Meet the ISPA Board

The ISPA Board is a team of dedicated people who seek to promote the benefits of Strategic Psychotherapy to the world and provide ISPA members with a uniquely member-centric experience.

Linton Davey

ISPA President

Linton Davey has worked for decades as a people specialist & strategist. He brings over 25 years experience leading Human Resources, Learning & Development, Organisational Development, Change Management and People & Culture evolution within various international organisations.

An experienced People Leader, Director and Committee Advisor with a successful track record of creating impact and organisational growth through leadership, coaching, mentoring and focused people development.

Linton has facilitated and instructed both in Australia and across Asia Pacific conducting lectures, workshops and key note addresses in the areas of Leadership / People Development and Management. His absolute passion for seeing people grow, develop and overcome challenge was his founding drive that saw him study Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy under Gordon Young at The Institute of Applied Psychology. Post study, Linton went on to found 'The Process Room’ in Sydney, where he now also works as the Principal Therapist.

Linton’s formal studies have seen him awarded a Masters of Business Administration with Masters Human Resource Management (Australian Institute of Business) - Diploma Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy (Institute Applied Psychology) - Practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (Herrmann International) - Facilitator of Development Dimensions International (DDI).

Linton is very proud to be given the honour of becoming the founding President of ISPA and he looks forward to delivering along with the ISPA Board and Committees an Association that will add tremendous value and contribution to its members.

Barbara Craven

ISPA Vice President

Barbara Craven is the Founder and Principal Psychotherapist for Changed Insights, offering psychotherapy to children, teens, and adults as well as personal development and support to executive leaders across Australia and the UK.

Barbara qualified as a Psychologist in South Africa where she specialised in business development and personal therapy. She is passionate about the significant role Psychotherapists play within mental health and believes combining Strategic Psychotherapy principles with the power of hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, or other modalities, is critical to making a positive difference to people’s mental health.

She is the Treasurer of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia and Partner in The Achievement Network, a bespoke change agency publishing personalised and validated personal development programmes on personal process and decision making.

Barbara has held Board and executive leadership positions in organisations in Southern Africa, UK, and Australia working with the psychology or “underbelly” of organisations – the culture, leadership, values, and organisational development. She has held various operational executive roles across many functions within organisations which provided a sound foundation for her consultancy and advisory business. Barbara still works with business leaders, giving them strategies, advice, and processes to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, conflict, and burnout which is highly prevalent amongst leaders in todays every challenging business environment.
Barbara returned to personal therapy to work with children and families who are caught up in Domestic violence, custody disputes, separation upheavals and long-term trauma held by children and teenagers. She passionately believes a key to reducing incidents of domestic violence can be found in improving anger management skills, growing self-resilience, enhancing one’s personal capacity to cope successfully with change, anxiety, and life. She is keen to work with and develop best practise with other therapists in order to help men and boys escape their recurring approach to handling stress, whilst also supporting women and girls to break out from harmful situations.
Barbara truly believes the International Strategic Psychotherapists Association is the home for all qualified therapists who want to combine their own modalities or approaches to supporting and developing mental health for their clients.

Coralee Rooney

ISPA Treasurer

"Coralee brings seventeen years of financial expertise to her appointed role as Treasurer for the ISPA Board. Coralee is a qualified finance professional, specialising in Australian State and Federal government accounting and budget management functions. Key roles included Chief Finance Officer for the Department of the Legislative Assembly for the Northern Territory, and other specialist roles for the Department of the Environment and Energy and Director of National Parks in Canberra.

Coralee is committed to serving ISPA with a strong focus on outcomes for members, stakeholders and the public interest. She is particularly focused on financial integrity and strategic management, and has considerable expertise in corporate governance, finance, audit, risk and compliance.

Coralee is passionate about making a difference to people's lives and is pursuing a second career in strategic psychotherapy. Coralee is continuing her studies as an undergraduate with the Institute of Applied Psychology in Sydney, Australia."

Rebecca Sharp

ISPA Workshop Coordinator

Rebecca is an award winning learning and leadership specialist with a passion for people.

