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Open House
September 13
7:00PM to 9:00PM

Fall Hypnotherapy Training
Begins October 1st.

Free Reiki Clinic
1st Tuesday
Every month
7:00PM to 9:00PM

Reiki I
October 20, 27
1:00PM to 4:00PM

Reiki II
September 15, 22
1:00PM to 4:00PM

Energy Boundaries
Saturday/Sunday, October 15, 16
10:00AM to 5:00PM

Saturday/Sunday, October 29, 30
10:00AM to 5:00PM

About HCH Institute

An Institute for Hypnotherapy and Psycho-Spiritual Trainings

3746 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite #200.,
Lafayette, CA 94549

Administrative Hours:
Tuesdays through Thursdays
11am to 3pm

Email: HCH@HypnotherapyTraining.com


From Oakland: Take highway 24 East, through the tunnel. Pass town of Orinda. Take Mt. Diablo Blvd./Acalanes exit. Go through stop lights onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Pass the Lafayette Reservoir on the right. Drive approximately 1/8 mile further. Turn left on Risa Rd. Take the first right which is Woodbury Rd. Go to the very end and turn right up the hill. Look for building #3746 on your right. We are on the same level as the parking lot. Suite #200.
From Walnut Creek: Take highway 24 West. Take Central Lafayette exit. At the light, turn left on to Deerhill Rd. When Deerhill ends (past the BART station), turn left onto Happy Valley Rd. Drive one block. Turn right onto Mt. Diablo Blvd. Drive approximately 1/2 mile and turn right on Risa Rd. Take the first right which is Woodbury Rd. Go to the very end and turn right up the hill. Look for building #3746 on your right. We are on the same level as the parking lot. Suite #200.

By BART: Exit at Lafayette BART station. Walk one block south to Mt. Diablo Blvd. Go right on Mt. Diablo Blvd and use the directions above. Walking from BART will take 15 to 20 minutes.


HCH is one of the oldest and most comprehensive state-approved hypnosis training institutes in California.The school is situated in a peaceful wooded hillside with a sweeping view of the Contra Costa County hills. Our classrooms are fully carpeted and warmly furnished. Sliding glass doors open to balconies which overlook the natural environment. Deer, squirrels, and birds are commonly seen from the classroom windows.

On the premises we offer an extensive hypnosis library for browsing and books, cds, and hypnosis tools are for sale in the HCH Book Store.
HCH provides tea for the trainings and a refrigerator and microwave oven are available for student use during breaks and meal time.
Our training center is within walking distance of the Lafayette BART station, the Lafayette Reservoir, and downtown restaurants. Local motels are within a 10-15 minute drive.

HCH was founded as The Hypnosis Clearing House by Dr. Freda Morris. Holly Holmes-Meredith, a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, became the owner and Clinical Director of the school in 1986.

The training at HCH is comprehensive and multi-dimensional. It's designed to insure systematic integration of Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Neuro-linguistic Programming and many transpersonal modalities of healing through altered states of consciousness. As a result, HCH graduates are insured competency in a wide variety of practical and effective therapeutic skills.
One of the most significant elements in the HCH training is the emphasis on students personally experiencing the hypnotic process as hypnotees through demonstrations and partner practicum. Because graduates understand the transformational effects of hypnosis from the inside out, they are better prepared to empower clients to move through their own inner territories.

Each HCH instructor follows the path of empowerment and teaches the importance of supporting clients in healing themselves -- demystifying hypnosis as a power or force the hypnotherapist uses on someone else. This approach minimizes co-dependencies between the client and therapist and helps clients more consciously experience being the creative healing force in their own lives.

Through the HCH learning approach utilizing hypnotic consciousness and the on-going supervised practice of techniques, students are also trained in the art of doing hypnotherapy.  It is in this realm of the art of hypnotherapy that a state of grace and healing takes place for the client.

Our hypnotherapy training supports graduates in meeting both personal and professional goals. Many begin a new satisfying career as a hypnotherapist and many combine the newly acquired hypnotherapy skills with a current helping profession. All HCH students experience the benefits of profound accelerated personal growth and transformation.

While HCH began as one of the first hypnotherapy schools in the US, our curriculum evolved to include other psychospiritual trainings of modalities that enhance and expand the practitioner's flexibility and capacities as a helping professional. We were the first school in California to offer a Certification in Energy Therapy and a Certificate in Parapsychological Studies.


Our HCH Institute Hypnotherapy Training provides 200 hours of comprehensive training and mentoring of hypnotherapists that surpasses other trainings available. We are committed to train hypnotherapists that are thoroughly versed in the laws and ethics of working in the field and are competent to provide professional services. We often re-train graduates of other programs who complain about too short of training, inadequate supervision, and feeling unprepared to go into practice.

