Australian and Pacific College of Clinical Hypnotherapy

Who are we?

The Australian and Pacific College of Clinical Hypnotherapy (APCCH) began its life in Burleigh as the Australian College of Clinical Hypnotherapy (ACCH) officially in January 1996. It is a college that has built a reputation of quality and integrity with its students and the public over the years.

Two professional Clinical Hypnotherapists, Tom Johnstone and Margaret Kelly, saw the need for quality training to teach therapists the modern, practical and effective skills of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. Since 1998, this private college has continued to operate successfully under Margaret’s direction. In 2009 it was expanded to include additional subjects and lecturers. In keeping with its growth, ACCH was renamed the Australian and Pacific College of Clinical Hypnotherapy.


The APCCH provides quality training, and is a Foundation Educational Organisation Member of the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA), the National Peak Body for self regulation of the Hypnotherapy Profession in Australia. The APCCH was also accredited with the Hypnosis Association of Queensland (HAQ), the Queensland Peak Body that represented the interests of professional Hypnotherapy associations and educational organisations across the State from 1996-2014.

The graduates of APCCH are eligible to apply for membership with recognised professional associations, including the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Inc (AACHP), the Professional Clinical Hypnotherapists of Australia Inc (PCHA) and the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA), and then access the relevant professional support and insurances.


As well as being the Director of the college, Margaret served as President of HCA, the National Peak Body for the Hypnotherapy Profession in Australia (2011-2018). Keenly involved in the ongoing development and growth of the profession, she was also President of HAQ (2006-2014), served on the Board of the Council of Clinical Hypnotherapists (CCH)  and the CCH Education Sub-Committee, was previously on CHCA Management Committee, spent 3 years with the HCA Working Group formulating HCA Constitution, and chaired the HCA Development Committee in the lead up to the formation of HCA. Although retired from her role as HCA President, Margaret now serves on the HCA Advisory Board.

“He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.”

Henry Ford.

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