About claire

I have been in private practice as a consulting hypnotist since 2008, after completing 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. Both NGH and IMDHA require annual continuing education credits. From 2015-2018 l 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)

I am currently training in:

  • Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT)

  • Hypnotherapy Supervision

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 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

articles & Presentations

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

Addressing Teen Anxiety in the Digital "Village"

An article in UNC's Daily Tarheel from 2017

Hypnosis Entertains and Helps Local Residents











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).

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.