With over 15 years experience as a Learning & Organisational Development Specialist and, as a Strategic Psychotherapist, Rebecca has a unique cross section of skills that allow her to work within organisations to support cultural and behavioural growth and create strategies to drive talent engagement and retention whilst also working one-to-one with clients to overcome mental health challenges, develop confidence and communication and unleash their unique talents.

Rebecca works with clients from a variety of sectors including insurance, allied health, retail, government, information and tourism. Rebecca's most recent keynotes include the Australian Learning Capability Showcase and EduTech.

Kerry Bailey

ISPA Co- Secretary

Kerry Bailey founder and principal therapist of Sydney Hypno & The Functional Mind Coaching Clinic has a broad range of experience and skills acquired over decades spent in many caring and business fields.

This wide platform of expertise is what Kerry brings to her work as a dedicated, caring and results oriented therapist and coach for her clients, and to her role as a qualified trainer.
Kerry has spent decades serving in both business and people management, including as a General Manager for several successful start-up companies and had also worked in small business practices, right through to corporate roles also including, Sales and Marketing management, Business and IT Solutions Analysis, Project Management plus several of her own continuing, successful businesses created over the last 14 plus years.

Kerry brings this knowledge and skillsets from across many fields into her role as a therapist, navigating new and powerful solution-based processes and patterns for positive, long lasting change for clients who seek assistance with their issues, helping clients to get unstuck and stop struggling.

The probability of positive change is significantly greater when you get a coach &/or therapist who can help you hone and enhance your mental, emotional and physical processes. High achievers know to engage coaches for far better outcomes.

Kerry has been an active practitioner and master of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) for over 25 years and has trained at the Institute of Applied Psychology (IAP) in Strategic Hypnosis with the creator of the Gordian Pillars of Psychotherapy - Gordon Young who is an internationally recognized name in the world of NLP and Hypnotherapy along with other luminaries in their fields such as Michael Yapko and Steven Gilligan as continued professional development training is a focused pursuit for Kerry.

Kerry understands the stresses of modern life, and how to help people stop struggling and start enjoying life more. Through the therapeutic process of guiding clients to more skilfully utilise better strategies and processes that will serve them better, clients soon understand how to improve thoughts, communication and even play, for better outcomes in all aspects of their lives.

Kerry is passionate about the work that she does and loves helping people to transform their relationships, their work, and their performance, in fact, improve everything for the better.
Kerry’s Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy practice is available through online telehealth apps, (sessions Australia Wide and Internationally).

When logistics and conditions are appropriate – there are also client rooms in Sydney’s Inner West, and some sessions can be arranged both ‘In Home’ or ‘In Office’ environments, due to the fact that Kerry works with individuals, couples, families and business clients and their teams to assist with relational dynamics that can improve communications and performance.

Kerry Bailey has a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy 10450NAT, a Diploma of NLP Leadership and Strategic Coaching, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment amongst other qualifications and was invited to join the faculty of IAP - the Institute of Applied Psychology in 2020

Deborah Biderman

ISPA State & International Representative Liason

Deborah Biderman is the owner and principle Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapists at Mind Talk Solutions.
She is government accredited and has also undertaken further personal professional development with luminaries such as Dr Michael Yapko, Dan Short and others.

Deborah worked in professional businesses for 20+ years where she developed and perfected her leadership, project management, people management, training and coaching skills working with clients who wanted to make significant changes in their lives. She lead large teams and managed large projects.

Deborah brings all her skills and experience into the therapy context enhancing the unique, sophisticated yet simple approach applied to client sessions.

Deborah approaches each client as a unique individual, applying a range of methodologies including the Gordonian Pillars which is a modern and advanced form of strategic psychotherapy and clinical Hypnosis

Deborah has been an active practitioner of NLP for 20+ years and trained at the Institute of Applied Psychology with Gordon Young who is world renowned as the expert on NLP and Applied Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy.

Deborah is also a faculty member at the Institute of Applied psychology (IAP) where she also works as an assessor and utilises her skills to encourage and support new Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapist who are entering the profession.

