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Dr Charlotte

Clinical Psychologist. Neuroscience PhD. Wellbeing enthusiast. Mental Health Advocate.

To achieve true wellbeing, conscious actions have to be taken, everyday!

Dr Charlotte Keating is a wellbeing enthusiast.

As a speaker, Charlotte is an energetic storyteller. She draws on her dual expertise as a practising clinician and academic, to combine her knowledge of the latest developments in neuroscience and psychology, to provide data-driven and evidenced-based, neuroscientific insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

With 10 years of experience at the coal face of Clinical Psychology, together with her ongoing passion for Neuroscience, Charlotte is uniquely positioned to inspire, motivate, and provide actionable ways for individuals and organisations to initiate change by drawing on cutting-edge research and practice.

Charlotte is a highly sought-after media personality speaking on wide-ranging mental health and well-being issues, across all media major outlets. She has been a guest on Channel 10’s The Project, and Channel Nine’s The Today Show, as well as other Channel Nine news and a current affair programs, Channel 7’s Sunrise and is a frequent contributor to the ABC’s, Radio National talk-back, ‘Life Matters’ program.

Prior to her career as a clinician, Charlotte spent many years in research, obtaining her PhD in Neuroscience from Monash University in 2011, before completing her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Swinburne University of Technology. She has been a Board Member (2014-2017) and an Associate Editor (2017-2019) at the international scientific Journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioural Reviews.

A reflection of her passion for the wellbeing of the community, Charlotte is a member of the Board of Directors at the children’s charity, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, and an Advisory Board member of the anti-bullying organisation, Dolly’s Dream. She has previously been a Member of the National Centre Against Bullying.

Charlotte is an insightful, compassionate, and dynamic presenter. As a Clinician, Researcher, Board Member and Media Spokesperson, Charlotte’s authenticity and accessibility as a communicator allows her to build intriguing, deeper insights about our health and well-being and what drives us as humans, leaving audiences with clear out-takes on how to create lasting change for themselves and their organisations.

Talking Points

Leaning in to perfectionism….but not too far

This keynote is about understanding the psychological drivers that push us towards perfectionism, and how to harness our instinctual values and action them, to get the best results.
Striving for perfection is not necessarily a problem: pursuing our best, setting flexible, realistic, achievable goals where we celebrate our successes and accept that our mistakes are part of learning (and move on from them without dwelling in distress), is healthy.
Unhealthy perfectionism can have a huge personal and professional cost, including a relentless pursuit of extremely high unrealistic standards, and debilitating procrastination cycles. Individuals often judge their self-worth based on the outcome, which can be highly distressing (and exhausting) when the outcome falls short of expectations.
You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the drivers of perfectionism. You will learn key cognitive and physiological strategies that help shift your mindset to one that’s motivated by values-driven excellence, which will positively impact your well-being, your relationships, and your resilience, and prepare you to solve future challenges.

Beyond resilience comes adaptability - Thriving in a Changing World

Innovation and creativity are at the heart of our capacity to solve future challenges. Yet, at a time when people and industries are experiencing pressure or uncertainty, the brain’s capacity for creativity can be limited, often just when they need to tap into creativity, most.
Positive consumer-end experience increasingly depends on positive employee experience. The benefits of nurturing employees’ well-being are clear, and the impact is often increased innovation. This session unpacks the neuroscience essentials about how we experience and respond to workplace change, stress, and ongoing uncertainty.
We all know the adage, “fit your own oxygen mask first”. This talk is about empowering each person in your organisation with actionable, essential ways to “fit their own oxygen mask” by providing examples of the latest neuroscience techniques (cognitive and physiological tools) to help build and sustain well-being, satisfaction and high performance, in the constantly changing world of work.

Anxiety: An intergenerational lens on mental health and wellbeing at work

Depending on what decade you grew up in, you may have a very different perspective, even understanding about what mental illness and wellbeing are. The Productivity Commission Enquiry estimates the impact of mental illness to be $70 billion to the Australian economy per year. With 1 in 5 Australians each year, and 2 in 5 Australians over their lifetime impacted by a mental illness, this keynote bridges the inter-generational gap by providing a deeper understanding of what mental illness, and true wellbeing, are. How mental illness impacts each of us, and those in our lives, and what each of us can do to cultivate wellbeing.
In an industry-tailored approach, using storytelling to bring the human experience to life, this keynote focuses on sharing what preoccupies each of us over the different decades. For example, transitioning into a career in your 20s, building a career, a business and/or a family in your 30s, sustaining a professional life, or re-entering the workforce in your 40s and so on. While there are differing challenges in relation to work, family and relationships, finding the capacity and courage to recalibrate when things are challenging is a constant.
You will gain a deeper understanding of the most common mental health concerns for people relative to their stage of life, protective strategies each one of us can engage in, and how to come together, and compassionately talk about the most commonly experienced challenges, to build and sustain a healthier, resilient, and thriving workforce.
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