About BrainSweet

BrainSweet workshops are about helping you to help yourself.

In the words of Alex Korb, there is no one solution rather, “there are many dozens of small solutions that add to more than the sum of their parts”.

At the end of the day, it is you who has ultimate responsibility for your own mental well-being. BrainSweet workshops are designed to empower you, (or your team) to do just this. The appropriate audience is anyone who needs to look after their mental wellbeing – and that, as we know, is everyone.

I am extremely passionate about this topic, because I know what it feels like to be depressed. I’ve accepted that I will probably always have to take extra care of my mental health; and I’ve realised that ultimately, I am the one who has the power to do this. I am not a victim of my genetics; I am not helpless when my depression symptoms begin. I am in the driver’s seat, and I can make dozens of small decisions that will turn my downward spiral into an upward spiral.

If you have any questions, give me a call on 0448 99 88 13 or contact me via our get in touch page.

About Clare

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Professional Experience

Clare has worked in the field of Human Resources and Organisation Development for 22 years.

After completing post graduate studies in Applied Psychology, she embarked on a career in HR and eventually OD. Her specialties include culture development, performance management & enhancement, team building, employee relations and discrimination law. She has worked in a range of industries including Management Consulting, State Government, Hospitality, Energy, Retail and Manufacturing, and has been in HR leadership roles with AGL, Accor and Qantas.

Clare established Thrive Human Resources in 2010, and has since balanced contract HR Manager roles with her passion for facilitation. She is fascinated with why people behave as they do at work, and the dynamics that play out in teams. She is accredited in MBTI and HBDI and regularly facilitates workshops to help teams understand and embrace their difference in thinking style and personality, to gain better results.

Clare’s other passion is mental health; in particular the role the brain plays in maintaining good mental wellbeing.   She shares her personal and professional experience via BrainSweet workshops and speaking engagements, teaching participants how to nurture their brain and enhance their wellbeing.

Clare’s clients vary from small not-for-profits, through to global, ASX listed companies, and include Transurban, Priceline, Australian Industry Group, State Trustees, The Royal Children’s Hospital, and many more.

Personal Experience

I founded BrainSweet in 2017, after thirty years of managing depression on and off since I was 17 years old. Along the way, I learnt a lot. Two of the most important learnings were:

  • Medication alone is not enough to keep me well. 18 months after first going on anti-depressants, I found myself at an extremely low point once again. Little did I know at the time, that 65 – 80% of people who take anti-depressants are depressed again a year later.
  • There are simple things I can do every day to help me nurture my brain, which in turn enhances my wellbeing. I discovered most of these through trial and error, and subsequently delved into the neuro-scientific research that validated what I had learnt by accident.

My professional background is as a facilitator, so the natural next step was to share what I’d learnt with the people around me; hence, BrainSweet was born.

You can read more about my personal journey in Intrepid Women. To purchase, please visit my Resources page

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