Brian ALLEN, Western Australia

Brian is the current chair of the Australian Society of Hypnosis WA Branch, a Past President of the Australian Society of Hypnosis Ltd, the current Secretary of the Council of Representatives of the International Society Hypnosis and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Hypnosis.  He has been the Director of Training for the WA branch since 1998

Brian has had 40 years of experience as a psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist working with both adults and children.  He is a regular keynote speaker, presenter and trainer at national and international congresses.  He has presented and trained in Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands,  New Zealand, Poland, Russia, England and South Africa.

He is recognised for his expertise in the use of hypnosis in the treatment of addictions and the utilisation of hypnosis and dream work in therapy.

Rosemary CRAKE, Western Australia

Rosemary Crake is a Clinical Psychologist with 30 years’ experience in a broad range of roles and settings, working with a wide variety of clinical issues and clientele. She obtained her Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis from ASH WA in 1993 and has provided both teaching and supervision into the WA training program. She also trained with Michael Yapko.

Rosemary has held lecturing and senior lecturer positions in a several Australian universities, teaching and providing clinical supervision in Master of Psychology programs. She was the inaugural Director of the Edith Cowan University Psychological Services Centre, which she established and developed.  She has also provided clinical supervision for psychologists and multi-disciplinary teams.

Rosemary has a particular interest in trauma, having delivered and managed trauma response and consultancy services to numerous organisations, as well as providing individual treatment throughout her career. She has trained clinicians working in the area of sexual assault and has consulted to the Queensland Police Service. Having held a lead role in a public health persistent pain clinic, Rosemary introduced trauma informed care and used hypnosis to facilitate recovery.  She is passionate about the many ways hypnosis can be used to enhance clinical effectiveness, whilst also making treatment as ’painless’ as possible for the client.

Dr Allan M CYNA, South Australia

Allan is a Senior Consultant Anaesthetist at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. He is the Director of Studies for the South Australian Society of Hypnosis (SASH) since 2015 and has developed a special interest in communication and hypnosis as an adjunct to enhance anaesthesia care. He is a past President of the Australian Society of Hypnosis and his PhD in Medicine focussed on the clinical effects of hypnosis on pain.  He is chief editor of the Handbook of communication in anaesthesia and critical care published in 2010 by Oxford University Press and was the inaugural Chair of the Communication in Anaesthesia Special Interest Group for the College and Associations of Anaesthetists in Australia and New Zealand.

Viviane EHRET, Germany

Viviane Ehret studied psychology at the university of Tübingen, Germany. She was trained in systemic therapy and hynotherapy, where she developed a focus on pain control techniques as well as mind-body healing approaches. Her work as a yoga teacher enabled her furhter to gain a deeper understanding of psychosomatic connections. One of her main areas of interest is the development of a hypnotherapeutic treatment manual for endometriosis and the treatment of chronic pain

Dr Michael GOLDBLATT, South Australia

Mike works half time as a staff specialist anaesthetist at Flinders Medical Centre and half time in private practice with State Anaesthetic Services. He has trained with some of the world’s leading hypnotherapists and has become a strong advocate for the use of clinical hypnosis both within and outside anaesthesia clinical practice. Mike has a thriving hypnotherapy private practice and has joined our faculty this year as an enthusiastic and accomplished presenter.

Stefan HAMMEL, Germany

Stefan is working as Ericksonian hypnotherapist, systemic therapist, protestant chaplain, head of the Institute for Hypno-Systemic Counselling in Kaiserslautern, Germany. He is author of books and media for hypnotherapeutic and systemic practice. The focal point of his work lies in the field of family therapy, depression, anxiety and trauma, as well as working with patients and their families in hospital. In his therapeutic approach the use of metaphors, utilization techniques, multilevel communication and nonverbal techniques of pacing and leading form a network of therapeutic interventions for changing the focus of attention towards resource perspectives.

He provides a blog on therapeutic storytelling and narrative interventions in English and various other languages on www.stefanhammel.com/blog.

 Callie HATTINGH,  New South Wales

Callie is the president of the Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy. He is the director of the Erickson Institute of Sydney and a previous director of the Milton H Eri ckson Institute of South Africa and Cape Town. He has been a trainer in Ericksonian Hypnosis and Psychotherapy since 2000 and has organised various congresses and trainings on clinical hypnosis, trauma and psychotherapy. He is a registered supervisor and trainer with Ego State Therapy International (EST I) and a registered Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) He has been a keynote speaker and faculty member at numerous international congresses

Dr Caitlin HURLEY, Western Australia

Caitlin is a Dentist and completed her Hypnosis training with The South Australian Society of Hypnosis (commuting from Tasmania to do so). She now resides in Western Australia and will be providing input to the course of the ways in which Hypnosis can be utilised in dental practice.


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Dr Steven KIELY , Western Australia

Steve is a psychologist and coach with a diverse range of experience consulting with public and private sector organisations, professional sport, the military and education.

He has consulted with the West Coast Eagles, West Coast Fever, Western Australian Institute of Sport, Western Australian Football Commission, and the Special Air Services Regiment.

His current work focuses on Educational leader well-being.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Psychology, Master of Psychology, Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis, a Doctor of Philosophy, and is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Dr Patrick McCARTHY, New Zealand

Dr. Patrick McCarthy was born, educated and trained as a doctor in Glasgow, Scotland. He spent four years training to be a GP and a further two years in a mission hospital in Mzuzu, Malawi. In 1986 Patrick immigrated to New Zealand, opening the only medical hypnosis practice in 1996

A Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of GPs, he has been president of the New Zealand Society of Hypnosis twice and has conducted workshops with clinical audiences throughout New Zealand, Australia, the USA and the UK. A skilled public speaker and storyteller, Patrick has also worked with various organisations to teach staff how to be more optimistic.

