Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (C.Hyp™) Practitioner Certification

Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

February 22nd - 27th, 2025

Welcome to your happy place!

This program has been designed ESPECIALLY for winter-weary counselling and mental health professionals who could use a little sunshine and ocean medicine, along with an AMAZING professional development intensive!

Join our Hypnotherapy Certification & PD Retreat:

February 22nd-27th, 2025

Tamarindo Beach, Costa Rica

A Sacred Time and Space

We view this training as a sacred opportunity to roll up your sleeves and delve deeply into the role of the unconscious in trauma-informed counselling and psychotherapy services.  We promise that you'll enjoy protected time and space for creative transformation, as you experience:

  • The combination of a Professional Development event and meditation retreat
  • A spectacular class-room setting that is literally steps away from a beautiful beach
  • Collegial heart-space with fellow therapists -- share ideas while being inspired by breathtaking views
  • Formal hypnosis training interspersed with plenty of free time for your leisurely exploration of Costa Rica

Join An International Network of Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapists

“The hypnotherapy training in Costa Rica was exceptional and the teachings deeply healing.  The clinical trainings were among the best I have ever

done." (Kali Munro, RSW - Toronto)

"I was so impressed with this Costa Rica training. It was a “game changer” for me. I was inspired to make major changes in my life and business, and will always be

grateful.  The majestic beauty all added to the wonderful experience." (Naureen Shah, Pakistan)

"This training not only inspired me to become a greater social worker but inspired my soul to move forward in directions I never thought were possible."  (Leigh Simpson, MSW)

“Regardless of the amazing hypnotherapy training I received in Costa Rica, I just became a better therapist. Since returning to my practice, I have been able to help my clients in

ways that I was not able to before." (Terry Ketteringham, Addictions Counsellor, British Columbia)

I was transformed personally and professionally and now have a level of confidence doing this work that I have not yet experienced in my 29 years of being a therapist!
(Rebecca Brownwell, RP, Canada)

About The Program

You'll learn the truly transformative healing power of Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy.

Monkey friends of Tamarindo

You will learn how to:

  • Integrate classical and clinical approaches to hypnosis in your medical, wellness or counselling practice
  • Incorporate Ericksonian and holistic trance methodology into Psychotherapy, motivational counselling and/or holistic patient advising and coaching
  • Combine hypnosis with the interventions you are using now, such as: CBT, mindfulness, EMDR, IFS, and solution-focused brief interventions
  • Effectively utilize trance-work for body-oriented approaches, especially in the context of trauma processing and recovery
  • Assist clients in accessing their own “inner healer” resources through a range of trauma-informed trance based techniques including: age regression, core belief work and Ego State / parts therapy
  • Apply hypnotic protocols for anxiety and panic related issues
  • Offer clients and patients hypnosis-informed programming for pain management and  health recovery
  • Blend hypnosis with integrative healing for habit reversal and addiction issues


Lots of meditation spots on the beach 🙂

Achievements Upon Program Completion:

  • Certification and designation of C.Hyp™ (Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist) Practitioner
  • Lifetime access to “Breaking the Worry Trance” - an online professional training program
  • Lifetime access to e-library complete with audio and video resources, forms, and client tools
  • Listing on Daybreak directory of Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapists
  • Daybreak hypnosis training materials including: case studies and programming guidelines
  • Detailed guidelines for fears and phobias, inner child work, and regression work from a trauma-informed and phase-oriented model of practice
  • access to a 1-800 number for clinical consultation and ongoing support, for six months following this training

On-site Combined With Distance Learning

Your hypnosis training begins with an intensive in-person classroom hypnosis training (Phase 1).  You will then be automatically enrolled into the Daybreak Distance Hybrid program (no additional cost). Through the Distance program, you will be provided with easy access to videotaped recordings of all Phase 2 and Phase 3 class sessions (to be viewed at your own pace), along with regular webinar-based check-in meetings with faculty to ensure continued progress and momentum.

You will be required to complete 3 case studies and two phone-based clinical consultations prior to certification. We allow up to 1 year for program completion, but most students complete all program requirements within 6-8 weeks, following their in-class Costa Rica training intensive.


You must be a mental health or wellness counselling professional (or meet equivalency standards), and have adequate background training in counselling and motivational techniques.

Specialized Training

Trauma-Informed Clinical Focus 

Tamarindo homework spot

Our training is highly specialized in the integration of clinical hypnotherapy within a trauma-informed therapy and wellness counselling framework. The program is exclusive to trained health and wellness counselling professionals. In this way, you are guaranteed to be training with peer colleagues in a dynamic and interactive group setting. We allow no more than 20 attendees, so that each student's unique clinical situations are addressed in a high quality small group experiential. We offer in-depth, practical and "real-life" tools that you can use for immediate applications with clients. 

The programming is unique in its blending of both classical and clinical styles of hypnosis, giving you a truly comprehensive knowledge base and solid foundation from which to draw upon in your depth work with diverse groups of clients.

