Avinoam Lerner, Cancer Trauma & Recovery Specialist, Author, TEDx Speaker

Growing up in a war-torn part of the world, where loss and trauma are rampant, I remember this seminal moment, at the age of six, witnessing a woman I looked up to breaking down after learning her husband did not return from the war.

The look in her eyes, of fear and loss, burned into my brain with intensity. I wanted it to go away so badly! But, being so young, I couldn’t do anything; I felt powerless and helpless.

Many years later, I saw the very same look in someone else’s eyes, a cancer patient who came to me for a consultation seeking relief. At that moment, I was no longer that helpless child; I had the tools and the knowledge and could finally help.

That patient changed the direction of my practice and gave it a clear and defined focus – to help people facing cancer and trauma break through to recovery.

I am asked sometimes – how can you do it? How can you stay so present, focused, and content in the face of others’ fears, trauma, and grief? My answer is – it’s what I am here for. I can support people this way because that’s who I am.

As an army veteran, I know the value of discipline and pushing through. Cancer is a battlefield of a sort, which is why my approach is goal-oriented and result-driven. And yet, as a parent of two daughters, I’ve learned to be nurturing and grounded. That is what I offer those I work with, a safe and structured place for healing of both mind and body.

Professional Training

I earned my degree as a Holistic Therapist from the Reidman International College for Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Israel in 2000. I am certified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) and the National Federation of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NFNLP) in the USA.


My innovative approach to recovery highlights the multidimensional nature of trauma and illness. I offer individuals seeking to play a more active role in their recovery a safe, practical, meaningful, and effective path. This path allows those I work with to enlist the restorative power of their mind to become more resilient and cultivate a mindset more conducive to health, freedom, and quality of life.

It’s not only common knowledge nowadays, it’s also research-based, that emotional problems can fast become physical ones. In other words, the whole notion that people can be scarred by their past should not be taken lightly. It is why my approach to healing is intensive, exclusively focused on the root cause of the suffering.

5 star review  I visited Avinoam after facing my third sarcoma recurrence in 18 months. Unfortunately, my third recurrence left me facing a stage IV diagnosis with an extremely aggressive cancer. Prior to... read more

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April 25, 2021

5 star review  Avinoam changed my life. I had no idea what to expect working with him, but I had reached a point with a chronic condition where I knew something had to... read more

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December 25, 2021

5 star review  Avi has a special gift. He is able to be honest in a way that’s comforting and helpful to me. He is very compassionate. I have done... read more

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November 25, 2021

5 star review  Avi has a gift that is difficult to describe; he has an intuition for helping people that I really have not encountered before. My insomnia & anxiety levels have improved... read more

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June 25, 2021

5 star review  I’ve worked with many psychology professionals in my life. None quite like Avinoam. I’ve shared with him that in 15 hours of time with him I grew more, changed more,... read more

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October 25, 2021

5 star review  This was my first experience with hypnotherapy and it did not disappoint. I have been to many therapists over the years and have to say this worked better for me than... read more

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January 4, 2022

5 star review  Very very powerful modality that has shifted the ground under me. Avinoam is committed and devoted to helping you in finding healing for your own past and traumas so that... read more

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December 25, 2021

5 star review  Avinoam Lerner is divine-loving-wisdom-presence embodied. Skilled and sensitive. I worked with him over 10 years ago - fairly regularly for a time-and it changed my life, helped me heal emotionally... read more

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December 25, 2021

5 star review  I want to start by saying Avinoam helped turn my life around. I felt completely stuck and emotionally drained. Things kept bottling up until my stress level and anxiety were... read more

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December 25, 2021

5 star review  Avinoam is a uniquely insightful, compassionate healer. I went to him to help me with a lifetime of debilitating anxiety relating to childhood trauma, and through simple techniques he... read more

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June 25, 2021