Performance Edge Psychology is a psychology clinic in North Balwyn, Melbourne offering individual face to face and online consultations as well as delivering high quality, evidence based programs and workshops to athletes, sporting organisations and corporate trainings on high performance and wellbeing.
Performance Edge Psychology works with people presenting with a range of issues including athletes (from local to Olympic/international level), people in high performance roles and high pressure, stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and trauma. Our approach to working with people, regardless of why they have sought help, it that of compassion, understanding and being fully present. Although the experience and therapeutic orientation of a psychologist is important, we believe that ultimately it is the connection and relationship between therapist and the client that can make the biggest difference. We strive to nurture that relationship in helping people overcome difficulties and making changes in their lives.
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Caroline Anderson – Director and Psychologist
Caroline is the Director of the clinic and is a registered Melbourne based psychologist with over 15 years experience who has worked in a variety of contexts in both clinical and performance psychology. As a former Olympian she has unique insight into elite performance which she combines with her psychological understanding and professional experience in her private practice and other consulting roles.
Caroline is a Senior Consultant to the Australian Institute of Sport Gold Medal Ready Program, developing content, frameworks and delivering programs to Australian athletes on mental performance and preparation to perform at their best at Olympic Games, Para-Olympics and Commonwealth Games, in conjunction with the Australian Defence Forces. Caroline also is a Consulting Psychologist for the Victorian Institute of Sport, Cricket Australia, the AFL Players Association, and Waverley High Performance Gymnastics Centre.
Caroline has worked at a leading hospital in Mental Health for 10 years, working with children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide range of complex difficulties. Prior to that she worked in the UK specialising in early intervention in mental health.
Caroline’s enthusiasm for educating and inspiring people has always been present in her career as an athlete and psychologist. She is committed to providing engaging, evidence based and thought provoking training, organisational and professional development, workshops and motivational speaking. Caroline is passionate about mindfulness and acceptance techniques and is committed to supporting people to learn the skills and benefits which can be life changing. Caroline is committed to engage with people by emphasizing the connection, relationship and authenticity between herself and her clients/audience.
Caroline’s specific areas of interest in therapy includes high performance/elite mindsets, the assessment and treatment of depression and anxiety in both young people and adults. She also works with relationship issues, sleep difficulties, anger management, self esteem, behavioural problems, parent work, self harm and complex mental health issues including low prevalence mental health disorder and personality disorders. Along side her clinical work, Caroline has an interest in working individually with athletes, business people and students wishing to improve their performance in high pressure settings. Caroline has worked with a number of high profile clients including athletes, media personalities and clients involved in court cases with high media interest.
Nonie Carr – Psychologist
Nonie has worked in a range of different areas. She has a particular passion for performance psychology being a cyclist herself. Nonie has been a Psychologist for over 10 years and in that time has worked within a girls’ school and in private practice. She has a particular interest in enhancing performance, performance anxiety, confidence and self esteem, and working with sports people, performers and anyone that wants to enhance their performance in their chosen field.
Nonie uses cognitive and behavioural approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and at times also use Motivational Interviewing.
Nonie is an athlete and has been racing for about 13 years and have competed on the track, road, and in cyclocross. In 2008 she won the time trial and the scratch race in age group at the World Masters Track Championships in Sydney. She has raced the Tour of Bright on 5 occasions and in 2011 won the Sprint competition in Women’s C Grade.
Nonie’s experience in cycling, as both a competitor and a participant, is something that often draw on when working with clients to help them enhancing their performance, managing their anxiety and building their confidence and self-esteem.
Mark Spargo – Performance Psychologist
Mark is a registered psychologist, based in Melbourne, with an extensive history of working in both the sporting and corporate worlds at the highest level. His qualifications include a Masters Degree (Sport Psychology).
Mark has over 15 years experience working in elite sport and has held Sport Psychologist positions at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), the Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and currently consults to the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). In these roles he has been in the fortunate position of being able to provide support to many of Australia’s best athletes and coaches while also attending major sporting events such as the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games and World Championships. Although Mark continues to work in sport at the highest level he is equally passionate about assisting athletes of all ages and abilities to achieve their sporting goals. As a social athlete himself (jogging and surfing) he can relate to the joy that comes with just being in the moment and producing a performance that provides a high level of self-satisfaction.
Mark also has spent a period of time in the corporate sector where he began applying the principles of successful performance that he had gained from sport to business. Working as a consultant he has advised some of Australia’s largest organisations particularly in the banking, financial and telecommunication sectors. His work included: psychometric testing; training programs such as stress management and time management; team building; executive coaching; career counselling and transition; and graduate recruitment.
Regardless of the environment, Mark’s key priority is always the mental and physical health of the person and where necessary he is able to assist in dealing with such mental health issues as stress, anxiety and depression. He uses well researched and evidence-based therapeutic approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), along with Mindfulness and Meditation techniques to ensure the best possible outcome.
His approach is to develop a close, empathic and collaborative relationship with the person and to guide them in gaining a better understanding of themselves and how they can live a more meaningful and purposeful life. He seeks to do this in a positive, supportive and at times fun and playful manner.
With a passion for personal growth he is particularly fascinated by the brain and how it functions and he continues to stay up to date with the most recent research to better understand how he can incorporate new learning’s into his practice.
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