As Founder and Consulting Psychologist, Karen  oversees the design and delivery of educational programmes, workplace consulting and corporate counselling and support services.  She has completed a Masters in Organisational Psychology and Masters in Counselling from Monash university, with her expertise at the nexus of organisational consulting and individualised coaching and mental health care.  As a Registered Psychologist, she  has worked across various professional services, corporate clients and medical settings in Australia and Hong Kong, with her experience spanning across  business development, client relationship management as well as project management and delivery of various selection, leadership development, talent management and workplace reviews across SMEs, National and Multinational organisations. She has delivered a range of services and solutions to commercial, not for profit, healthcare and government sectors.

As a Practitioner, Counsellor and Accredited Coach, Karen has worked with adults referred from medical and support centres, private practice and EAP settings across Melbourne and Hong Kong. She consults with professionals and executives seeking a safe space to speak openly about accumulative  and compounding work related and personal matters impacting on sense of direction, career identity, optimism, sense of self, performance and overall wellbeing.  Karen adopts a contextual, personalised and goal focussed approach, with conversations and interventions focussed on empowering clients’ sense of agency to  make subtle but meaningful changes, which contribute to enhancement  in self care, quality of relationships, confidence,  work performance or identify a new and meaningful direction.

Karen’s distinctiveness centres on her natural ability to rapidly establish rapport and trust with a diversity of people. She consulted with clients from a cross-section of cultures, demographic and socioeconomic groups including entrepreneurs and business owners, graduates, emerging leaders, managers, healthcare directors, VPs and C-level executives, long-term unemployed, and return to work mothers.  

Karen compliments 12 years of anecdotal experience supporting professionals and executives who have experienced job loss, redundancy or are in the midst of career transition, with research interests and in-depth knowledge of the psychological consequences of unemployment.  Offering anecdotal experience working across recruitment, organisational consulting and coaching professions,  she brings valuable insights to  effectively partner with clients seeking to pause and delineate a new career direction and reposition into the market.  She brings specialist and academic interests in the psychology of work, psychosocial factors and workplace stress, work design, individual difference, diversity and inclusion, minority stressors, and career development.

 

Technical areas of expertise include:

Corporate counselling and support services
Cultural, workplace and psychosocial reviews with application of best practice social sciences methods
Targeted hiring and selection processes
Competency framework design
Design and facilitation of assessment and development centres, including behavioural observation & calibration processes
Executive coaching
Career transition and development programmes 
Psychometric appraisal / expert opinion 
Survey design – employee engagement/culture
Design of training programmes (e.g EI in the workplace, Personality at work etc)
Tenders and proposal writing

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Currently Completing – Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology, Birkbeck.  
    • MRes – Part One 2022 – 2023: Working towards statutory registration as an Occupational Psychologist with the HCPC United Kingdom (UK)
    • Doctoral Research: 2024 – 2025: 
  • Masters in Organisational Psychology – Monash University
  • Masters in Counselling – Monash University
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Psychology – Deakin University
  • Bachelor of Science – Monash University. Majors Psychology & Human Physiology/Neurophysiology

CREDENTIALS

  • Registered Psychologist – National Australian Health Regulation Board (APHRA)
  • Member of the Australia Psychological Society (MAPS)
  • Associate Fellow of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

CONTINUOUS EDUCATION/CERTIFICATES

  • 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
  • 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

EXPERT ADVISOR – PSYCHOMETRICS

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 the 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.

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