Interview with Lynne Cardinal

April 11, 2018 | By More

by Stefania Allevato

For over 30 years Lynne Cardinal has been offering stress management, resilience and burnout prevention workshops in the government and private sector. She is a consulting hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists, holding additional certifications in hypnosis innovative techniques and weight loss. She is certified  in Collective and Individual Trauma Work and Communication by Thomas Hübl.

Recently, Lynne chatted with local writer and editor, Stefania Allevato, regarding the benefits of hypnosis and meditation.

Q – Provide some personal background regarding what led you to hypnosis and how long you have been practicing.

AInherently, I have always sensed a vast possibility and great potential within us. As a curious individual I went on to explore philosophy, psychology, meditation, stress management and later on hypnosis. I was inspired by it all as I could see how much we can help ourselves by developing a balanced lifestyle through daily meditation and by shifting our thinking patterns to more positive ones. Over 10 years ago, a friend psychiatrist trained in hypnosis told me that she could see me doing hypnosis. Interested, I soon took my first training in hypnosis even though I started with a skeptical mind. Yet early on in my training I realized how this modality is brilliant, effective and that I could adapt it in my own way. We can help ourselves, maybe more than we know. I saw hypnosis as a direct route to helping ourselves on many levels, essentially achieving a natural life balance. I saw that I could make this modality my own, integrating the multitude of training I had to make it unique and highly efficient.

Q – Explain how your work helps people learn to have life balance.

AWe are often conflicted between an inner, deeper wisdom and a more shallow less logical part of our mind. We are always making a choice between those two in terms of our thoughts and actions. The shallow part of our mind is filled with contradictions that are complex and unreasonable. Haven’t we all experienced a conflict between our deeper self that whispers from within, “You are making mountains out of this!” Yet the more superficial worrisome part of our mind replies, “Yes, but what if….”

So how to achieve life balance will depend on  working directly with this inner conflict to achieve clarity. For example, hypnosis is helpful when we realize that we need to respect our limits, but we have difficulty doing so because we feel blocked. We empower clarity and our objectives while freeing ourselves of inner obstacles. Hypnosis helps us to access this new perspective and implement it in our daily lives. It is also helpful in letting go of the past and healing deep parts of ourselves. That is much more difficult from the shallow part of our mind.

Q – Explain how hypnosis works and is it available to anyone regardless of personality type, etc?

AWhen it comes to hypnosis we need to forget what’s on TV or the over dramatizations found online. These pictures are based on show business and are far from what I do. To generate real lasting changes requires more advanced techniques based on respecting the objectives and the process needed by the individual. In the deep, relaxed state generated by hypnosis, we become receptive to our needs and objectives so we can say that shifts and changes happen naturally and from within. For hypnosis to work it simply requires an open mind and a desire to move forward. However, hypnosis isn’t recommended if an individual has a mental illness such as bipolar.

Q – Are people under hypnosis always in control?

AAs a trained professional in hypnosis I help clients get back control.

Q – How can hypnosis help people with stress?

AGenerally, hypnosis is deeply soothing and relaxing. When we have definite areas in our lives where we feel stress then we can directly address those areas with hypnosis based on one’s needs and issues. We first explore the cause of stress and then we shift our perspective, let’s say into a more relaxed way to deal with it. For example, if public speaking generates stress then it is possible to see public speaking as a stimulating and positive experience as opposed to a dreadful one.

Part 2 of the Q & A will be in next month’s issue of Tone. To learn more about Lynne please check out, or by email: or call 613.836.2355. If you would like to learn more about Stefania and how she can make your written or spoken prose shine visit her at

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