Clinical Hypnosis •  GTA and Surrounding Areas • House Calls

Kate Gardiner

Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist | B.A., R.C.H.

Welcome to North York Hypnosis!

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My goal in creating this site is to educate you about hypnosis and hypnotherapy and to help you make your decision as to which hypnotherapist to choose when you make your decision to pursue hypnotherapy.

For the last eight years, I have been helping clients lose weight, quit smoking, overcome irrational fears (phobias), reduce stress and anxiety, manage pain, stop hair pulling  and skin picking, improve sleep, find motivation, stop procrastinating, enhance their sports performance, and so much more.

My Mission Statement

To be a source of empathetic support and motivation during the process of change, operating with professionalism, integrity and kindness.

The Lemon Test

Warning: Please do not do the following exercise while engaging activities that require your full attention, such as driving or operating equipment.

When taking “The Lemon Test” in the video above, did you notice any of the following?

  • Were you able to “see” your bedroom?
  • Were you able to “experience” floating above your bedroom, possibly noticing a detail you hadn’t noticed before?
  • Could you smell or taste the lemon?
  • Did you find that you began to salivate and had a need to swallow?

If you experienced any of the above, it is very likely that you went into a light hypnotic state and would respond well to hypnotherapy!

How Does Hypnosis Work?

Our minds work on two levels – the conscious and the subconscious.  When learning a new skill, such as driving a car, our conscious mind is actively engaged in the process and we have to spend a lot of energy focusing on our actions.  However, with practice, much of the processes of driving (steering, turning on turn signals etc.) is taken over by the subconscious and we don’t need to concentrate on when to push the gas pedal, when to apply the breaks etc.  The activities become automatic or, in other words, a habit.  Throughout our lives we develop many habits – some good, some not so good.  While in the state of hypnosis which is just a very natural, deep state of relaxation, we have access to the subconscious mind which is controlling our habits.  As a result, we can “reprogram” our brains to eliminate negative habits, or discover the driving force behind some of our thoughts and actions.

Skeptical about hypnosis?

So was I at first.

I have to admit, even after receiving my hypnosis certification through the Ontario Hypnosis Centre, I was very skeptical about the use of hypnosis for the purpose of personal change. After practicing for some time, a colleague asked me, “how many people do you have to help before you believe in the power of hypnosis?”. I couldn’t give her an answer.

Then in 2010, my mother was hospitalized. She was being cared for on the hospital’s 14th floor. Years before this, I had developed a phobia of elevators and had come to completely avoid using them. At this particular hospital, stairs were off limits and I was forced to take the elevator to visit my mother, all the way up on the 14th floor. After three days of horrible panic attacks each time I went to visit, I gave myself a deserved ‘thump on the head’; I’d helped many others overcome irrational fears, just like mine, using hypnosis, so why not me?

body-castI began self-hypnosis sessions to search for the root cause. After several sessions, I found the subconscious connection I was looking for; at 9 months old, I had a broken leg and was put in a body cast that started from the tip of my toes, tightly enclosing my body, all the way up to underneath my armpits. This was where I had “learned” to connect fear and negative emotion with small, enclosed spaces. In rediscovering this memory, the fear completely dissolved. I had brought the root cause, a subconscious memory, into my conscious mind where I could then look at it rationally. By engaging my subconscious mind through hypnosis, I was able to find where the irrational fear was coming from. After uncovering this memory, I was amazed the next time I went to visit my mother; there was no more panic! As I stepped off the elevator onto the 14th floor, I remember thinking to myself, “Wow. This hypnosis stuff really works!”. I am no longer a skeptic, but a passionate advocate of hypnosis as a powerful tool for personal transformation, real change, and tangible results.