Hello, my name is Debbie Papadakis and I am a professional Hypnotist & founder of
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I set up this website so that I could talk to everyone about what I do and why I love it so much and how hypnosis can change your life for the better.
Hypnosis really is the most amazing experience!
It has changed my life in the process and I am most grateful for having had the privilege of sharing it with so many clients and students over the years.
If you’re wondering at this point what hypnosis is that’s a good question. A lot of people have opinions or ideas about hypnosis, mostly from watching television, but all that trick stuff isn’t really what it’s about.
Here’s what it is – and what it isn’t:
- It IS a natural state of mind - it ISN’T forced or unnatural
- it IS a state of focused attention – it ISN’T sleep or becoming unconscious
- It IS an effective therapeutic tool – it ISN’T just a “magic trick”
- it IS under your control - it ISN’T losing control to someone else
- It IS more successful if you are smart – it ISN’T a sign of a weak mind
Hypnosis is actually a very ancient and modern technique for connecting to our inner selves. Through hypnosis we bypass the conscious mind and speak directly to what is called the sub-conscious mind. While the conscious mind is the logical part of our mind and it is what we use while thinking during the day – creating our grocery lists, deciding what to cook for dinner. The sub-conscious mind is where our feeling, beliefs, emotions and memories are stored.
This is a very powerful level of the mind. Emotions alone are very potent motivators. Have you ever tried to quit smoking or cut back on desserts only to find that when you’re stressed this is what you reach for? Add to that a life time of memories and beliefs and the conscious mind has little chance against this powerhouse.
In this way too, the sub-conscious mind acts as a filter though which all experiences are weighed. For example, if we see a dog, do we have a happy reaction because we had a dog when we were young or a fearful one because a dog once frightened us? Rationally, it might just be a poodle but inside we are “seeing” with the eyes of our sub-conscious memories, beliefs and emotions.
So how does hypnosis work?
In hypnosis, you develop a rapport with the hypnotist where you give them permission to make suggestions based on what you want to change in yourself. Your mind becomes focused on the hypnotist’s voice as she asks you to relax. Your conscious mind is still aware and thinking but not really active. There is no particular feeling to being hypnotized though you can feel sensations like tingling, heaviness, lightness, or drowsiness.
In fact, many people insist that they weren’t hypnotized. Being hypnotized feels much like being relaxed with your eyes closed and listening to what is going on around you. It’s a natural state.
Hypnosis is so natural that we go in and out of it many times in a day. When driving, have you ever felt afterwards that you didn’t remember much of the drive? You’ve driven that route so often that you could “do it in your sleep”? That’s because you were in a light hypnosis state. And you weren’t asleep because if a car in front of you suddenly stopped you’d jump back into full attention and break immediately. Or remember when daydreaming in class or reading a good book and someone called your name and you didn’t hear it. That’s because you were so engrossed in what you were doing that you weren’t really there. This kind of focused attention is a hypnosis state.
How can hypnosis help?
A lot of what we do comes from the sub-conscious. By this I mean what motivates us or how we react. And a lot of what we do is also prompted by old and often painful memories.
Hypnosis can get us in line with who we want to be and how we want to live.
Outdated beliefs, painful memories, bad habits and associations can all be “released” through hypnosis. It all depends upon what you want to change and your willingness to do so. No one can force you to change but if you’re ready hypnosis can help to create it.
What can hypnosis change?
- Relieve Stress
- Release Fears
- Get Rid of Insomnia
- Help with Weight Loss
- Relieve Chronic Pain
- Quit Smoking
- Remove Emotional Blocks
- Accelerate Physical Healing
- Accelerate Learning
- Relieve Headaches
- Improve Athletic Performance
- Release Negative Emotions like Anger, sadness, guilt, shame……
- Increase Self-Esteem & Confidence
- Improve Health, Prosperity & Abundance
- Improve relationships
As you can see, hypnosis can be applied to almost any issue that is controlled by the subconscious mind – whether it is something that we want to get rid of or something that we want more of. The list is nearly endless.
