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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 completed training and an internship in clinical hypnosis with pain specialist Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, APN, MA, BCH, CI and opened my private practice.  I have worked with thousands of clients since then, and I also train and certify new hypnotherapists, which I have done since 2011.


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.

Since 2015, I have also worked regularly with children and adolescents with functional gastrointestinal disorders referred to me by their doctors. 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. 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.

Professional Memberships

  • Human Givens Institute (MHGI)

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

  • APA Division 30: Society for Psychological Hypnosis (APA Div-30)

  • International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA)

  • National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)

  • Advanced Integrative Therapy Institute (AITI)

  • OMNI Hypnosis Training Center

  • Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC - UK)

  • General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR - UK)

Credentials, Training & Education

  • 2022: Hypnosis for Cancer Pain (Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, New York

  • 2022: OMNI Hypnosis Training Institute Instructor Certification (with Hansruedi Wipf)

  • 2021: Certificate in Hypnotherapy Supervision (General Hypnotherapy Register)

  • 2020: Human Givens Diploma (Practitioner), Human Givens Institute

  • 2019: Taking Therapy Outside, Centre for Reflective Healing

  • 2017: Certified Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Practitioner

  • 2016: Certificate in Medical Hypnosis, Hypnotherapy for Health (with Michael Ellner)

  • 2015: Domestic violence support group facilitator training

  • 2015: OMNI Hypnosis Training Institute Advanced Certificate and Board Certification in Hypnotherapy

  • 2011: Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists

  • 2010: Transactional Analysis Practitioner (TAP, with Vann Joines, PhD)

  • 2008: Certified Hypnotherapist (National Guild of Hypnotists, with Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA)


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

  • 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. (2023, January 20-20). Who knew? Making hypnotic pain management even more effective. The Dave Elman Legacy Virtual Conference.


de la Varre, C. (July 29-31). The importance of supervision. Hypnothoughts Live, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.

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:

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

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