Jennifer da Silva Faça (M.Ed. (Ed Psych) (UJ); B.Ed. (Hons) (Ed Psych) (RAU); B.Ed. (Life Orientation) (RAU)) is a registered Educational Psychologist in Lancashire, United Kingdom. She is the former fellow director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of South Africa. She is the former South African country representative on the board for Ego State Therapy International and currently serves as the UK country representative. She received her training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist and Ego State Therapist through the Milton Erickson Institute of South Africa (MEISA). She is an internationally recognized therapist, supervisor and trainer in Ego State Therapy. She is also internationally trained in Eye Movement Integration (EMI) and Somatic Experiencing (SE). She has presented at international and national conferences on the utilization of Ericksonian Principles in conjunction with ego state interventions with children. She is regularly consulted by journalists and the media on various topics.

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Ursula Helle, M.D., holds a private practice in Munich, Germany, doing individual psychotherapy for adults, coaching and supervision with health professionals. As a Medical Doctor she worked in different hospitals with focus on psychiatrie and psychotherapy. Besides her clinical work she got her basic training as a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Dr. Helle is a specialist in Trauma Therapy (DeGPT). She is also trained in Hypnotherapy, EMDR, process and embodiment focused psychology (PEP), Systemical Therapy and currently worked together with Sonia Gomes and Marcelo Muniz to get educated in SOMA. Since 2003 she has had exposure to health systems in developing countries (Madagascar, Nepal, Tanzania) and China. With special interest in transcultural psychotherapy she had worked with expatriats and refugees in Germany. Uschi Helle is supervisor for Ego State Therapy in Munich and assists trainings with Woltemade Hartman in Germany and South Africa.

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Woltemade Hartman (Ph.D) is a Clinical and Educational Psychologist, and psychotherapist in private practice in Pretoria, South Africa.  He received his training as an Ericksonian psychotherapist at the Ericksonian Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.  Dr Hartman also trained as an Ego State therapist with Prof J.G. Watkins and Mrs H. Watkins in Missoula, Montana, USA.  He is the author of “Ego state therapy with sexually traumatized children” and “Einführung in die Ego-State Therapie”, as well as various articles on the topic of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Dr Hartman is the Founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI). Woltemade is an executive board member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and also serves as Chairperson of the Council of Representatives on this board. Dr Hartman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Johannesburg and lectures in South Africa, Germany, Austria, France, Switzerland, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. He has been a Keynote Speaker at various international congresses.

Dr Hartman is the recipient of the 2009 Early Career Award for Innovative Contributions to Hypnosis from the International Society of Hypnosis. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Impact Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Soma and Somatic Experiencing (SE).

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Carl Hattingh (Callie) is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Sydney, Australia. He is the Director of the Ericksonian Institute of Sydney Australia (EISA), President of the Australian Institute of Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy and Vice Chair of the COR International Society of Hypnosis. He received the Fuma award for his contribution to promoting Clinical Hypnosis and Psychotherapy in South Africa.  Callie is one of the past founding Directors of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA), past President Elect of the Milton H. Erickson Society of South Africa and founding Director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of Cape Town South Africa (MECSA).  He has been a trainer in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Ego State Therapy and Psychotherapy since 2000 and has organised various congresses on clinical hypnosis, trauma and psychotherapy.  He is an accredited therapist, supervisor and trainer with Ego State Therapy International (ESTI) and a registered Somatic Experiencing Pracitioner (SEP).  He has been a keynote speaker and faculty member at various international congresses.

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Erdem Akgün is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working in private practice in Gaziantep, Turkey. He is a PhD student at Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica. Erdem Akgün took an active role in Psychotherapy Institute Association, Hypnosis Association, Emotion-Focused Therapies Association. And he is a holistic psychotherapy and holistic hypnosis trainer. He has made presentations on holistic psychotherapy and hypnosis at national and international conferences. It carries out the Gaziantep Branch Presidency of the Psychotherapy Institute Association and the TRNC regional representative of the International Union of Integrative Psychotherapy (SEPI).