Intensive and Experiential Approach

Our courses are experiential and practice-based. You won’t be wasting any time listening to boring lectures - it’s assumed you already did enough of that in your post-secondary training. Now, you’ll be asked to “hit the ground running” on incorporating hypnotherapy into the clinical work you already have training in and know exactly how to do!

Your Program Itinerary will include a great mix of intensive training and "down time" each day to rest on a hammock, take in a spa service on the beach, watch the monkeys, or explore the local area.  Many attendees book their class-free day as a special excursion (eg: horseback riding, zip-lining, waterfall visiting, rainforest touring, etc).  Special excursions can be arranged for an additional charge.

Tamarindo sunset

The Schedule

Sat.Feb.22nd: Day 1:  9:30 - 5:30 p.m. /Welcome to Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy

Sun.Feb.23rd: Day 2: 9:30 - 5:30 p.m./Tools for Deepening Your Practice

Mon.Feb.24th: Day 3:  1:00 - 6:00 p.m./ Clinical Practice Day

Tues.Feb.25th: Integration day (free day) / Tours available for added fee

Wed.Feb.26th: Day 4: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m./Regression & Inner Child 

Thur.Feb.27th: Day 5: 9:30 - 5:30 p.m. / Mind-Body Healing Experiential / Closing Ceremony

About the Location

Playa Tamarindo is one of Costa Rica's most famous beaches with miles of white sand and breath-taking ocean views in the midst of bustling farmer's markets, exquisite cuisine, yoga and meditation studios, and a health-conscious community with organic-focused spas, restaurants, coffee shops and juice bars.  Whether you're in the mood for wining and dining, surfing and turfing, or just an afternoon of contemplation at one of the off-trek quiet beaches, you'll find it here in Tamarindo.  And Daybreak staff are here to serve as your friendly and local hypno-tour guides -- we'll help you get around easily and we'll make your biz-cation training experience unforgettably JOYOUS.

This year's program is being held  in the heart of Tamarindo.  You'll be close to a gorgeous beach, and mere steps away from many beautiful sea-side restaurants, shops, hotels and Air BnB/VRBO locations.

Closest Airport: Liberia, Costa Rica

If you have any questions about accommodations and ground transportation, please contact us.  We can help you to book within your budget, based on student reviews and our knowledge of the area.  We're also happy to arrange for your airport transfers for an additional fee, and can even meet you at the airport if you're nervous about travelling alone. 

TRAINING LOCATION INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE UPON SIGN-UP FOR REGISTRANTS. We'll also provide details for your exploration of nearby and recommended places to stay in the area. 

You can bet we'll go out of our way to ensure that your stay in this corner of paradise is happy and comfortable.

About Your Faculty Team

Classroom with Karen DayKaren (Kaia) Day is a Master’s trained Registered Social Worker specializing in holistic psychotherapy and integrative approaches to wellness and mental health. She is the President of Daybreak Therapy and Training, and has over twenty-five years of combined experience in the provision of mental health services, crisis and trauma counselling, motivational counselling and clinical social work practice, teaching and supervision.

Kaia is the Past-President of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis - Ontario Division, and has served as a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy expert at international conferences, Boards, and teaching organizations including University of Toronto faculty of medicine. Kaia has both received and provided extensive training around the world in the areas of clinical hypnotherapy, mindfulness-based approaches to psychotherapy, energy medicine, and Ericksonian-based psychotherapy.  


A Faculty Team you can trust. In addition to meeting with Kaia, you'll also be introduced to a dynamic team of practitioners who are committed to mind-body-spirit psychotherapy and believe in the power of integrative clinical hypnotherapy.Each year, we bring together a different faculty team to Costa Rica to ensure a diverse range of interests, backgrounds and talents.  All of our trainers have many years of extensive experience in Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy.

To get an inside peek at the fun we have while creating a memorable PD experience, you can view this video from last year's training, put together by Daybreak faculty Miche Wilson, C.Hyp.

Registration Details


Retreat group dinner

Your registration includes:

  • 24/7 access to Daybreak staff to help ensure your hassle-free training and vacation experience
  • C.Hyp™ Practitioner designation and certificate upon successful completion of Program
  • 100 Hour clinical hypnosis training program with 50% completed in-person, and 50% completed virtually (through post-classroom e-modules and in-field / case study practice, along with follow-up clinical consultations/supervision). Training approved for continuing education hours with various organizations including the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Membership in Daybreak Network, with listing on referral database
  • All hypnosis training materials including Case studies, scripts, protocols and audio/visual materials
  • Access to 1-800 clinical consultation telephone line for six months following completion of the Program





Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation must be made prior to December 10th, 2024. In such a case, the cost of training will be refunded, minus a $150 processing and administrative fee.  For any cancellations made after the closing deadline: a voucher will be issued for entrance into any other Daybreak training event (of equal or lesser value, or combination of events that amount to equal or lesser value) at any place or time.  You can use the voucher any time, there is no expiry date.  


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Phone: 1-905-764-3680

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Early Bird Sale Price: $849 CAD  (no added tax) only until May 30th, 2024.

Regular Price: $1649 CAD