Learn more about how I work, the populations I work with, my credentials, education and training, and some of my publications and presentations.
Some of the populations I work with
While I continue to work with clients of all ages, over the years I have come to specialize in certain populations:
Children and teens with functional gastrointestinal disorders, anxiety, depression, neurodiversity or chronic illness
I have worked closely for several years with the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina who referred children to me after they had undergone extensive physical testing to determine the cause of symptoms that remained unexplained. GI issues included difficulty eating or swallowing, hiccups, holding onto stool or urine, nausea, unexplained stomach pain, IBS, chronic diarrhoea or constipation. Unexpressed emotions may cause physical symptoms and I also work with children who do have a GI diagnosis, where there is an emotional component.
Teenagers as a group have special needs that are different from adults. Covid-19 has disrupted the normal school and university experience, and with the well-known pressures from social media, teens may be suffering more than usual from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, poor body image, disrupted sleep, low self-esteem, loneliness, and academic underachievement. Add chronic illness or disability to that mix and you have a recipe for a problematic adolescence. I teach coping skills, emotional management, practical skills, and strategies for navigating today's tricky world. I have worked with teens with a variety of chronic neurodiverse disorders or conditions: autism, Tourette syndrome, POTS, Crohn's disease, and cancer.
Survivors of domestic violence or abuse
Domestic abuse occurs in all walks of life and may be physical or emotional. It is a pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and/or violent behavior, including sexual violence, by a partner in an intimate relationship. The abuse may also be perpetrated on children and affects the whole family. Since 2015 I have volunteered at a center for domestic violence victims, where I facilitate support groups and teach skills for stress and anxiety management.
Adults with anxiety, neurodiversity or chronic illness
American Psychological Association (APA)
APA Division 30 (Society for Psychological Hypnosis)
Human Givens Institute, Registered Member
International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
Advanced Integrative Therapy Institute
Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council
General Hypnotherapy Register
Credentials and Education
2020: Human Givens Diploma (Practitioner), Human Givens Institute
2017: Certified Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Practitioner
2016: Certificate in Medical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy for Health
2015: Domestic violence support group facilitator training
2015: OMNI Hypnosis Training Institute Advanced Training
2012: PhD (Educational Psychology), University of North Carolina with a dual concentration in Online Learning, and Child & Adolescent Development and Disability
2011: Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists
2010: Transactional Analysis Practitioner (TAP) certificate
2008: Hypnotherapist, certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists, the International Medical & Dental Hypnotherapy Association, and OMNI Hypnosis Training Institute International
2000: MSIS (Master of Science in Information Science), University of North Carolina
1986: BSc (General Science), University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
An article about working with anxious teens that I wrote in 2019 for Health & Healing in the Triangle
An article in UNC's Daily Tarheel from 2017
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.
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.
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.
de la Varre, C. (August). What you should know about tinnitus before accepting tinnitus clients. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.
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.
de la Varre, C. (August). Listening to the Voice of the Heart. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.