Christine WalterChristine Walter DipCAH, HPD, MPNLP
National Training Director & Auckland Trainer

Christine Walter is absolutely passionate about supporting people to achieve their goals in life, utilising her skills and knowledge along with her own life experiences. She firmly believes that everyone has the answers and resources within to achieve what they want.

As an experienced presenter and being of energetic nature you will find Christine’s training lively and informative. Christine is a real advocate of “learning by doing”. Her training style is inspirational, engaging and energising.

  • Christine has 20 years experience in the recreation industry, initially as a fitness instructor and managing children’s programmes, progressing to staff management and becoming Director of Recreation for a well-known international organisation overseeing several sites with the responsibility of over 300 staff
  • Christine is now a full time Life Coach and Hypnotherapist in her own St Heliers practise.
  • Christine is a Master Practitioner in NLP and Time Line Therapy and has a Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis from the NZ School of Professional Hypnotherapy.
  • In her personal life Christine is the mother of two adult children and Jake the dog. She keeps a fit and active lifestyle walking and going to the gym. In 2013 she and her husband spent 8 months travelling to the UK and Europe, including walking the 330km Camino Portuguese from Porto, Portugal to Finisterre on the Spanish West Coast.

darylDaryl Gove DipCAH, HPD, PNLP
Auckland Trainer

  • Daryl completed his hypnotherapy training with the New Zealand School of Professional Hypnotherapy, and also holds a Certificate in Life Coaching from our sister school, New Zealand Life Coaching.
  • Daryl is an extremely talented tutor and practitioner who  brings an abundance of passion and experience to everything he does, especially helping his students in reaching their personal goals.
  • Daryl is experienced in Health Coaching, and is working towards a Bachelor of Natural Medicine. His specialist area of practice is using hypnotherapy to help with health conditions.

Iain Anderson - Christchurch TrainerIain Anderson HNZCH, DipCAH, HPD, PNLP
Christchurch Trainer

Iain is a respected and experienced Hypnotherapist who has been helping clients using hypnosis for over 25 years. As Lead Trainer, Iain is responsible for delivering the Christchurch training program.

Iain has a strong focus on bringing each individual student up to their true potential. Iain's students see him as kind, supportive and nurturing, as well as extremely knowledgeable and a master of his profession.

Iain completed the Diploma in Advanced & Clinical Hypnosis with Ed Lester at The New Zealand School of Professional of Hypnotherapy, and was one of the first hypnotherapists in New Zealand to achieve the HPD qualification.

  • In 1985 Iain became a member of The New Zealand School of Hypnotic Science, studying under Dr Warren Stewart Dip.Clin.Hyp
  • Hypnosis New Zealand Certificate in Clinical Hypnotherapy
  • Extension Studies: Psychology of Fears and Phobias, Canterbury University?(1987)
  • Leading the Work Group Training; Supervisory Development Program; Building Effective Teams (NZIM 2004)
  • Iain has many areas of professional expertise. One of his passions is teaching his students how to create compelling and effective audio recordings for clients as a powerful tool to learn self-hypnosis and become empowered.

brenda4Brenda Cheyne BA, NZAPH
Wellington Trainer

Brenda is an experienced and highly respected practitioner in Wellington, New Zealand. She is committed to graduating high level, confident hypnotherapists, who are ready to go into practice with all the confidence and skills that they need.

Brenda's students will tell you that she is an inspirational trainer with a passion and gift for teaching hypnosis. We are proud and fortunate to have her as one of our Wellington Trainers.

Brenda has on more than one occasion been a guest on Mike King's "Nutters Club". She was also recently shortlisted for the 2011 Lesley Pearse New Zealand Women of Courage Award.

Here are some of her other qualifications and professional achievements:

  • Double BA in Sociology and Women's Studies at Victoria University
  • Advanced Diploma in Hypnotherapy from The Alpha School of Hypnosis
  • Trained and qualified in Essential Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Trained in Core Counselling Skills
  • Second degree Black Belt in Aikido
  • Many years experience in Mental Health nursing, residential care and drop in centres
  • Facilitated groups for 18 months in Wellington Prison (1988)
  • Worker for Wellington Rape Crisis (1981 -1986)
  • Active member and co- founder of Home Birth group in Christchurch NZ (1976 -1986)
  • Registered Counsellor with ACC (1988/1992)

brenda4Meredith McCarthy
Wellington Trainer

Meredith has been a professional hypnotherapist practicing in Wellington for 20 years. She is a passionate and talented hypnotherapist, and an amazing trainer. She is also dedicated to the New Zealand Profession and works hard on behalf of all New Zealand hypnotherapists. Meredith is also currently the President of the New Zealand Association of Professional Hypnotherapists (NZAPH). Meredith is also committed to improving the availability and quality of professional clinical supervision within New Zealand hypnotherapy.