In 2019 Deborah commenced work within the NDIS (National Insurance Disability Scheme) as a wellbeing facilitator and psychosocial recovery coach with people who are experiencing psychosocial disability.

Mailin Colman

ISPA Membersip Coordinator

Mailin comes from a varied career background, including live theatre production, public health service (here and in Europe and includes counselling) as well as a variety of corporate management roles.

She has a degree in counselling (UK), added a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy to her repertoire in 2002 and has been passionate about these healing fields for many years. She is committed to providing quality hypnotherapy and counselling services to all who see her. Without change, there is no growth and she views her involvement in her clients journey as an absolute privilege.

Mailin is also an experienced board member, having been president of a prominent hypnotherapy association for many years after having also held positions of vice president, secretary and administrator within that organisation. She has also been a member of the board on other hypnotherapy organisations as well as sporting bodies and a women’s refuge.

She runs a practice in Darwin where she enjoys the laid back lifestyle of the tropics.

Sayali Apte

ISPA Communications and Media

Clinical Hypnotherapist, Strategic Psychotherapist, and Certified Wellness Coach.

Sayali Apte is the Head of Support at Mindset Health as well as the founder of her own practice Mind Body Hope.

With over 20 years of corporate experience, Sayali has built and led teams across a variety of businesses and industries. Her passion for people has been constant throughout her career, having done everything from mentoring staff members and colleagues to being a relentless champion for the customer experience and process.

Having excelled at the challenge of building teams from the ground up, Sayali entered the startup space nearly 5 years ago and she hasn’t looked back since. She has worked as the SMB and Partner Service Manager for Deliveroo, leading teams of local account managers whilst also managing offshore vendors. Her ability to thrive in the challenging and agile environment of a startup led her to launch her own business, Mind Body Hope, in 2019.

Following a recovery from a traumatic injury that led to blindness, Sayali has a true understanding of the power the mind has in helping the body heal. Having regained her sight, undergone surgery and been on harsh steroids, Sayali has had to redefine her own unique version of what health means.
She has since been featured in Forbes, A Chronic Entrepreneur, been on a Nike Women's panel and was a finalist in the 2021 Ausmumpreneur Awards in multiple categories. Now, Sayali’s mission is to help women who feel trapped in their minds and bodies to free themselves from anxiety, addiction and emotional eating through the power of hypnotherapy and strategic psychotherapy.

Yasmine Walker

ISPA President - College of Strategic Coaches

Yasmine has more than 25 years’ experience in of complex program, project management and support roles in government, commercial and technical operations. 5 years in SAFe/Agile transformation and delivery programs. Over 12 years’ experience in project management, financial management, planning, scheduling, estimating, and reporting for complex Non-ICT, ICT Programs, and projects in both the private sector and government.
Yasmine possesses a high level of knowledge and demonstrated experience working in some highly complex and unique portfolios and programs of work. She brings a strong business acumen, is highly organised, has excellent interpersonal skills that has led to her success in roles that were highly challenging and, in some cases, greenfield projects demonstrating a willingness to succeed.
Yasmine is also undertaking further education in several corporate strategic and team coaching skills to complement and formalise her experience in transformation programs using Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFe) and Lean Agile Principles.
Yasmine holds certification as a SAFe Agilist, Scrum Master, in Kanban, PRINCE2, ITIL and Project Management. Through her wealth of experience in Program, project support, coordination and management roles using Lean agile frameworks and traditional waterfall delivery methods, Yasmine is uniquely qualified to provide high-end program, project, financial management, scheduling. governance and support services in a wide range of roles and to a diverse range of stakeholders. She will make a strong and valuable contribution to the any workplace.

Meet Our Advisory Board

The ISPA Advisory Board brings together over 150 years of experience in business and therapy. The Advisory Board supports the elected board by bringing this vast depth of experience to the table.

Gordon Young

Head of ISPA Advisory Board

Gordon Young is the director and lead trainer of the Institute of Applied Psychology, the president of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia, and the creator of the Gordian Pillars of Psychotherapy.

