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WhISPA’s July 2022

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July 2022

A message from our President

Dear ISPA Community,

As I sit here writing this introduction to our newsletter I am reminded just how much has happened in the first half of 2022. Yes, the word ‘unprecedented’ remains overused, yet is still relevant. 

For some it has been a good year so far. For others some moments have made it a good year. But we are also aware that for some this year may be the year they would rather not experience again.

To all our NSW and Queensland members, stay safe, stay dry and reach out if you need support.

I was speaking to an ISPA member recently, who lost all of her worldly possessions including her home, car and every belonging in the recent floods that hit Northern New South Wales.

I found myself unable to truly imagine what that experience would have been like. I was left in complete awe of her resilience and determination to start her material life once again from scratch.

So whatever your year has been so far, may you be inspired to create the best possible second half of the year with what you have.

The first half of 2022 has seen ISPA continue to grow, develop and be challenging, sometimes simultaneously. We have welcomed many new members to ISPA, if this is your first newsletter WELCOME to the home of where you will find your people.

We have once again found ourselves being constantly in awe of the stories and work that you are all doing out in your community. If ever there is a moment in time where the world needs people to be at their best, it is now! I am immensely proud of our profession and the difference that you our members are making everyday. If you are not practicing yet, or still studying, please keep moving forward because the world needs you to keep doing this great work!  

The ISPA team have been working behind the scenes to bring some great opportunities to fruition, for you our strategic practitioner community. I would like within this newsletter like to take some time to mention some of the great advancements that add value to your experience with us and within your professional life and development.  I must say being part of ISPA and watching the commitment, dedication and investment from our ISPA team (all voluntary) has been a true point of pride for me and I would like to recognise the efforts of all the incredibly talented people that have contributed to bringing us to where we are today, ready for an even better tomorrow.

Please know we love hearing from you our ISPA community, so please reach out with your feedback, questions or any value added information you would like shared.

You can contact the ISPA team at

With Great Appreciation,

Linton Davey

ISPA President

ISPA are thrilled to announce the first of our Health Fund partners with CBHS Health. 

We will be communicating to our Accredited and Accredited Clinical Members in the coming weeks on the process to apply for your provider number from CBHS Health. This means that health fund members of CBHS Health receive a rebate on the services that you provide. Whilst the rebate amounts remain varied by each health fund, the fact is that it increases credibility and legitimacy to our work.

CBHS Health is our first fund and we hope to bring more news on additional funds in time. 

Just in case you may of missed our earlier notifications– Breakfast and Brains is this Friday 15th July 2022 from 10.00 – 11.00am. Register your seat now as there are only a few left

ISPA Member Hub -where members go for information, inspiration and community

The launch of the MEMBER HUB has been a huge undertaking and one that we are very proud of. The MEMBER HUB ultimately provides you the opportunity to customise the way you interact, find your ISPA resources, industry requirements as well as connecting with your people/community.  We will continue to bring new resources, tools, education and communications all through your personal member portal, so please if you have not got acquainted with the MEMBER HUB now is the perfect time to do so! 

ISPA Member Directory


– Make sure to get onto your Member Hub and confirm your membership levels. This customises and ensures that all of the resources you need will be there for you. This also applies to all of our Student members, so get online and update your profile.

– Remember that as you receive CPD for learning activity outside of ISPA that you can upload to your profile so when it is needed you have everything in one place and ready to go. (ISPA require you to have completed a minimum of 20 CPD points per membership year)

– Ensure that if you are a practicing Member that you have completed your business profile for the ISPA Practitioner Directory. This is also available to the public on the website so don’t miss the chance to be seen!  .


What is a Workspace? A Workspace quite simply is an area of the MEMBER HUB that is all about you and your fellow practitioners. Established within your registration you will have selected to being a member of one or more ISPA Colleges, be it College of Strategic Psychotherapists, College of Strategic Therapists etc.  So you will find the Workspace for your specific ISPA College within each area, this is where you can communicate, find resources and engage with like minded people, doing likeminded work. 

These Workspaces are becoming the home of materials, digital badges and will be building in the coming months as your real hub of activity. If you do not have your digital badges for your ISPA College make sure to get onto the MEMBER HUB and into your Workspace.

Watch this space and do start to have your own discussions.

