Kate Gardiner, Hypnotherapist

My name is Kate Gardiner. I am a senior hypnotherapist with a B.A. in Psychology from York University, where I studied developmental psychology and adolescence.

Additionally, I have four years of experience in youth counselling, experience as a summer camp counsellor for kids ages 6 to 12, a certificate in counselling in a High School Environment from the University of Toronto as well as a certificate in Pediatric Hypnosis.

At age 10, my son Nathan began to experience severe anxiety. I taught him self-hypnosis, which helped him overcome this issue. He is now a healthy, high-performing young man who excels academically and athletically (he was voted MVP two years in a row after having only played hockey for four years). As a mother, I know how hard it is to watch a child struggle, not knowing what to do or how to help them, while only wanting what’s best for them.

A few common issues that hypnosis can help your child overcome include:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Hair pulling (trichotillomania), nail biting, thumb sucking, and other unwanted habits
  • Nightmares and difficulty sleeping
  • Picky eating and food aversions
  • Sports performance enhancement

Children (above the age of six) tend to be affected by hypnotic suggestion far more easily than adults since they respond very well to stories and metaphors and generally have quite vivid imaginations. This means that we are able to get faster results since we can get to the root of the problem more quickly.

Additionally, teaching children self-hypnosis is an effective means of treatment as it is a skill that he/she will be able to practice throughout their life, helping them cope with various stressors that arise in their environment. Over time, self-hypnosis can help your child build confidence and manage unwanted symptoms.

We begin with a free consultation that lets you and your child meet with me, have his or her hypnotizability assessed and have your questions answered. For my schedule, please call the office at 416-556-4068 or complete the form below.

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Our services do not constitute medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice. The results described on this site, including testimonials, represent the ideal outcome and might not be achieved by every client. Your child’s results will depend on his or her motivation to change, responsiveness to hypnosis, past history and other factors.