mental health

PPP060: Hacking Your Life Admin for Family Harmony with Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts

PPP060: Hacking Your Life Admin for Family Harmony with Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts

My guests on the podcast today are the living embodiment of 'testing and learning', particularly when it comes to life admin - everything from getting your mobile phone plan and contract sorted out to planning family holidays to filing your tax return.

Mia Northrop and Dinah Rowe-Roberts are the co-hosts of the Life Admin Life Hacks Podcast. Their mission is to help you save time, money and achieve a little more peace of mind and household harmony.

PPP059: Positive Conversations about Aged Care with Dr Julie Bajic Smith

PPP059: Positive Conversations about Aged Care with Dr Julie Bajic Smith

"Australian men over 85 have the highest rate of suicide in the country"

Wellbeing in older adults. It's a conversation we don't often have, but we need to. My guest today is Dr Julie Bajic-Smith, an aged care psychology consultant and mentor, and she is passionate about the need to shape a better future for everyone in aged care.

For five years Julie travelled to aged care homes and facilities to provide treatment and face-to-face intervention for the elderly. Her career took a turn when she kept hearing the same thing from her patients - I’m not getting the right emotional support from my caregivers. It's not that caregivers didn't care. They just didn't have the skills, knowledge and confidence to provide emotional as well as physical support and care to their clients.

PPP058: Calming Stormy Minds with Ariel Garten

PPP058: Calming Stormy Minds with Ariel Garten

Imagine controlling the world directly with your mind. That was my guest's dream - and she and colleagues brought that dream to life.

Ariel Garten has a fascinating and eclectic background in psychotherapy, art, fashion design, neuroscience, technology and start ups. She is a co-Founder of Interaxon, the developers of Muse, a brain sensing headband that translates your mental activity into the guiding sounds of weather to help you find focused calm.

PPP057: Life as an Early Career Psychologist with Glen Tanner

PPP057: Life as an Early Career Psychologist with Glen Tanner

How does a psychologist become a psychologist? What does the training involve? How long does it take? And could YOU last the distance?

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast I’m joined by Glen Tanner, a recently registered Clinical Psychologist and we’re talking about life in the early years of this fascinating career.

PPP056: A Year Long Adventure in Brain Hacking with James Garrett

PPP056: A Year Long Adventure in Brain Hacking with James Garrett

If you could upgrade yourself to 'You Version 2.0' what would that look like? Who would you be? What would you do? And how would you get there?

Our guest for this episode is pursuing these very questions in a year long adventure in brain hacking. James Garrett, psychologist, former academic, entrepreneur and fellow podcaster has embarked on The Deep Change Project in 2019, exploring neuro technology, neuroplasticity and personal change to uncover the very best of James Garrett Version 2.0

James has been a guest on the show before. He's a great conversationalist, very knowledgeable and always keen to share his personal insights and experiences.

PPP055: Why Everything You Know About Motivation Is Wrong

PPP055: Why Everything You Know About Motivation Is Wrong

My first ever SOLO episode and we're talking motivation. Where does it come from? How do we create it in ourselves and others? And why is everything you know or think about motivation wrong?

PPP054: Revisiting Brain by Design with James Garrett

PPP054: Revisiting Brain by Design 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.

PPP038: Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher

PPP038: Sleeping Well with Dr Kate Sprecher

Today we are talking about one of my favourite topics - Sleep! My guest is Dr Kate Sprecher and she is speaking to me from Colorado, in the United States, where she a is post-doctoral researcher in the Sleep and Chronobiology Lab at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Kate’s passion is understanding how sleep affects our physical and mental health with her guiding question being, 'How we can get the best sleep possible?'

PPP037: Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian with Dr Nadine Hamilton

PPP037: Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian with Dr Nadine Hamilton

Is there a Veterinarian in your life? If so, listen to this.

My guest for this episode of the podcast is psychologist Dr Nadine Hamilton, author of the new book, ‘Coping with Stress and Burnout as a Veterinarian'. We discuss the ‘dark side’ of the veterinary profession and tackling the high rate of suicide.

PPP036: Identity, Vulnerability and Everyday Leaders with Psychologist Matthew Condie

PPP036: Identity, Vulnerability and Everyday Leaders with Psychologist Matthew Condie

I’m delighted to have Matthew Condie on the podcast for this episode.

Matt is the kind of eclectic psychologist that I love talking to. He’s held several key roles in clinical psychology including child protection, youth and adult mental health, forensic drug and alcohol, emergency psychiatric services, perinatal and infant mental health, and refugee mental health working in refugee camps overseas. But Matt also has sport in his veins and he works with athletes and as an educator in the United States, teaching in the area of Sport and Performance psychology and leadership.

In this conversation Matt and I traverse the terrains of identity, vulnerability, self compassion, Brene Brown and everyday leadership.

PPP035: Ageing Smart with Psychologist & Neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson

PPP035: Ageing Smart with Psychologist & Neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson

Do you know how to keep your brain healthy and well as you age?

That’s what we’re talking about in this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast. My guest is psychologist and neuroscientist Dr Desiree Dickerson who joins me from a little Spanish town near Denia. Desiree’s passion is sharing up-to-date, science-backed tools and lifestyle strategies to stay mentally sharp and improve your brain health today and for the years to come.

