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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 has worked with some of the world's most successful elite athletes to assist them with transitions in their lives and their personal development. Dee is a Director of the Performance and Transition Institute. She has been a national leader in the world of University sport and the development of student athletes. She is a director of Australian University Sport, the National Rugby league Players Ass...


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. We cover:


NEWS: Find out what's in store for Season 3

Hi Ellen here. If this is your first time listening to the podcast, welcome! I’m your host and I’m here with this mini episode to tell you a bit about what’s coming up on the podcast in Season 3. This season we have a performance theme for this upcoming season and by performance I don’t mean how to perform bigger, better or faster although I know you will pick up some tips on that if that’s what you’re looking for. Our focus is on the individual experience of performing, whether as an...


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. Nonie began her career in schools, first as a high school teacher and later as a school psychologist. She left education to start her private practice and she now works with individuals to help improve their...


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? Much of the focus when you’re expecting or a new parent is on the baby and what’s best for him or her. But parents and their well being are just...


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...


Kids, Education and The Future of Work with Dr Joe 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...


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...


Pocket Interviews at The World's Largest Happiness & Well Being 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...


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...


Hey Warrior! Helping kids (and adults) transcend anxiety and live well 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,...


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. This is an exciting and...


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...


NEWS - What's Coming Up in Season 2?

Hi, it's Ellen. I’m taking this opportunity to give you a glimpse into the hive of behind the scenes activity that is taking place as we await the launch of Season 2 of the Potential Psychology Podcast. Guest interviews are in full swing. I’m not going to ruin the surprise by giving away any names but listen in to this mini-episode to get an insight into the wealth of amazing topics we'll cover in the coming weeks. Season 2 launches on 6 June 2018. Looking forward to seeing you then.


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

This is such a fun 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. We examine: Ellen also shares her gratitude to those who have made Season One of the Potential Psychology Podcast a rewarding and successful experience.


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: It's a wonderful, in-depth...


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...


Quiet Confidence, Transitions and Leadership with Dr Tess Crawley

Dr Tess Crawley is a clinical and forensic psychologist from Hobart, Tasmania. She has spent over ten years mentoring other psychologists and she’s seen the challenges that even the experts face in balancing work and life and wellbeing. Tess is a former university lecturer, actor and theatre-company owner and now the Director of a busy multi-location private psychology practice. In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast Tess and Ellen talk about her mentoring program for mental...


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 also the author of recently released and fascinating read, ‘The Women’s Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness.' In this entertaining and informative episode Ellen and Sarah discuss: Sarah also her shares her tips for a happy, healthy brain. Come and listen in!


Destination: World Wide Wellbeing. A chat about strengths and optimal human functioning with Dr Suzy Green

In this episode 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. Suzy and Ellen also discuss: