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Wouldn’t you like to help your clients get better results from the services you provide? What if you could DISCOVER how to engineer emotional and behavioral breakthroughs (in yourself and others) on a regular basis?

Imagine how much more ENJOYABLE and SUCCESSFUL your professional life would become. Meristem Therapy Academy now offers innovative, intensive training to help you master subconscious communication. With more than 20 years of experience, your instructor, Cheryl Otterbein (RTC, HT) is a clinical counseling hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, and Master Hypnosis Trainer through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

Cheryl has designed a unique Training Program to help students and health professionals offer the best possible services to their clients.

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At the Meristem Therapy Academy, we cannot stress enough that not only will our programs educate you in the use of hypnotherapy, but will change the way you experience your life, behavior, and what you see as daily results.

While our classes make use of traditional teaching methods, we also create experiential learning. These types of experiences are not necessarily appropriate for everyone and therefore, just as you the student needs to choose the right school for you, we must also choose those students who are best suited for our programs.


We are more than happy to discuss our school, programs, and fees with you, but the first step in this process is to fill out our online application form. Answering these questions helps us to determine whether our programs will be a good fit for you. Rest assured that there is no obligation by filling out this form and your information will be kept completely confidential.

Meristem Therapy Academy is here to meet the demands of those seeking professional recognition. Highly qualified instructors have been selected based on expertise, devotion, knowledge, and desire to share the skills they have mastered. An IACH accredited school.

Meristem Therapy Academy is now offering continuing and advanced educational opportunities to members of various professional organizations.

As a result of its rapid acceptance, career opportunities are ever-increasing in the area of alternative health.

Again, welcome to the wonderful world of hypnosis. Thank you for being a part of our family here at the Meristem Therapy Academy.

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 Choose Your Course

Courses can be taken individually and are sold separately 


Hypnotherapy Certified Training Course

Meristem’s Certified Hypnotherapy course combines self-paced online-training and live-training.

 The course is 329 hours plus the practicum/supervisor hours.

 Online classes include instructions, demonstrations, and practices. The online classes will allow for learning, as well as integration, development of technique, and application, within a safe and supervised setting. Each student will have the opportunity to see clearly while experiencing hypnosis as both an observer and as a participant. Although some classes are structured, Meristem allows the students to explore some hidden interests. Meristem’s topics of discussion include:

  • Hypnotic Inductions
  • Basic Counselling and Hypnotherapy
  • Creating a hypnotherapy session from the client’s past experiences
  • The beginning, middle, and end of a session
  • Tone and Pacing
  • Metaphors and Stories
  • Abreactions
  • Self-care for the therapist & Ethics

All of Meristem’s courses are designed for a client-centered approach. The courses are designed for any student who wants to learn and apply this knowledge in everyday situations. Meristem counselors begin with the basics, and progress until the student is capable of a wholesome lifestyle. Meristem is the right place for anybody that is new to hypnotherapy or wants to learn more about the field. Meristem’s courses also include basic counseling. This allows the students to go through a step-by-step process, from start to finish. Moreover, this builds a better relationship while helping discover the root-cause issues on a basic level.

Each student will also have the opportunity to practice the skills acquired in a practicum; which is mandatory for all of Meristem’s students to graduate. The program requirements are:

  1. Successful completion of all course assignments.
  2. Reading all required texts and manuals.
  3. Completion of a total of 60 client sessions (of which three sessions are video-recorded and submitted).
  4. Attending and participating in live class training.
  5. Successful completion of all exams (Minimum of 80% to pass).

At the end of this course, the student will earn a certificate in hypnotherapy. Should the student want to expand the new career, into a clinical counseling aspect of hypnotherapy, Meristem encourages each certified-student to apply for the diploma course.

Cost of Course: $1985 + $130 for books ($150 Admin. fee is applicable).

Clinical Counselling Two-Year Hypnotherapy Diploma Course.

Meristem’s online Hypnotherapy Certification Diploma course is 787 hours, which does not include practicum hours. This course is a combination of online and self-paced learning, which will be conducted through distance education. Classes are ongoing, and students may start at any time. Included in this package are live, online classes through Zoom, one weekend per month.

This program prepares the student to be proficient in hypnosis and counseling in a clinical setting. Graduate students will receive a clinical counseling diploma. 

Did you know that Meristem offers Interest-free payment plans? There are multiple options, and the plans are available for all students. One of Meristem’s goals is to make it easy to learn from anywhere. 

