therapy

PPP064: Psychologists, Horses and Helping with Naomi Rossthorn

PPP064: Psychologists, Horses and Helping with Naomi Rossthorn

My guest for this episode is Naomi Rossthorn. Naomi is a psychologist and the Clinical Director of Harnessing Wellness, a psychological counselling service located in the beautiful Yarra Ranges in Victoria in the SE of Australia. Harnessing Wellness is not your ordinary counselling practice. Rather than sitting in a room with a therapist, clients and therapists take to the great outdoors with a gorgeous horse or pony. Naomi and her team have a specialist interest in equine assisted psychology; the use of horses in the therapeutic process.

PPP063: Future Possibilities in Mental Health with Dr Jarrod White

PPP063: Future Possibilities in Mental Health with Dr Jarrod White

Do you think in one dimension? Or two dimensions? Or maybe even three?

I kick off this episode of the podcast with some reflection on Tim Urban's article, The Thinking Ladder from Wait But Why and his insight into multidimensional thinking - the what and the why of human behaviour. I then get chatting to my guest, Dr Jarrod White, who most certainly thinks in at least two dimensions. In fact it’s the why of human behaviour that drives him, his work and his passion for spreading the word about emotional wellbeing and human potential to a wider audience.

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.


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.