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What I am most proud of is my development of a unique and powerful method for healing relationships, inspired by Hawaiian Kahuna work, that I call “Decording™”. It has helped so many people transform their relationships with family, friends, colleagues and even deceased loved ones.
I have written a book with an accompanying hypnosis CD entitled “Relationship Code: Ancient Secrets to Decording™ Life’s Negative Relationship Attachments”. It tells you all about how our relationships get entangled and how to literally “straighten them out” in order to make them happier and healthier.
Here is part of the Forward in my book, written by Tania A. Hreczko, PhD, to give you a little taste of what it is about.
“Decording™ therapy is a dynamic and innovative technique that allows us to heal, clear and transform all our relationships, including the relationships we have with ourselves. This process also helps us to renovate many aspects of our lives including self-issues and addictions of all kinds, while restoring love and acceptance to ultimately create health, peace and harmony.
This process allows us to clear issues with individuals who are still in our lives, with individuals who have moved out of our lives, and with individuals who are deceased. The astounding fact is that none of these people need to be present. By the end of the process, they and we feel “different”, somehow transformed.
Feelings of anger, hostility, resentment, jealousy, and all those other negative and destructive emotions are no longer present; they have been replaced with feelings of acceptance, compassion, sympathy, friendliness, and love. The type and intensity of the new feelings depend on the degree of relationship between the two individuals. For example, clearing issues between neighbours will have a different outcome than clearing issues between spouses or between parents and children. No matter what degree of relationship is involved, the outcome is always positive; it’s the intensity of feeling that varies.
Decording™ therapy is based on the premise that we are all connected on some level. This connection is through invisible energy cords that originate at and attach to our respective energy centers, called chakras. We have at least a two-cord connection with individuals we know slightly, one theirs and one ours. The closer and the more intimate a relationship is, the more cord connections we have. When a relationship is unhealthy, the cords are unhealthy and appear dark, sluggish, brittle and old looking. Through the process of visualization, while in a relaxed hypnotic state, the cords can be changed and healed. Then they become vibrant, flexible, pink and healthy. By healing these relational cords, we heal the relationships between individuals.”
Every problem that we have is based on our relationships and so Decording™ is one of the most powerful tools in hypnosis for creating change.
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How can Debbie help me?
I have spent the last 12 years hypnotizing thousands of people with almost every problem or concern imaginable. I think I can say that there isn’t anything I haven’t helped someone with.
Along the way, I’ve worked with diligence at learning as much as I could so that I could become the best hypnotist and teacher possible.
Here are some of the credentials that I have received in the field of Human Relations:
- Board Certified Hypnotist, NGH
- Psycho Spiritual Practitioner,TAC
- Certified Hypnosis Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists
- Certified Hypnosis and Pain Management Instructor for the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
- Trainer of NLP and Time Line™ Therapy
- Trainer for Past Life Regression
- Reiki Master and Teacher
- Specialist in finding the ISE (Initial Sensitive Event)
This all adds up to a lot that I can do to help someone feel happier and healthier.
And in addition, Debbie is a member of:
- The National Guild of Hypnotists
- The International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
- The International Association for Counselors & Therapists
- The National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists
- The Ontario Association of Hypnotherapists
- The Time Line TherapyTM Association (Past Member)
- The International Hypnosis Hall of Fame Guild (Past Member)
- The Canadian Reiki Association
- The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (Affiliate Member)
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What to do next
If you are interested in improving your life through hypnosis there are two ways that I can help you.
1) Group Workshops
I offer a lot of different workshops on healing through hypnosis. I have found from many years of experience that these are areas that almost everyone can learn and benefit from.
