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Friday, December 7, 2012

Children's Personal Development Series By: Monica Dumont

I have been working on the Children’s Personal Development Series for the past few months and even though the work has been long and sometimes challenging, I have definitely enjoyed it.
This series consist of four books written in an easy to understand story, addressing different issues children face in our society today. They teach children important and positive tools that will support them for a lifetime. At the end of each story I have added an easy to follow exercise for child and parent (adult) to do together adding to the teachings the book has to offer.

Titles In This Series:

Emma The Bumble Bee: A beautiful story designed to help children believe and trust themselves. Giving the child confidence and leadership.
Emma is a young bee on her first day going out to collect pollen. Every young bee is intrusted with this important duty and Emma has to find within herself the strength and inner wisdom that is every bee’s birthright.
This book comes with a unique exercise designed to help parents support their child in developing self-trust and personal strength.

Buleblah the Sleepy Raccoon: A story about the importance of participating, and overcoming self-doubt and anxiety.
Blueblah is a raccoon who is afraid of trying things out. One day as he is taking one of his usual naps, he is awakened by a group of raccoons that help him realize that being great at something does not come automatically, but that practice, participation and patience are important keys to success.
This book comes with a unique exercise for you and your child to practice the teachings the book has to offer.

Alex and the Rabbit: A story designed to teach children simple techniques that help them stay calm and centered in times of stress. Giving the child more self-control.
Award wining book ages birth to 8
Category: Self-Esteem
Literary Classic International Book Awards Gold Level

This is a beautiful story about a little boy who takes his cute rabbit out to play and when something unforeseen happens, he and his rabbit remember the importance of becoming calm.
This book comes with a unique exercise perfect for parents and children to practice the teachings the book has to offer.

The Little Bear and The Big Bear: A story designed to help teach children how to deal with frustration, anxiety and anger. Giving the child patience and a strong self-esteem.

Award wining book ages birth to 9
Category: Developing Social Skills
Mom's Choice Award-Silver Level

This is a beautiful story about a happy little bear who meets a big grumpy bear. As they become friends, the little bear teaches the big bear how to deal with what the big bear sees as blocks.
This book comes with a unique exercise designed to help parents support their child in recognizing and dealing with frustration which many times can lead to anxiety.
At the moment they can be purchased from , Amazon and Barnes & Noble

I have created these books hoping that they will touch the hearts and lives of those who read them.
For more information please contact me at

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Children and Hypnosis

I was asked if hypnosis could be dangerous for children and, if it wasn’t, how could it help. Being a parent myself, I thought this would be a great question to answer.

There are two common myths about children and hypnosis. One of them is that children cannot be hypnotized and the other one is that a child should never be hypnotized because they will be stuck under hypnosis.
Parents should know that their child is constantly and naturally in and out of hypnosis throughout the day.
A more logical concern with a parent who does not have any personal experience with hypnosis, is that their child may be hypnotized and reprogrammed completely to the point the child will become a different person or that inappropriate suggestions may be given to the child.

But parents should rest assured that anyone under hypnosis including children do not accept suggestions that they do not want to respond to. Hypnosis is only one mode of therapy that can allow the child to do what he or she has been striving to do on his or her own.

There are not too many Hypnotists who work with children, perhaps it is because it takes a unique person to work with some of our most precious members of our community. However, if you do find a Pediatric Hypnotist or Hypnotherapist in your area, make sure your child feels comfortable with him or her. You should also ask the Hypnotist to share the types of suggestions your child will be hearing and be willing to participate at helping your child. That includes recognizing the improvements in your child`s behavior, being positive, using visualization with your child and whatever else the Hypnotist asks you to do outside the sessions.

Hypnotherapy can help children in many areas such as:
- Improving grades
- Building Self confidence
- Bed wetting
- Fears
- Nail biting
- Concentration (such as ADD)
- Motivation
- Sadness
- Stress
- Sugar addiction
- Thumb sucking
- Conduct at home and school
- Reading
- Divorce
-Sports enhancement

Hypnosis is a great and gentle way to help children be the best that they can be. However, you would be amaze how much influence you can have on your child by just believing in them and giving them a little bit of one on one time.

Monica Dumont,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Some Hypnotists or Hypnotherapists have specialized training in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, depending on the severity and symptoms, this disorder is more commonly treated by psychologists or psychotherapists.
PTSD can affect anybody who is exposed to any traumatic situation. However, it is often ignored because people think it is something associated only to jobs with extreme exposure such as the Military, Paramedics and Police Officers.

