PPP022: The Psychological Life of An Elite Athlete with Dr Deidre Anderson

PPP022: The Psychological Life of An Elite Athlete with Dr Deidre Anderson

My guest for this episode is Dee Anderson, a Performance and Wellbeing Specialist who works with elite athletes, business people and young people to assist them with transitions in their lives and their personal development.

Dee and I enjoy a wide-ranging conversation about the psychological life of elite athletes and the many complex factors that affect athlete wellbeing. It’s not all about sport though! As Dee and I talk, we discover the many parallels between wellbeing in sporting life, family life and work life.

PPP021: Managing Your Mind in a High Stakes Environment with Olympian and Psychologist Caroline Anderson

PPP021: Managing Your Mind in a High Stakes Environment with Olympian and Psychologist Caroline Anderson

My guest today is Caroline Anderson from Performance Edge Psychology. Caroline is one of those people who seems to have hit the talent jackpot. She not only runs two successful psychology practices, she also delivers programs and workshops to athletes, sporting organisations and corporate clients on high performance and wellbeing AND she is a former Olympic athlete herself.

In this episode Caroline and I discuss the role of the mind and wellbeing in peak performance.

PPP020: Exercising to Fulfil Your Potential with Nonie Carr

PPP020: Exercising to Fulfil Your Potential with Nonie Carr

Love it or hate it, today’s show is about exercise - and how you can use it to fulfil your potential.

My guest is Nonie Carr, a Melbourne based psychologist from Enhance Life Psychology. Nonie has a passion for cycling and the benefits of exercise for our wellbeing and success.

She’s here on the podcast to talk to us about the benefits of exercise for your brain and mind - and give us some tips on how to incorporate it into our daily life.

PPP019: How to Make a Smooth Transition to Parenthood with Nadene van der Linden

PPP019: How to Make a Smooth Transition to Parenthood with Nadene van der Linden

This episode is one for the new parents and parents to be.

My guest is clinical psychologist and parenting expert Nadene van der Linden. We're chatting about the psychological transition that we make when we move from non-parent to parent. What are the challenges? Why is it harder for some of us than others? And how can we best prepare ourselves?

Join us as we get a little personal about parenting.

PPP018: Disrupting Education and Thriving at School with Andrea Downie

PPP018: Disrupting Education and Thriving at School with Andrea Downie

My guest today is on a mission to disrupt education and spread well being throughout schools, organisations and our community. 

Andrea Downie is co-founder of Project Thrive, an Australian consultancy firm that collaborates with its clients, co-creating school and work environments that help us all to live and work at our best. She and her colleagues fuse positive psychology, education, sociology, anthropology, wellness and leadership in their - and from my experience in this interview, I bet they laugh a lot too!

PPP017: Kids, Education and The Future of Work with Dr Joseph Sweeney

PPP017: Kids, Education and The Future of Work with Dr Joseph Sweeney

What is the future of work and how do we prepare our kids for it?

  • Are schools and universities setting kids up for future success?

  • Does technology in the classroom improve outcomes for kids?

  • Should every school student be learning to code?

  • And what are the skills that kids will need in tomorrow's world?

These are just some of the questions I ask Dr Joe Sweeney, technologist, researcher, writer and expert in workforce transformation in this episode of the Potential Psychology podcast.

PPP016: Gender, Identity and Being Your Authentic Self with Dr Madeline Fernbach

PPP016: Gender, Identity and Being Your Authentic Self with Dr Madeline Fernbach

Something to get you thinking today. I'm talking to Dr Madeline Fernbach, Australian Clinical Psychologist with expertise and a passion for working with the transgender and gender fluid community.

Madeline is fascinated by identity and the way people see themselves. She explains in this episode that during her awkward middle teenage years she drifted at the fringes of many social groups. Without a fixed groups of friend until later in her life she developed an interest in what makes humans belong - or not belong - in groups.


PPP015: Pocket Interviews at The World's Largest Happiness & Wellbeing Conference

PPP015: Pocket Interviews at The World's Largest Happiness & Wellbeing Conference

Something completely different for you on the podcast this week.

