About Camille Cardinale, C. Ht.
In 2016, I read a book that changed my life and helped me awaken to my soul’s purpose of becoming a Hypnotherapist.
The book is Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives written by Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist, Dr. Michael Newton. It helped me realize that hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can be used to access a person’s inner knowing and result in conscious and subconscious behavioral shifts.
Reading this book was a hypnotic experience for me. It helped me access a passion that I didn’t yet know existed. I realized that I wanted to become a Hypnotherapist so I could help empower clients toward greater self-awareness, awakening and spiritual growth.
So I took inspired action. I boldly pivoted on the career course I was on. Rather than become a Psychotherapist, I decided to become a Hypnotherapist instead.
During that time, I faced major self-limiting beliefs, blocks, anxiety, and fear. After only a few months into the Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification program, I faced crippling anxiety and more specifically, Imposter Syndrome. There were nights when my mind wouldn’t let me fall asleep. I was in a vicious cycle of procrastination, avoidance, fear, doubt, and shame. I’d already taken the leap to move forward with my life yet found myself in a state of fright, freeze, total panic.
Though there were overarching fears: fear of failure, fear of change, even fear of success, there was one specific fear that plagued me: the arm raising induction. This was the primary induction we were supposed to use to guide clients into a state of hypnosis.
This induction intimidated me. I resisted practicing it and convinced myself I couldn't do it.
But finally, one night, after months in the program, I decided to just try it. I used self-hypnosis to imagine myself succeeding. I imagined how good it would feel to have overcome this fear. To have accomplished a goal. To finish what I'd started. I'd envisioned the worst-case scenario so many times, it was time to try a new tactic: to visualize success.
So I asked my girlfriend if I could practice on her. She said yes and with feigned confidence on my end, I enacted the arm raising induction with trepidation, persistence and ultimately, with SUCCESS!
It just took that one instance of trying it, of seeing myself in action, of seeing myself succeed in order for my confidence and determination to grow and strengthen.
Though I don’t use the arm raising induction with clients anymore, I’m glad I have it in my toolbox and will always be able to call on that instance as a turning point of confidence. I really just needed to see myself in action to know that I was capable, competent and worthy of committing to MYSELF and my goals.
Flash forward to January 2019. I'd earned my Certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy, moved to Marin County from Los Angeles and had been seeing clients in my private practice for less than a year. To my surprise and delight, I received an e-mail notifying me that Id' been awarded the Best Hypnotherapist in Marin County award by the readers of the Marin Independent Journal.
The anxiety, the doubt, the shame, and the fear tried their best to convince me to quit. To quit before I'd even gotten started. It's because I've had intimate relationships with anxiety, shame, grief and fear that I'm able to notice them in clients and to replace them with higher emotions such as courage, joy, peace and love.
If you are in a relationship with a toxic habit, such as negative self-talk, stress, smoking, overeating, fear of change, codependency to a person, place or thing, then it's time to take inspired action.
The inspired action is this: realize that you deserve to heal and change. Realize that you are worthy of relief! Take a chance on hypnosis and know that it may be the key to unlocking a part of you that needed to be acknowledged and released.
So what can you expect in a hypnotherapy session? Sessions are generally 45 minutes to an hour. In the first portion of the session, we'll chat about your goals so that I can get an understanding of what type of healing visualization needs to occur.
Then, when it's time for hypnosis I'll verbally guide you into a meditative state, a light state of trance. You'll feel more relaxed and open to suggestion. The part of you that wants to change, that wants to heal, that wants to evolve will comply. We'll relax the body and help the mind focus on images and scenarios that will help you achieve your desired outcome.
My desired outcome for you is for you to feel better after the session than you did when you started. Will you cry? Perhaps. Will you feel some type of release? Yes. My sessions provide a shift in consciousness, a fresh perspective and a recommitment to your soul's purpose.
So what’re you waiting for? Invest some time, attention, money and energy into yourself and your healing process. You deserve to feel better and move forward. It’s my job and honor to help you get there.