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UK College Staff and Trainers

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Mark R. Davis, BSc. Psy & Phil, Dip CBH
– College Principal and Trainer

Mark is a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist with a practice in Central and North London. Mark trained in cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy at The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy with Donald Robertson in back 2006 and has had a full time practice since 2007. He has a diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (Dip. Hyp.) and a Dual Honours Degree in Pyschology and Philosophy from Sheffield University. He is also the Chairman of the Register of Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy.

He has an extensive background in yoga philosophy and meditation, spending 5 years studying and practising in India and a further 10 years studying and teaching full time for a yoga foundation in the United States. He has been meditating regularly for over 25 years.

Mark R. Davis, BSc (Psychology & Philosophy), Dip, CBH, REBHP Chairman


Joining Mark teaching our courses we are lucky to have a number of dynamic, smart, passionate Trainers – all whom completed the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and run therapy practices either full time or side by side with their academic or professional work. They all deeply embrace the Hypno-CBT® model and are able to teach with wisdom, care, adaptability  and creativity.

Mimi Fakhri, MSc Psychology, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Mimi Fakhri, MSc Psych., Dip CBH

Mimi originally has background in psychology which lead her into marketing where she worked for over 15 years in blue-chip corporate business. She has a first hand appreciation of the pressures of the fast-paced, corporate environment and also the difficulties of juggling this with family life.

Mimi is passionate about prioritising our mental and physical well-being and providing people with the tools and skills to help them help themselves. Firmly believing in training clients to “become their own therapist”. She uses a combination of hypnotherapy, CBT techniques and mindfulness-based approaches. Mimi has a BSc in Psychology and a Masters in Psychology – her Masters was focused on emotions and decision-making. She runs clinics in Kingston and New Malden, Surrey / South West London.

In addition to her MSc in Psychology Mimi has a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy and is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology with a focus on decision making and the psychology of health and wellbeing.

William Sheate, PhD, MSc, Dip CBH, Dip SMRB

Dr William Sheate (Bill) originally trained as a biologist (in ecology) and then spent over 30 years working in environmental policy and decision-making, as a consultant, an environmental campaigner and for the last 20 years as an academic at Imperial College London.

He considers his academic qualifications – BSc (Hons) Biology (Ecology), MSc Environmental Technology, Diploma of Imperial College, PhD in Environmental Policy and Decision-making – and academic experience as highly relevant to becoming a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist – seeing similarities in problem solving and risk assessment models in his research areas and in the application of cognitive behavioural therapy.

William Sheate, PhD, MSc, Dip CBH, Dip SMRB
Shelley Cushway, Dip CBH, UK College Trainer

Shelley Cushway, Dip CBH, Dip I Hyp Nlp

I have had a career spanning some 30 years in Human Resources and Recruitment where I have worked in some large corporate organisations and been lucky enough to head up some large teams of people.  During that time, I managed, trained and coached my own teams and benefitted from regular training in the field of coaching, consultancy and personal development.

In the latter part of my career I was beginning to make plans to move away from corporate life and embarked on a study programme in Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, (NLP), Mindfulness and Meditation and Mindfulness at Work training, as well as formalising my coaching experience with study with the Institute of Leadership and Management.

I now balance my time between seeing clients in my private practice, teaching and coaching for the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy and running corporate workshops focusing on stress management and wellbeing.

Tim Grimwade, Dip CBH, MNCH

Prior to being a full-time Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapist Tim worked for eight years for a leading international Investment Bank in the City of London, an education itself in human nature, behaviour and different strategies for coping in a highly pressured environment.

There are many and varied approaches to hypnotherapy but from the start of his training in the field Tim was focused intentionally on evidence-based practice.

Tim specialises in, and is passionate about, helping clients with anxiety – particularly social anxiety, using a blend of hypnosis, relaxation skills training, assertiveness skills training, standard CBT and mindfulness.

Tim Grimwade, Dip CBH. UK College Trainer
Sue Sawyer, BA, Dip CBH, Trainer

Sue Sawyer, BA (Hons), Dip CBH

Sue is an Experienced Trainer and Qualified CBT Hypnotherapist & Master Practitioner of NLP and has delivered many training programmes on Personal Development & Effective Communication. Sue also runs a Private Clinic as a Coach and Therapist.

Originally trained as an Actress and successfully worked in The West End, Sue successfully merged her communication and presentation skills mastered on the stage into business across Managerial Roles, Training & Recruitment and Customer Services. For the last nineteen years Sue has run a complementary private clinic using a holistic approach to health and wellbeing with particular attention to anxiety, unresolved emotional conflict, fear and stress management.

Dr Jana Martiskova, PhD

Dr Jana Martiskova, PhD, Dip CBH,

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Dr Jana has 5 years experience working as an ABA Therapist (Applied Behaviour Analysis) with autistic children. She also has experience running Integrated Play Group (IPG) with both ASD and neurotypical developing children. Dr Jana has a PhD in Interventions in Autism and an Advanced Diploma in CBT/REBT and is working towards an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Therapy. She currently lectures at Regents University. Her field of expertise is Child Development and Life Span Development.

Jana trained with the UK College in 2016 and specialises in the integration of hypnosis with behaviour therapy and REBT.