I recorded this episode at the 13th Happiness & Its Causes Conference in sunny Sydney, Australia. It's five pocket interviews and an insight into the conference highlights for me.

Happiness and Its Causes is the world's largest happiness and wellbeing conference, with speakers exploring the many and varied causes for a happy and fulfilling life. The line up was formidable with no less than His Holiness the Dalai Lama making an appearance (he is quite the comedian). 

PPP014: A self care revolution: Nurturing your head, heart and body with Suzy Reading

PPP014: A self care revolution: Nurturing your head, heart and body with Suzy Reading

I'm very excited that my guest for this episode not only shares two of my personal passions - psychology and yoga - but she combines the two in her professional practice to help everyday people thrive through life's challenges and difficult moments.

Suzy Reading is UK based psychologist, yoga instructor and personal trainer. She is the author of The Self Care Revolution which was published in the UK late in 2017 and in Australia in early 2018. She is passionate about helping to bring people back from stress, overwhelm, crisis and grief to a place of feeling whole, energetic and on the path to a rewarding life.

PPP013: Hey Warrior! Helping anxious kids (and adults) to find their brave with Karen Young

PPP013: Hey Warrior! Helping anxious kids (and adults) to find their brave with Karen Young

My guest today is Karen Young, founder of the popular 'Hey Sigmund' website. Karen is a psychologist, an author, a speaker, an educator and a parent.

She founded Hey Sigmund after realising the power of solid information to help us to manage life's challenges and live well. The website attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. Her articles have been translated into a number of languages and her work has been published on various international sites including The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Yahoo Health.


PPP012: Designing Your Mind for Peak Productivity and Creativity with James Garrett

PPP012: Designing Your Mind for Peak Productivity and Creativity with James Garrett

My guest today is James Garrett, the founder and CEO of Brain by Design - a US-based organisation that teaches strategies for getting more from your mind. He’s a psychologist, a former academic, co-founder of a highly successful social venture - Think Unlimited, which taught innovation and creativity to young people in the Middle East - and he’s chatting to me today about using your brain to enhance your productivity and creativity and live your best life.

PPP011: Big Life Drama and Daily Discord: Overcoming Adversity with Eileen Lenson

PPP011: Big Life Drama and Daily Discord: Overcoming Adversity with Eileen Lenson

Today’s guest and I are separated by 13,000 km and the mighty Pacific Ocean but thanks to the wonders of technology we chat in this episode as though we're in the same room.

Eileen Lenson is in California and she is talking to us about adversity, resilience, courage, hope and her recently published book Overcoming Adversity: Conquering Life’s Challenges.

In her words, 'No one searches for adversity. Bad experiences are simply part of life. Yet how many of us will know what to do to prevent our lives from spiralling out of control when we encounter traumatic events that threaten our safety, careers, emotions, health, or relationships?'

PPP010: Following Your Curiosity: Careers, Coaching and Courage with Cassandra Dunn

PPP010: Following Your Curiosity: Careers, Coaching and Courage with Cassandra Dunn

What a great way to round out Season One of the Potential Psychology Podcast!

This is a fun and fabulous interview with exuberant and engaging coaching and clinical psychologist Cassandra Dunn. Cass and I chat, laugh and explore our way around career paths, taking chances, reframing risk and finding happiness.

PPP009: From Prisons to The Sweet Life with Laura Braid

PPP009: From Prisons to The Sweet Life with Laura Braid

Welcome to Episode 9 of the Potential Psychology Podcast!

In this episode I chat to the delightful Laura Braid from The Sweet Life. Laura started her career as a forensic psychologist in Scotland, delivered ground breaking programs with offenders in the New Zealand prison system and now runs her private practice, the gorgeously named, The Sweet Life, in Auckland.

Our discussion delves into therapy, courage, vulnerability, acceptance and happiness.

We discuss:

  • Mindfulness and letting judgement exit stage left

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a tool for a happier life

  • How to keep psychologically flexible, and

  • Getting out of our heads and into our lives.

