I first learnt hypnosis as a teenager, after watching a TV programme where a doctor used hypnosis to calm his paediatric asthma patients. I practised on people I knew, including my university flatmates. However, my formal career as a hypnotist began in 2008, after completing training and an internship in clinical hypnosis with Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, APN, MA, BCH, CI, at the Healthy Visions Wellness Center in Tennessee.
I opened my private practice in June 2008, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and became a hypnosis instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists in 2011 and the first hypnotist in the US to advertise on social media (Living Social and Groupon).
From 2015-2018 l held an appointment as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, working as a hypnotist in the Comfort Center, a clinic for patients with dental anxiety.
I am registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) who ensure that their hypnotherapists are properly trained, understand the theory and practice of hypnotherapy, and are qualified and insured. You can read more information about my credentials and professional activities below.
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 30 (Society for Psychological Hypnosis)
Human Givens Institute, Registered Member (MHGI)
General Hypnotherapy Register, Registered Practitioner (GQHP)
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council, Registered Member
International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
National Guild of Hypnotists
Advanced Integrative Therapy Institute
Training, Diplomas & Certificates
2021: Certificate in Hypnotherapy Supervision (with Yorkshire Hypnotherapy Training)
2020: Human Givens Diploma HGDipP
2017: Certified Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Practitioner (with Asha Clinton)
2016: Certificate in Medical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy for Health (with Michael Ellner)
2015: Domestic violence support group facilitator training, Compass Center, North Carolina
2015: OMNI Hypnosis Training Institute Advanced Training (with Jerry Kein)
2011: Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists (with Ron Eslinger)
2010: Transactional Analysis Practitioner (TAP) certificate (with Vann Joines)
2008: Certified Consulting Hypnotherapist, National Guild of Hypnotists (with Ron Eslinger)
2012: PhD (Educational Psychology), UNC-CH School of Education, with a dual concentration in:
online learning, and child & adolescent development and disability
2000: MSIS (Master of Science in Information Science), University of North Carolina
1986: BSc (General Science), University of St Andrews, Scotland
2021 de la Varre, C. (2021, June 11-13). Incorporating Dave Elman's techniques when working with children and teens. The Dave Elman Legacy Virtual Conference.
2021 de la Varre, C. (April 22). The surprising connections between sleep, dreaming, anxiety, depression and hypnosis. Information and strategies for hypnotists. Presented at the Carolina Hypnosis Network monthly meeting.
2020 de la Varre, C. (2020, August 6-8). The Human Givens: Integrating hypnosis techniques into a solution-focused brief psychotherapy. [Poster presentation]. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
2018 de la Varre, C., Beck, J. Guided Imagery, Mindfulness, and Other Nonpharmacological Techniques for the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in Dental Patients. Diagnosis and Management of Acute and Chronic Orofacial Pain, UNC School of Dentistry, June 22.
2015 de la Varre, C. (August). What you should know about tinnitus before accepting tinnitus clients. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.
2014 de la Varre, C. (August). Parts therapy: Using Transactional Analysis and Internal Family Systems Theory to help your clients. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.
2014 de la Varre, C. (August). Listening to the Voice of the Heart. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.
2014 de la Varre, C. (August). What you should know about tinnitus before accepting tinnitus clients. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.
Addressing Teen Anxiety in the Digital "Village" Health & Healing in the Triangle, 2019