Behind the Smile

Behind the Smile

When I came out about my traumatic upbringing and emotional struggles as a child and teenager, I was frequently met with disbelief by many people who knew me back then. “You were always such a happy child!” and “You had the biggest smile!” How...
Addiction

Addiction

Addiction Aaron came to me with issues regarding assertiveness. Aaron friend close to him had told him that his mannerisms reminded him of a “dog that had been beaten once” which continued to cower. Aaron described multiple instances in which he had been figuratively...
The Thing You Fear Won’t Come True

The Thing You Fear Won’t Come True

Fortune teller’s omens to the contrary, the thing you fear usually does not come true. One of my favorte quotes from Mark Twain goes “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” I found this to be true for my personal anxieties – I would worry...
Consider Death

Consider Death

In my hypnotherapy practice, I tend to attract a certain kind of client. These clients and I share a strong propensity for laughing at the darker sides of life – finding humor in death, suffering, and absurd voices that live in our head. My sessions tend to be highly...
To Heal, You Must Die

To Heal, You Must Die

An issue that often goes unnoticed in the process of healing, is the loss of the many selves that we’ve built up along the way. Being legitimate victims of life’s circumstances, if we identify as such, still comes with certain benefits. For example, the...

You’re Doing Therapy Wrong

As a hypnotherapist, I have strong opinions about therapy and it’s done. Me? Strong opinions? Yes, it’s true. I believe therapists, will all their training and compassion, are falling far short of how effective they can be. I have seen from firsthand...

Oh, the Shame

Shame is a bitch. A motherfucking cuntbusting[1] bitch. Of all negative emotions, it’s the one that hits me the hardest, because it challenges my very existence. To stare in the face of your shame is to stare into the gut clenching void that says “you suck too much to...
Hypnosis in Hamilton Ontario

Hypnosis in Hamilton Ontario

Suffering from anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, relationship, and money worries can be incredibly isolating. You may feel like you’re the only one who is struggling. It can be hard to know where to turn for help. The treatments for these problems are often...

On Compassion

It’s hard to be compassionate when you’re afraid. And charedim are afraid of everything. Of God, of change, of novelty. Growing up, a healthy dose of compassion would have gone a long way, but there was none to be found. Yiras Shomayim, fear of God, is what it was all...
A Letter to Myself

A Letter to Myself

It was my birthday the other day. Which coincided with a period of soul-searching and a struggle for direction. I had a breakthrough this morning and wrote this letter to myself. It doesn’t even make perfect sense, but it feels right at the moment.  —...
Case Study: Hypnotherapy for Relationships

Case Study: Hypnotherapy for Relationships

Case Study: Hypnotherapy for Relationships Eve, a therapist herself, came for treatment because she was having difficulty finding a life partner. Despite being successful, outgoing, and good with people, she had dated dozens of guys with no success. In the course of...
Case Study: Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

Case Study: Hypnotherapy for Anxiety

Case Study: Hypnotherapy for Anxiety Fred used to experience continuous anxiety. Even when speaking with him, one got a sense that he was always on edge, suspicious and tense. This made it difficult for him to focus on his studies and made transitions into new...