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Psychologist, Coach, Author & Podcaster

Hi, I'm cass!

I'm here to help you find freedom from the mental and emotional struggles that might be keeping you from living your happiest, most meaningful and fulfilling life.

Ultimately what I want for you is what I have found for myself – and that is a life that is lived with intention and purpose, and in alignment with your highest values. I want you to be unapologetic in carving out time for the things that matter and connecting with what inspires you. I want you to feel less rushed and overwhelmed by the busyness of life and create a deep sense of peace you can draw on no matter how crazy and chaotic life gets.

All about Cass Dunn

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It wasn’t always this way for me though.

Cass Dunn - Clinical Psychologist

In fact, it’s been quite a journey getting to this point. If you’ll indulge me, I’ll give you the short version…

I was always interested in psychology… and I’ve always loved to write, so when I left school I couldn’t decide between journalism or 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’d love to say the rest is history but it wasn’t quite that straight forward!

When I finished my undergraduate degree, I was keen to get out into the real world (read: make some money!) so I worked with homeless and disadvantaged young people for a few years and then, as happens to many people when they’re not paying attention, life detoured me away from my path and into a job working with international students. By the time I was 27, I found myself managing the international student program for one of the largest educational institutions in Queensland.

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 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.

Thankfully…

My opportunity came when I was newly married and my husband took a job interstate and I was forced to leave my job and move to Sydney.

That was truly a transformative time, allowing me time 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!

Cass successful story as Psychologist

After Annabelle was born in 2006...

I again had some time to reflect on my values and life direction. I absolutely LOVED life coaching but I couldn’t dismiss the nagging feeling that my psychology journey was still unfinished.

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Despite the financial setback it would cause and the amount of hard slog it would take, I knew in my heart what I needed to do, so I took a very deep breath, and threw myself back into another few years of postgraduate study (with a baby on my hip) to get my Masters in Clinical Psychology.

(The complete story includes another two interstate moves, a spiritual journey leading me through various types of meditation and ultimately Buddhist philosophy / psychology, and a couple of years spent creating, running and selling an online retail store in my abundant spare time).

you can say the rest

is History
Cass Dunn as Clinical Psychologist

What I do now

As a clinical psychologist I learned to assess and treat a wide range of psychological disorders. I have helped people overcome depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, adjustment disorder, relationship and parenting difficulties.

As a coaching psychologist, I feel drawn to teaching people what I have learned about mindfulness and positive psychology and what it takes to truly thrive in life and at work.

Coaching is not therapy but for people who are feeling stuck, directionless, stressed out, lacking a clear sense of their values or purpose; or who are just feeling bored with life, coaching is a brilliant option.

I practice and teach mindfulness meditation and if you work with me, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be learning to meditate at some point. 🙂

I am the resident psychologist at Tiffiny Hall's online fitness program, www.tiffxo.com and together, Tiff and I created the Crappy to Happy Podcast in 2017, which has now been downloaded over 6 million times.

I now host the show on my own and invite interesting and inspiring guests to talk to. My guests have included the likes of Turia Pitt, Kristina Karlsson, Dr Libby Weaver and Taryn Brumfitt.

In 2019, I released two books also called Crappy to Happy. 

I no longer work with clients individually but choose to share my tools and strategies for how to live your best, most meaningful and joyful life through my online courses, books, podcast, blog, live events and group coaching.

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On a personal note

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My family and I left the city in 2015 and moved to an acreage property in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland. Here, we've made a home for a menagerie of rescued animals and I've found the space to explore where my passion and purpose lies.

Cass Dunn qualifications

The formal bit

my qualifications

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Science (Coaching Psychology)
PostGrad Diploma Psychology (with distinction)
B.AppSc (Psychology)

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I’m excited to be offering a small group, intensive coaching program for women who are ready to hone in on their unique strengths, get more clarity around what matters most in life and UPLEVEL the joy, meaning, and sense of purpose in their lives. If this sounds like what you need right now, you can get your name on the waitlist and I’ll be in touch with more details soon.