Derya Baloğlu is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist working in private practice in Gaziantep, Turkey. She is a PhD student at Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica. Derya Baloğlu is an active participant in the Psychotherapy Institute Association. She is a holistic psychotherapy and holistic hypnosis trainer. Derya Baloğlu has made presentations at national conferences on holistic psychotherapy and hypnosis. She is the President of Ego State Therapy Turkey.


Yoshikazu Fukui (M.A.) is a Clinical Psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice in Kobe, Japan. He is also a professor at Konan University in Kobe and teaches Clinical Psychology. He has been the 1st President of Ego State Therapy Japan since 2015. Prof. Fukui have been a board member of Japanese Society for Hypnosis (JSH) and Japanese Society for Clinical Hypnosis (JSCH), and had been a board member of Japanese EMDR Association(JEMDRA). He is a committee member of the Japanese Psychological Association (JPA), Japanese Society of Autogenic Training(JSAT) and the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine (JSPM).  Prof. Fukui is an EMDR and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) trainer. He is certified by JSCH as a consultant in clinical hypnosis. Prof. Fukui also received training in Brainspotting, Trauma Focused CBT, Prolonged Exposure(PE), Tapping Touch, Neurofeedback, Mindfulness, Brain Gym, Solution Focused Approach and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE).  Prof. Fukui is also involved in the translation of various books in the field of EMDR and Trauma such as, books written by Dabney E. Ewin, Peter. A. Levine, and Robin Shapiro. He is also the supervisory translator of Watkins’ “evergreen” book “Ego State: Theory and Therapy” which was published in 2019. Prof. Fukui is also the recipient of best poster awards at Annual Conferences in 2016 and 2017 as well as the recipient of the research Awards at the Annual Conference of JPA and JSCH.



Elzette Fritz (D.Ed.) is an Educational Psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice. Dr Fritz is a research and teaching associate in the Department of Educational Psychology, at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Elzette is a co-director of the Milton H. Erickson Institutes of South Africa (MEISA). She is the Past-President of the South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC). Elzette has presented at international and national conferences on the utilization of Ericksonion principles in conjunction with ego states therapy, especially utilizing creative expressive arts in psychotherapy. She is an ESTI accredited therapist, supervisor and trainer Dr. Fritz has published various articles and chapters on the topic of ego state therapy and creative expressive arts.



Silke Großbach is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in private practice in Hamburg, Germany. She received her training at the University of Hamburg and specialized in the psychodynamic approach to psychotherapy for an additional period of five years. Silke qualified as an Ego State Therapy therapist under the auspices of Ph.D Woltemade Hartman and is internationally certified as ego state therapist and supervisor. She assisted Woltemade Hartman teaching Ego State Therapy at various locations in Germany as well as in Japan, Hong Kong and South Africa. Silke is a qualified hypnotherapist and received her training at the Milton Erickson Society of Germany. Her lecturers included amongst others Bernhard Trenkle, Professor Ph.D Dirk Revensdorf, Ortwin Meiss and Ph.D Burkhard Peter. She is also a certified Gestalt Therapist and a qualified Body SOMA Therapist. Silke is the founding director of the Hamburg Institute for Trauma Therapy, which provides continued training in Hypnosis and Ego State Therapy for qualified psychologists, psychotherapists, medical doctors and specialists.

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Anne-Marie Harnum is a licensed clinical psychologist in her Copenhagen based clinical practise. She was taught EST by Maggie Phillips, Claire Frederick and John and Helen WatAnne-Marie Harnum is a licensed clinical psychologist in her Copenhagen based clinical practise. She was taught EST by Maggie Phillips, Claire Frederick and John and Helen Watkins in the early 90´s. She was the president of the Danish Society of Clinical Hypnosis from 1995 – 2005, and is now again from 2017, and has organized workshops and congresses in that capacity. She has also received training in SE (Somatic Experiencing) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and has served as a board member of EMDR-Denmark. She continues to teach and supervise the theory, principles and methods of EST to health professionals. She has applied EST in her practice on an everyday basis for the past 25 years with special focus on anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD. She has published several articles and book contributions about hypnotherapy as well as her own book "Hypnosis Demystified" in Danish.