At HCH we have small classes that meet in a circle format in a warm and comfortable healing environment surrounded by nature. The largest class is 22 people. Classes average 12 students.

We have on-going supervision by teachers of practice sessions with written feedback. Students train in a hypnotherapy clinic facility where they have access to therapy rooms for practice sessions.

We require that each student present in class a video of themselves facilitating an actual session of hypnotherapy. Students and the instructor give written and verbal feedback to the hypnotherapist. The students skill levels and confidence to provide services competently and ethically is DRAMATICALLY enhanced through the video assignment. HCH is the only school that requires a video practicum.

Through out the training, emphasis is placed on the student's personal process of experiencing all of the techniques taught. Learning takes place not only by facilitating the process but through experiencing themselves as the client and taking time in class to talk about their hypnotic experiences much like a client would do with the hypnotherapist in a session. Learning takes place from the inside out, and integrates on a much deeper level than through typical intellectual or academic learning. By being the client as much as practicing being the hypnotherapist, students learn about the territory of non-ordinary states and can be more confident in being a seasoned guide to a client who is new to the experience of hypnosis.

HCH generally attracts the student who demands excellence in training and in themselves, and who have an understanding that being a hypnotherapist is an art: that skills are cultivated and honed, not just learned through lectures and watching demonstrations.

Our graduates are eligible to apply to our 100 hour, six month, Clinical Internship program in which students provide hypnotherapy services to the public in our Hypnotherapy Community Clinic. Students receive weekly group supervision with Holly to focus on client progress, strategies for working with clients and legal and ethical issues that come up in the therapeutic interactions. To ensure the development of the art of hypnotherapy and the skills necessary to run a practice, HCH also offers an externship program where graduates in private practice can continue the mentoring and supervision with Holly through monthly group on-site or conference call supervision groups and a monthly private phone or video conference consultation with Holly.

In both the internship and externship programs, students earn the 100 additional hours required for the Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification. No other hypnotherapy trainings offer programs like these and students must be HCH graduates to participate.

Please take time to watch our THE HCH EXPERIENCE video on our welcome page, watch videos of our instructors (coming soon), and to read our testimonials. We welcome you into our learning and healing community.


Hypnotherapy is a versatile therapeutic modality that can be applied to any area of human concern and experience. Hypnotherapy can facilitate growth and change in the areas of:

Achieving Goals
Learning Enhancement
Behaviors and Attitudes
Health and Self-healing
Spirituality and Inner Direction
Self-Mastery and Skill Enhancement
Pain Management
Finding Purpose and Life Direction
Career Concerns
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Depression
Healing Trauma



Accelerated personal growth and transformation.

An expanded sense of Self.

The experience that you can and do make a significant difference in the world.

The experience that learning is an organic and joyful process.

An experience of being empowered and respected for your own innate wisdom.

An experience of community.


A certificate in Hypnotherapy or Clinical Hypnotherapy from an established state-approved school.

In-depth supportive hands-on training with written feedback.

CE Credit for Nurses Provider #CEP 6875. Approved by the CA Board for Registered Nurses.

CE Credits - MFT's, LCSWs and LPPCs #124720. HCH has Continuing Education Provider Approval through the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

HCH is Board approved for Clinical Hypnotherapy Training by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

HCH Institute is approved for Hypnotherapy Training by The International Professional Board of Hypnotherapy.

HCH is accredited by the International Board for Regression Therapy for the training of Hypnotherapists and Regression Therapists.

On-site Clinical Internship program for HCH graduates.

Training by Licensed Therapists and Certified Hypnotherapists.

An integrated transformational approach to hypnotherapy.

A solid grounding in the legal and ethical aspects in the field.

Eligibility for membership in a variety of international professional and certifying organizations.

On-going advanced trainings, meet-up groups and supervision to insure clinical and business success.


HCH students have ranged from 18 to 86 years of age and come from varied backgrounds: high school graduates to PHDs, students, homemakers, business professionals, educators, health care workers, dentists and doctors, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, massage practitioners, musicians, scientists and clergy. All are pursuing personal growth and more effective and rewarding ways to be in their own lives and in the world.

Our local students come from throughout the greater Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, and Sacramento. The counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

Within the United States, our graduates have come from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington, D.C.,
West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Our students have traveled from far and wide! Countries such as Mexico, Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa, India, England, France, Belgium, Israel, Turkey, Ireland, Scottland, Wales, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Canada, Philipines, Russia, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Iran, Iceland, and others.

3746 Mt Diablo Blvd Lafayette, Suite #200, California 94549 (click for map)
Voice: (925) 283-3941
Administrative Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am - 3pm

Email: HCH@HypnotherapyTraining.com