Welcome to Bright Ideas Psychology. My name’s Sarah-Jayne (or Sarah, or SJ!) and I’m the Founder & Director of Bright Ideas. Hailing from the UK many years ago, before a sea change in Australia beckoned, I pride myself on being an energetic and big-thinking psychology professional, obsessed with academic research and passionate about turning that research into meaningful practice to help people.
I’m an experienced Coaching & Positive Psychologist, focused on helping individuals increase their happiness and engagement. As a Coaching Psychologist operating in the ‘Positive Psychology’ realm, I’m proud to say that we do things a little differently at Bright Ideas.
My aim is to help clients struggling with their life or career – whether they’re at risk of burnout, unhappy at work or just not engaged with what they do. I help them create a world that has them flourish and thrive, where they can maintain their peak performance. I also work with performers, such as musicians, actors, sports professionals and dancers to help them develop techniques to enhance and maintain peak performance.
I’m also committed to creating positive workplaces where employees flourish. I consult to organisations, implementing positive psychology methodologies to increase productivity, wellbeing, decrease absenteeism and increase engagement of employees.
Due to my background as a Forensic Psychologist, I have a specialised understanding of complex human behaviour, which means that I often consult for medium/large business on challenging personalities and difficult workplace situations.
Whilst completing my PhD in the area of applying mindful techniques to build resiliency at work for individuals, I also provide psychological commentary to the media and performance industry on a regular basis.
I have the pleasure of working with many large multinational companies as well as individual executives including Google, Credit Suisse, Alliance, the NRL, Channel 7, Vodafone, Gallagher Basset, Employers Mutual, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Think Education, major Sydney schools, actors, dancers and music professionals, and current Olympic athletes.
I’m passionate about continuing my own education, remaining current with literature and learning about how human beings function and flourish, so currently, I’m studying Biological Anthropology through Australian National University – and loving it!