Susanne Hausleithner-Jilch is a psychotherapist in private practice in Vienna, Austria. She received her initial training in client centered psychotherapy which she completed in 1979. Susanne also received continued training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist and completed her training in the application of clinical hypnosis with children, adolescents and adults at the Milton Erickson Gesellchaft Austria (MEGA). Susanne is currently an executive board member of the MEGA and she is also an official trainer of MEGA specifically responsible for the child and adolescent curriculum. She is currently a board member of Ego State International (ESTI) representing Austria in this international forum.



Εlli Kalaki is a licensed Counseling Psychologist in Greece and the UK (HCPC). She holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology (London Metropolitan University, UK) and is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol-British Psychological Society -BPS), a registered clinical supervisor (BPS Register of Applied Psychology Supervisors) and a registered advance hypnotherapist (General Hypnotherapy Register, UK). She is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Hypnotherapy, Ericksonian Therapy and is currently completing her training in Schema Therapy. She is one of the founding members and President of the International Society of Cognitive Behavior HypnoPsychotherapy (CBTHypnoPsy) and the scientific director at the Psychodermatology Department, General University Hospital, Attikon (Athens, Greece). She has worked as a Counseling Psychologist in UK’s National Health System, at both primary and secondary care. She has been a lecturer in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Scientific College of Greece-affiliated with Strasburg University- MSc in CBT) and a lecturer in Clinical Hypnosis (Applied Psychotherapy & Counseling Center-Athens, Greece).



Krzysztof Klajs, Dipl. Psych., is Founder and Director of The Milton H. Erickson Institute of Poland, where he also maintains a private practice. He is certified as psychotherapist by Polish Psychiatric Association, and licensed as psychotherapist by Polish Psychological Association. Krzysztof teaches both nationally and internationally on various topics and specializes on the topic of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). 



Wendy is a licensed psychologist with a clinical and consulting practice in St. Cloud, MN, USA and an adjunct instructor for St. Cloud Technical Community College. She has expertise and teaches around the globe in the fields of clinical hypnosis, ego state therapy, and trauma. She is an American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) certified approved consultant, an active member and former Vice President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She is also an active member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis (MSCH). She has been honored with four awards from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: two journal awards for publishing, a Merit award, and most recently a Presidential award for her continued efforts to expand clinical hypnosis education to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). She was also awarded the Daniel P. Kohen M.D. Outstanding Clinician Award in recognition of outstanding leadership in the clinical practice, teaching, and utilization of therapeutic hypnosis by the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She is a fellow and an active member of ISSTD and a certified therapist and trainer through Ego-State Therapy International. She has published articles and the documentary: You’re Not Crazy & You’re Not Alone: Inside the Inner World of Dissociative Identity Disorder as well as several self-hypnosis self-help recordings. Wendy is an ESTI accredited therapist, supervisor and trainer.



Heleen Malherbe, DPhil, is a practicing clinical psychologist and psychotherapist based in the garden county of Kent, United Kingdom  and a Past President of ESTI.. Originally trained as a psychodynamic psychotherapist this model cements all other modalities she chooses to work in. She was fortunate to be part of the first group of South African psychotherapists to train in Ericksonian Hypnotherapy under Dr Woltemade Hartman (PhD). As part of Dr Hartman’s group practice she experienced the excitement of the development of the Milton H. Erickson Institute of South Africa (MEISA). Further training was received in Ego State Therapy, Eye Movement Integration (EMI), EdxTM (Energy Psychology), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness techniques. She is a qualified supervisor and trainer in Ego State Therapy. She spent most of her working life in private practice in South Africa, also employed within forensic and corporate settings, as well as an oncology clinic. During 2009 she extended her professional career to the United Kingdom Private Health Service as Lead Psychologist in medium and low secure private psychiatric hospitals. Currently she serves as President of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI), having been the United Kingdom representative on the Central Board (Executive) of ESTI. She is the Director of the Milton H Erickson Institute of London, Head Psychologist at a private unit for adults with intellectual disabilities and in private practice in outer London.

