Founder, Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach

As the Founder of Pathways Limited, Karen oversees commercial partnerships and the marketing and delivery of Pathways Limited’s educational programmes and psychological services. She also dedicates time to the creative leadership of product development initiatives and consults with individuals seeking support to better manage their response to day-to-day stressors, enhance overall well-being, boost confidence, improve technical or leadership performance or change jobs/careers.

As a Registered Psychologist and Accredited Coach, Karen brings over 20 years working across professional services, medical settings and private practice environments in Australia and Hong Kong. Her qualifications and expertise span across commercial, organisational and clinical realms, which means that she wears a number of professional ‘hats’, summarised below.

Karen has lived in Hong Kong for 8 years and is the proud mother of two boys under five and a 12kg rescue cat.  She is a strong advocate of actively pursuing one’s passions, building sustainable and trust-based business partnerships and the adoption of flexible workplace practices that recognise and value diversity of thought, creativity, and individual differences.

 

ORGANISATIONAL CONSULTANT / IO PSYCHOLOGIST

  • Registered Psychologist – National Australian Health Regulation Board (APHRA)
  • Member of the Australia Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • Member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society’s Division of Industrial Organisational Psychology (DIOP)
  • Masters in Organisational Psychology – Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology – Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Science – Monash University. Majors Psychology & Human Physiology/Neurophysiology

 

Since 1998, Karen’s career in professional services consulting has encompassed commercial and business development accountabilities, client relationship management and involvement in the project management and detailed delivery of a wide variety of selection, leadership development and talent management programs across SMEs, National and Multinational organisations. She has delivered a range of services and solutions to commercial, not for profit, healthcare and government sectors.

 

Technical areas of expertise include:

Psychometric appraisal / expert opinion
Behavioural observation & assessment
Recruitment & selection strategy
Competency framework design
Success profiling
Design of selection assessment methodology and development centres
Career transition coaching and support
Leadership and team reviews
Survey Design – employee engagement/culture
Design of training programmes (e.g EI in the workplace, Personality at work etc)
Tenders and Proposal Writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST

  • Registered Psychologist – National Australian Health Regulation Board (APHRA),
  • Member of the Australia Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • Member of the Chinese Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CACBT)
  • Cairnmillar Institute Melbourne – Certificate in Marriage and Relationship Counselling
  • Cairnmillar Institute Melbourne – Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Counselling Certificates
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Australia (CBT Australia) – Introductory and Advanced Certificates in CBT
  • ACT Mindfully – Certificate in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Intensive Workshop in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – Steven Hayes
  • Affective Regulation Therapy – ART
  • Schematic Therapy – Introductory Certificate
  • Transactional Analysis (TA101 & TA202) – Australian Centre of Integrative Studies.

 

Since 2008, Karen has worked with clients referred from medical and support centres, private practice and EAP settings across Melbourne and Hong Kong. Her distinctiveness centres on her natural ability to rapidly establish rapport and trust with a diversity of people. She has seen clients from a cross-section of cultures, demographic. and socioeconomic groups including business owners, graduates, emerging leaders, managers, VPs and C-level executives, long-term unemployed, and return to work mothers.

 

Karen’s approach is contextual and person-centric. She adopts a whole-person, brain-based and systemic approach, taking into consideration personal and professional/workplace goals.  Karen draws upon cognitive behavioural, developmental psychology, mindfulness-based approaches (e.g ACT) and applied neuroscience to inform her treatment plans.

 

Clients come to see Karen for a variety of presenting concerns includes:

Anxiety/Depression Occupational Stress/ Burnout Anger / Emotional Regulation
Performance Anxiety Mood management Wellbeing
Interpersonal Strain Adjustment Redundancy

 

 

EXECUTIVE COACH 

  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Associate Certified Coach (ACC).
  • Member of the Hong Kong International Coaching Community (HKICC)
  • Member of the Asia-Pacific Alliance of Coaches (APAC)
  • StressAce Licensed Practitioner
  • Advanced Certificate in Professional Coaching – Transcend International Academy Hong Kong.
  • Practice Certificate in Sleep Psychology – Introductory. Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Accredited in the Global Leadership Wellbeing Survey (GLWS)
  • Completed Dr. Paul Brown’s Science of the Art of Coaching, Applied Neuroscience for Coaches. Certificate in Neurobehavioural Modelling.