Some of the symptoms of PTSD are:

-Reliving the event over and over trough thoughts or having nightmares
-Intense agitation
-Amnesia such as blank spots
-Severe worrying
-The feeling of numbness, like when the person does not enjoy anything anymore or cares
  for anything.
-Shame and/or guilt in regards to the event
-Becoming easily angry or aggressive
-Sadness or depression which can lead to drug usage
-Feeling uptight all the time
-Avoidance of places, people or situations that might remind them of the event
-Or just having the feeling that something is wrong, but not knowing what it is.
The severity of the disorder depends mostly on the duration the person was exposed to the traumatic event and on whether or not the person has ever been exposed to a similar situation.
 Some of the things a person with PTSD can do to help themselves are:

-Write about their experience
-Stop any type of stimulant such as artificial sugars and coffee
-Be a support to someone else
-Have a healthy amount of exercise
-See a hypnotist that has training in PTSD
-Talk about how they felt as much as possible
-See a psychologist or Psychiatrist

Monica Dumont,

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Social Anxiety

I was asked by one of the readers to write a little bit more on how social anxiety affects a person’s body and a person’s career. So I thought this would be perfect to follow my previous blog.

When a person feels anxious particularly in a social situation such as public speaking, eating in front of others or meeting new people, the body may start to sweat, blush or shake. The person may feel nauseous, dizzy, may have an increased heart rate or even have the need to cry or go to the washroom.

In most cases social anxiety can affect a person’s career in the sense that this type of anxiety stops the person from trying out for new job opportunities or to achieve higher levels of education or training because of fear of rejection, fear of not being perfect, fear of a new environment, fear of authority figures, testing and writing in front of others etc.

When social anxiety affects a person in the form of not allowing them to speak clearly or in the form of shyness, the person may also be perceived as incompetent or as not being motivated, which can also cause a problem in that person’s self-esteem.

As a performance and motivational trainer, my advice would be for a person with this type of anxiety to frequently expose themselves to what they fear for longer and longer periods of time. The exposure should be predictable and controlled by that person.

And by no means should that person try to be perfect because there is no such a thing as perfection. An easy tip for the socially anxious person to remember is that whatever others think of them, it is not of their business. Keeping this in mind can help the person be more relaxed when dealing with others.

Now seeing a hypnotist on regards to social anxiety would probably help overcome any type of fear in a much faster way, but the person should not expect it to be like taking a magic pill, it requires work from both sides for a successful outcome.

Monica Dumont,

Monday, June 4, 2012


Anxiety is mostly caused by a person’s interpretation of an event or situation which is based on their beliefs and thoughts.

There are different types of anxiety. To name a few, we could say Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety or even Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Anxiety can affect a person’s behaviour, body, career, love life and even the way people perceive them.

So where does Hypnotherapy come into the equation? Well, if a person has chosen not to take medications for the anxiety they are experiencing, then hypnotherapy can help change the way a person perceives or sees situations in their daily life.

In other words, through hypnosis a person can be taught to stop over-estimating how badly an event or situation might go and help them stop imagining unbearable consequences.

A great little exercise an anxious person can do on their own is to start noticing their thoughts when they start to become anxious. The individual should then stop, take a deep breath and ask themselves if what they are thinking is realistic.

Monica Dumont,  

Friday, June 1, 2012

Forgiveness and Hypnosis

The other day someone asked me what my personal opinion was on forgiveness and hypnosis.
To answer this question I must speak through a very personal point of view.
I believe that true forgiveness comes when a person operates from a point of self-empowerment, when a person can take full responsibility for all the good and bad of their own lives.
Only then can one forgive; because we see that we are the ones in power to change and create what we want in our lives. And once we see and know that, then what others have tried to do to us or whatever has happened to us does not matter anymore. Allowing us to release whatever it was that held us back and ultimately free ourselves.
So my answer to the question is yes, hypnosis can help with forgiveness because we can use different hypnotic exercises to help us empower ourselves. However, there are many other ways in which self-empowerment can be born in a person. Such as a life changing experience or through advanced meditation practices.

Monica Dumont

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Weight Loss And Hypnosis

When a person goes to see a hypnotist for weight issues, he or she should expect for the hypnotist to ask if what is causing the excess weight is a medical reason such as an imbalance in the thyroid gland.

If the answer is no, then the hypnotist will look into the clients life style, eating habits etc. Once that is determined, the mind is gently reprogramed through exercises and hypnotic suggestions.

One of many exercises you can do on your own is start by visualizing or pretending that you are at your ideal weight. Do this every day as you wake up in the mornings or from a nap.

Another good way to retrain yourself into healthy habits is, believe or not, through games such as the Slimkicker app for Iphone users. Which helps retrain the mind by keeping you aware of your life style and choices that can affect your weight.

Monica Dumont