Meet Our Team

The most experienced and highly trained faculty in the field

Jorge Raboledo

RTO Manager

Jorge has worked across higher and vocational education, corporate, and not for profits as an education manager, instructional designer and academic. With over 20 years experience across for profit and not for profit education and management, Jorge manages the RTO and the courses that we offer, including student support. Jorge develops and designs courses and units, and manages IAP’s student support systems, ensuring compliance and a positive student experience for all our students.

BTh/Grad Dip Min./MTh.,/ DDiv (hon.)
Master of Education (major in Online Education)
Graduate Diploma Education Management
Graduate Certificate University Leadership and Management
Graduate Diploma in Strategic Leadership
Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
Diploma of Training Design and Development
Certificate 4 in Finance
Certified life and business coach (level 2)
Awarded Fellow Status of the Australian Institute of Managers (FAIM)

Gordon Young

Director of Training and Course Curator

Gordon is the founder of The Institute of Applied Psychology, a registered training organisation (RTO). As a registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, lead facilitator and published author, Gordon’s primary pursuit is harnessing the power of the mind for accelerated human change and peak performance.

DIP Clinical Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy
BA (HONS) Diploma Education
Founder of The Institute of Applied Psychology
Founder of the Sydney Hypnotherapists
Member of Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors
Member of the Australasian Neuroscience Society
Former President of the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH)
Former Chair of the Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP)
Former Editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis

Deborah Biderman

Assessor and Tutor

Deborah is Clinical Hypnotherapist , Strategic Psychotherapist, NLP Practitioner and coach who practices what she preaches.

She has extensive experience is working with people who are experiencing anxiety, fears, phobias, stress performance issues and much more and her practical down to earth and engaging approach is much sought after.

Deborah partners with the client to discover new ways forward with a focus on the personal approach.

Kerry Bailey


Kerry has a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy 10450NAT, a Diploma of NLP Leadership and Strategic Coaching, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Kerry has trained with Gordon Young at IAP, and also trained with Michael Yapko, Stephen Gilligan and other notable professionals in order to pursue excellence and continue growing her skillset in the therapy work that drives her.

Kerry has over ten years’ experience of working as an assessor and trainer and has over 30 years of experience as a senior manager and consultant working in both corporate and small businesses where her years of NLP Training served her and her clients well.

Sheb Giner


Sheb is an accredited Exercise Scientist, Nationally Recognised and Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist and Strategic Psychotherapist.

Sheb enjoys professional speaking opportunities that teach individuals how to enrich their lives, create a better future and how the mind can be trained for optimal performance and growth. Sheb’s interest is to boost individual morale, increase creativity, teach individuals how to reconnect their mindbody and how to apply coping strategies towards chronic stress.

Sheb has over 15 years experience working with over 1,000's of individual's within the Allied Health Sector as a practitioner for 10 of those years in her own practice and 5 years in Corporate as Occupational Health and Wellbeing Specialist.

During her journey, Sheb discovered that in order for individuals to create a positive change towards their health and wellbeing, and to improve their quality of life, they must first work on modifying their thoughts and behaviours.

Adjunct Faculty

Contributions from some of the World's Best

Dr Dan Short

Adjunct Instructor

Dan Short, PhD is currently director of the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Phoenix. He has served as Assistant Director for the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, and was formerly the Executive Editor of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter. Dr. Short is the lead author of Hope and Resiliency, in co-authorship with Betty Alice Erickson and Roxanna Erickson Klein. He is also the author of Transformational Relationships and numerous professional articles, book chapters and other publications, having recently collaborated with Roxanna Erickson Klein to define Ericksonian Psychotherapy in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Counselling and Theory. Currently teaching Clinical Hypnosis at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, he conducts consultation groups for professionals in the Phoenix metropolitan area, as well as providing supervision of professionals in the United States and abroad, presenting seminars and workshops as visiting Faculty at Institutes around the world.

Bill O'Hanlon

Adjunct Instructor Ericksonian Hypnosis (Online)

Dr Colin Lemmon

Adjunct Course Advisor

Dr. Colin Lemmon is a university lecturer at James Cook University and Central Queensland University in Cairns, currently teaching Project Management, Statistics and Research Design. Over the years, Colin has designed subjects for university campuses in Sydney, Brisbane, Singapore and Beijing. He has taught a wide range of subjects both here in Australia and overseas in China.

Colin has an Honours degree in Psychology and a PhD from James Cook University, in addition to a Diploma of Hypnotherapy and Strategic Psychotherapy (10450NAT). He runs Cairns Clinical Hypnotherapy which is a successful hypnotherapy practice that deals with a vast array of conditions.

With a certificate IV in fitness, Colin provides sports coaching for athletes that participate in the marathons and triathlons that are run regularly in Cairns. As an NLP Master Practitioner and lecturer in the School of Business, he also provides business coaching for professional development.


Ph.D James Cook University
Faculty James Cook and Central Queensland Universities
Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy 10450NAT
Diploma of NLP Leadership and Coaching
Certificate IV in Fitness
Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training
Published author

Antoine Matarasso

Professional Field Advisor

Association Memberships
Guild of Australian Hypnotherapists (GoAH)
Professional Hypnotherapists of Australia
International Strategic Psychotherapists Association
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

Dr LIsa Blackwell

Psychiatrist Advisor

Lisa first came to the IAP as a student and completed a Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy 10450NAT.
Originally, Lisa qualified as a doctor from the Imperial College of Medicine & Technology, London, UK in 1995. During her time at medical school, she was also awarded a scholarship to study nutrition at King’s College, London, for a year and received an Intercalated Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 1992. She worked in Emergency Medicine, Oncology, Palliative Care and General Practice before committing fully to specializing in psychiatry in 2000.
Lisa did her specialist training in psychiatry both as a junior and advanced trainee in the UK as part of London hospital training schemes. She became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK in 2005. She moved to Australia in 2007 and became a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. Lisa is now the IAP’s psychiatric consultant.

Dr William Herfel

Ethics and Research

What do others say?

Sarah ChemaissemCoach

A Big thank you to Gordon Young and his Team, I highly recommend his teachings as his work ethics are high standards. The content hasn't been taught anywhere else the same way. I have completed many courses but this by far was the strongest foundation of them all.

Amna AliPresident ISPA Pakistan

I personally want to thank you for the amazing learning that I received from you, Gordon you have been an amazing teacher and a great mentor. The way you have wholeheartedly given all the resources and a sea of information is very much appreciated. It shows the your big heart.

Kat KuorencePhysiotherapist

Highly recommend IAP for anyone interested in adding Hypnotherapy & Strategic Psychotherapy to their skills set! Gordon is very thorough and the practical skills/content of the online course was of high quality 🙂

Toni McIntyreNaturapath

Gordon is a fantastic teacher, with actual real world experience combined with a knowledge hunger that has kept him learning over many years. A great knowledge base that he is generous with.

Diana LopezEducator

Thank you to the IAP team and Gordon for sharing your knowledge, experience and putting all the tools and learning resources together, my experience as a student of the Hypnosis and the NLP courses has been amazing for my personal and professional growth.


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