The ISPA Accredited Practitioner badge is waiting in your Workspace

ISPA Accredited Member digital badge for your own marketing digital platform

Hypnotherapy Council of Australia

HCA – Peak body for qualified Hypnotherapists in Australia

What is happening at the HCA?

The Australian Peak Body  for Hypnotherapists, HCA,  have just recently updated their logo – see the one on the above, AND they have updated their website.

Do go and look at their website – and more than that, make sure your listing as a qualified Hypnotherapist on the National Register for Hypnotherapists is up to date.

If you need to update your listing, please update it using the online form on this page,  and submit it.

Once you have paid for your listing, you are entitled to display the HCA digital badge on your website – a quick reminder you can then create a link from your badge back to your own listing in the National Register. This tip is good for your SEO ranking and helps you get more clients.

Please note it takes about 3 weeks for the final listing to be shown.


With a strong educational focus at ISPA we have hosted some great events in the first half of 2022 designed on what it takes to not only be a great practitioner, but also a great business owner.

Don’t miss our free to members Breakfast and Brains series as we continue to engage in great conversations with a platform designed to look at hot issues and the sharing of great ideas. Be sure to check it out on the MEMBER HUB (events) and reserve your seat for the July 15th session. (No charge for ISPA members).

We hosted the wonderful two part Branding Masterclass with entrepreneur and branding specialist Billie McNeil. This was a great business centric look at branding and what it takes to stand out in today’s market.

And last week saw us connected to the amazing event hosted by IAP with Dr Michael Yapko. This workshop was truly world class insights into  Re-thinking Depression.

Make sure to keep an eye out as we will continue our education series with an upcoming focus on our successful business series.


We are here at ISPA purely because of you our members and we want to hear from you. As such we will be sending a survey in the coming weeks to all members to gain your insights and hear about your needs, wants and  desires. I understand how busy we all are but please take a moment to let us know your point of view. We have always said at ISPA we need to deliver what you our members want and need, so please take this as a great opportunity to shape how we as an association move forward.

Launching our State Chapters

We are working in the background to Launch our State Chapters – in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland where face to face events will become available. To all our members in other areas of Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand, England – we are going to remain a virutal group for the moment, but you are still firmly in our minds.

Do watch out for further news. And of course – if you would like to help with the set up and running of these face to face chapters, please let Deborah Biderman know at She is looking forward to connecting with you and supporting the development of our Chapters

Ensure you get your ISPA Emails

Have you seen this message on your ISPA emails? We know email providers have been tightening up their SPAM security protocols over the past months which puts email they think may dangerous or questionable either into your SPAM folder without you knowing about it.

Or they give you a message like this one above. ISPA only sends emails to its members and to those who have given us permission to do so. We protect your identity diligently and so feel comfortable when you get a message like this – click on the button “Looks Safe”. What will also help you is if you put the ISPA email addresses into your contacts lists, AND if you send a Hello How are you email to our Membership Secretary at . I
In this way your email provider recognizes you are in communication with us and want to receive the emails

Have you joined ISPA Social Communities?

We now have our own Facebook Page and our own Linkedin Page.

Do click on the links above, join these communities where you can meet others, post, share and like to your hearts content – and the benefit of all members who are also in the group with you.

Until next time
Stay safe, stay dry

ISPA Membership Team


All about Doubt

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An article about one of man’s psychological enemies!

The Common Enemy

Author Terence Watts, published by The Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy

This article will probably benefit the newer therapist more than the ‘seasoned professional’.

This article was so relevant and well written, we asked to have it copied here on our site – with the links to the original site intact.

As Terence says ” Every so often, something pops into my head that I realise I’ve known and worked with for my entire therapy career but never actually put into words. Just such an event occurred yesterday, a train of thoughts about something that is common to therapist and client, a common enemy that can cause therapy to falter or even fail completely. We’ve all experienced it and will continue to do so from time to time so I hope this article can help you to slip by it when it strikes, by recognising it for what it is.

The enemy is DOUBT.

If doubt overrides belief – in either client or practitioner – then the success of therapy is at risk. It’s not just in therapy, in fact, but in everything we do and that includes running the business of therapy. But what is doubt actually for? What purpose does it serve if it so easily creates failure?