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Matthias Mende, Ph.D, Clinical Psychologist, Emergency Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Certified Hypnosis-Psychotherapist. Immediate Past President of the European Society of Hypnosis (ESH). Board Member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH). He studied psychology at the University of Vienna. He formerly held an appointment for clinical psychodiagnostics at the Department for Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Munich, Germany. In 1994, he founded the Psychotherapy-Center for Hypnosis-Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Biofeedback in Salzburg, Austria, together with his wife, Eva-Maria Mende, PhD. He is occupied with clinical, research and educational issues in the field of hypnosis. His clinical work is focused on the treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma-related disorders, psychosomatics and burnout. He is a trainer for Hypnosis-Psychotherapy of the ÖGATAP, the Austrian Constituent Society of ESH and ISH. He is also an appointed teacher for hypnosis of the Austrian Medical Chamber (ÖÄK). In his clinical work is using hypnosis-psychotherapy as a comprehensive psychotherapeutic modality of its own, integrating psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and systemic approaches.



Joseph Meyerson M.A., currently a PhD candidate, is a clinical psychologist, hypnotic psychotherapist, supervisor and manager at HypnoClinic in Tel Aviv. He also is a Tteaching Fellow at Tel Aviv University, Past President of the Israeli Society of Hypnosis and currently serves as chairman of the Ministry of Health's Examination Committee for Hypnosis Accreditation. Joseph Meyerson has authored several papers and book chapter on the subject of hypnotic and strategic psychotherapy and particularly on the use of dissociative-associative strategies and paramnesias in hypnotherapy. Currently he lectures at many national (Israel) and international (US, Malta, Austria, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Ireland) conferences on these topics and supervises numerous professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians and dentists) who utilize hypnosis in their practice.



Dipl.-Psych. Claudia Müller-Quade is a Systemic Therapist, Ego State Therapist, Hypno- and Family-therapist in private practice in Wiesbaden. She studied social work in Hamburg and Indianapolis USA and psychology in Frankfurt. For many years, she was the co-director of an institute for systemic individual and family therapy in Wiesbaden, Germany. In 2016, she founded together with her husband Dr. Christoph Quade and Dr. Woltemade Hartman the "Wiesbaden Trauma Institute International, Woltemade Hartman Institute for Ego State Therapy”, She is amongst other trained in Systemic Therapy, Family therapy, Ego State Therapy, EMI, SOMA and Clinical Hypnosis. Since 2014 she is an accredited Ego-State Supervisor with Ego State Therapy International.  She is a  member of MEG, Germany ( Milton Erikson Society) as well as the DGSF (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Systemische Therapie, Beratung und Familientherapie) . She had various TV appearances as an expert of psychological issues around the topic of "individual and family". Her training in various therapeutic modalities and registration as a psychologist, social pedagogue and physiotherapist allow her to utilize a comprehensive therapeutic approach with her clients.



Orestis Papagiannopoulos is a psychologist  and psychotherapist in private practice based in Athens and in Levadia, Greece. He received his four years bachelor degree in Psychology by Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and his Master-1 degree by the Institut of Psychology of Paris Descartes University (Paris-5) in Paris. He currently completes his Master of Sciences in Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health in the Institut of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience of Kings’s College London. He is a founding member of the International Society of Cognitive-Behavioral Hypno-Psychotherapy in Athens and a member of EMDR-Hellas. He has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and in Clinical Hypnotherapy (General Hypnotherapy Register, UK) via the Center of Applied Psychotherapy and Counselling in Athens. He has been also trained in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy by the Oxford Mindfulness Center via the Company of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in Athens by professor Ruth Baer (MBCT advanced beginner teacher certification). His other trainings include EMDR-therapy  by the Institut of Trauma-Therapy in Athens, EMDR therapy for healing attachement trauma by EMDR-Hellas and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) by the Company of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in Athens. He works with clinical and non clinical adult population mostly survivors of sexual assault.



