Bio & Training

Below is my bio, experience and training:

Phillip J. Watt is a clinical hypnotherapist, author and presenter who lives on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia. His first book, The Simulation, is a daring exposé of the human experience in the 21st Century. His other written and interview work deals with topics from spirituality to society, as well as self-development. 

Before achieving his certification as a ‘Clinical Hypno-psychotherapist’ through the Insititute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (ICHP), Phillip helped countless people as a life coach, relationship mediator and writer. He has received hundreds of messages from individuals all over the world thanking him for how he has helped them to change their life, including a couple of instances where they decided against suicide after reading some of his inspiring work.

Since 2012 he has written well over 100 articles which have been shared across dozens of international platforms – such as Elephant Journal, The Mind Unleashed, Wake Up World and Waking Times – ultimately reaching into the millions of people. He has presented at mindfulness conferences such as the ‘The Illuminate Conference’, ‘Paradigm Shift Summit’ and ‘The Abundance Festival‘, and has been interviewed on many podcasts, such as ‘Rune Soup’‘ and ‘Skeptiko’.

He is also the creator of a podcast called ‘Mad Magic’ (formerly known as ‘Redesigning Society’), where he has had the fortune of interviewing some of the most brilliant minds of our time, including Gregg Braden, Gordon White, Rupert Sheldrake, Dean Radin, Ellen brown, Michael Tellinger, Geoff Lawton and Amit Goswami.

In addition, he has a decade-long background working in the public sector as a social worker, relationship mediator and mentor for socioeconomically disadvantaged kids, adults and family units with serious behavioural and medical challenges. He has also worked in policy development and project and stakeholder management at the Federal level.


2018: Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (ICHP)
Qualifications: Clinical Hypno-Psychotherapist
2016: Permaculture Visions 
Qualifications: Permaculture Design Course (PDC) Certificate
2011: Department of Family and Community Services
Qualifications: Caseworker Certification
2007: University of Newcastle and University of Manchester
Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science and Philosophy
2003: WEA
Qualifications: Certificate IV in Community Services –Youth Work
My Certification with a leading Hypnotherapy Institute in Australia and Europe

Learning and Development Training

Into your Heart: The Psycho-Biology of Recovery and Growth
Family Partnership Training
Sexual Assault Training
Relationship Mediation Training
Working with Children in the Context of Domestic Violence
The Impact of Parental Mental Illness on Children
Predicting and Managing Occupational Violence
Stress Management Training
Adolescent Self-Harm and Suicide Training
Cultural Awareness Training
Policy Formulation and Advice Course
Project Management Course

My Personal Story

Like so many of us, I  started off my early life with significant mental health concerns. I was never diagnosed or took pharmaceutical drugs, however I battled serious behavioural issues as a small child which developed into depression for a decade as I began to mature into a young adult.

I loathed my life at times. But I eventually overcame it through what I have long referred to as “self-administered psychotherapy”. More recently I’ve come to realise it was “self-administered hypno-psychotherapy” because meditation was a big part of this process (which I later learned was self-hypnosis), as was philosophical introspection and emotional development.

I learned this more or less on my own. With few mentors or even authors to look up to, I set out on an arduous journey to emancipate myself from my suffering. And what a ride it was and continues to be.

To move forward, I came to realise that even though I had been harmed by people in my past, most of the suffering I was enduring was self-inflicted.

And once I realised how I was seriously abusing myself, I changed it as soon as I could.

After many years of rewiring my neurology and redesigning the conceptual pathways of my mind, I was healthy enough to begin helping others. With my unique brand of knowledge, skill and technique, I began helping people in both personal and professional contexts.

After decades of giving the best Service I could with the skills I had, I realised I had to train in hypnotherapy to take the next step in my professional development. That’s because the clinical and anecdotal results from hypnotherapy are unmatched by any of the traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT), such as psychotherapy, counselling, mentoring and related social work.

That’s why I’m incredibly excited to be contributing to the world of hypnotherapy, as it will one day be the go-to-therapy for most of the world’s mental health issues, physical pain, some physical sickness (such as allergies and asthma) and enhancing skills such as memory recall, sporting techniques and the confidence to present at corporate or public events.

If there’s anything you think I can help you with, let me know so we can have a chat about it.

Phillip J. Watt…