For the world
The power of language
Solutions Focus is an original and practical way of using language to help people progress and improve without focusing on their problems. It appeals to my positive outlook and really excites me.
I think language is critical. It’s the only way we have to communicate so making sure it works is vital to bring about powerful change. Having started out with an honours degree in psycholinguistics in Melbourne, I continue my studies in this area. Most recently, with a cutting edge course in the microanalysis of language.
From neuroscience to organisational psychology
In 1989, after a three-year MSc in neuroscience, I began working in head injury rehabilitation at South Australia’s largest centre for people with head injuries and physical disabilities. When asked to write a strategy document on the centre’s future, I jumped at the chance. It was my move into organisational psychology and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Based on my work at the centre, I was offered positions at several high profile organisations. Instead, I set up a consultancy and worked with companies such as Ernst & Young and Morgan & Banks.
A life-changing discovery
After a move to Britain in 1996, I was accepted into the British Psychological Society as an occupational psychologist and continued management consultancy and coaching.
When a friend introduced me to the Solutions Focus approach in 2001, I went on a training course and in just a few hours everything changed for me. Since then, I’ve used Solutions Focus to help floundering organisations power forwards, individuals achieve performance breakthroughs, large companies make swift transformations, and more.
I’m back in Melbourne, Australia now and continue to work with people and organisations around the world.
Full focus on living the future now
I believe in Solutions Focus so strongly I’ve taken a very active role in developing and promoting it. You can see me present at conferences and I’m one of three editors of InterAction: The Journal of Solutions Focus in Organisations. I’m also continuing to develop my own skills by completing a Solutions Focus diploma.
Why you’ll like working with me
You’ll create change and improvement easier and faster than you could imagine.
What drives me is helping people succeed – the personal performance and achievement that drives corporate success.
I’m an experienced occupational psychologist and I really know my stuff, but I’m not esoteric – we’ll work together in an easy, comfortable way.
I’m guided by evidence, not fads.
If I don’t think I can do anything useful for you I’ll tell you.
My qualifications and memberships
Australian Psychological Society member since 1988.
Chartered Psychologist UK, occupational division since 1999.
Member HCPC UK (Health and Care Professions Council).
BSc Hons psycholinguistics.
Member of SFIO (Solutions Focus in Organisations).
Member of AASFBT (Australasian Association of Solutions Focus Brief Therapy).
Member of UKASFP (United Kingdom Association of Solutions Focus Practice).
Examples of my published work
2016: Moving Fast at Highways England: Case Study
In InterAction Vol 8, No.2, 20-30
2013: Using SF to Create Whole System Change in Social Care
In InterAction Vol 5, No. 2, 74-85
2009 “Exploring What Works: Is SF the Best Way of Harnessing the Power of Positive Psychology in the Workplace?”
In InterAction Vol 1, No 1, 26-41
2008 “A Container For Problems”
in “57 SF Activities”
1. Röhrig and J. Clarke Eds
2008 “Ein Behälter für Probleme”
in “Solution Tools”
1. Röhrig (Hrsg)
ManagerSeminare [In the top 10 bestselling management books in Germany 2008]
2007 “The Power Of One: When Coaching One Man Changes An Organisation”
In “Solutions Focus Working 80 Real Life Lessons For Successful Change In Organisations
1. McKergow and J. Clarke Eds
Translated into Japanese for the first Solutions in Organisations Conference in Japan 2008
Cited in So T.T.C. & Kaufman C. (2010) Positive Psychology Interventions: An Annotated Bibliography from the Behavioural Science Literature: Unpublished paper, Institute of Coaching, Harvard University.
My latest presentations
Susie Alexander – Managing Consultant, Programme Director, City Councils
“Carey's personal style and approach is warm, thoughtful and supportive, but she will challenge assumptions and mindsets! I valued her insight and her ability to ask the right questions of challenging people to deflate opposition or hostility or to enable them to realise that they might be making erroneous assumptions, without loss of face.”