Hypnotherapy Training Australia and Therapy Centre

Hypnotherapy Training & Therapy Centre - Hypnotherapy Training Australia (HTA)

About Hypnotherapy Training Australia

Hypnotherapy Training Australia (HTA) was established in 2009 by Marilyn Newman the Founder of Hypnotherapy Training Australia, and Marilyn was Director of Training up until her passing in September 2016. Marilyn's daughter, Kaz Field Anderson, is now Director of Training and will ensure Marilyn's vision will live on.

Our Mission is to change the world...One Heart At A Time.

The HTA is currently recognised by the AHA (Australian Hypnotherapy Association) and the ASCH (Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists), the two major governing bodies of Hypnotherapy in Australia. HTA is also a founding member of the HCA (Hypnotherapists Counsel of Australia) a regulatory umbrella organisation for Hypnotherapists.
HTA provides students with trainers of the highest quality, each with extensive experience within their professions.

HTA has a holistic approach to education providing students with a sound balance of theoretical, experiential, and practical components in their learning process.

HTA also offers professional development to qualified professionals, such as:

  • Hypnotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists

Hypnotherapy Training Australia - Faculty

At HTA, we pride ourselves in our ability to make your learning experience as enjoyable and enriching as possible. Our faculty of Hypnotherapy Trainers are highly qualified, personable and passionate about providing you with what you need to become a professional Heart Based/Client Centred Clinical Hypnotherapist.

Our Mission is to change the world...One heart at a time.

Marilyn Newman - Founder

Diploma Clinical Hypnotherapy, Member of the A.S.C.H. CM.AHA, Post Graduate Dip. in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Dip. Breath Therapy. Dip. Transpersonal Psychology. Gestalt Psychotherapist, Specialising in Dream Work

Marilyn had been practising hypnotherapy for almost 30 years. She trained on the Central Coast in 1985 and went on to train at the NSW school of Hypnotic Science in 1986 receiving her Diploma and postgraduate Diploma in Hypnotherapy in 1987. She was a fully registered member of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists & Australian Hypnotherapists Association.

Marilyn was also trained in Gestalt therapy, Humanistic Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology. Together with Dr. Don Diespecker, Marilyn set up her own College in the 80’s. Together they provided training in Gestalt therapy, Humanistic Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology on the Central Coast. Marilyn developed an eclectic way of working with her clients; integrating Gestalt, dream-work and archetypal imagery into her hypnotherapy practice.

Marilyn was particularly interested in how these elements may illuminate our subconscious. Marilyn had worked with clients from 3 to ninety years old. However her heart was drawn to working with children over the years, and Marilyn was one of the best children's therapists available. She had created a collection of C.D’s for children aimed at enhancing self-esteem, life skills and literacy skills. Her children's CD’s are titled: ‘Marilyn’s Magic Monkey World’ and are still available,.

Kaz Field Anderson - Director of Training,

Hypnotherapy Trainer

Dip. C.H, Adv Dip. C.H, Cert. Jungian Dream Analysis, Cert. Dynamic Pain Control, Dip. Life Coach, Dip. Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Dip. Breath Therapy, Specialising in Cancer

Kaz & Marilyn trained together back in the 80's, first achieving their Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, then going on to further studies.

After a terminal diagnosis of 4th stage cancer in 1990, and told  to 'get her affairs in order', Kaz put her knowledge to the test, and had her surgery under self hypnosis to give her body every chance and no chemo or radiation. Daily hypnosis sessions Kaz believes, saved her life. Kaz then became a Cancer Specialist in her private practice.

The recent loss of her beloved Mother ~ Marilyn Newman, has seen her take up the challenge of Director of Training, one which is most heartfelt, as HTA was her Mother's life's work. Kaz is determined to make HTA one of the most respected schools in Australia, and deliver our program with love, compassion & the nurturing that her Mother so exhumed.

Jody Wood – Partner/Hypnotherapy Trainer/Medical Hypnosis Trainer

Dip. C.H, Adv Dip. C.H, Cert III Teaching and Assessment, Member AHA & ASCH

Jody comes from a large medical family that owns and operates private hospitals, manages and directs government hospital units and consults for the private sector.  She started her career working in aged care disability support and psychiatric care and progressed into a training role. Through her career she has worked for many not for profit organisations including Women’s Refuges as well as starting her own grass roots organization to effect change in the governments Gambling legislations.  Jody’s passion is in mental health and addiction.  After training with Marilyn Newman, Jody stayed on at HTA and had the privilege of working with Marilyn and assisting in developing the curriculum.