Hui Bee Teh, MSc, Clinical Psychologist: Senior Trainer (Asia Branch)


Hui Bee is a UK trained clinical psychologist who practises in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hui Bee has a Masters in Clinical Psychology & Mental Health from the University of Sussex. She trained with the UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy in 2012 and was awarded the Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.  Hui Bee worked within the NHS in the UK and now runs her own practice in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hui Bee specialises in using CBT and hypnosis for depression, anxiety related problems, sleeping difficulties, coping with stress/worries, phobia, OCD, relaxation training, confidence building, problem solving, mindfulness and acceptance. She’s also an advocate of Acceptance and Commitment training, and using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for mood and anxiety related problems.

Hui Bee is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese & Hokkien. She assists the UK College in preparing, translating and teaching our diploma course in China and South East Asia.

HuiBee Teh, Clinical Psychologist, MSc
Daniel Mirea, MSc, BABCP Accredited, UKCP Psychotherapist

Daniel Mirea, MSc, BABCP acc.

Daniel Mirea is a senior psychotherapist and lecturer who trained in all aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including Mindfulness, Hypno-CBT and EMDR) with a career of more than 25 years in the mental health field. He is an accredited practitioner with both BABCP and UKCP, a fellow alumnus of King’s College and a senior associate at The Royal Medical Society. He is a director of a private mental health services provider and also manages his own private practice; Daniel is an experienced consultant clinical supervisor within the South-East London trust and a CBT course leader with NSPC – Middlesex University and Regents University. He has a particular interest in integrating hypnosis with CBT in the context of trans-diagnostic approaches.


Fabienne Davis, Head Administrator

Fabienne Davis, Head Administrator

Fabienne joined the College in February 2013 having previously supported Mark as the administrator and secretary for Mark’s clinic, Inspired Hypnosis. Fabienne is also the administrator for REBHP.

Fabienne has a Masters in Business and Commerce from University Panthéon-Assas in Paris. She spent many years in India studying and practising yoga and also in the United States.

Please email Fabienne at for help with any enquiries and training course bookings.

Simon Clarke, UKCP Psychotherapist and Internal Verifier

Simon is a fully qualified hypnotherapist and psychotherapist working in private practice. He trained with, and gained a Diploma from the National College of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, is a registered member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, and is registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Simon is also a member of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP), The Register of Approved Gastrointestinal Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, and has a certificate in NLP Psychotherapy.

Simon runs a busy therapy practice in East London.

Simon Clarke, Internal Verifier

David Ince, Non-Executive Director

David is a successful entrepreneur, business leader and coach. He has raised finance, acquired companies, re-structured organisations and grew businesses internationally to achieve rapid growth and improved customer satisfaction.

David is a qualified executive and business coach, mindfulness teacher and trained with the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy in Hypno-CBT®. Today he combines his passion for helping people to achieve their ambitions with his enthusiasm for developing their businesses.

He has private clients where he specialises in coaching and reducing stress through his companies, ‘Thinking Decisions’ and ‘The Stress Reduction Practice’. David’s business coaching website:

Katherine Yu – Operations Manager and Trainer (Asia Branch)

Katherine is a highly experienced and talented Secondary School teacher – and has won several prizes for her educational skills. She is a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, trainer and also a supervisor for newly trained therapists in the China region.


Donald Robertson, MA, Psychotherapist and Writer and founder of UKCHH

Donald Robertson

Donald is a registered hypnotherapist (GHR) and a UKCP and EAP registered hypno-psychotherapist. He specialises in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), cognitive-behavioural and evidence-based approaches to hypnotherapy, philosophical approaches to therapy, and the treatment of anxiety. 

Donald founded the UK College back in 2003 and in 2013 handed over the College to Mark. Donald is the author of numerous articles, the recently published book The Discovery of Hypnosis: The Complete Writings of James Braid, The Father of Hypnotherapy (NCH) and The Philosophy of CBT and The Practice of Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy published by Karnac.
Donald continues to develop his work in bringing Greek Stoic philosophy into daily application in the 21st century.


Dr Assen Alladin, PhD,  Clinical Psychologist

Dr Assen Alladin joined the Advisory Board in 2015 until he passed away in December 2017.

Dr. Assen Alladin was a Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary Medical School. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, President-Elect of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Conference Coordinator and Past President (two terms) of the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis – Alberta Society. He practiced and taught hypnosis, cognitive behaviour therapy, psychotherapy and clinical psychology for over 30 years. His study on Cognitive Hypnotherapy for Depression won Best Research Paper from The American Psychological Association in 2005.

Dr Assen Alladin

Professor E. Thomas Dowd, PhD

Professor Dowd joined the Advisory Board in 2016 and was a member until he sadly passed away in March 2018.

Thomas Dowd was Professor Emeritus of psychology at Kent State University (Ohio) and previously taught at Florida State University and the University of Nebraska. On May 1, 2014 he joined Rainier Associates in Tacoma, Washington as a senior staff psychologist.

He was a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Division 52 (International Psychology) and Division 30 (Psychological Hypnosis). He held board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychology and was board president until his death. His areas of interest included Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, hypnosis, memory processes and tacit knowledge structures (including tacit cultural assumptions) in psychological functioning and malfunctioning.

Dr. Dowd was active for years in professional governance circles. At Kent State University, he served as department chair of psychology and chair of the university faculty senate.