Psychology For Growth

Mindinsight is a Newcastle-based psychology solutions provider servicing people and businesses in the Hunter community. We provide specialist psychology services for personal growth, career and executive coaching and corporate growth.

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    Psychology for Personal Growth

    Opportunities for growth are often disguised as problems. We help you to turn problems into solutions.

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    Corporate Services

    More than ever leaders are required to manage two competing forces – the need to manage for today and at the same time innovate and create value for the future.


Our practices are located in Newcastle and Sydney's Inner West, New South Wales

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Newcastle Practice

Phone: 0434404164

Address: Suite 2GA, 2nd floor, T&G Building, 45 Hunter Street, Newcastle, NSW. 2300


Sydney Practice (Medplaza)

Phone: 0287650777

Address: Medplaza, 15 Tennyson Road, Breakfast Point, NSW. 2137


Researching Resilience in Small Business Owners (Survey)



Hello, my name is Anne Ward. I am a psychologist and executive coach.

As part of my Master of Psychology I am undertaking a research study and I would appreciate your help in this project.

The research focuses on resilience in small business, particularly on how small business owners experience and manage the demands of small business.

Regional communities rely on small business. Although creating a business can bring many rewards it also places unique demands on a person. These demands can cause stress and can lead to burnout and other health problems.  Recent research on levels of psychological distress in small business owners suggests there is a need to make more resources available to this group.

Whilst much has been invested in supporting mental health in the general workplace there is not much available to assist small business owners.  What works in larger organisations does not necessarily transfer to small business.

The purpose of my research is to identify the specific factors that promote resilience and psychological wellbeing among small business owners. I am inviting people who employ 20 people or less, to participate by completing a brief on-line survey questionnaire.

All responses will be anonymous. Your participation will help to obtain the volume of responses needed to ensure that valid conclusions can be drawn from the data.

My aim is that the insights gained from the study will help to inform the types of information and support that will assist small business owners.

On completion of the project I will provide an executive summary of the results, which will be made available to members.

To access the survey, please follow the link below.  This link will take you to a participant information sheet where you can find out important information about the research, followed by the on-line questionnaire.


Yours Sincerely

Anne Ward

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Influencing Ourselves Through Self-Leadership

Leadership is about exercising influence to achieve an outcome. 

Leadership involves a realistic self-confidence, good self-management, personal flexibility and being able to relate to people well. Research has consistently showed that good leadership impacts the bottom line, enabling innovation, learning, and employee engagement.

Large organizations spend lots of money on leadership – resources not generally available to self-employed people and small business owners.

Self-leadership can be learned at an individual level.

Self-leadership is a process whereby people influence themselves to be able to perform consistently in a way that will achieve their goals. Self-leadership strategies address key aspects of behavior, thinking and emotions management that shape performance.  These strategies generate a sense of personal agency and emotional wellbeing that, in turn, help to reduce strain, conserve energy and increase personal effectiveness.

The Self-leadership strategies are captured in the Self-leadership questionnaire.  By working through the questions you can reflect on your own self-leadership strengths and areas for further development.


  1. I establish specific goals for my own performance
  2. I make a point of tracking how well I’m doing at work
  3. I work toward specific goals I have set for myself
  4. I visualize myself successfully performing a task before I do it
  5. Sometimes I picture in my mind a successful performance before I actually do a task
  6. When I have successfully completed a task, I often reward myself with something I like
  7. Sometimes I talk to myself (out loud or in my head) to work through difficult situations
  8. I try to mentally evaluate the accuracy of my own beliefs about situations I am having problems with
  9. I think about my own beliefs and assumptions whenever I encounter a difficult situation

For more information on how you can improve your own Self-leadership skills
contact Mindinsight at or by phoning 02 49427660.


[1] Houghton, J.D., Dawley, D. & DiLiello, T.C. (2012). The abbreviated self-leadership questionnaire (ASLQ): A more concise measure of self-leadership. International Journal of Leadership Studies, 7(2), 216-232

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About Clinical Hypnosis

Humans have the capacity to become deeply absorbed in their experience.

For example many people can relate to the experience of “highway trance”, or of losing track of time from being deeply absorbed in an enjoyable activity or relationship.

Hypnosis utilises this ability in a therapeutic way that enables a person to experience situations and problems creatively, leading to new perspectives and possibilities.

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