I am currently undertaking my Doctorate at Auckland University of Technology, in Wellbeing research & Positive Psychology, conducting an empirical study on Lay Theories of Wellbeing. I completed my Master of Science (Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, MAPPCP) at the University of East London in 2017 where my research focused on embracing the dark side of life through expressive writing, in particular building self-compassion, self-efficacy and general wellbeing by harvesting learnings from prior life events.
I am a Positive Psychology Practitioner, Coach and Mentor through my business, The Coaching Toolbox, where I focus predominately on 1 to 1 coaching, mentoring and consulting on wellbeing initiatives. I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and as a coach mentor I love helping other coaches to develop their coaching mastery and work through the ICF credentialing process.
I recently joined the International Positive Psychology Association Student Division (SIPPA) executive team, taking up the role of Mentor and Professional Development Program Co-Lead. I look forward to growing the program and, in particular, I am excited to have the opportunity to marry two of my favourite things, mentoring and positive psychology. I am personally very grateful for the many wonderful mentors I have had in my career and for the rich learning and growth I have gained from my own mentees and I look forward to facilitating that process for others.
IPPA Student Mentoring Profile
My primary research and practice interests
My current research focus is lay conceptions of wellbeing and in particular the lay theories individuals hold about wellbeing and how these compare with prominent wellbeing theory used in positive psychology. I am currently completing my Doctoral studies and undertaking a mixed methods research study, using thematic analysis supported by NVivo and statistical analysis in SpSS. In particular, I am exploring the constructs of mental health status using Corey Keyes dual continua and Wellbeing literacy using Melbourne University Centre for Positive Psychology’s Wellbeing Literacy model and scale.
What mentoring means to me and why I want to be a mentor
Mentoring for me is a formal structured relationship between two people with a clear set of goals and agreement for working together and one where the mentor supports the mentee to develop professionally and attain goals by sharing with them their own experiences. I want to be a mentor because I am eternally grateful to the mentors I have had and I know the mutual benefit that can be gained from such a relationship.
What I will bring to the mentoring relationship
I am a professionally trained and accredited coach, student and researcher of positive psychology, along with being a self employed business owner for over 20 years. I bring with me all that experience, a compassionate listening ear and the ability to share my experience without being directive. Feel free to check out my website for more information www.thecoachingtoolbox.co.nz
What kind of student I am looking to work with
A self directed passionate student who is looking for a sounding board to help them in their research and career aspirations. I am not looking for someone who requires significant support or to proof read people's work or provide detailed student related support, rather for me mentoring is a place to discuss high level aspirations and challenges and support is primarily contained to the agreed mentoring session time.
Other important information; such as, geographic location, time availability and expected frequency of mentoring sessions.
I am located in Auckland, New Zealand and imagine conducting mentoring session via zoom or a similar platform. I would prefer sessions to be held regularly, say once per month/bi monthly, at an agreed date and time to ensure consistency and ease of communication.