The workshops are on:
- Enhance your life Through Self-Hypnosis
- Pain Management
- Creating the Relationship You Desire
- Anger Management
- The Law of Prosperity
- The Relationship Code - Decording™
- Past Life Regression and Progression
- The Power of Hypnosis
- Journey into the Akashic Records
- Get Unstuck in Life
- Unleash Your Wellspring Within Through Hypnosis
- Clear your Past - True Empowerment through Hypnosis
- Transform your Relationship
- How to Communicate with Your Subconscious Mind
- Powerful Secrets of Public Speaking (www.powerfulsecretsofpublicspeaking.com)
These workshops are offered throughout the year and in various cities in Canada and the United States.
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More info on Workshops
2) Private Sessions
I hold private, individual sessions for clients who want to work out specific issues in their lives. The sessions are held at my office in Toronto and are typically 2- 6 hours long or by phone usually 2 hours long.
These sessions are incredibly effective at releasing issues that you want dealt with. I find that people enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of my office and feel comfortable talking about personal aspects of their lives. I am very low key and informal. I believe that we are all unique beings and divine expressions of a beautiful universe. I respect each and every person that I work with and always approach each problem in a non-judgmental and caring manner. I am always honoured by my client’s trust and confidence in me and my ability as a hypnotist.
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Train as a Hypnotist
One other way to learn about hypnosis is to become a hypnotist. Many of my clients decide to learn hypnosis for themselves and start their own private practice. Once you experience how life-changing hypnosis is, you might want to make it part of your life too!
In order to become a hypnotist, you need to take a course offered by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). I am accredited by the NGH as a teacher and offer these courses a few times a year to a small group of students.
Hypnotists, or consulting hypnotists as we are also called, can help people in a variety of ways.
- “self-hypnosis for stress” classes for employees of large organizations
- hypnosis with athletes to improve their performance
- dental or surgical hypnosis as an anesthetic
- childbirth hypnosis as an anesthetic
- hypnosis to relieve chronic pain
- forensic hypnosis for victims to remember details of accidents or assaults
- group workshops and private practice
These are some of the typical ways that hypnotists offer their services but there is lots of room for you to create your own, unique contribution. There are so many different issues that hypnosis can help with that the list is potentially endless.
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More info on Hypnosis training courses
Along the way I added Reiki to the healing work that I do with my clients. Reiki is a Japanese energy-healing practice, founded by Dr. Usui in Japan, that has spread around the world.
It is the art and practice of bringing the healing energy of the Universe, also known as “Chi” in China, to restore balance and harmony in the body. It is a gentle and non-invasive method of healing that is also akin to the spiritual laying-on-of hands and, as such, has probably been practiced in various forms and under various names for many thousands of years.
I also offer classes and certification in Level 1, Level 2 and Master’s Level Reiki.
I offer the level ! Reiki Certification for a donation only. The monies we receive from these classes are donated to different charities/ causes.
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More info on Reiki courses
I hope that you enjoyed reading about hypnosis and my work. It has been my passion for many years. Through it I have helped thousands of people become happier, wealthier, healthier, pain-free, emotionally liberated, more relaxed, more confident, and more courageous. It has been a great blessing to be of service to others in this way.
Always remember that you have the capability to live a richer, fuller life. We all want and hope for something more – and through hypnosis you have the means of achieving your goals.
“Spark your fearless self”
Love and God Bless,
I want to thank you for the wonderful de-cording session that you held on the internet call in program. You graciously allowed me to be the volunteer for a session. I had been very unhappy with my brother since my mother's death two years ago and I really held a lot of grudges. You helped me work through it, and not only heal myself but somehow heal him as well. We have had long e-mail exchanges since then and I feel like I know him better than I ever have in my life, and the love is flowing both directions again. I took a class from you at NGH and was attracted to your technique then. At that time I didn't know the Universe would arrange for our paths to cross again, and I certainly didn't know one session with you would change my life. Thank you, thank you!” - Kathie Brodie, Shoreline, WA
“Debbie did 'decording' with me. I released my doubts and fears by doing more regression and healing the past. She did project me into the future: specific dates and all. I saw an agent selling my manuscript by 16 June 2002. I saw it being sold for a large sum. I saw the book in the bookstore in the bookseller section. I saw all obstacles moved out of the way, including my own fears. I left Debbie's office flying! Then this is what happened. One week after the session, the agent I contacted emailed me with a contract! The decording had cleared the negative energies around this book.
