Background & Experience

I have a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina (UNC), with a concentration in child and adolescent development and disability.

 

In 2008, I went into private practice as a hypnotherapist after I completed training and an internship in clinical hypnosis with pain specialist Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, APN, MA, BCH, CI, who is based in Tennessee, USA.  I have worked with thousands of clients since then, and I also train and certify new hypnotherapists, which I have done for the past decade.

 

From 2015-2018 l held an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor at University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, running a clinic for patients with dental anxiety.

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Since 2015, I have also worked regularly with children and adolescents with functional gastrointestinal disorders referred to me from the UNC Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology. In functional disorders, there is no underlying medical condition that can be identified, and often the cause of the physical symptoms is emotional or psychological. Once I started training in Human Givens therapy I began applying the Human Givens framework to these young patients, as well as teaching them relaxation techniques and using guided imagery with beneficial suggestions for change. Some of my patients got better in just a single session! Others needed a few more sessions to see a significant improvement.

I have now opened a private practice as a Human Givens therapist in Stirling and can see clients in person in my office or online via Zoom.

If you would like information on hypnotherapy and the other modalities I use, please visit my other website: www.integrativehypnotherapy.uk

Professional Memberships

  • Human Givens Institute (MHGI)

  • American Psychological Association (APA), and APA Division 30

  • International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association

  • National Guild of Hypnotists

  • Advanced Integrative Therapy Institute

  • Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council

  • General Hypnotherapy Register

Credentials, Training & Education

  • 2021: Training in BWRT (Brain Working Recursive Therapy) Level 1

  • 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 Certificate and Board Certification in Hypnotherapy

  • 2012: PhD (Educational Psychology), University of North Carolina

  • 2011: Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists

  • 2010: Transactional Analysis Practitioner (TAP)

  • 2008: Certified Hypnotherapist (National Guild of Hypnotists)

  • 2000: MSIS (Master of Science in Information Science), University of North Carolina

  • 1986: BSc (General Science), University of St Andrews

Relevant conference presentations and articles

de la Varre, C. (2021, 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. (2019, September). Addressing teen anxiety in the digital “village.” Health & Healing in the Triangle, 22(2). Available online at: https://healthandhealingonline.com/addressing-teen-anxiety-in-the-digital-village/

de la Varre, C., & Beck, J. (2018). 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. (2015, August). What you should know about tinnitus before accepting tinnitus clients. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.

 

de la Varre, C. (2014, August). Parts therapy: Using Transactional Analysis and Internal Family Systems Theory to help your clients. Annual Convention, National Guild of Hypnotists, Marlborough, MA.

Addressing Teen Anxiety in the Digital "Village" Health & Healing in the Triangle, 2019