Dr. Stella NKENKE, Austria

General practitioner, Scientific lead of University of Vienna for the postgraduate class of medical hypnosis. President elect of Milton Erickson Society Germany, Board member of European Society of hypnosis

Marta NOWAK-KULPA , Poland

Marta is a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, who trained in the field of Hypnotherapy with The Polish Milton H. Erickson Institute.

Marta works in her own practice and in Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memory Cancer Centre and Institute of Oncology – Gliwice Branch, Poland

In the Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery Clinic she works every day with patients admitted to surgery and as a member of the facial transplant team (that in 2013 year performed the first ever lifesaving face transplant in the world).

In addition to psychotherapy and writing articles she provides trainings and lectures. She is the co-author of the book “Transplantation of the upper limb and face”.

 Philomena ROURKE, Western Australia

Philomena Rourke is the current ASH WA Branch Secretary she has been working as a psychologist for 35 years and has practised as a clinical hypnotherapist for 29 years. She has trained in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States of America and has had extensive experience in working with both adults and children with a wide variety of problems.

Dr. Nicole RUYSSCHAERT M.D., Belgium

Nicole Ruysschaert  is psychiatrist psychotherapist. She has a training in (Ericksonian) Hypnosis, cognitive behaviour therapy and solution focused therapy. She provides hypnosis training and supervision in medical and psychotherapeutic settings in many countries worldwide. She is Past – President of the ESH (European Society of Hypnosis) and of the VHYP (Flemish Scientific Hypnosis Society) and has been elected as Board of Directors member of ISH in 2015. She works in a private practice since more than 30 years where she sees clients with a variety of problems. Over the years, she worked out many hypnosis training workshops – basic, intermediate, advanced for working with hypnosis in psychotherapeutic and medical settings. She is particularly interested in mind-body interactions, and endeavouring to integrate hypnotic work and positive, suggestive communication in medical settings, which results in successful trainings in hypnotic communication in medical settings at the University Hospital UZA in Antwerp. She teaches on hypnosis in a 2 year psycho-trauma treatment training at the VUB (University Brussels) and on Ericksonian Hypnosis in Solution-Focused therapy at Korzybski Institute Antwerp / Bruges. She gave many keynotes, lectures and workshops for Constitutional Hypnosis Societies of ESH and ISH in Europe, Canada, USA, China, Iran. She published some papers on hypnosis for stress control, burnout and happiness. She is author of a basic handbook “Klinische Hypnose” Exploratie en Inspiratie. RUYSSCHAERT Nicole Klinische Hypnose – Exploratie en inspiratie (satas.com) and “Zelfhypnose Werkt. Een veerkrachtig Antwoord op stress, burn-out en trauma” Ed Lannoo Zelfhypnose werkt | Uitgeverij Lannoo

Christiane STEFFENS-DHAUSSY, Luxembourg

Christiane is a German psychologist and psychotherapist specialized in palliative care and grief therapy, she is a trainer for hypnosis, a supervisor for palliative care teams and the author of a book on supporting patients, family and professionals confronted to situations of death and grief in the hospital setting.  www.re-sourcen.eu


 Linda Thomson is the past President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  Linda is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Hypnosis in Nursing and the American Board of Medical Hypnosis.  She is the 2022 recipient of ASCH’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  She has written books and articles and has lectured and taught workshops across the USA and around the world.

She is the Author of “Harry the Hypno-potamus. Metaphorical Tales for the Treatment of Children”

Bernhard TRENKLE, Germany
Dipl.Psych., Dipl.Wi.-Ing.

Milton Erickson Institute Rottweil Germany
President of International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) – 2018-2021
BOD of Milton Erickson Foundation Phoenix since 1999
Director of the Milton Erickson Institute Rottweil Germany
Past President of Milton Erickson Gesellschaft M.E.G. (1996-2003)
1986  to present – Milton Erickson Institute Rottweil, Germany

1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Milton Erickson Foundation.
2012 Milton Erickson Award M.E.G.
2012 Pierre Janet Award for Clinical Excellence ISH
2016 Nezindlovu Award Milton Erickson Institute South Africa MEISA for advancing hypnosis on the African Continent.
2017 Lifetime Achievement Award of Chinese Hypnosis Association
2018 John and Helen Watkins Award for Excellence in Teaching ISH

Teaching Hypnotherapy in Europe, South Africa and China (via Beijing University and DCAP)
Author of more than 10 books partially translated into English, Russian, Italian including:
– “Handbook of Psychotherapy”,
– “A Seriously Funny Collection of Jokes”- best-selling book in Germany.
– “Metaphors and Self Hypnosis Training”.
Editor of the German Version of Milton Ericksons Collected Papers and several other books.

Dr. Robert WADSWORTH, South Australia

Bob graduated from Adelaide University in 1965 and then spent 3 years in the hospital system. He worked as a GP for 9 years, did a two-year course in hypnotherapy and in 1979 moved out of general practice to concentrate on full time hypnotherapy which he continued until he retired in 2015.

In that time, he became increasingly involved in regressive techniques, spurred on by the usefulness of the techniques.

Throughout this time, he was heavily involved in the South Australian Society of Hypnosis as Secretary and also in assisting in running the hypnotherapy course. He remains a member of the Society