PPP008: Simplifying Life, Starting in the Kitchen with Jules Clancy

PPP008: Simplifying Life, Starting in the Kitchen with Jules Clancy

In Episode 8 of the Potential Psychology Podcast we take a fascinating little side path into the world of food, cooking, simplicity and wellbeing.

My guest is Jules Clancy from StoneSoup: Simple Weeknight Dinners. Jules is a food scientist, a former winemaker, an author, a photographer,  founder of the StoneSoup Virtual Cookery School, and a passionate advocate of minimalism and simplicity, especially in the kitchen.

Jules and I start with a conversation about meals and recipes for a busy family. We traverse minimalism and de-cluttering for mental health, self experimentation in everyday life, 'tree changes' and our mutual relief at living traffic-free. We end up 45 minutes later deep in discussion about mindful eating and what triggers our hunger cues.

PPP007: Quiet Confidence, Transitions and Leadership with Dr Tess Crawley

PPP007: Quiet Confidence, Transitions and Leadership with Dr Tess Crawley

In this episode of the Podcast I have the great pleasure of chatting to a woman who has moved from working largely in her profession of clinical psychology to working on her profession, and helping to enhance the well being and fulfil the potential of future leaders in psychology and mental health.

Dr Tess Crawley is a clinical and forensic psychologist from Hobart, Tasmania. She has spent more than ten years mentoring other psychologists and she’s seen the challenges that even the experts face in balancing work and life and well being. She’s a former university lecturer and now the Director of a busy multi-location private psychology practice. She’s also a former actor and owner of her own theatre company!  

PPP006: Mythbusting, neuroscience and a woman's brain with Dr. Sarah McKay

PPP006: Mythbusting, neuroscience and a woman's brain with Dr. Sarah McKay

Dr Sarah McKay is an Oxford educated neuroscientist who hung up her lab coat 10 years ago to teach, write and speak about brain health and applied neuroscience. She's the creator of The Neuroscience Academy - an online professional development program created exclusively for professionals working in the health, wellness, education and coaching industries.

She's also the author of recently released and fascinating read, ‘The Women’s Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness' and a professional napper!

PPP005: Destination: World Wide Wellbeing. A Chat About Strengths and Optimal Human Functioning with Dr. Suzy Green

PPP005: Destination: World Wide Wellbeing. A Chat About Strengths and Optimal Human Functioning with Dr. Suzy Green

In Episode 5 of the Potential Psychology Podcast I talk to Dr Suzy Green, Clinical and Coaching Psychologist and Founder of The Positivity Institute.

Suzy discusses 'performance and character strengths' - a foundation of positive psychology - and how they inform our career choices and energise us in the workplace. She shares inspiring stories of helping people to discover their strengths at work and the confidence, joy and awe that this brings.

 

PPP004: Rethinking the Naughty Corner: Helping Kids Manage Stress with Michelle Taylor

PPP004: Rethinking the Naughty Corner: Helping Kids Manage Stress with Michelle Taylor

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast Ellen talks to Chelle Taylor, child and family psychologist, about helping kids to manage stress and anxiety. Chelle is an expert in neurodevelopment and she explains how our brain responds to stress and why, for some kids, that response can be extreme.

Chelle shares her tips for helping kids to manage their emotions - tips that apply to grown ups too - and she encourages us all to learn more about how our brain and emotions work in order to live happier and calmer lives.

PPP003: Power Posing in the Bathroom and Boosting Self Belief with Melanie Schilling

PPP003: Power Posing in the Bathroom and Boosting Self Belief with Melanie Schilling

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast Ellen chat's to Mel Schilling, psychologist and relationship coach. You might know Mel as one of the experts on Married At First Sight Australia. As well as being a TV psychologist, Mel also works with organisations, individuals and the media on all things ‘relationship’, so everything from dating and intimacy through to business negotiation and influencing. In this episode Ellen and Mel explore:

  • Power posing 
  • Building confidence and self belief
  • Women and the workplace
  • Mel's tips for relationships, new and old, and
  • How she juggles a family in Bali with work in Australia.