Hi, I'm Tom

Strategic Psychotherapist & Clinical Hypnotherapist

I’m probably a bit older than I act and, like everyone else, over the years my life has had its ups and downs. The good news is that I'm here to help you through yours!

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Not a great start in art

I left art school with the lofty dreams of being a sculptor, but to be honest I was crap and drifted into the world of graphic design instead.

I then spent over 25 years in marketing and advertising delivering "Creative Behavioural Change" as an art director and writer for some of the world's largest brands — such as Coca-Cola, Facebook, Intel, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Stanley Black & Decker and more.

The shift from 'creative' to 'clinical' behavioural change

Whilst working on a freelance branding assignment for the Institute of Applied Psychology I realised I could build on my creative foundation to help people to overcome challenges in their lives through "Clinical Behavioural Change". I trained in Strategic Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy.

Today I combine techniques like strategic psychotherapy, solution-focused therapy, clinical hypnotherapy, creative expression, future visualisation, personal value proposition design, disassociation, primal prompting, foveal focus, counselling, mentoring and more. Some of this stuff has been used effectively for thousands of years — not just for healing but also in combat (a long time ago) and sport (more recently) to ensure that warriors and athletes perform at their best.

Death walking

As well as helping people to live well, I help people to take a positive approach to their end-of-life, death and — when the time comes — provide bereavement support for their family and friends.

Writing and creative consulting

I have written and illustrated "Choose Change" which is available as a small handbook or as a larger format workbook.

Over the years I have run teams for large international communications groups and small boutique agencies. I am a creative consultant for Extreme, a European action sport multimedia channel with over 7 million followers. I also continue to work in the corporate space as a writer and creative strategist.

I am based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in Australia.

I live and practice on the Northern Beaches of Sydney with two spirited children, two boisterous Labradors… and a very patient wife. Whenever I get some peace I like to write, draw, read and cook.

I love being outdoors - surfing, swimming, paddle-boarding, mountain-biking and trail running. Whenever possible I run introduction sessions and client interviews in the open air with a 'Walk and Talk'.

Out on the trails

Memberships and Supervision

  • Founding Member of the International Strategic Psychotherapists Association (ISPA)
  • Member of Australian Hypnotherapists Association (2020172)
  • Supervised by Dr Peter Richard-Herbert, Macquarie Street Therapy


  • BSc (Hons) First Class, University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • Graduate of Institute of Applied Psychology
  • Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Strategic Psychotherapy

Volunteer Work & Ongoing Training

  • Surf Mentor for Waves of Wellness Foundation
  • Founder of The Manly Arts Club
  • Communication with Care for Suicide — Man Anchor
  • Therapeutic Assessment — Dr Dan Short
  • Negotiating the Barriers to Self-care for Wellbeing, Resilience, and Healing Presence
  • Creating the Mental Strength after Combat: Treating Veterans using Hypnotherapy
  • Death Walking training — Zenith Virago
  • Rethinking Depression: Insights Emerging from Hard Times — Michael Yapkpo
  • Metaphoric Symbolised Imagery (MSI) — Dr Peter Richard-Herbert

Other information

  • First Aid
  • Working With Children Check (WWC1854305E)
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In-Person and Online hypnotherapy on Sydney's Northern Beaches or from the comfort and convenience of your own home

Access Headland's hypnotherapy services online or visit us in our clinic in Manly where we service Sydney's Northern Beaches and Sydney Metro areas including Avalon, Balgowlah, Belrose, Collaroy, Cremorne, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Freshwater, Manly, Mona Vale, Mosman, Narrabeen, Neutral Bay, Newport, Palm Beach, Pittwater, Seaforth, The North Shore, Warriewood.