Karen Booth - Gestalt Psychotherapy Trainer

Masters Gestalt Psychotherapy (GTS), Adv. Dip. Gestalt (TGI), Adv. Dip. Applied Social Science and Counselling (ACAP), NLP Practitioner, Clinical member PACFA & GANZ  

Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor, NLP practitioner, Group Facilitator, Trainer and Registered Nurse, Phone Crisis Counsellor & Facilitator Quest for Life with Petrea King.

Karen currently has private practices on the Central Coast and in North Sydney offering individual, couples, and group therapy. Karen also offers online therapy and professional training sessions.

Karen also works as the Grief & Trauma Counsellor at ‘The Glen’ – a drug and alcohol recovery centre for men on the Central Coast, and works with clients at ACON in Newcastle. Karen has been a counsellor with Breast Screen NSW and as a counsellor and facilitator at QUEST for life programs.

Penny Brenton - Visiting Guest Psychodrama Trainer

Dip.C.H, Adv. Dip.Gestalt, Resource Therapist, Cert IV TAE

Penny is extremely passionate about her work and utilises Gestalt Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy and associated techniques including the use of metaphor to gently guide her clients through life’s’ problems. It fascinating how our sub conscious minds relates to images and story in a way that promotes healing without trauma.

She has a special interest in inspiring you and invites you to engage with her in a way that enables forward movement and healing through life’s many challenges.

 Sara Clignett - Psychology Coordinator

B.A. Psych & Soc., Post Grad Dip. Psych & Family Counselling. Dip. Clinical Hypnotherapy

Sara Clignett attended Sydney University and obtained a Degree in Psychology and Sociology. She then went on to do her Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology and Family Therapy at Western Sydney University.

Sara’s experience varies from working with homeless youth at Kings Cross and homeless women with mental health issues to corporate psychology and pain management.

Sara is currently in private practice and is partner & Director at the Read Clinic. she is also the co- ordinator for the Intern Program for trainee psychologists. Sara treats a wide variety of issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationship and Family Issues to name but a few. Her particular field of interest is working with sexual abuse.

Deborah Haynes - Psychology Trainer

Adv. Dip.Gestalt Therapy, Dip. Gestalt Therapy, Cert. in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Certified Weight Loss Consultant, Dip. Mental Health, Psychology Student

Deb is a Graduate Gestalt Therapist and Trainee Trainer of the Terrigal Gestalt Institute. She completed a Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy through the NSW School of Hypnotic Sciences in 2003 and is now studying a Bachelor in Psychological Science through UNE.

Her passion is to work with children, encouraging and nurturing children’s natural development through awakening connections to themselves and their environment.

Chris Davidson - NLP/Timeline Therapy Trainer

Member ACA (Clinical), AHA
BA Couns., Dip. Pro. Couns., Dip. Clin, Hyp., Cert. Master NLP,
Cert. Life Coach.

Chris first became qualified in counselling in 1996 and since that time he has worked with young people, their parents and families in private practice and for various community organisations on the Central Coast.

In 1998 he studied Neuro-Linguistic Programming and became fascinated with the trance phenomenon and the unconscious mind. In 2000 he graduated from the NSW School of Hypnotic Sciences and from that time has trained with world renowned leaders in this field.

Specialising in addiction for the past 8 years, he is currently the manager of a gambling addiction treatment service funded by the NSW state government. In this role Chris has become a strong advocate and advisor in this field. He has addressed Federal Senate on Poker Machine Harm Minimisation, presented to NSW Office of Liquor Gaming & Racing and at the 2007 NSW Problem Gambling Forum.

He has also educated health and welfare organisations on gambling addiction. Recently he played a major role in negotiations with Gosford City Council, making it the first NSW local council ever to officially recognise problem gambling as a social issue.

His therapeutic style has developed into an eclection of Person Centered, Eriksonian and Existential approaches that also incorporate Gestalt and NLP methods. As a new ‘recruit’ to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, he utilises this model within a Strength Based approach to his Life Coaching practice.

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