This course can be taken from anyplace with an internet connection. Students can start at any time (courses are ongoing) through Meristem’s live online Zoom classes. Students are required to attend a minimum of six live online class weekends (about one per month). 

This program is intended for students who are interested in professional clinical hypnotherapy with a counseling diploma.

If a student wants to add to the skill set, Meristem recommends taking the advanced counseling program. After the student’s diploma program, the counseling program allows the student (after successful completion) to apply to A.C.C.T. (Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada) for a membership.

Also, Meristem’s students are welcome to apply to the International Association of Counseling Hypnotherapists (IACH) for a membership.

The program requirements include:

  1. Successful completion of all course assignments
  2. Reading all required texts and manuals
  3. Completion of a total of 60 client sessions (3 sessions video recorded and submitted)
  4. Successful completion of exams. Minimum of 80% to pass.
  5. Attending and participating in live class training

Cost of Course: $4200 + $300 books ($150 admin. fee is applicable).

Advanced Counselling Training I

This self-directed course covers the following material: Abnormal Psychology, Family Therapy, and Ethics in Counselling. These are required courses by A.C.C.T. if the student chooses to proceed with a membership.

Advanced Counselling Training II

This Self-directed course covers the following material: DSMV, Group Therapy, and Supervision. These are required courses by A.C.C.T. if the student chooses to proceed with a membership with them.


Skilled in Counselling program (Distance Learning)

Counselling Skills Program Fee: $3998.00 plus $252.00 Administrative Fee = $4250.00 

Supervision  of 200 hours is also required for completion of this program. The fee is $450.00 and can be done as a standalone course at any time.

Minimum mark to pass is 80%.

A diploma will be issued after completion.

 Payment plans are available. Books are approximately $390.00.

  • You can take the whole program, or the option of taking the courses individually.Individual courses are $398.00 each plus administration fee.

This program is 530 hours in length and covers the following topics:


Counselling Skills I

Basic Counselling Skills I (30hrs.)

Clinical Assessment (20hrs.)

Note Taking - Record Keeping (30 Hrs.)

Counselling Skills II

Abnormal Psychology (30hrs.)

Ethics in Counselling (30hrs.)

Family Therapy (30 Hrs.)

Counselling Skills III

DSM-V (30hrs.)

Group Therapy (30hrs.)

Trauma/Recovery (30hrs.)

Counselling Skills IV

Theory and Practical Group Therapy (30hrs.)

Person-Centred Therapy (30hrs.)

Foundational Ideas (30hrs.)

Counselling Skills V

Cultural Nature of Human Development (30hrs.)

Gestalt Therapy (30hrs.)

Narrative Therapy (30hrs.)

Counselling Skills VI

Multi-Cultural Counselling Pt. 1 (45hrs.)

Multi-Cultural Counselling Pt. 2 (45hrs.)



 Trauma and Recovery

“Trauma and Recovery” is a self-directed Hypnotherapy Clinical Diploma Course. This course, along with the Advanced Counselling Training I, II, and Trauma and Recovery are the requirements of A.C.C.T. and A.C.T.A. for the student to apply for the membership.

Cost of Course: $398 + books ($100 admin. fee is applicable) 


This course is designed for the hypnotherapist, who has some experience in hypnotherapy and wants to specialize in this field.   This course is self-study- and will also include personal coaching to answer all of your questions.  A certificate will be provided at the end of the course. Pass mark for this course is 85%.

This course is $1495.00 plus an administration fee of $150.00.  Extra reading materials are not included in this course. 

This course is designed to help parents who are new to the birthing experience, or who would like a different approach in a new way.   This course includes a care plan, MP3 recordings and exercises in self hypnosis.   This self study course allows you to read at your own pace and feel comfortable with the process. 

This course is $ 798.00 plus $150.00 administration fee.

 Basic Supervision

Basic supervision is taught through indirect supervision of student-conducted practice sessions. Students will conduct sessions with legitimate clients (which will be a total of 30 sessions) and video-record one session. The instructor will evaluate the sessions.

The student's hypnotherapy and counseling skills will be critiqued for further refinement and accuracy. The students will also be required to observe a variety of role-playing and actual sessions on video, which will be conducted by the instructor.

Cost of Course: $450 + $100 Admin. fee.

