So what is “The Goulding Institute”?

The Goulding Institute trains and mentors thousands of therapists, professionals and consultants in this very powerful protocol: The Goulding Process – SleepTalk®.

The process empowering parents to improve self-esteem, correct and minimize childhood unacceptable habits and behaviors, around the globe.

The Goulding Institute is situated in Melbourne Australia, and is responsible for:

  • providing and supplying all online resources and products of The Goulding Process, this amazing Parents solution to international families.
  • delivering ongoing specialized training, courses, professional business development workshops in over 17 countries, including the International SleepTalk® Summit; and
  • recording all registrations and accreditations of the Goulding Process-SleepTalk® Consultants, Trainers and Professional Interns around the world.

Professional Interns, Consultants & Trainers Resource Portals:


Training Details to Become a Goulding-SleepTalk® Professional

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View a series of short video testimonials from people who recently completed training to become Goulding SleepTalk® Consultants, talking about the process.

Visit our Online Shop to browse our range of products including “The Michelle Story”


Find out more about our training courses today

The first step is to become a Professional Intern, training with one of our Accredited Trainers. Once the required amount of training has been completed, you will progress to become a Consultant.

We call ourselves Consultants without borders, as there are absolutely no limits to who you are and where you will be helping families.

Find all the details on our Professional Training page.

Positive Feedback

I wanted to say thanks again, the course was fascinating and I can’t put my training manual down! I want to learn as much as I can about The Goulding Process – SleepTalk®.

It was a little daunting at first when I saw the wealth of experience around the room but you made me feel like I was just as important which gave me the confidence to believe in myself.

As you may notice by the time I am up at the crack of dawn, I have my first consultation at 9.00 am with a family in desperate need of help to which I am very glad to be able to share my knowledge of The Gldng Process – SleepTalk®.

I am also enjoying carrying out the process with both my boys. My eldest son who knows of the work I am doing said: “Mummy I think I know when you have done SleepTalk on me because I wake up feeling all warm inside”. It doesn’t get better than that. xxx”

Regards – Claire Bossons – UK – 2013


Our First-Ever – International SleepTalk Summit – Major Event Coming Up 

We look forward to seeing Accredited Consultants, Professional Interns and Amazing trainers at our March 2021 Summit in Vietnam.

Ongoing Accreditation

The Goulding Institute is a provider of quality Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses and programs with a comprehensive personal and professional development agenda.

The Goulding Institute has received accreditation as an approved training organization with the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association (IMDHA) and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

IMDHA endorses a host of Specialty Certifications by experienced educators and the Specialty Certification as an accredited and Registered SleepTalk® Consultant is now accepted by IMDHA (conditions apply).

In addition Accredited and Registered Goulding SleepTalk® consultants now have recognition for full membership with IACT.

The Goulding Institute is also a provider of quality Continuing Professional Education (CPE) courses, programs and workshops.

Courses are recognized by the following professional associations and organizations.


The Founder: Joane Goulding

For over 20 years Joane and her late husband Jim Goulding were Directors of a registered training organization (RTO), The Australian Academy of Hypnotic Science (now AHS).

In May 2016 Joane was awarded the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame Award for 2016 in Florida, USA.

Joane is the author of numerous accredited training qualifications that specialize in the biopsychosocial aspect of stress management and emotional development.

Her professional qualifications span the areas of Clinical Hypnotherapy (she has authored numerous accredited diplomas), Education and Training/Supervision, and (introduction to) Psycho-nutrition.

Joane has received peer-recognition for outstanding lifetime contributions to her profession and speaks to a global audience of clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists.

In 2016 Joane was awarded the International Clinical Hypnosis Hall of Fame Award by IACT in the USA.

The Goulding Institute provides extensive training & opportunities to professionals to become accredited SleepTalk®  professional interns, consultants and trainers worldwide.

In gratitude to Michelle…

Joane developed the SleepTalk® protocol almost 40 years ago to assist her daughter Michelle. Joane Goulding developed the Goulding process – SleepTalk®  when her daughter, Michelle, was a small child.

Michelle had severe intellectual and physical disabilities, and Joane was advised by “experts” to leave her in Kew Cottages (a large Melbourne institution for people with disabilities, now closed) and forget about her.

As far as Joane and her late husband Jim were concerned, this just wasn’t an option. But what were they to do to enable Michelle to enjoy the most happy and positive life possible?

Nothing existed! Before Joane had researched and created the Goulding SleepTalk® process, Michelle had become an aggressive, angry person and very difficult for the family to live with.

The strategies Joane applied, day after day, over many months that created changed behaviors are described fully in Joane’s book, SleepTalk®. The results, though not quick, were simply astounding.

Today, Michelle, has just celebrated her 30th wedding anniversary and though she still has an IQ of around 45, she attended a local TAFE College (Technical and Further Education), manages her own home, and she and her husband save their hard-earned income to take regular holidays in Australia and overseas.

For Michelle, every day is a happy day, and she always does her best.

Since those challenging days, Joane has refined, improved and taught the Goulding SleepTalk® process, and thousands of families have experienced the joy of happy, confident children who are making the most of their lives, where there had been shy, anxious, aggressive and sad.

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Please note, only authentic Goulding Process – SleepTalk® trainers, consultants &  professional interns are listed on the Goulding Institutes International Register & have undertaken stringent training & currency protocols.