DAHHyp, LHA (Reg Hyp), MAAMET 

​Founder and chief consultant

Shannon Douglas The Synergy Centre
  • Wellness Consultant

  • Advanced Holistic Hypnotherapist

  • Advanced EFT Practitioner

  • Deep State Re-Patterning Practitioner

  • Past Life Regression Therapist

  • Soul Retrieval Therapist 

  • ​Sound Therapist

  • ​Reiki Practitioner

  • doTERRA Wellness Advocate

  • Swiss Bionic Solutions Certified Lifestyle Consultant

  • Informed Water Bottle Independent Distributor

  • Creator of the 'Programme Slim' personalised non-diet holistic weight loss & wellness programme

  • Creator of the 'Commit to Quit' stop smoking process

​​The Synergy Centre evolved out of my desire to help people achieve a more holistically balanced life. My objective is to help people improve and maintain their quality of life by providing avenues for self transformation, sustainable wellbeing and positive, long lasting change.

I was born in Whangarei and am of Irish/Norwegian and Pakeha/Maori descent.  I left Aotearoa in 1990 to travel and see what wonders our world had to offer.  After spending many years travelling and living in various places, I settled in Manchester, UK and worked in the hospitality industry for a while, then the corporate arena.  


In November 2006 the company I was working for announced the closure of their Manchester office. I had already decided that the corporate arena was just not for me, so I took it as a sign, engaged free will and changed paths.

I graduated with a Diploma in Advanced Holistic Hypnotherapy (DAHHyp) including Inner Child Therapy and Past Life Regression from The Academy of Holistic Hypnotherapy in Manchester, UK at the end of October 2007.  


In 2008 I trained as a Soul Retrieval Therapist with Soul Concern, Manchester, UK. I also attended Erickson/Rossi Technique Master Classes with Norman Vaughton.

In 2007/2008 I gained Level I , II & III EFT Practitioner certification through training with EFT Master, Trainer, Author and Speaker Tania A Prince, also in Manchester, UK. Tania was trained in EFT by its developer Gary Craig. Tania is the developer of Deep State Re-Patterning and I was one of the first to be trained by Tania as a Practitioner of this modality. In 2009 I was invited by Tania to participate in both a multi-media presentation and a worldwide telecast about EFT.

In 2008 I set up my first practice The Minds I in central Manchester, UK offering Hypnotherapy, EFT, Deep State Re-Patterning, Inner Child Therapy and then Soul Retrieval Therapy.

​​I am an Advanced Practitioner member of the Association for the Advancement of Meridian Energy Techniques (MAAMET) and whilst in the UK I was a Licentiate Member of the Hypnotherapy Association (LHA Reg Hyp) and was listed on the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Practitioners which allowed me to receive GP referrals.

In 2010 I was became an Independent Distributor of Nature's Sunshine health supplements. 


I was then introduced to the MediConsult family, manufactures of the iMRS systems (Magnetic Resonance Stimulation) and was trained as a MediConsult Certified Health Technician by the founder and CEO of MediConsult, Wolfgang Jaksch.  Mediconsult has since rebranded as Swiss Bionic Solutions and are world leaders in home use PEMF devices.   For further information visit

As the work I was doing involved not only the mind, but also the body, I rebranded The Mind's I to Mind Body Balance Studio.

Also in 2010 I was invited to be a tutor at the Academy of Holistic Hypnotherapy by its principal Costa Lambrias.

In 2011 I was approached by award winning Dutch short film maker Remy Schepers regarding a short film he was producing about hypnotherapy, and was subsequently invited to be the consultant hypnotherapist for the film 'Black Premise'.

February 2014 I launched a Workplace Wellness division of Mind Body Balance Studio.

Easter 2014 I attended a life changing retreat where I had an incredibly profound experience during my very first sound bath with gong and didgeridoo. I immediately felt a deep and somewhat ancient connection with the gong and knew that it would be part of the rest of my life's journey.  

