Dr Shara Drysdale (BScHons.DClinPsych)
Consulting Psychological Educator: Wellbeing, Resilience & Mindfulness
Empowering Resilient Change
A key, consistent theme within Shara's life, travels and work celebrates the power of the natural world to promote and sustain therapeutic wellbeing and emotional balance. Related to and extending this, Shara is inspired by the field of integrative and positive psychology, mindfulness and contemporary, innovative brain science that supports the neuro-plasticity of the brain and our capacity to learn, develop and practice resilient habits and skills across our entire life path.
Shara seeks to empower individuals to consider creative solutions to life transitions, facilitating the discovery of new meaning and the pathway to positive change. She is passionate about helping individuals to flourish and reach their potential, sharing simple, evidence based resources with an accessible, authentic and practical teaching style.
Shara's integrative vision of wellbeing and resilience has been influenced by her experience and education within many countries and cultures including Switzerland, France, the UK and New Zealand. She holds a first class honours degree and Doctorate within her studies of psychology and was awarded the Social Science Faculty prize for academic excellence during her first degree. Part of her doctoral thesis explored the role of a mindfulness processing technique compared with thought suppression to manage recurrent thoughts. This experience catalysed her early interest in mindfulness which over the years, has steadily evolved to inspire her life and practice.
Shara has created a book (in press) to help convey the essence and practice of mindfulness in an accessible way for the younger reader.
Her most recent title has been developed to share practical, evidence based resilience skills with adults and will be available in 2020.
Current book titles include the following:
Stand Tall Like a Mountain
This book was designed to help nurture positive self-worth and confidence, offering a range of creative solutions to resolve everyday obstacles. With a toolbox of emotional resources and life skills, the story line presents themes with direct scope for further teaching and guidance by adults, teachers and those working within a range of therapeutic settings.
Bouncing Bouncing Back
A picture book with a message of courage and determination, to help inspire resilience, hope and inner strength in the face of life's challenges and disappointments. As we bounce back from unexpected setbacks, the challenge can gradually enable us to find new meaning and purpose with a bright and bold key to our life goals and projects.
True Colours of Kindness
A little story about the beauty and power of sharing appreciation, goodwill and kindness. With the wings of kindness, Dragonfly discovers a new sense of belonging on the flight towards self-acceptance of his very unique wings.
This is an educational and information sharing service and is not intended to replace guidance from your GP/health practitioner
Dr Shara Drysdale (BScHons.DClinPsych): Consulting Psychological Educator... Empowering Positive Change:-
Resilience, Wellbeing & Mindfulness.
A Member of the New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology and the
British Psychological Society