Gordon is an internationally recognized name in the world of NLP and Hypnotherapy. He is considered by many to be Australia’s leading NLP Trainer and Hypnotherapist having studied in Australia and in the United States with both the creators of NLP and the leaders in the field of Hypnotherapy. Gordon trained at the prestigious Milton Erickson Foundation in Phoenix Arizona, the absolute pinnacle of training in modern hypnosis.

Gordon is the former President of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists, Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, and the Chair of the Australian Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Moreover, he is not just a therapist. Gordian teaches a unique advanced form of hypnosis known as Strategic Hypnosis, a model that ISPA promotes and supports around the world.
Additionally, Gordon supervises over 120 psychologists, counsellors, and hypnotherapists, guiding them through difficult cases behind the scenes.

Mike Conway

ISPA Advisory Board Member - Coaching

Mike is the Founder and CEO of XVenture, a unique learning, leadership and media group. TV
Director, writer, business leader, clinician and mental coach to elite sports stars, senior executives
and entertainers.
Mike is also currently the Emotional Agility and Mind Coach for the Australian National Soccer team,
(the Socceroos) and Technical Director for the Tottenham Hotspur/UOW Global football program.
He has been appointed honorary professor at University of Wollongong in recognition of his work in
the areas of emotional agility, resilience and leadership. His latest research relates to
communications and language in elite sport.
He was the Emotional Agility, Resilience and Mind Coach for the championship winning Sydney FC Aleague
team from 2017-2019. This work translated into working with many of Australia’s national
team players individually including EPL goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, Trent Sainsbury, Awer Mabil, Matt
Jurman and Matilda, Amy Harrison.
He has written and directed three tv series, now on to his 4th and numerous documentaries.
Prior to establishing XVenture, Mike’s global career has seen him work as a strategist, leader and
consultant at executive level with Deloitte, EY, Standards Australia, The Wiggles Pty Ltd and holding
Board positions Central Coast Mariners and Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
Mike’s qualifications include: BA Hons Pub Admin (health) (UK) Diploma in Health Services
Management (UK). MBA (UK) Diploma in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy. Certified
Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute. CBT Beck Inst USA. His health and clinical
memberships include: Member of the Australasian Society of Behavioural Health and Medicine;
Member of the Australian Hypnotherapy Association; Member of Institute of Positive Psychology
Association; Member of Australasian Neuroscience Society. He is also a member of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Amanda Dounis

ISPA Advisory Board Member - Building Practice

Amanda Dounis is the Director and Founder of four Early Learning Education Centres
located in Sydney. She is also the Founder of The Positive Thinking Clinic ( Private
Practice: Strategic Psychotherapy: Clinical Hypnotherapy : Master NLP : and Professional
Counselling).
In private practice Amanda consults with individuals, couples and families, offering
services for children, teens, and adults. Amanda is also a professional supervisor, author
and course creator.
Credentials
Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Science (in Psychology)
Bachelor of Teaching (0-5)
Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy
Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming

Peter Macquire

ISPA Advisory Board Member - Business

Peter McGuire is Chief Executive Officer of XM Australia and is a responsible manager on the firm’s Australian Financial Services License. He comes to XM with over 20 years’ experience from the financial services industry and real estate market. Peter is responsible for representing XM as a regular commentator on some of the world’s leading media including Bloomberg, CNBC and Sky TV on a weekly basis where he connects via Sydney, where he resides.

Peter graduated with an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology Sydney. He holds a Graduate Certificate of Commerce / Risk Management from the University of New South Wales and also is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program, from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Peter is a proven communicator, conference and media presenter for the financial services industry and has presented over the years to audiences in Manila, Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo, Mumbai, Berlin, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.

With global markets operating 24 hours a day, Peter can work across numerous time zones due to Australia’s geographic location and the Asia - Pacific business day.

