Meet THE BOARD

The Board is comprised of five members representing associations,
and two members representing schools

GEORDIE THOMPSON

VICE PRESIDENT - REPRESENTING PHA

Geordie is a Qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Neuro-linguistic Master Practitioner. He is
currently the Chair of the Professional Hypnotherapists Association (PHA) and represents
the PHA on the Board of the HCA. Geordie moved from New Zealand to Perth in 1988 and
has lived there ever-since. His background includes over 50 years in Martial Arts and 35
years in local and state government and therefore he brings a wide range of life skills and
experience to his practice. As for many of us Geordie sees a wide range of clients however
his key interest is in chronic pain and the associated emotional challenges.
In addition to his martial arts teaching Geordie is a keen fisherman and enjoys exploring
new fishing spots up and down the coast of Western Australia.

GORDON YOUNG

PRESIDENT

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.

BELINDA HOLSTROM

BOARD MEMBER - REPRESENTING AACHP

After graduating with honours from Oxford University (where she also completed post
graduate study in education), Belinda spent the best part of 15 years in various teaching,
curriculum development and counselling and mentoring roles in adult and secondary
education and also spent a couple of years in the corporate world along the way. The move
she made out of education in 1998 and into the therapy profession surprised many people
but for Belinda it wasn't astonishing at all: having spent many years focusing on how
students, families and colleagues perceive, process and relate to their environment, to
make the move into counselling and hypnotherapy as a career felt like a natural progression
She has been in private practice as a counsellor and clinical hypnotherapist since 2002.
Her professional affiliations include:
Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (Fellow, Professional
Clinical Member & Current President)
Australian Counselling Association (Registered Member & Clinical Supervisor)
Australian Counselling Association College of Counselling Supervisors (Member)
Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (Professional Member)
As a former faculty member of The Goulding Institute, Belinda co-authored and was the
primary assessor for a highly respected training course in professional supervision. She has
served in various positions on the HCA National Board since its establishment in 2010.

SARA HERRING

SECRETARY

Sara Herring is the Head of the Academy of Hypnotic Science, an Accredited Clinical
Hypnotherapist with a Diploma of Counselling, a Theta Healing Master, an Intuitive
Holistic Therapist, a Master NLP practitioner & Coach, a Clinical Supervisor, and a
Resource Therapist.
Sara is the Secretary of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA), a committee
member of the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
(AACHP) and a member of the Guild of Australian Hypnotherapists (GoAH).
Sara is the Creator of the ‘Womb with a View Protocol’, this resolves issues created
whilst the client is in the womb!
Sara has over 35 years of experience in the Therapy Profession. Dedicating the last
17 years to Hypnotherapy. Sara is English born living in Australia for 28 years, when
she has any spare time you will find her with sleeves rolled up deep in acrylic paint
creating master pieces.

BARBARA CRAVEN

TREASURER - REPRESENTING ISPA

Barbara Craven is the Founder and Principal Psychotherapist at 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 or other modalities, is critical to making a positive difference to people’s mental health.
She is Vice President of the International Strategic Psychotherapy Association 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. Barbara holds a particular interest in using hypnosis to enable men and women to better manage the rages of their emotions and improve their relationship decision making. She is keen to work with other therapists to research and discover further best practice into developing skills and approaches to reduce domestic violence, personal violence, abuse, and bullying.
Barbara truly believes the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia has a unique and critical role to play in entrenching well qualified hypnotherapists as crucial components of improving the mental health of all in Australia, alongside other medical care givers.

ANTOINE MATARASSO

BOARD MEMBER - REPRESENTING GOAH

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.