Eva Pollani, M.Sc,  works as a certified Hypnosis Psychotherapist for adults, adolescents, children and couples in her private practice in Grafenbach, Austria. She has studied in Vienna, where she did research on the topic of Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Her Master thesis she analyzed the matter wether there are biographic roots supporting the decision when deciding to become a Hypnopsychotherapist. She is a fully certified trainer for the Österreichische Gesellschaft für angewandte Tiefenpsychologie und allgemeine Psychotherapie (ÖGATAP) and teaches Hypnosis-Psychotherapy . Eva is Co-Founder and Co-Leader for the postgraduate training of Clinical Hypnosis for psychotherapists for the Österreichische Gesellschaft für angewandte Tiefenpsychologie und allgemeine Psychotherapie (ÖGATAP). Eva is a member of the organizing committee of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für angewandte Tiefenpsychologie und allgemeine Psychotherapie (ÖGATAP) winter congress. She lectures for the Milton Erickson Society of Germany (MEG) as well as for the Milton Erickson Society of Austria (MEGA) and holder of the European Certificate for Hypnosis (ECH). She is also an executive board member of Ego State Therapy International (ESTI) where she currently holds the position of Secretary and Treasurer. She is appointed trainer and supervisor for Eye Movement Integration (EMI) and Impact Therapy. She follows her approach of unity in diversity and integrates Energy Diagnostic and Treatment Method/Fred Gallo (EDxTM) and has finished her certification in Somatic Experiencing (SE). Furthermore, Eva teaches at various national and international hypnosis congresses such as International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) and European Society of Hypnosis (ESH) as well as the World Congress for Ego State Therapy in South Africa, Parts Therapy Congress Heidelberg (Teiletagung Heidelberg) and the Congress for Therapy with Children in Heidelberg (Kindertagung Heidelberg). In her clinical work she focuses on the treatment of trauma-related disorders, personality disorders and addictions. Eva teaches hypnosis for various post-graduate psychotherapy organisations in Austria. She is a well-known Ego State trainer and supervisor and specialises in women-related topics, such as pregnancy and birth. She also works with children and couples.

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Guillaume Poupard, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with a Solution-Focused Therapy orientation. At first he practised as an analytical Psychotherapist but later broadened his scope of practice. He also utilizes Group Psychodrama, Ericksonian methods, Clinical Hypnosis, Ego State Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, The Transpersonal Approach and Processes-Oriented Therapy in his practice. Currently he is a certified master trainer in the following modalities : Ericksonian Hypnosis, Brief Therapy, and trainer in NLP and Ego State Therapy. He is also a certified Ego State Therapy Supervisor. Guillaume has more than 18 years of experience in institutional and private practice with adults and children. He specialized in substance-related disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. He is the author of several academic books and articles on the subjects of personal development, hypnosis, brief therapy, psychotherapy and Sensory Modelling©. As a trainer, he enjoys using metaphors, role-playing, playful demonstrations to focus on psychological processes. He is the Director of “WAY INSIDE” (Training and Research Institute



Peter Richard-Herbert is an Analytical Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist in private practice in Sydney, Australia. Peter received his training in Freudian Psychoanalysis and Analytical Psychotherapy at the National College of Psychotherapy in London (UK) graduating in 1983. Peter completed his training as a Clinical Hypnotherapist in the UK in 1983 and furthered his study in Australia graduating from the college of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists in 1985. He commenced further studies and trained as an Ego State Therapist with Professor Gordon Emmerson (2009) with whom Peter is now a founding member of the Australasian Ego State Therapy Association (AESTA). He is a former NSW President of The Australian Hypnotherapists' Association (2010-12) and National President of the Australasian Ego State Therapy Association (AESTA). Peter is a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists (UK) and has worked clinically with clients for 28 years. Peter Richard-Herbert was trained in Neuro Linguistic Programming by Professor John Grinder in 1985 and received his Masters in Cultural Psychology and Narrative Therapy from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in 2003. He is currently in the final year of his Doctorial thesis researching a Personality Profile Pre-selective Device for the International Human Resources industry. Peter is incorporating Ego State Therapy Theory into his higher research degree within a transdisciplinary mode-2 paradigm. Over the years Peter has worked with Corporations as a Profiler at boardroom level and International sports athletes as a motivational trainer. He has trained in Solution Oriented Hypnosis under Bill O'Hanlon, a student of Dr Milton Erickson and has also studied Behavioural Psychotherapy Techniques with Dr Victor Meyer at St Lukes Hospital, London in the early eighties. Peter has written a book on self-help coping techniques and has also written and had published various papers on current areas of psychotherapy application such as: Hypnosis, Gestalt and Ego State Therapy. Peter is much sought after for comment by Australian magazines, radio and television media and is considered an authority on the topics of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Analytical Psychotherapy in Australia.