Antoine Matarasso

ISPA Advisory Board Member - Mentoring Programmes

Antoine Matarasso is a clinical hypnotherapist practicing at New Farm Hypnotherapy – Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic in New Farm Inner City Brisbane, QLD
Association Memberships
* Guild of Australian Hypnotherapists (GoAH)
* Professional Hypnotherapists of Australia
* International Strategic Psychotherapists Association

Qualifications
* Dip. Clinical Hypnotherapy (Gvt. Accredited)
* Dip. Clinical and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
* Dip. Counselling
* Clinical Supervisor
* President Emeritus Australian Hypnotherapists Association
* Past National President Hypnotherapy Council of Australia

Specialties / Areas of Interest
* Controlling Alcohol
* Overcoming Anxiety & Panic Attacks
* Public Speaking
* Fear of Flying
* Changing Unwanted Habits
* Insomnia and Sleep Issues
* Weight Management
* Medical Hypnosis – IBS, Hypertension
* Clinical and Operational Supervision
* Educating therapists in on-going professional education

About Antoine Matarasso’s Practice
New Farm Hypnotherapy, (Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic) in New Farm comprises a team of 4 highly experienced Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapists. Founded in 1998 our therapists have more that 75 years of combined experience in helping clients achieve their goals and make the changes they want. As clinical hypnotherapists our clinic services the inner Brisbane region including Brisbane city, New Farm, Teneriffe and Newstead though many of our clients travel from all parts of Brisbane.
We’re committed to providing professional hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling services to our clients throughout Brisbane and beyond. You can be confident that our therapists have the skills and expertise you’re looking for. We’ll help you achieve the best possible outcome so you reach your goals rapidly and effectively.
You may want to use hypnotherapy to lose weight, quit smoking, control or moderate drinking or break another unhelpful pattern or habit. Whatever your goal our focus on solution focused therapy help you make the changes you want.
What sets up apart?
The team at Brisbane Hypnosis Clinic, New Farm has a common bond through training in clinical and medical hypnotherapy. Although approaching therapy in an individual way, each therapist is dedicated to finding the best solution for you as a client. You can rely in the fact that our shared expertise, experience and ongoing professional training we’ll be committed to supporting you.
We have also recorded a full range of hypnotherapy programs available on MP3 or CD from our Trancesolutions website and iTunes.

Dr William Herfel

Ispa Advisory Board Member - Ethics

Dr Bill Herfel is a philosopher of science and technology interested in the study of complex and chaotic dynamics wherever it is found. He co-edited a book, Theories and Models in Scientific Processes, and he has published articles on a wide range of topics including the dynamics of the scientific process, the role economic dynamics in technological development, complex systems ecology, academic integrity, and the complex dynamic foundations of Chinese medicine.

Currently, he coordinates a critical thinking course playing a foundational role in the biomedical sciences major at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has lectured extensively in Asia, Europe and North America. He coordinated a course in the PSB engineering program in Singapore and delivered more than two dozen lectures in universities, hospitals and research institutes in China, whilst maintaining a close research relationship with several Chinese research institutions, including the prestigious China Academy for Chinese Medical Science in Beijing.

He has supervised postgraduate students at PhD and Honours levels. He has taught across a wide range of the philosophy curriculum, including the philosophy of science and technology, social dynamics of science, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of sex and sexuality, engineering ethics, social work ethics, business ethics, Chinese philosophy and the philosophies of Marx, Nietzsche and Foucault.

He believes that the IAP is at the leading edge of personal development and the approach to applied psychology pursued under the leadership of Gordon Young at the IAP will be the next big development, following on from CBT and ACT, in fostering mental health in the community. This made the offer to join the faculty very appealing, and Bill is currently developing courses and pursuing research for the IAP.

Tracey Thomas

ISPA Advisory Board Member - Legal

Tracey Thomas has built her career supporting the Construction and Building Industry in a legal capacity after completing her Bachelor of Business Law.
She brings to ISAP a strong focus on Commercial Compliance, Contract and Risk Management that has been developed over 28 years experience in the Water, Infrastructure and Building Construction & Civil, Rail and Mining industries.
During her time in the industry, she has seen the effects that it can have on an individual’s mental health and has been personally impacted more than once by the ever-increasing rate of industry suicides.
Tracey is an accredited Mental Health First Aider and volunteer support member for Mates in Construction as well as an NLP Practitioner, Practitioner of Emotional Intelligence, Practitioner of Time-based Therapy and NLP Level 1 Coach. She is a strong advocate for the need for a bigger change in the direction of Mental Health support especially in the industry. This is the reason she has chosen to pursue a path in Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy with the goal of giving back.

