Bridget Macdonald - MNZAC
Bridget has a background in senior management and consulting in the commercial sector, secondary teaching and related management roles. Since 2003 she has worked in private practice with individuals, couples, families and young people, and as an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) practitioner to organisations providing counselling, supervision, coaching and mentoring, training and group support. Dual backgrounds in business management and education, plus counselling and couples therapy position Bridget well to develop empathic, supportive relationships with clients assisting them to achieve shifts or changes, create new patterns or solutions, or design conditions for transformation.
She has a real interest in the applications of the study of the brain to relationships and self management; to achieve effective, resourced positive changes to conflict, loss, anxiety, stress, emotion, trauma and deep unhelpful patterns.
Bridget draws upon a variety of modalities to provide an integrated model of personal and professional support. These include Psychosynthesis, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Schema Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
B Ed, Dip Teaching, Dip Management, Dip Psychosynthesis Counselling, Cert Supervision, Completed training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples.
Trisha has worked as a training consultant for the past twelve years. She specialises in the neuroscience of transforming stress, neuroleadership and the neuroscience of communication. Her background is in corporate training, psychology and the media. This includes working as a war correspondent for TVNZ, Channel 9, CNN and BBC world news; a 60 minutes journalist and radio and press throughout the world. She has also produced and directed over twenty prime-time TV documentaries through her own production company.
Trisha has completed a PhD in the neuroscience of communication. She is a registered Clinical neuropsychotherapist with a Masters in Communication, a Masters in Psychotherapy (Neuroscience) and a Diploma in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (USA).
Trisha has experience in hostage negotiation and has worked as a consultant to corporations in Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and the Pacific. With this combination of media skills, psychology and neuroscience, Trisha has a unique insight into what is needed to produce best performance and well being.
She has run coaching/mentoring and training programmes for varied organisations and management levels, from CEO’s to junior management and frontline workers. She has worked with Fremantle Media in their reality TV shows including Australian Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. Trisha works with the contestants helping them with motivation and performance anxiety.
In Australia Trisha has worked with companies like DOCS, ABC, Fremantle Media, Exxon Mobil, Joy Mining, Ernst & Young, MediaCom, Mitchell Media, Omnicor, Spark PhD, Queensland Government, Main Roads Qld, Workplace Health and Safety Qld, Yulu-Burri-Ba, Morris Corporation, Wesley Mission and financial institutions like Whittaker Macnaught.
She has designed and delivered varied programmes including change management, transforming stress, transition to leadership, time management, presentation and negotiation skills; conquering performance anxiety; conflict transformation; workplace communication skills; communicating in a hostile environment, self development and self awareness.
She has extensive training and experience in group work where she uses transactional analysis and process orientated techniques. Her special interests are in transforming stress into peak performance, neuroleadership, change management, workplace organisation, performance anxiety, presentation and communication skills and conflict transformation.
Trisha is committed to learning that is fun, challenging, experiential and reflective. She also has some great stories!