 

Karen brings over 15 year’s experience working as a Consultant, Behavioural Assessor and Coach for various leadership development programmes across national and multinational settings.  She has designed and delivered various competency and behaviourally based assessment and/or development centres to inform development planning and coaching processes for emerging leaders, middle management and top-tier leaders and executives in Australia and Hong Kong.

 

In 2016, Karen formalised her coaching qualifications and completed an International Coaching Federation (ICF) accredited coach training programme. To complement her professional skills with scientific knowledge, she has also completed a 9-month programme designed to provide Executive Coaches with knowledge about how the brain impacts on behaviour during coaching and leadership processes.

 

Karen is skilled at having goal-focused conversations that encourage reflection,  insight, and change. She favours evidence-based and data-driven practices to inform her coaching processes. She tailors her approach to match clients’ goals, drawing upon developmental psychology, attachment theory, applied neuroscience, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness models.

 

Karen’s Coaching interests and expertise includes:

Leadership Development/Derailers Behavioural patterns (in particular when under stressed or overstretched) that impact on quality of outcomes, relationships, reputation, and overall well-being
Emotional intelligence Accredited and endorses the Mayer, Salovey and Caruso (MSCEIT) model of EI.  Collaborates with clients to increase their capacity to recognise emotions in the self and others, facilitating emotions and moods, understanding emotions and learn to employ short-term and longer-term emotional management tactics.
Career Development / Transition For those feeling stuck, wishing to change roles, identify a new direction/sense of purpose or set short and longer-term goals to move forward in their career.
Executive Well-being Includes work-life balance, stress management, quality of interpersonal relationships, finding meaning and purpose, energy management/flow
Performance Includes performance optimisation, performance anxiety, confidence/ self-efficacy

 

YOUR CAREER PARTNER – CAREER TRANSITION 

Karen’s expertise at the nexus of the recruitment, consulting and coaching professions, provides a strong profile to effectively partner with clients who seek support in making the next career move. For over 12 years, she consulted to clients in Melbourne and Hong Kong who have experienced job loss/redundancy, long-term unemployment, return-to-work mothers, people who feel ‘stuck’ in their chosen jobs/careers and those proactively wishing to create a more meaningful career.

 

Karen’s career partner services can include three elements:

  1. Psychological counselling to build emotional and mental resilience and the management of wellbeing during times of change.
  2. Assessment and coaching for self-discovery and delineating a new career direction and plan aligned with values, interests/passions, strengths, drivers and personality preference.
  3. Pragmatic skills-based coaching: define a personal ‘success profile’, create a value proposition, competency-based resumes and interviewing skills.

 

COMMERCIAL PARTNER – CONTINUOUS EDUCATION

For the past six years, Karen has partnered with several international training groups to host Coach, Therapist and Practitioner continuous education events in Hong Kong. She currently hosts Dr. Paul Brown’s Science of the Art of Coaching programme in Hong Kong and Singapore. She also works in partnership with Dr. Paul Brown in the development of broader initiatives aimed at expanding education opportunities for people interested in the topic of applied neuroscience globally.

 

EXPERT ADVISOR – PSCYHOMETRICS

Karen is accredited and highly experienced across numerous psychometric appraisal tools that can be used to measure or assess personality and workplace preferences, critical reasoning, emotional intelligence, selling style, career interest, and team/leadership style.

 

She has applied psychometrics to assist and inform decisions for a variety of graduate, specialist, management and executive selection and developmental interventions as well as career guidance and personal development.

 

Karen recommends the use of psychometric measures or self assessments as an additional source of data to enhance human resource and coaching processes. In particular, to increase clients’ awareness with regards to how their personality, temperament, and patterns of behaviours can affect leadership, relationships, and performance.

  • SHL OPQ32
  • MSCEIT
  • FACET5
  • Talent Q
  • SPQ*Gold
  • Genesys
  • Lumina Spark
  • HOGAN
  • NEO-PI
  • STRONG
  • 16PF
  • GLWS

 

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