Dr Lisa Blackwell

ISPA Advisory Board Member - Psychiatry

Lisa first came to the IAP as a student and completed a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy 10450NAT.

Originally, Lisa qualified as a doctor from the Imperial College of Medicine & Technology, London, UK in 1995. During her time at medical school, she was also awarded a scholarship to study nutrition at King’s College, London, for a year and received an Intercalated Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 1992. She worked in Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Palliative Care and General Practice before committing fully to specializing in psychiatry in 2000.

Lisa did her specialist training in psychiatry both as a junior and advanced trainee in the UK as part of London hospital training schemes. She became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK in 2005. She moved to Australia in 2007 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Lisa is now the IAP’s psychiatric consultant.

Mailin Colman

ISPA Advisory - Membership and Health Funds

Mailin comes from a varied career background, including live theatre production, public health service (here and in Europe and includes counselling) as well as a variety of corporate management roles.

She has a degree in counselling (UK), added a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy to her repertoire in 2002 and has been passionate about these healing fields for many years. She is committed to providing quality hypnotherapy and counselling services to all who see her. Without change, there is no growth and she views her involvement in her clients journey as an absolute privilege.

Mailin is also an experienced board member, having been president of a prominent hypnotherapy association for many years after having also held positions of vice president, secretary and administrator within that organisation. She has also been a member of the board on other hypnotherapy organisations as well as sporting bodies and a women’s refuge.
She runs a practice in Darwin where she enjoys the laid back lifestyle of the tropics.

Meet Our International and State Chapter Presidents

ISPA has Chapters around Australia and around the world. Each region has a President and Secretary who arrange local activities and deal with the individual needs of practitioners in that region. Is there one near you?

Joachim Lee

President of ISPA - Singapore Chapter

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Laetitia Planquois

ISPA President - European Chapter

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Liisa Halme

ISPA President - Hong Kong Chapter

Liisa Halme is on a mission to help her clients fast-track their progress and shift from struggles to thriving without wasting time.

Her passion in understanding the mind sparked in the mid 90’s. She learned meditation and yoga in her twenties and has spent over two decades studying the most powerful personal transformation tools in existence. She has worked as a therapist in private practice since early 2000’s, specialising in stress, anxiety, emotional issues and trauma.

Liisa loves the direct, straightforward approach of Strategic Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy that cuts through deep seated issues and provides fast results for those in a hurry. She gets the biggest kicks out of helping those who are at their wits end after years of inner work, who still haven’t been able to change how they relate to present day situations – a frustration she knows well from personal experience.

Liisa is originally from Finland and has lived and worked on 5 continents, more recently in Hong Kong. She is the author of A Crash Course in Emotional Freedom and the founder of the Inner Freedom app where she runs her signature program Anxiety Free in 6 Weeks. She works with clients around the world.

Amanda Barber

ISPA President - Victorian Chapter

Amanda Barber is qualified, insured, and appropriately associated counselling Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, trained to the highest level available in Australia for the safe and effective practice of Hypnotherapy.
10791NAT Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis & Strategic Psychotherapy
10763NAT Certificate IV in Nutritional Counselling
Advanced Practitioner Diploma in Clinical EMDR
Innovations in Trauma Treatment Certification
As Amanda is committed to continuing professional development and is always furthering her education, skills, and training this is a small snap shot of her professional training

Sheb Giner

ISPA President - Queensland Chapter

Sheb is an accredited Exercise Scientist, Nationally Recognised and Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapist.

Sheb enjoys professional speaking opportunities that teach individuals how to enrich their lives, create a better future and how the mind can be trained for optimal performance and growth. Sheb’s interest is to boost individual morale, increase creativity, teach individuals how to reconnect their mindbody and how to apply coping strategies towards chronic stress.

Sheb has over 15 years experience working with over 1,000's of individual's within the Allied Health Sector as a practitioner for 10 of those years in her own practice and 5 years in Corporate as Occupational Health and Wellbeing Specialist.

