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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. I ask Melissa: Melissa also shares: actively intentionally If you want to better balance work and life, listen in!


Launching a Conversation About Work and Well Being with Karen Gillespie

It’s time to talk on the podcast about work and the role that work plays in our well being. Joining me for this episode is Organisational Psychologist and well being expert Karen Gillespie from the New South Wales-based consulting firm EEK & Sense. Karen is passionate about helping us get the blend right between our work and non-work lives, meeting the daily challenges of being at our best, feeling fulfilled at work, staying physically fit and healthy and being present for the other...


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. During his training Carl noticed that many of our therapeutic services are designed for ‘therapy lovers’ and those open to discussion of feelings, emotional needs and concepts like mindfulness. It was his judgement, as a...


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. Michael is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists, author of 11 books, broadcaster and a specialist in parenting,...


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...


Eating Well and Thinking Well with Dr Naomi Malone

We all eat but have you given much thought to why you eat what you eat? Or when you eat? Or how you eat? Have you thought about your relationship with food? My guest today is Dr Naomi Malone, from A Life Simply Lived, a rural psychology practice located in Boort, a town of just under 900 people in the Mallee District of Northern Victoria . Naomi has a specialist interest in eating psychology and the intersection between nutrition and mental health. She’s fascinated by our relationship with...


Conquer Your Nerves for Stellar Performance with Anastasia Hronis

Ever felt nervous before a big presentation, exam or performance? The sweaty palms? Jumpy tummy? Racing heart? Have you noticed what where your mind goes in these moments? Do worries of impending disaster or freezing at the critical moment creep in? Want to know how to manage your mind - and your nerves? Joining me for Episode 24 of the Potential Psychology Podcast is psychologist, music teacher, concert pianist and performance coach Anastasia Hronis. Anastasia is an expert performer,...


How to Rubberise Your Brain for an Optimal Life with Jacquelyn Cranney and Sue Morris

We all know what we’re supposed to do achieve our study, work and life goals but we rarely do it, do we? Instead we procrastinate and worry, waste time and stress ourselves out. My guests today are co-authors of a new book, ‘The Rubber Brain: A toolkit for optimising your study, work and life!’ and we’re talking about the emotional and motivational factors that cause us to stumble when we’re pursuing our goals. Associate Professor Jacquelyn Cranney from UNSW is passionate about leading...


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...