Being a Mother

Being a Mother Workshops

The Being a Mother workshop shows you the key to managing strong emotions and being happier every single day. For all the ages and stages of motherhood. A workshop for mums to hear the research on parenting related issues such as stress management, adjustment and isolation, share parenting experiences, learn how to manage the strong emotions of being a mother, and develop ways to make your experiences more how you thought they would be.

Helping Mothers Enjoy Motherhood

Mother of three children, Betty is dedicated to mothers enjoying more of their experiences. When mums are happy, the research and our own experience tells us that the children are happier. In other words, the direct and ongoing impact of maternal satisfaction is improved emotional wellbeing of the children. Anxiety and depression in children is on the increase in Australia, and the Being a Mother Workshop specifically aims to reduce these symptoms effectively and almost immediately.

The lack of recognition of the role of the primary care-giver, generally the mother, prompted Betty to develop this innovative approach to reinforce individual mothers sense of self-acceptance, and make a difference to their lives, and that of their children, family and community.

 

Dads Workshops too

A workshop for Dads that follows the same program as for mums but addressing the unique experiences  and challenges of fathers.

Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Honours), La Trobe University
Master of Educational Psychology, University of Melbourne
Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists
Registered Psychologist, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia
Approved Area of Practice Endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia
Board Approved Supervisor, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia

VIP Events for Mums

Taking the Right Kind of Time Out

A place where mums can listen to guest speakers share their experiences of being a mum.

Time to Relax & Reflect

An event for up to 200 mums where mums can listen to high profile guest speakers share their experiences of being a mum whilst they enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting with their friends, taking time out to relax, refresh and rejuvenate – this is the right kind of time out, and one that we need to practice with our children too. The principles of the program are to bring women together in community, for them to experience time with their friends, and to enjoy 3-4 hours of time to themselves where they can reflect on what is important to them, and how to connect in to their mothering experiences in a way that works for them, their values and their children’s unique personality and temperament. The sharing of experiences helps mums to realise they are not alone in the difficulties and adjustments to motherhood, that their experiences are more similar than different, and that sometimes even a small amount of time for self-care and take a breather can help clarify thoughts to better manage the everyday challenges of being a mum.

Sponsor and Charities

At each Event, the main guest speaker nominates a charity for which funds are raised through generous sponsorships from corporate and community organisations. Media and local real estate companies are additionally generous in their promotion of the Events.
 

Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Honours), La Trobe University
Master of Educational Psychology, University of Melbourne
Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists
Registered Psychologist, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia
Approved Area of Practice Endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia
Board Approved Supervisor, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Austral

Organisational Workplace Events

Improving Organisational Health

Connecting in to greater success, health and happiness for business and corporates

Organisational Workplace Programs

In my career as a Change Management Consultant, here and overseas, and in my work with clients on workplace issues, I use approaches that help deal with organisational issues such as Career Direction and Choices, Managing People Issues, Conflict Management, Running Effective Meetings, Team Effectiveness, and Stress Management Training. I work with management and staff to get to the core of the issues and implement changes that work, that decrease conflict, improve ‘getting along’,  develop a growth mindset and improve mental wellbeing of individuals in the workplace. This makes workplaces a space where you go to add value, contribute your best, connect in with colleagues, and attain a deep sense of accomplishment. I can also help you with providing corporate coaching and mentoring.

Qualifications and Memberships

Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Honours), La Trobe University Master of Educational Psychology, University of Melbourne Member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Registered Psychologist, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia Approved Area of Practice Endorsement in Educational and Developmental Psychology, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia Board Approved Supervisor, AHPRA, Psychology Board of Australia

Training

Performance Design Fundamental System Steven Covey 7 Habits Training Program Human Synergistics Personality Profiling SMS Consulting Essential Consulting Skills, Negotiation and Leadership Skills Inaugural Industrial and Organisational Psychologists Conference Process Experiential Emotion Focussed Theory

Community Wellbeing Programs

Community Wellbeing Programs

Sharing the Experience of Working with a Psychologist

Mental Health Forums in Metro Melbourne and Rural Victoria about anxiety and depression, key concepts and strategies important for mental health and wellbeing, and sharing research on client experiences of psychology consultations. The frequency of anxiety is increasing in our community. Hearing from others who have worked with me helps to hear their experiences, see how it could relate to your own feelings, help you to determine if seeing a psychologist is something that could work for you, and learning that anyone can experience strong distress and that it is something that one can improve by getting the right help.

Being Close in Your Relationship

Learning how to step out of the stuck cycle and move on to new patterns of connectedness and intimacy.

Family Mediation & Conflict Resolution

Managing the way towards two lives, particularly when children are shared. Losing a relationship is one of the most difficult of life’s experiences, and this program helps you to live a new way with respect, integrity and happiness without fighting, courts, and problems for you and your children.

 

In The Media

Being a Mother

Cover story in The Melbourne Weekly Magazine

This article generated over 400 bookings in three days. It highlighted the need for mums’ experiences to be acknowledged and supported. The workshop showed mums how to cope with the strong emotions of motherhood and this article showcases the experiences of three mums who completed the workshop when it was first run nearly twenty years ago.

Being a Mother has changed in 20 years

Since I had my first little one in 1996, things have changed considerably in the motherhood landscape, More mums are working, mums are having children later, more Dads are staying home as principal carer, there is less time in the park and technology offerings have changed from Play School at 9.30am to online all the time. The most important comments I would still make to mums (and dads) include:  1) take care of you (somehow) 2) only do what you and Dad feel is best whilst gently listening to the many well intentioned sets of advice from everyone and everywhere 3) less instruction and more hugs; less anger and more calm; less anxiety and more faith in yourself; less busy and more rest..