About Claire


I have been in private practice as a consulting hypnotist since 2008, after completing training and an internship in clinical hypnosis with Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA, APN, MA, BCH, CI. I am certified as a hypnotist 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, in the the department of Dental Ecology, working as a hypnotist in the "Comfort Center", a clinic for patients with dental anxiety within the Dental Faculty Practice.


I received my PhD in Educational Psychology (2012) from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, and have a master's degree in Information Science (2000), from UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science. My undergraduate degree is BSc General Science from St Andrew's University in Scotland.

I am currently enrolled in the Human Givens Psychotherapy Diploma course in the UK. I have completed Parts 1 and 2 and have received my diploma. I will complete Part 3, which is supervision and fitness to practice, in May 2019. For more information about the Human Givens, please see The Human Givens Institute.

Areas of Expertise

1. Children and adolescents with gastrointestinal (GI) issues. I usually see GI clients after they have been referred to me by GI doctors in pediatric departments at UNC, Duke, or Wake Med. At the time of contact, they have had a complete GI workup to determine any underlying disease or other physiological contributions to their symptoms. Such issues have included IBS, stomach migraines, Crohn's disease, fear of vomiting, nausea, problems eating solid food, problems swallowing, hiccups, and unspecified abdominal pain.


  • 2017: Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) Practitioner, through training with Asha Clinton, PhD and Vann Joines, PhD
  • 2011: Certified Instructor, National Guild of Hypnotists, through training with Ron Eslinger, RN, CRNA
  • 2010: Transactional Analysis Practitioner (TAP) through training with Vann Joines, PhD, at the Southeast Institute for Group and Family Therapy
  • 2008: Certified Hypnotherapist, National Guild of Hypnotists


I am a certified hypnosis instructor, and teach the NGH's 100-hour basic hypnosis certification course several times per year as well as Introduction to Hypnosis weekends for the general public.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • APA Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis)
  • USA Transactional Analysis Association
  • International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association (IMDHA)
  • National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Human Givens Institute, Associate Member