Cheryl Canfield counsels individuals and groups. She is an author of inspirational books and a nationally-known speaker and workshop leader.

With our conscious minds we can reason and decide to change  certain patterns and behavior, but without changing subconscious misconceptions and disempowering beliefs, deeply ingrained habit patterns can sabotage our efforts.

As we learn to access the deeper parts of our mind we can uncover and uproot disempowering beliefs in the subconscious, the seat of memories, emotions and habit patterns; and gain confidence and direction from the superconscious, a source of intuition, inner guidance and wisdom, for the attainment of positive change and transformation.

Cheryl currently has a private practice on the Central Coast of California. Phone consultations are offered and can include exercises in relaxation, breathing, hypnotic suggestions and inner dialogue. Hypnotherapy sessions offered in person may include regression, emotional clearing and other deeper processes.


Cheryl’s areas of specialization include:

  • Self-empowerment for healing
  • Relaxation
  • Emotional clearing
  • Meditation
  • Developing positive attitudes and beliefs
  • Relationships
  • Regression
  • Trauma and stress reduction
  • Gaining Confidence
  • Overcoming fears and phobias
  • Parts therapy
  • Overcoming habits and addictions
  • Body image
  • Achieving Goals
  • Chronic pain
  • Self-motivation

An instructor at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera, near San Francisco, Cheryl has a wide range of expertise in the field. A practicing wellness counselor and clinical hypnotherapist since 1993, she has taught at many International Hypnotherapy Conferences. Her book, Profound Healing, The Power of Acceptance on the Path to Wellness, won an award for excellence in professional literature at an American Council of Hypnotherapist Examiners conference in 2011.

Profound Healing is a down-to-earth account of her journey as she confronted a diagnosis of advanced cancer in 1989. Turning down proposed radical surgeries, she focused her attention on attempting to come to a place of inner peace before dying. In the process she experienced complete healing and a return to radiant health.

Her subsequent reflections on physical, emotional and spiritual healing are summarized into twelve unique self-help practices so that others may use her hard-earned insights as a source of hope, inspiration, and practical advice. The story of her inspiring recovery from advanced cancer is valuable for therapists and individuals interested in personal growth and healing. It has received rave reviews from Joseph Chilton Pearce, Wayne Dyer, Caroline Myss, and Gerald Jampolsky.

Cheryl is co-author of Churchill-Canfield’s Law: What Can Go Right Will Go Right, an empowering and inspiring look at the incredible potential of our own minds to create lives of meaning and purpose.

A founding member of the non-profit organization Friends of Peace Pilgrim, Cheryl is compiler of Peace Pilgrim’s Wisdom, a collection of 365 of Peace’s thoughts on the attainment of inner and outer peace, and co compiler of Peace Pilgrim, Her Life and Work. A Peace Pilgrim book,  an online PDF, Audiobook, Steps Toward Inner Peace and other offerings can be found at peacepilgrim.org. All Peace Pilgrim materials are offered freely, without charge.

Guidelines for a Happy and Healthy Life

  1. A means of livelihood which is useful to society—something you enjoy doing.
  2. Inspirational things in your life—things that lift you up. It might be uplifting music or inspirational words or the beauty of nature.
  3. Good living habits—regular exercise, sunshine and fresh air, food that nourishes the body, plenty of rest, and good thoughts. (Junk thoughts will affect you even quicker than junk foods!)
  4. A path of service—something you do with an outgoing motive to be of service, without thought of receiving something in return.
  5. Time spent alone each day in meditation or receptive silence.