walk inside, you feel comfortable and a sense of calm. Her kindness is genuine. I don’t just consider Amanda as someone who is helping me through a bloody hard time in my life, but I consider her to be a friend and mentor. She goes above and beyond and I can’t recommend her enough. Forever grateful. xxooo
Emma, Bentleigh
"... After encountering quite a traumatic episode in my life in quick succession including the unexpected loss of family members, a divorce and subsequently being the sole carer for family members remaining, I was not in a good space. 

With Amanda’s gentle guidance she has helped me navigate through all the turmoil and destruction that was happening in my life. I am happy to say I am now on more solid ground and living a much more fulfilling existence!...
Sessions offer a sanctuary away from the busyness of the world and a safe place and time for reflection and future goal setting. Her approach is one of empathy but grounded in solid logical thought processes ... Amanda has been amazing and a real lifesaver and I applaud you to seek how she can help you become the best version of YOU and live a fulfilling life!"
Joyce, Port Melbourne
When my GP referred me to Bayside Healthy Living for alcohol dependency issues, I was hopeful but sceptical. My drinking had further escalated during the initial 
COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and was causing me great concern but ‘willpower’ was insufficient to control it.

My concerns were allayed after our first meeting where I immediately felt in safe hands. After 3 sessions of reprogramming my subconscious mind I am now free to consciously enjoy the occasional drink on my terms. 

Thank you again Amanda for your professionalism and your expertise in helping me regain the control I desperately sought in such a warm and nurturing environment.

The future is now clear and bright and I am forever grateful.
Lou, Toorak
I attended Amanda’s clinic twice in 2017 to quit smoking. It worked dramatically as though I never smoked. Current I am $74,000 in front at the amount I was spending per day. On today’s cost it would be $100,000+. I have bought 2 new cars with the money. I am 25 kg lighter and row a minimum of 5,000 metres 4 times a week on my Ergo. If you have any doubts, forget them. Get on with it!!
Phil, Brighton


We offer a supportive program that is tailored to your individual needs and as such it’s best to contact our Clinic
to get an indication of prices.

Health insurance rebates may apply through Extras cover so check with your provider, and professional development for claims through taxation.


Dr Amanda is a leader in the industry of counselling and hypnotherapy, having worked with thousands of clients and 30+ years’ experience in healthcare. Amanda also supervises other therapists, coaches and small business owners to reach their full potential.


Amanda and I studied together and have since worked alongside one another in peer supervision for the last 8 years. I am always amazed at not just Amanda’s enthusiasm for the work that she does, but also the diligence and attention to detail that she pays. You can tell that she really cares about the outcomes that she helps her clients to achieve. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services
Bianca Skilbeck
"An amazing professional with years of experience. Totally dedicated to her clients and an outstanding supervisor for other hypnotherapists. Her care and compassion to others and wealth of knowledge is beyond words :)"
Guy Stromski
"I Love Love Love working with Amanda
I would highly recommend her to anybody wanting to crack open the potential of the mind"
Cindy Cerecer
"So impressed with the help I received from Bayside Healthy Living. Amanda and her peers treated me for a fear of spiders, and whilst I’m still not a massive fan of them, I no longer notice them everywhere. It is such a massive improvement to my life. Thank you so much for this!"
Anne Tammesild
Kellie CroftKellie Croft
02:25 19 Apr 22
Using hynotherapy, kindness, compassion and her many other skills and traits, Amanda supports me to be the best version of myself that I can be. She ensures that I confidently set goals and reach them while remaining calm, open and grounded. Thank you Amanda, your work is so helpful and positive, I cannot recommend you highly enough.
Adelle PinkAdelle Pink
10:54 06 Apr 22
Amanda is safe, caring and incredibly talented. Issues of complexity, multi layered can leave us feeling no hope. Amanda gives hope and a clear and gentle way thru to clarity and healing. She’s a blessing
10:17 11 Oct 21
I recently completed a round of sessions with Amanda and found they have had a profound affect on my well-being and happiness levels. I now feel a sense of calm in my everyday life and feel armed with the tools to further enhance each and every day. I would not hesitate recommending Amanda, she makes you feel instantly at ease and is skilled at finding the source behind long held habits.Also, her energy and zest for life is infectious!
Lachlan ErskineLachlan Erskine
11:46 13 Jul 21
I've got absolutely no hesitation in recommending Amanda. It was such an amazing experience that changed my life completely. If everyone got to experience the benefits of her therapy, the world would be a better place :)
Anne BoyleAnne Boyle
10:09 24 Jun 21
Amanda is truly amazing at what she does, each session is definitely tailored to the individual.Amanda is great at finding out what is going on with you at that current time and working with that.Each session has been different but with the same core meaning.I listen to the recordings almost daily and they bring so much to my life, from peace to acceptance to realisation and joy.I highly recommend 🙏⭐🌻
Bianca SkilbeckBianca Skilbeck
22:51 23 Feb 21
Amanda and I studied together and have since worked alongside one another in peer supervision for the last 8 years. I am always amazed at not just Amanda’s enthusiasm for the work that she does, but also the diligence and attention to detail that she pays. You can tell that she really cares about the outcomes that she helps her clients to achieve. I would have no hesitation in recommending her services
Jess SloupJess Sloup
10:46 23 Dec 20
I was referred to Amanda through a friend of mine who spoke so highly of her and it is safe to say that seeing Amanda completely changed my 2020 for the better. It was the highlight of my year and the best thing I ever did. I am such a happier, lighter and more healthier person since seeing Amanda and my outlook on life has completely changed. She is so calming and positive and her techniques are so unique and has helped me so much. I am so grateful to Amanda and how much she has helped me through some tough times.


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