The Centre For Professional Wellbeing Ph: (02) 8729 9433  Mb: 0419990863

OUR APPROACH

Powerful blend of 

Psychology and

Executive Coaching

We understand that workplace issues can challenge us at both an emotional and a practical level, and that issues in the workplace and at home can often interact.

We may be looking to enhance our workplace leadership, time management or communication skills, or perhaps we may be struggling with a difficult colleague, feeling at a career crossroads or feeling undervalued. However at the same time, we may also be struggling with self doubt, stress, burnout, anxiety, depression or lack of motivation that can compound workplace issues by undermining our effectiveness. And we may also find that challenges in our personal lives affect our work and vice versa.

Clearly, these issues need to be addressed holistically for the greatest effectiveness. Rather than separately consulting an Executive Coach for work related issues (such as leadership) and a Psychologist for underlying emotional issues (such as anxiety, depression or self doubt), our services provide you the benefits of:

  • Powerful strategies that seamlessly blend the latest emotion management techniques from Psychology with practical Executive Coaching tools

  • Strategies to help you holistically manage personal and workplace issues and their interplay

  • Greater cost effectiveness and convenience due to accessing all services from the one source

  • Seeing the same person with a full view of all your challenges​

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Holistic focus on wellbeing

While we address mental health issues such as anxiety and depression amongst others that can face working professionals, based on our research, a narrow focus on mental illness alone is limiting and disempowering because:

 

  • Distress can still occur in the absence of mental illness. For example, simply feeling unfulfilled at work, having a difficult boss, or not feeling as effective as we should, may cause distress without us necessarily meeting the criteria for mental illness.

  • A narrow focus on "mental illness" can limit our search for solutions. For example, if we struggle with anxiety and our job stretches our capabilities, rather than just focusing on strategies to manage our anxiety, further job skills training would also reduce our anxiety by giving us a sense of mastery. 

  • it takes the focus away from what we can do to actively manage our own wellbeing day to day

 

So rather than a mentally well/mentally ill distinction, we focus on wellbeing, whose characteristics are:

  • Wellbeing is a state of internal harmony when we feel in balance with our environment. 

  • Wellbeing is a spectrum. In contrast to the black and white idea of "mental illness", our internal state can be seen as a spectrum with wellbeing on one end, the significant distress we associate with mental health issues at the other end, and increasing levels of distress between the two. ​

  • Wellbeing is multifaceted. Feeling Inspired, connected and capable are critical to wellbeing. 

  • ​​We feel inspired when what we do in our life (our career paths, where we work, what we do outside of work) and who we are with (partners and friends) are in harmony with our values, needs and our higher purpose. Our lives are in flow, feel less effortful and more fulfilled.​

  • We feel connected when we experience authentic connections without the fear of being ourselves.

  • ​​We feel capable when we have the practical and emotional skills to cope with the demands of our environment. At work this means ensuring our practical skills (e.g. leadership) match the demands of our roles, but also that we can emotionally (e.g. via our ability to manage our stress and mood) and physically (e.g. exercise, diet and sleep) cope with the demands of our overlapping personal and professional lives. 

Imbalance along any of these dimensions may cause anything from a minor challenge to our wellbeing to what we know traditionally as "mental illness" depending on the severity and duration of the imbalance(s).  

 

Our main​ focus then is to help you maximise your wellbeing by addressing its underlying facets across the fullness of your personal and professional life. 

The benefits of this approach to you are:

  • A more relevant and effective service that looks beyond the mental health frame, with the breadth and flexibility to address the full range of your personal and professional challenges. 

  • We give you the tools to take control of your own wellbeing, empowering you to actively maximise your own quality of life. In this way you also have a much better chance of preventing mental illness, much like managing our diet and exercise can reduce our risk of heart disease and diabetes.  ​

Unique range of expertise

We can go deeper in addressing your challenges to provide you with a superior quality of service because of:

  • Our unique range of expertise  as Psychologists, Executive Coaches and senior managers, which allows us to address the full scope of your needs in an integrated way, whether they are primarily emotional (anxiety, depression, or stress) or of a practical nature (leadership skills, time management, career progression etc) or a combination of both.

  • Our knowledge of specific industries and companies which allows us to better tailor our interventions to the challenges presented by your corporate culture. We have extensive experience in technology, telecommunications, financial services and fmcg gained at agencies and large companies in roles such as Strategy, Management Consulting, Marketing, Advertising and Sales.

  • Our network of academic connections that enables us to provide you with the most proven interventions.​​​

Passionate

about client 

success

We enter into a relationship as a partner based on the principles of compassion and care, which means:

 

  • We offer a mature approach you can rely on with all our consultants having at least 15 years' experience.

  • We make ourselves more available to you as we encourage ongoing dialog with our clients between sessions, and provide multiple ways to connect such as phone, internet and email.

  • All our tools are easy to implement and personalised to your needs.​

* ​We use a variety of evidence based Psychological techniques such as:

  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy                                                

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

 smoothly combined with the latest evidence based Coaching techniques tailored to suit your needs.

  •  Schema Therapy

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy ​