HCH was founded in 1973 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.
HCH generally attracts students who demand excellence in training and in themselves, and who have an understanding that being a practitioner is an art: that skills are cultivated and honed, not just learned through lectures and watching demonstrations. Because the HCH teaching and healing philosophy emphasizes the spiritual realm of consciousness or the quantum field that is the basis of all healing, our typical student is one for whom there is a calling to do healing and transformational work whether for their own purposes or for the support of others. Even though our community attracts a diverse population of students, there is a commonality: that we are all human beings growing , learning and wanting to be in service of the transformation of consciousness. The transformation begins with ourselves.
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 and Northern and Southern California 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, San Diego and Los Angeles.
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, Scotland, Wales, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Canada, Philippines, Russia, Australia, Japan, China, Korea, Iran, Iceland, and others.