In April 2014 I attended the 'How the Mind Can Heal the Body' one day workshop by internationally renowned scientist, teacher, Hay House author and international public speaker  Dr David R Hamilton PhD, on the many ways that the mind impacts the body and how to harness the connection to help facilitate healing in the body.


In May 2014 I attended an event where I was very fortunate to meet and connect with the highly acclaimed award winning composer, musician, teacher, public speaker, sound healer and sorcerer of sound Tim Wheater.  Inspired by his energy, his music and his story I developed a vested interest in sound healing.  


In June 2014 I attended Dr David R Hamilton's 'Integrating Science' residential training course at Lendrick Lodge Holistic Retreat and Spiritual Centre in Scotland. The course included scientific, peer reviewed, published evidence on how the mind can heal the body, how our thoughts and emotions affect us physiologically and more.  Following that I completed David's 'Placebo School'.​  David is a soul who personifies kindness and compassion and I feel very blessed to now count him as a friend.  

Early 2015 I founded the H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Evolve) Academy, providing personal development, personal empowerment and holistic well-being courses, programmes and workshops.

In April 2015 I attended the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust 'Mental Health and Wellbeing at Work' and 'A Good Nights Sleep' training courses.

I returned home to Whangarei in September 2015 and ​was employed by Health Alliance for the first year then Northland District Health Board, where I still work today part time, while operating The Synergy Centre with the rest of my time. 

In August 2017 I began my practitioner training with the UK based Academy of Sound Healing.

In April 2019 I completed first and second degree Reiki training.

In June 2019 I completed the St John Mental Health First Aid training.

"Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. 

It starts with recognising your talents

and finding ways to serve others by using them".


~ Thomas Kinkade  1958 - 2012 ~​


BAppSc - Environmental, Grad Dip Env Health

Wellness Consultant

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  • Environmental Scientist

  • Sustainability Practitioner

  • doTERRA Wellness Advocate

  • Usana Health Sciences Associate

  • ​Reiki Practitioner

  • Creator of the 'Nurture Your Human Nature' wellness programme

​My journey on the wellness path was inspired by my interest in nature and our environment. 


Growing up in Northland I developed a love of nature, and have developed an interest and understanding of the way humans interact with the environment. 


After completing high school I decided to go to university to increase my knowledge about how our eco systems work and how we can better support them.

My chosen university major was Environmental Management. I graduated  with a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) from Auckland University of Technology in 2007.

After a few years into my Environmental Management career in Whangarei, I went on to extend my training into Environmental Health, looking more closely at how people and nature impact upon eachother; attaining my Graduate Diploma from Massey University in 2013. 


I then went deeper into this theme, completing a Sustainability Leadership programme with Otago Polytechnic in 2014. The focus of sustainability is looking at how we can provide our human needs while supporting the environment to provide those needs, indefinitely. The basis of which is to ensure balance.

Developing the sustainability and theme of balance,  I began to learn more about balance for the human body. In 2015 this lead me to start working with nutritional supplements, to support our body's cellular functions.

In 2017 I started working with Essential Oils, which support our bodies in a variety of ways,  from cellular health to physical and emotional support. I also practice the 'Symphony of the Cells' essential oils massage technique.


Always wanting to learn more about our connection with the natural world, I began working with Shamanic practitioner, Chalice Malcolm, creating a traditional sacred drum in 2018.


In  April 2019 I began Chalice's Wildheart Shamanic Training on healing and connecting with the natural world and what it can teach us on a spiritual level.


Also in April 2019 I completed first and second degree Reiki training with Reiki Master and third degree teacher Eileen Tupaz.

I am very proud to have been accepted to attend the Climate Reality Corps training  with Al Gore in Brisbane, Australia  in June 2019.

I am based in the beautiful, subtropical paradise of Whangarei Heads, Northland and enjoy working with people to help them achieve balance in their lives. I believe that every person can achieve their best life through health.

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