During her journey, Sheb discovered that in order for individuals to create a positive change towards their health and wellbeing, and to improve their quality of life, they must first work on modifying their thoughts and behaviours.

Christine di Bella

ISPA President - NSW Chapter

My name is Christine Di Bella and I am the founder and practitioner of All Essentials Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy. A space where people of all genders, ages, and cultures can come and in a safe place unpack whats been happening for them and be healed of their psychological pains, and take back control of their life.

I am a passionate goal-orientated Hypnotherapist; I use Psychotherapy structures to develop a personalised treatment plan and utilise hypnosis to enhance the sessions. These sessions represent a personalised way out of psychological pain, for some in only a few sessions, for others over a few weeks.

I came to this role after 25+ years in the work health and safety industry, where I helped keep people safe at work and return to work after an injury. I spent several years reflecting on how I could do more to improve lives impacted by the hurdles of work and life. So I decided that a change of career, to Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy, would be the way.

As someone who personally knows the pain associated with depression, bullying, anxiety, and weight issues, and how these can be resolved through hypnosis and strategic psychotherapy. I feel very strongly about the power of clinical hypnotherapy and the desired goal-orientated outcomes it gives my clients. That is why my passion and work today is focused on this amazing field. I still provide workplace safety, wellbeing, mindfulness, and return to work for businesses

Whether people are triggered by grief or other work or life events, psychological pain such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, procrastination, sleep disorders, anger management, pain management, difficulty quitting smoking, weight management, overindulging in alcohol, focus, phobias, the inability to control your thoughts or other psychologically debilitating issues. They all can be treated, to help people regain control of their own life.

Below qualifications most recently achieved
2020 – Diploma Neurolinguistic Programming – Institute of Applied Psychology
2020 – Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy & Strategic Psychotherapy – Institute of Applied Psychology
2017 – Mindfulness leadership – Internal
2016 – 2◦ Shift – Mindset Safety – Jonah Group
2004 - Graduation Diploma Occupational Health and Safety
2004 - Return to Work

Heidi Modrovich

ISPA President - Tasmanian Chapter

I recently sold my 7 figure business I co-founded with my husband. Back in 2005 when we got married, we realised that despite being highly paid health professionals, we did not earn enough to have our desired lifestyle - dream home, nice cars, luxury holidays... So, we packed up our young lives from cosmopolitan Melbourne and moved to Hobart where we did not know a soul.
Blood, sweat, and tears meant that our business grew quickly. Within a few short years, it had expanded to 7 retail shops across the state. We were making good money. We paid off our first home in less than 3 years, but I was so unhappy.

We had no connections. We had no time to socialise. Every second of every day was about our business. We had to do everything ourselves. We couldn't trust staff to do a good enough job. Pulling 12 hour days also took a toll on our marriage. We started to resent each other. We tried to start a family but the stress resulted in failed IVF and miscarriages. I developed Hashimoto's Disease which soon led to weight gain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. Money does not buy happiness. It was a wake-up call.

We had to change the way we did things. Slaving away in our business was no longer an option. We began progressively to change our business model. Before long, we started to work less and less, but our business continued to grow. Our income doubled. Our team became our family as we embraced a mentoring culture. We were then rewarded with two beautiful little girls and I vowed never to waste time in my business again. I was now working 3 hours per week and earning 6 figures. We went on amazing holidays with our kids. We did only those things we loved. Nowadays, I coach & mentor entrepreneurs by teaching them how to take back control of their business to achieve Time Wealth Mastery.

Amna Ali

ISPA President - Pakistan Chapter

Amna Ali is a registered NLP Master Life Coach, Time Line Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapist. She offers a customized approach to each client. Her aim is to empower the client, providing a holistic approach to therapy. Her mission is to motivate each individual to learn the true meaning of empowerment and recognize their true strengths. Amna will help you deal with stress, anxiety fears and phobias as well as assist in eliminating their limiting beliefs. Amna is passionate to help her clients enhance their relationship and communication to live a more fulfilling life so that they may be able to utilize their resources to navigate through the ups and downs of life.