When Debbie cleared my energy field, everything started to flow. I got a call from the agent's office on June 17th telling me they had set up a meeting with me, the publisher and my agent! I see it as part of the unfolding process that had been happening since Debbie did the decording exercise with me. One 'amazing' incident after another began happening. All of them positive.
When I went to see Debbie, I was ready to transform my life. I was like a drowning person grasping at a straw. The exercises she did with me were life lines, life jackets, anchors, a boat, a rescue ship. I was ready for the change. And she had the tools. As I did the exercises, especially the decording, one synchronistic event after another began happening in my life.
I just watch them unfold with a big smile on my face! And I thank Debbie and I thank God.” - Medinah Garnet, Ontario
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“As an illustration, one of my clients had developed a sleeping problem. Let’s call her Maria. She awoke in the middle of the night and felt that her aunt, who had died 10 years ago, was in the room with her. She became terrified and was afraid to open her eyes. Suddenly, her fear turned to terror because of all the frightening ghost stories she’d read, heard about or had seen on television since she was a little girl.
Maria was reluctant to tell anyone about this incident, even her doctor. After trying all the conventional therapies, including a sleeping disorder clinic, she was put on sleeping pills. She did not know where to turn for help.
I helped her to relax and told her to pretend that she was in her room and she was just on the verge of going to sleep. I asked her to tell me what she was thinking, feeling, and seeing.
Maria screamed, “She’s here!” I asked her, “Who is here?” She said, “My aunt.” I then asked her to speak to her aunt. Maria said, “No, no she’s dead. She died 10 years ago.”
I asked her to relax and to disassociate her feelings and to talk to her aunt.
Maria asked her, “What do you want?” Her aunt responded, “I came here to see you. I miss you. I am sorry I scared you. I am not here to scare you.”
Maria spoke to her, “Thank you auntie Susan, but I would like you to please go wherever you need to go and please do not come back because you scare me.” Then I guided Maria to look at the cords that she had with Aunt Susan. I asked her to change the colour of the cords, the texture, the temperature, and the size. Then I asked her to send love to her aunt and to accept the love that her aunt was sending to her. Once Maria sent her aunt love and accepted the love from her aunt, then she thanked her aunt for coming. Then I asked Maria to imagine that the cords between her and her aunt are melting to the point that they do not exist. After she has done this she asks her aunt to go to the light, which she did. Since then Maria has slept soundly.
Without the technique of Decording™ I don’t think that Maria could have been helped so quickly and as effectively.”
If you would like to buy the book and hypnosis CD “Relationship Code: Ancient Secrets to DecordingTM Life’s Negative Relationship Attachments” please go to our Online Store
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- Recipient of the National Guild of Hypnotists’ 2005 Hypnotism Achievement Award
- Inducted in the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame, 2002
- Recipient of the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists' 2007 Outstanding Transpersonal Contribution Award
- Included in the “Most Powerful Women in Hypnotism” panel October 2006 at the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association conference
- Featured in Oprah’s “O” magazine’s July 2007 issue
- Appeared on CITY TV's Breakfast Television Janaury 2008
- Featured on CHTV, CFRB 1010AM, CUIT 89.5FM, CBC 99.1FM, CKDO 1350AM radio
- Featured in the Toronto Star and National Post newspapers and NOW Magazine, EYE Magazine, Toronto Fashion, Vitality and Eye of the Future magazine
- Featured on the cover of the National Guild of Hypnotists and Journal of Hypnotists magazines
- Guest speaker at Humber College and Centennial College in Toronto, Canada
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