Harry was born in the Netherlands and at 17 joined the army. In 1945 when he was 18, he and a number of other soldiers, were sent to Scotland for Commando training. This successfully made men out of boys in just six months. At this point he was recalled to the Netherlands where in 1946, at the tender age of 19, he was stationed as a Platoon Commander and acting Company Commander in Indonesia.
He explains “Our task was to control the many extremists in that country. One of my duties was to sit in during interrogations.
One day I noticed that one of the prisoners appeared to me as NOT your run of the mill prisoners, so I invited him to sit down and have dinner with me. We ended up having a number of such dinners where he told me he was a psychiatrist and we spent many a happy hour discussing his various patients. It was then that I decided that after the war I would like to do something similar, maybe become a psychologist. “
So when he got back to the Netherlands he contacted the appropriate people, only to be told that at the ripe old age of 24 he was considered too old to study psychology, as that was reserved for younger students straight out of high school. It was then suggested by a friend that he should contact the Australian Embassy, which he did ….They were very helpful and said “Yeah Mate, of course you can study psychology in Australia.” So he came out to Australia where he also became interested in hypnotherapy.
“I heard about the Australian Hypnotherapists Association, applied and sat for my exams…passed and started practicing at Springvale in Victoria and over the last 50 years, have had the privilege of helping a great number of people”.
Harry retired and moved to Port Macquarie but missed Hypnotherapy and restarted his practice there. However after spending 5 nice years there, he decided to return to Melbourne and at the age of 64 started up his old practice. (This was written by Harry 11 years ago, at the time of writing, Harry was 77 and had been awarded Life Membership of the AHA).
Harry finally retired at 84 in 2011 leaving a great legacy in the field of hypnotherapy demonstrated by his practice acknowledged by his Life Membership of the Association.