The answer is that it’s an essential tool for survival, inherited from our ancestors. If we’re not sure of an outcome and in the absence of imminent threat, doubt seeks to avoid change. But that’s not the problem – it’s how it does it that is so important. It’s the work of the Reptilian Complex and where it perceives there is risk, i.e. an uncertain outcome, it will trigger an urge to avoid the situation altogether, quite often creating an inescapable feeling that what we are doing is just not going to work. It actually encourages us to abandon the process. The client perceives that they are wasting their money; the therapist perceives that their integrity is at risk. The client might believe they were foolish to even think about ‘getting better’; the therapist fears they are about to be ‘found out’ for being the ineffective therapist they already fear they are. Because they are thinking of failure, both therapist and client begin to see evidence of it – after all, doubt is stopping progress, so all that can be found is lack of progress… failure, in other words.

So often, when the inevitable happens, the following outcomes ensue:

·      Therapist and client both reflect that they ‘knew all along’ it wasn’t going to work

·      The therapist loses confidence and wonders if they should quit

·      The client decides that therapy just doesn’t work for them

·      Gains and agendas for both therapist and client remain intact


It doesn’t have to be that way. When there is little or no doubt, the Reptilian Complex instead focuses on whatever is being sought. The client looks forward to feeling well and searches to see if they’re getting what they want. The therapist searches to see how best to guide the client through whatever process is being employed.

To create this situation isn’t as difficult as it might seem – and so we’ll have a look at the absolute importance of the therapist’s role in the encounter. You need a positive viewpoint, by which I mean that if it looks as if therapy might not be successful, you become interested and curious, rather than concerned. If you can recognise that ‘failure’ is a chance to discover something you didn’t already know, you will fear it less – maybe not at all. It will therefore seem less important to the Reptilian Complex and it will be likely to trigger curiosity rather than avoidance. Your confidence stays high and you will remain convinced that there is an answer even if you can’t find it as yet. This, in turn, will allow the generation of two psychological processes that are absolutely vital for the therapist: Optimism and Enthusiasm. It is a fact that optimistic and enthusiastic individuals are generally more likely to be successful in their endeavours (not just in therapy), since they will be constantly looking for evidence of what they are searching for and never ‘miss a trick’. They are focused on the idea of success, instead of on what they might be doing wrong.

You can use those twin processes to easily dispel client doubt and keep them focused on success – inspire the client that the reward of therapy is greater than the price. Help them find a goal that makes the ‘risk’ (the cost, time, any discomfort) seem like the best of all possible deals! Ask them what they will do when they are better. Discuss it and optimistically enthuse about it, because we are pack animals and respond to the enthusiasm of others. Help the client paint a picture that really grabs their imagination and makes them want that a lot more than staying as they are. Subtly remind them of it on every visit. Make sure their Reptilian Complex is pointed towards a powerful outcome, in other words.

Some of you might have noticed that it’s the clients who are the most ill who respond best to therapy… well, this should not be a surprise. When life is really ‘bad’, almost any change will be considered to see if it makes an improvement… so the client starts investigating how much better it will be than what they already have. They start looking for what they want.

Get that process working to dispel doubt with every client and your success rates will soar!

And never doubt it!”

© Terence Watts, 2018

Posted: Saturday 6th July 2019

IBS and gut directed hypnotherapy

Gut-directed hypnotherapy or low FODMAP diet for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome?

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Published by : – the National Library of Medicine

Authors : J. Lovdahl, S. Storsrud & H. Tornblom €
Department of Internal Medicine & Clinical Nutrition, Institute of
Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg,
Gothenburg, Sweden. Full article

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common of the functional gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, and poses a significant challenge regarding treatment. This is particularly challenging when considering non-pharmacologic treatment options.

The authors describe their research into treating IBS through 3 treatment options:

  • Gut-directed hypnotherapy
  • A low FODMAP diet or
  • combination of both.

They found that option 3 – ie using gut directed hypnotherapy AND the FODMAP diet together did deliver both short term – ie 6 weeks and longer term ie 6 months benefits, but it did not increase outcomes as much as anticipated. They question the value of doing both simultaneously.

Both hypnotherapy or FODMAP led to a decrease in severity of symptoms and in all cases this persisted for longer than 6 months post treatment. Hypnotherapy treatment showed better results at both 6 weeks and 6 month time points.

This confirms previous studies which confirm the effectiveness of gut-directed hypnotherapy in the treatment of IBS.

It is of course always important to ensure the clients doctor is included as part of the client’s treatment team, and that the client presents us with a confirmed IBS diagnosis by a medical professional.