Clinical Supervision

Supervision is taught through student-conducted practice sessions. Students will conduct an additional 30 sessions with actual clients, and video record two additional sessions for a grand evaluation. The instructor will supervise the progress as it proceeds by communicating with each student through telephone, Skype, Zoom, or e-mail.


The student's hypnotherapy and counseling skills will be critiqued for further refinement and accuracy. Students will also be required to observe a variety of sessions on video, which will also be conducted by the instructor and other participants.

Cost of Course: $450 + $100 admin. fee

Reiki Level 1

Are you drawn to energy work but just not sure how to begin or refine your existing practice? Are you looking for a Reiki healing course with a vibrant community, real integrity & internationally recognized certification?

Reiki Level I is a self-directed course that allows students to learn about Reiki. Reiki is a universal energy that has been used successfully across the planet to heal emotional, physical, and energetic imbalances. This course allows the student to form lifelong kindred bonds and friendships with a like-minded global community. The course also allows for increased confidence as a Reiki Master because the student will have the tools needed to perform effective Reiki sessions and teach and attune other students.

Discover how to help yourself & others with Reiki energy.

Are you drawn to energy work but just not sure how to begin or refine your existing practice?

Are you looking for a Reiki healing course with a vibrant community, real integrity & internationally recognized certification

Form lifelong kindred bonds & friendships with a like-minded global community

Have increased confidence as a Reiki Master because you have the tools you need to perform effectively Reiki sessions and teach and attune other students

Have the potential to earn an income doing something you absolutely love

In Level I of this course you will learn about the history of Reiki as a healing modality and tool for enlightenment. You will explore how Reiki works and begin practicing using this amazing energy with yourself.

Cost of Course: $398 + $100 Admin. fee.

If you want to do Reiki Level 1 & 2 together, the cost would be $750 + admin fee.

If you want to do all three levels of Reiki the cost would be $1000 + admin fee.




Reiki Level II

In Reiki’s level II program, the student will learn how to perform Reiki from a distance. The student will also learn how to use aspects of the Reiki energy to clear unwanted habits and manifest your goals. This is a self-directed course.

 Cost of Course: $398 + $100 Admin. fee.

Reiki Master III

In Reiki’s Level III program, the student will learn how to teach and perform attunements on others wanting to utilize Reiki for themselves. This is a self-directed course.

Students will receive a comprehensive manual, including additional worksheets. Students will have the choice to connect with other like-minded individuals in an active online group, which can be accessed after the completion of the course.

Students will also receive distance attunements for all three levels from the instructor. Lastly, students will receive a traditional certificate (in .pdf format) from the instructor when the course is completed.

This course can be used as a way to enhance personal growth while working on any imbalances within yourself (or those around you). Individuals wanting to add Reiki to any current practices or wanting to begin an individual Reiki practice will benefit greatly from this series. Individuals wanting to teach Reiki to others will have the material after the completion of the course.

This course can be used as a way to enhance personal growth and/or work on any imbalances within yourself or those around you. Individuals wanting to add Reiki to their current practice or wanting to begin their own Reiki practice will benefit highly from this course. Also, individuals wanting to teach Reiki to others will have the material they need to do so once they have completed this course.

 Why take this course?

  • Every part of this course meets the highest levels of integrity
  • This curriculum is endorsed and reflects best practice
  • You can use your internationally recognized certification as soon as you graduate

This course is comprehensive and detailed. With over 8 hours of video lectures as well as a 160-page manual, you will have the tools you need to start using Reiki on yourself and in your life as well as with others on a personal and professional level.

Unlike in-person courses, you can take the time you need to work through the material while having continuous access to ask your Certified Reiki Master/Teacher questions. You also have lifetime access to the course materials and any updates that are made.

You will be given manuals in addition to the course manuals that you can edit and use for your own Reiki practice and teaching. This course is always being added to, and with your lifetime access, you can access the new information whenever you choose.

Unlike other online Reiki courses that provide automatic attunements for all students at a set time, in this course you will set a specific time and date for your distance attunements that your Instructor will perform with you specifically.

You will also receive a unique and authentic Traditional Reiki certificate (pdf) via email once you have completed the course. You can use this beautiful certificate for display purposes with your clients.

Cost of Course: $398 + $100 Admin. fee.


Interest-free payment plans are available.   E-Transfers allows for no extra fees.  Visa and Mastercard and American express will have extra fees added per transaction.

International Students will require a $1000 administration fee instead of the regular admin. fee.

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