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



Mailin represents the Guild of Australian Hypnotherapists (GOAH) and 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.



Gordon Young is the President of the HCA and Director of the Institute of Applied Psychology, 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 one of 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. Gordon teaches a unique advanced form of hypnosis known as Strategic Hypnosis. Additionally, Gordon supervises over 120 psychologists, counsellors, and hypnotherapists, guiding them through difficult cases behind the scenes.



Jonathan represents the Interntaional Strategic Psychotherapists Association (ISPA) on the HCA Board. He is also currently the principal at New Day Strategic Psychotherapy, after completing a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy and strategic psychotherapy as well as becoming a certified NLP practitioner through the Institute of Applied Psychology. He has a genuine, individual based approach with each client and is highly skilled at identifying and correcting limiting behaviours. He is committed to working towards productive outcomes for our members, particularly in promoting ISPA members as the therapists of choice for people looking to deal with the finest professionals in the industry.

Jonathan previously has twenty five years of international business and entrepreneurial experience in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, during which time he became known for a highly successful, people focussed management style and is recognised as an expert in building and maintaining exceptional company culture that maintains integrity across multiple geographies. This was achieved through a highly focussed and individual based mentoring and upskilling process offered to staff at all levels, an approach he sees as key to the success of any organisation.

During his time in the BPO industry, Jonathan was a pioneer in the outsourcing drive to the Philippines which currently employs over 1.5 million people. He spent eighteen years based in Manila and became labelled by the media as the “godfather of Australian outsourcing”, featuring as the key note speaker at the Asia CEO awards. During this time, he established, grew and then sold multiple companies dealing with clients from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and US and employed over fifteen thousand people along the way.

Jonathan’s most recent role before venturing into clinical hypnotherapy and strategic psychotherapy was as a shareholder and board member of Synchrony Global, an HRIS provider with offices in Australia, The Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Singapore. He was key in the sale of the company to Rizing HCM.

He looks to use his vast business experience combined with his passion for strategic psychotherapy to great benefit for ISPA, it’s membership, and the wider community.



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 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.



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.