  • Full (Professional) member of the NZ Association of Professional Hypnotherapists Inc
  • Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist with the NZ Hypnotherapy Registration Board.
  • Trained through the Osmosis Academy of Hypnotherapy in Auckland
  • Trained in motivational interviewing for smoking cessation and has helped many people over the years with their addictions to smoking
  • Reiki Master/Teacher
  • Run retreats and many workshops ranging in topics that help people gain the skills they need for creating positive change in their lives.

ahAndrew Hardwick
Wellington Trainer

Andrew has been a professional Hypnotherapist since establishing his practice in 2009.

Underlying his training in Clinical, Advanced & Ericksonian Hypnotherapy, Andrew has built upon a firm foundation of healthcare experience, having practiced for 30+ years as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in both the UK and NZ.

Andrew’s motivation is to empower people to see that they have choices in life.

Whether those choices are to lose weight, stop smoking or to live without pain, anger, anxiety and fear, Andrew approaches each client as an individual with their own unique needs. He does this through his consultations, classes and workshops in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, SleepTalk & Tai Chi in Wellington & Lower Hutt, plus his online consultancy.

Andrew is also presenter of the Motivation Hour on Hutt Radio 106.1FM

Andrew’s ultimate goal is to make Hypnotherapy the first choice in healthcare and personal development. He dreams of the day that the number of Hypnotherapy Clinics in our city centres and suburbs outnumbers pharmacies and medical centres.

Andrew is an inspirational and passionate trainer who will help you quickly build your confidence and skills to a high professional level.

Peter Garrett Peter Garrett DipCAH, HPD, PNLP, Hgr Dip Tchg
Christchurch Guest Trainer

Peter taught on our Auckland Diploma course for 5 years, since its launch in 2011. Peter is an exceptionally talented practitioner and trainer who brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his training.

Peter has recently returned to Christchurch on a permanent basis and is running a thriving hypnotherapy practice in Redcliffs.  We hope to have Peter join us on training courses as a very special guest trainer in future.

Peter first learned hypnosis as a teenager. He mastered the art of self-hypnosis and used it to make all kinds of powerful changes in his own life. It was the start of a lifetime's journey to gain knowledge and expertise in clinical and applied hypnosis.

Peter is one of those truly inspirational trainers whose mission is to rapidly bring his students to a level of professional mastery and confidence.  He has a strong background in education and over 30 years experience in teaching.

  • Peter fomalised his hypnotherapy qualifications, completing the Diploma in Clinical & Advanced Hypnosis in Christchurch.
  • He was one of the first practitioners in New Zealand to be awarded the prestigious HPD (Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma). This was the first externally accredited UK Hypnotherapy qualification.
  • Peter owns and runs Auckland Hypnotherapy Services in Point Chevalier.
  • He has various high level qualifications in hypnosis, NLP and other clinical modalities. He is also a talented performance coach and is able to offer his students personal supervision and professional support.


Ed Lester. Founder of the NZSPHEd Lester DCAH, BA Hons, HPD, MPNLP

Founder Ed Lester is an experienced and respected hypnotherapist and trainer who has helped many hundreds of private clients to overcome problems and achieve their goals. He believes in giving hypnotherapy students all the tools they need to build a thriving and sustainable hypnotherapy practice in the quickest time possible. He understands that all students' needs and personal experiences are unique and that our training courses must always reflect that diversity. Here are some of Ed's qualifications and achievements:

  • BA in Linguistics and Visual Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.
  • Original hypnosis training with Ursula Markham of the Hypnothink Foundation in 2000.
  • Completed Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis with the Washington School in Manchester, UK. Went on to complete 2 years of personal mentoring with Dr Shaun Brookhouse, one of the UK's most respected Hypnosis Trainers and Practitioners.
  • Elevated to Registered Status Membership of the National Council for Hypnotherapy in the UK in July 2002.
  • In 2003 he became a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists in America (the largest and oldest hypnosis organisation in the world).
  • Became a Certified Professional Life Coach in November 2004 through the International Institute of Coaching.
  • Became a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP through the UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences in Feb 2003.
  • In 2003 Ed was one of the very first people to be awarded the Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, the first ever externally accredited professional hypnotherapy qualification in the UK. This was awarded by the NCFE national awarding body.
  • In 2003 Ed became the Principle Trainer for the Oxford Training Centre for the Washington School of Clinical and Advanced Hypnosis. He trained many professional hypnotherapists who now have very successful practices of their own.
  • In 2003 and 2004, Ed was invited to speak at the National Council for Hypnotherapy's annual conference.
  • Ed spent three years studying towards a BSc in Psychology with the UK Open University.
  • As well as private practice and professional training, Ed spent years providing training presentations to private companies and public services including to the UK National Health Service.
  • Ed moved to New Zealand in 2004 and now runs Christchurch Hypnotherapy as well as the NZ School of Professional Hypnotherapy, providing Clinical Hypnosis Diploma courses starting in August 2009.
  • Ed is also the inventor of The Abundance Index
  • Ed also provides hypnotherapy marketing and practice building help for countless other hypnotherapists, coaches and other health and wellness professionals. Details of other NZSPH Tutors and staff will be added soon. We are actively recruiting trainers around the country. All of our trainers will have significant professional experience and will be practicing hypnotherapists as well as skilled learning facilitators. The Professional Diploma Course is run in association with the UK Academy. Although UK academy staff will not be actively involved in the training programs, their input by way of course content and support is pivotal.

Louis Kelly
Student Support & Course Co-ordinator

Louis is well loved by all our students for his positive energy and friendly nature. Whenever students need help or information, or if something needs organising, Louis is on hand and ever-willing to help.

Louis has a background in farming and customer service and has also traveled extensively. His role is to provide administrative, marketing and logistical support to our students, trainers and courses and is your first point of contact for any queries.


UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences Staff

Dr Shaun BrookhouseShaun Brookhouse

Principal Shaun Brookhouse is a Psychotherapist, a Board Certified Hypnotherapist, a Certified Professional Coach, Educator and Author. He is known by many as 'a therapist's therapist'.

He is a MasterTrainer of NLP and a Certified Master Instructor of Hypnotherapy. His skills as an instructor and trainer make him very much in demand internationally at conferences and workshops. His lively and provocative style of lecturing makes training a memorable experience. Shaun is a strong believer in personal empowerment and that hypnotherapy and coaching is a means to this empowerment. Some of Shaun's credentials include:

  • GCGI, Counselling and Hypnotherapy, City and Guilds of London Institute
  • MA, Education Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
  • CertEd, Adult Higher and Further Education, Manchester University
  • ACoT, Associate Diploma, College of Teachers
  • ADHP(NC), Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy, National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy
  • DipProfCouns, Diploma of Professional Counselling, Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
  • HPD, Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, National Council for Hypnotherapy & NCFE National Awarding Body
  • CPC, Certified Professional Coach, International Institute of Coaching (US)
  • CertSup, Certificate in Supervision, Centre Training International School of Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
  • DNGH, Diplomate, National Guild of Hypnotists (US)
  • FNCH, Fellow, National Council for Hypnotherapy (UK) Shaun has also earned several professional certifications, diplomas and Fellowships. Shaun's full time private practice is in Chorlton in Manchester and has a part time practice in Central London, for details about him and his practice go to: &

Fiona BiddleFiona Biddle

Managing Director and Vice-Principal Fiona Biddle is a Certified Professional Coach, a Board Certified Hypnotherapist, and a Humanistic Counsellor. She assists her clients on a number of levels regarding better health, well-being, success and fulfilment. Fiona is the Chair of the National Council for Hypnotherapy. Originally trained in computer systems, she has applied this systemic knowledge to the assistance of her clients in achieving their full potential. Some of Fiona's credentials include:

  • BSc (Hons), Computing, Loughborough University
  • Dip Couns, Exeter College
  • DipCAH, Diploma in Clinical and Advanced Hypnotherapy, The Washington School of Clinical and Advanced Hypnotherapy
  • HPD, Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, National Council for Hypnotherapy & NCFE National Awarding Body
  • CertHypSup, Certificate in Hypnotherapeutic Supervision, National Council for Hypnotherapy
  • BCH, Board Certified Hypnotherapist, National Guild of Hypnotists (US)
  • CPC, Certified Professional Coach, International Institute of Coaching (US)
  • FNCH, Fellow, National Council for Hypnotherapy (UK) Fiona's private practice is at the Institute's office in Burton on the Wolds. For further details go to