Registered Psychologist , HR Consultant , Presenter
Sue is an extremely experienced workshop facilitator with over 20 years facilitation experience in Government, private and community organisations. She is a highly sought after speaker for conferences, workplace summits, workplace training, management and leadership forums, and human resource events. She has presented at events such as the G20 Summit and has run countless workshops and seminars for public, private sector and community organisations. Sue has a natural way of making complex concepts practical, accessible and entertaining. Sue has a particular interest in assisting individuals and organisations to attain optimal health and to improve their ability to perform under pressure.
As well as her interests in people and psychology, Sue is a former elite athlete who has competed nationally and internationally in weightlifting and athletics (discus and javelin), gaining several titles and records that still have not been broken! She was also a member of the Australian National Women’s soccer team – the Matildas – and played as a Goal Keeper. Sue’s experiences in elite level sport have given her key insights into how to continually perform under peak pressure, and an understanding and appreciation of how to maintain peak physical and mental health whilst balancing an elite sporting career with family and work commitments. Though Sue has now retired from competitive sport, she exercises daily as a way to stay fit both physically and psychologically, and as a means to achieve balance between her professional work and her personal life.
From a clinical perspective Sue offers evidence based, holistic and practical approaches to assist clients. She draws on her extensive science, psychology, health and neuroscience background to explore practical strategies for building resilience and managing client difficulties. In particular, she draws on the following fields of research and practice for her work with individuals and organisations:
- Neuro-plasticity and brain based training;
- Strengths based psychology;
- Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR);
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT);
- Trauma research including developments in the field of both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Growth;
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Reprocessing Therapy (CPT);
- Positive Organisational Scholarship;
- Epigenetics research – in particular, understanding the key role that our internal and external environment has on influencing our gene expression and our health;
- Nutritional approaches to mental health – including understanding the Brain-gut connection and the role of ‘mood food’ in managing both physical and psychological health;
- Integrated mind body medicine to assist in improving overall mental and physical wellbeing
Sue is passionate about helping individuals not just ‘manage symptoms’ but achieve a meaningful and purposeful quality of life.
Sue’s passion for working with people impacted by chronic stress, trauma, grief, illness and disease, was spurred strongly by her own experience of illness that effectively ended her elite sports career. Sue has dedicated her professional life to working with individuals and groups to assist them to manage and positively recover from such life events.