PPP034: Mashing Movies with Wellbeing and Counting What Counts with Anna Box

PPP034: Mashing Movies with Wellbeing and Counting What Counts with Anna Box

Anna’s work explores stories and film and research and well being and performance and thriving. She is passionate about everything she does and that passion spills forth in every word of this conversation.

PPP033: Flipping the Switch to Positive Parenting with Professor Lea Waters

PPP033: Flipping the Switch to Positive Parenting with Professor Lea Waters

Tired of nagging and arguing with the kids? Today's guest suggests that you flip the switch to positive for happier, healthier kids and greater harmony for the whole family.

Professor Lea Waters is one of the world’s leading experts on Positive Education, Positive Organizations and Strength-Based Parenting and Teaching. She’s a psychologist, the president of the international positive psychology association, the Founding Director of Positive Psychology Centre at the University of Melbourne.

Lea is also author of The Strengths Switch: How the new science of strength-based parenting can help your child and your teen to flourish

Join Lea and I as we discuss how to flip the switch to positive parenting

PPP032: Don't Pursue Happiness, Prepare for Wellbeing. Intellectual Adventuring & Thrivability with Professor Lindsay Oades

PPP032: Don't Pursue Happiness, Prepare for Wellbeing. Intellectual Adventuring & Thrivability with Professor Lindsay Oades

Has the mental health pendulum swung too far?

Distress is a contentious topic. We no longer accept ‘toughen up, don’t cry’ as the appropriate message for our kids, schools, even workplaces but my guest today argues that ‘medicalising’ distress and jumping too quickly to diagnoses and clinical support might not be helping either.

Professor Lindsay Oades is the  Director of the Centre for Positive Psychology at The Melbourne Graduate School of Education. He firmly believes that "wellbeing is everybody's business" and his mission is to enable others to enable others.

In this episode of The Potential Psychology Podcast Lindsay and I discuss:

PPP031: Living Well and Having Impact with Dr Adrian Medhurst

PPP031: Living Well and Having Impact with Dr Adrian Medhurst

Joining me today is Dr Adrian Medhurst. Adrian is a psychologist, speaker, author and thought leader on a mission to optimise performance and wellbeing for people and organisations. He specialises in performance psychology, wellbeing science, mindfulness, innovation and emerging technology.

Adrian is the author of "Meditate on This: The Science of Mindfulness” and the CEO of - Benny Button, a wellbeing and performance business.

Adrian describes himself as ‘dedicated to improving the lives of as many people as possible through wellbeing and performance initiatives.’ A man after my own heart!

PPP030: Work, Stress and Managing Life’s Bubbles in a World of Tech and Connection with Dr Melissa Marot

PPP030: Work, Stress and Managing Life’s Bubbles in a World of Tech and Connection with Dr Melissa Marot

Drowning in email? Swamped by notifications? Stressed by endless work demands?

How do you disconnect in a working world that’s switched on 24/7?

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast I talk to Dr Melissa Marot, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Organisational Psychologist about work, stress, technology and finding balance in a constantly connected world.

PPP029: Launching a Conversation about Work and Wellbeing with Karen Gillespie

PPP029: Launching a Conversation about Work and Wellbeing with Karen Gillespie

It’s time to talk on the podcast about work and the role that work plays in our well being. My guest is Organisational Psychologist and well being expert Karen Gillespie from the New South Wales-based consulting firm EEK & Sense.

Karen and I discuss the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey - a holistic assessment of a leader’s wellbeing. I ask her about intellectual and existential well being and we have a chat about gender differences in workplace well being - and more

Join us as we explore how and why, as Simon Sinek says, ‘The leader sets the tone’ when it come to creating a thriving, flourishing workplace

PPP028: Finding a Space for Men and Boys with Carl Nelms

PPP028: Finding a Space for Men and Boys with Carl Nelms

This episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast is for the men and boys - and the parents and partners of men and boys.

My guest is Carl Nelms, psychologist and founder of Blokes Psychology, a psychology practice in Melbourne, Australia dedicated solely to males. Carl started Blokes Psychology to offer a plain-speaking, male oriented form of therapy - and it’s working! In this episode he tells us why men and women are different when it comes to therapy and offers his tips on helping men and boys to create thriving, flourishing lives

PPP027: Are We Building Strong People? with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

PPP027: Are We Building Strong People? with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg

“This is a generation that is ­really struggling. It speaks to me of a lack of ­resilience. The bottom line is that I don’t think we are preparing even the little kids or the biggest kids for adversity.’’

That’s my guest, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, talking about the mental health and well being of our young people - the topic of this episode’s podcast discussion.

PPP026: Fostering Hope and Purpose in Our Kids with Rachel Colla

PPP026: Fostering Hope and Purpose in Our Kids with Rachel Colla

We are turning our attention to kids and young people for our next couple of episodes of the podcast and in this episode I’m talking to psychologist Rachel Colla from Merakai about helping our kids to find a sense of hope and purpose.

Merakai is an educational consultancy that helps schools and organisations to lead the way in wellbeing and performance. Rachel is the Director. She is also a speaker, facilitator, Lecturer at The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology and mum to four girls.

Rachel is passionate about helping us all to achieve optimal wellbeing and happiness in our lives in order to be better parents, friends, colleagues and members of our community and this passion shines through in our conversation.