Your Instructor

Meristem Therapy Academy

Cheryl Otterbein, RTC, HT

Certified Clinical-Counselling Hypnotherapist & Instructor

I.A.C.H as a recognized level II school and Instructor. Member of IMDHA.

Meristem Academy

I have been involved in hypnotherapy since 2012 and run my own successful hypnotherapy practice and as well as teach hypnotherapy. I have spent more than a decade studying human behavior and helping clients overcome issues in typically six sessions or less.

Throughout the years, I have helped people overcome chronic health conditions, enhance sports performance, improve relations, and increase financial wealth. I am very excited about teaching hypnosis and educating people on how they can co-create the life they’ve always dreamed of.

My Teaching Philosophy

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is quoted as saying, “If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.”

This quote beautifully sums up my teaching philosophy. With all my hypnotherapy experience, I have been blessed with the gift of being able to see the best in people; seeing beyond their fears, lacks, limitations, and challenges into what can be their true potential.

 As a result, I strive to treat people as though they are capable of stepping into that potential with the hope that they will be able to overcome their past conditioning and live the life they were born to live. Human beings want to be around people who believe in them.

I believe in my students. In my classes, I strive to bring out the best in each and every one of them. If you are reading this, it is my sincere hope you will become a student of Meristem Therapy Academy so that we can learn and grow together, so that together we can help many people, and so that we can all live great lives!

Here’s to your success and the success of the world!



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Your Education

This is a 7-8 month self-directed course for those who would like to learn to be a good hypnotherapist and have some basic clinical skills with it.  This course requirement although self-directed has a live online training component where students are required to attend.  There is also a practicum component to it in order for students to complete the course must complete the required hours.

This is a 2-year self-directed course just like the certified course however has more clinical /counseling aspects to it. 

This self-directed course covers:  AB Normal Psychology, Family Therapy and Ethics in Counselling

This Self directed course covers: DSMV, Group Therapy & Supervision

Hypnotherapy Clinical Diploma Course along with the Advanced Counselling Training I, II, and Trauma and Recovery, are the requirements of ACCT and ACTA in order for you to apply for their membership.

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Distance Sessions vs Face to face.

Research shows that therapy and hypnotherapy from a distance can be just as effective as in-person therapy.

There are circumstances where online therapy may even be the best option. Certain clients may not want to devote the time to travel to a therapist’s office, and that fact that an hour-long video chat will take no additional time out of their day is appealing. “Some people have difficulty leaving the house because of the mental health issues they face but need professional support, while others have to travel for work or need to stay home for child care, this provides the perfect option for those on the go.

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Certified Hypnotherapy Training

Councilling Training

Trauma and Recovery