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Hedda Sandemose, Certified MSc in Psychology, Lic. Psychotherapist of psychodynamic orientation from the University of Copenhagen, ESTI-certified trainer and supervisor. She was primarily educated by Susanna Carolusson, Gothenburg. Hedda  is a certified hypnotherapist and a Guided Affective Imagery Therapist (Katathym Imaginative Psychoterapie). She is also in private practice in Copenhagen. Hedda is teaching and supervising other psychologists in Ego State Therapy and  is introducing and developing Ego State Therapy in Denmark. She has been a member of the Danish board of Psychological Society of Clinical Hypnosis (PSKH).



Max Schlorff works as a psychologist and psychotherapist for children, adolescents, adults and families in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland. He is a certified Ego State Therapist, co-chair of Ego State Therapy Switzerland.and currently applying for supervisor status (ESTI). Max Schlorff is also certified in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (NIK Bremen), Clinical Hypnosis (MEG) and Sport Psychology. He integrates different approaches such as EMI (Eye Movement Integration) and Impact Therapy. He is also trained in Neurofeedback Therapy. Furthermore, Max Schlorff, BSc. in Nutrition and Dietetics, is a Dietitian. He teaches at the University of Applied Science in Berne, Switzerland as well as at the FH JOANNEUM University of Applied Sciencies in Austria.


Shahidi, Enayat

Enayat Shahidi (MD, M.Clin Psych) is a well-recognized author, translator, lecturer, researcher, and therapist in Hypnotherapy, Mental Training, EMDR, and CBT. He is a licensed Medical Doctor and Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapist. He has written, translated, and contributed to twelve books and conducted several research articles, university theses, and dissertations. He has been practicing hypnotherapy since 1994 and teaching clinical hypnosis to professionals since 2001. He has also been a faculty member of international hypnosis congresses since 2012.Dr. Shahidi has been a BOD member of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) since 2015 and the Secretary/Treasurer and chair of the Education and Training Committee of the ISH since 2018.He has been a BOD member, Treasurer, and chair of the Education and Training Committee of the Iranian Scientific Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ISSCH) since 2010.Dr. Shahidi is also the founding president of the “EMDR IRAN” and the “Iranian Institute of Psychology and Mental Training. He  is a Ph.D candidate.



Sofia Strand is a licensed clinical psychologist and specialist in clinical psychology, working in private practice north of Gothenburg, Sweden. After university she has been trained in clinical hypnosis and Ego State Therapy, and is now also a trained Ego State Therapy supervisor and teacher. She is also a trained supervisor in EMDR, and is trained in treatment of dissociative disorders by Ellert Nijenhuis and Suzette Boon, as well as in Sensorimotor psychotherapy. In her private practice she integrates these different methods in work with clients, supervision and teaching.



Dr. phil. Silvia Zanotta works as a psychologist and psychotherapist for children, adolescents, adults and families in private practice in Zurich, Switzerland. She is a certified trainer and case consultant in Ego State Therapy, as well as founder and co-chair of EST-CH, Ego State Therapy Switzerland. Silvia Zanotta has certified in Person-Centered-Therapy (Carl Rogers), Trauma-Therapy (PITT), Clinical Hypnosis (MEG and Ghyps) and Ego-State-Therapy (FEST and ESTI), including Energy Psychology and Somatic Experiencing in her work. She specializes in the treatment of traumatic stress, anxiety, phobia, OCD and autism. Dr. Zanotta has taught at national and international major conferences in Europe and South Africa and has written various articles/publications on trauma and Ego State Therapy.