Psychologist, Coach, Author & Podcaster
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Let me introduce myself
This feels a little self-indulgent but people ALWAYS ask me how I came to be doing what I'm doing. So here's the story.
I'll start (sort of) at the beginning...
When I left school I couldn’t decide between journalism and psychology. I opted for journalism with a psychology elective and within the first semester I knew I had to change majors because I loved my psychology course so much.
(I REALLY liked to write but learning to write newspaper headlines made my eyeballs bleed.)
After my undergraduate degree, I was keen to get out into the real world (read: make money) so I spent time working with homeless and disadvantaged young people until I got my first full-time job in child protection and juvenile justice. It was a tough job. After a couple of years, I transitioned to working in youth unemployment (note: way cushier, way more pay. Those child protection people deserve MEDALS).
Life chugged along and, as is the case for many people - I wasn't actively choosing my path and so my path led me places I never planned to go. At 27, I found myself managing the international student program for one of the largest educational institutions in Queensland.
How did I get here?
It was a lovely, shiny job and I wore nice suits and jet-setted off overseas regularly, so I was the envy of a lot of my friends but deep down, that job never made me happy. I knew in my heart that I wanted to go back to my first love, which was psychology, but to do that I'd need to go back to postgraduate study.
And at that point, I’d created a lifestyle that didn’t allow me to study full time. I know lots of people find themselves feeling stuck, just like I felt.
When I was newly married, my husband took a job interstate and I was forced to leave my job.
We moved to Sydney and I took some time out.
That was truly a transformative time, allowing me space to reflect on my values and my purpose in life and take back control of my career direction.
I enrolled in the University of Sydney’s brand spanking new Masters of Coaching Psychology and set up my Life Coaching business, “Soul Purpose Personal Coaching”. Two years later, I had a Masters degree, a thriving coaching practice – and was pregnant with our daughter!
After establishing and running my private psychology practice in Brisbane for 5 years, we made another bold decision - this time to sell our city house and make a 'tree/sea change' so that I could pursue another dream - to rescue a menagerie of farm animals.
We arrived in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland in 2015.
I knew I wanted to write a book....
So I started a blog (as you do)
From that little blog, big things grew
I was invited to contribute content to online wellbeing platforms.
I became the resident psychologist on Tiffiny Hall's online fitness program.
Tiff and I created a podcast, which has gone on to be one of the most popular shows in Australia.
I was invited to speak on stages to hundreds of people.
You could say the rest
The boring, formal bit
MSc (Coach Psyc)
PostGrad Dip Psyc (with distinction)
BAppSc (Applied Psyc)