About Claire

I have been in private practice as a consulting hypnotist since 2008, after training with Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, APN, MA, BCH, CI. In 2015 I did advanced training with Jerry Kein of OMNI Hypnosis. I am certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA), and OMNI Hypnosis. I am on both the General Hypnotherapy Register and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council Register in the UK. From 2015-2018 I held an appointment as an adjunct Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry, working as a hypnotist in the Comfort Center, a clinic for patients with dental anxiety.


  • PhD in Educational Psychology (2012) from UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Education

  • MS Information Science, from UNC-Chapel Hill, School of Information & Library Science

  • BSc General Science, St Andrew's University, Scotland

Therapy training:

  • Human Givens Therapy Practitioner Diploma (2020, Human Givens Institute, UK)

I am also certified in the following therapies:

  • Advanced Integrative Therapy Practitioner (2017)

  • Transactional Analysis Practitioner (2012)

  • Hypnotherapy Supervision


I am currently training in:

  • Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)


Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • APA Division 30 (Society for Psychological Hypnosis)

  • Human Givens Institute, Registered Member (UK)

  • International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association

  • National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)

  • Advanced Integrative Therapy Institute

  • Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (UK)

  • General Hypnotherapy Register (UK)

Credentials & 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

Articles & Presentations

2022 An article published in Welldoing.org about Working with Clients with Dissociative Disorders

2019  An article about working with anxious teens that I wrote for Health & Healing in the Triangle  

Addressing Teen Anxiety in the Digital "Village"

2017 An article in UNC's Daily Tarheel Hypnosis Entertains and Helps Local Residents

2022 de la Varre, C (July 29-31). The Importance of Clinical Supervision for Hypnotists and Hypnotherapists. Presented at HypnoThoughts Live, Las Vegas.

2021  de la Varre, C. (June 11-13). Incorporating Dave Elman's techniques when working with children and teens. Presented at the Dave Elman Legacy Conference (virtual).

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.