Teena Parkinson

ISPA President - ACT Chapter

I am driven by a passion to awaken people to their positive qualities, their brilliant uniqueness and their birthright to create a life of joy, purpose and fulfilment.

I came to the study of hypnotherapy after many years exploring therapies in a search for insight into how people can become the best person they want to be. We often feel ‘possessed’ by unwanted behaviours and thinking patterns that limit our potential and our sense of wellbeing. Too often, we are overwhelmed by emotions that leave us crippled with feelings of self-doubt, frustration and yearning. Sometimes, life circumstances can seem so challenging and unfair that we feel helpless and worn-out.

Like many people, I was anxious and stressed, pestered for years by my internal chattering ‘monkey mind’. I found that the results of hypnotherapy and strategic psychotherapy were so fast and dramatic that I was compelled to share their benefits with others. It was thrilling to see positive, life-changing outcomes in people who had felt powerless to manage such issues as pain, anxiety, phobias and dependencies.

In my life journey, I also had a yearning to find my purpose in life – a sense of direction that would ensure I was leading a fulfilling and happy life. Through the study of life coaching I was able to find the direction and life purpose that I had so longed for.

I established Creating Your Best Self to support you on your journey to become the person you wish to be – your best self. This can be very different for each individual. You may want relief from unrelenting anxiety; you may want to overcome a fear, phobia or dependency that is holding you back from living a full life; you may want to move towards that dream job; or you may feel lost and not know what you want.

We work together to define your goals and devise a personalised strategy for achieving them. The strategy is carefully developed to take into account your personal style and preferences. For example, you may prefer a defined routine or you may respond best to challenges or you may enjoy completing worksheets. You may find hypnotherapy alone to be a perfect approach for managing your needs or you may thrive on a combination of hypnotherapy and coaching.
My studies and life experiences have given me insights and skills that have proven invaluable. I am dedicated in helping you become the person you want to be – the person you deserve to be.

Yasmine Walker

ISPA President - College of Strategic Coaches

Yasmine has more than 25 years’ experience in of complex program, project management and support roles in government, commercial and technical operations. 5 years in SAFe/Agile transformation and delivery programs. Over 12 years’ experience in project management, financial management, planning, scheduling, estimating, and reporting for complex Non-ICT, ICT Programs, and projects in both the private sector and government.
Yasmine possesses a high level of knowledge and demonstrated experience working in some highly complex and unique portfolios and programs of work. She brings a strong business acumen, is highly organised, has excellent interpersonal skills that has led to her success in roles that were highly challenging and, in some cases, greenfield projects demonstrating a willingness to succeed.
Yasmine is also undertaking further education in several corporate strategic and team coaching skills to complement and formalise her experience in transformation programs using Scaled Agile Frameworks (SAFe) and Lean Agile Principles.
Yasmine holds certification as a SAFe Agilist, Scrum Master, in Kanban, PRINCE2, ITIL and Project Management. Through her wealth of experience in Program, project support, coordination and management roles using Lean agile frameworks and traditional waterfall delivery methods, Yasmine is uniquely qualified to provide high-end program, project, financial management, scheduling. governance and support services in a wide range of roles and to a diverse range of stakeholders. She will make a strong and valuable contribution to the any workplace.

Mailin Colman

ISPA President - Northern Territory Chapter

Mailin comes from a varied career background, including live theatre production, public health service (here and in Europe and includes counselling) as well as a variety of corporate management roles.

She has a degree in counselling (UK), added a Diploma of Clinical Hypnotherapy to her repertoire in 2002 and has been passionate about these healing fields for many years. She is committed to providing quality hypnotherapy and counselling services to all who see her. Without change, there is no growth and she views her involvement in her clients journey as an absolute privilege.

Mailin is also an experienced board member, having been president of a prominent hypnotherapy association for many years after having also held positions of vice president, secretary and administrator within that organisation. She has also been a member of the board on other hypnotherapy organisations as well as sporting bodies and a women’s refuge.
She runs a practice in Darwin where she enjoys the laid back lifestyle of the tropics.