Dr Amanda Mullin – Think Differently

Psychologist – Speaker – Coach 

Dr Amanda Mullin

Ready to Think Differently about mental wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing is critical for success and happiness. Much like visiting the dentist for our dental health or exercising for our physical well-being, caring for our mental health should be a non-negotiable part of our self-care routine. The global pandemic brought mental health to the forefront and highlighted its pivotal role in our overall health.

At Think Differently, we believe that understanding our unique strengths and weaknesses allows us to care for our mental health more effectively. And we recognise that it’s often the ‘high functioning’ among us who are masters at concealing struggles.

At Think Differently, we meet you – and your business – where you’re at.

Why Think Differently?

Initially created to fulfill the rising demand for wellbeing workshops and executive coaching that supports the mental wellbeing of staff in businesses and in schools, we expanded our scope to reflect our passion for neuroaffirming mental health education.

Mental wellbeing is precious. Research shows that 51% of the Australian workforce has experienced a mental health condition, and that one in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental health illness in any year. With at least one is six of us experiencing anxiety, and Australian research suggesting one in ten people have an ADHD neurotype, demand for solid information has never been higher.

Whether speaking about brain differences, reducing burnout, improving wellbeing, neurodiversity, ADHD or reducing stress, these topics change lives for the better. Think Differently has grown by demand, to include speaking and presenting at events and conferences, customised webinars, workshops and an online programs.

Investing into mental health is both an excellent personal decision, and something that makes great business sense at every level.

Before Think Differently…

Dr Amanda Mullin founded and remains the Director of the multiple award winning Private Practice, Mindworx Psychology.  Founded in 2014, with a focus on excellence and gold standard treatments, under her Directorship, Mindworx Psychology has grown to become one of Sydney’s leading private clinical psychology practices, with a large team of Psychologists helping hundreds of children and adults each week.

What is Think Differently?

Think Differently evolved from Dr Amanda’s work with thousands of clients in her capacity as a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Mindworx Psychology to help clients achieve their mental health goals. That sat alongside a love of speaking to educate, and working with local groups and workplaces on preventative mental health.

A growing appreciation for the challenges of clients who were masking symptoms of ADHD or other neurotypes grew. Neurodiversity became her passion. She began viewing emotional intelligence, emotional dysregulation and executive dysfunction through a neuroaffirming lens. She discovered there were textbooks and programs written for working with neurodiverse children, but nothing that explored the nuances of working with high functioning, intelligent grown ups who seemed to struggle with tasks or who had been told to improve their leadership or communication during a performance review.

Nothing that wasn’t either condescending, or perhaps a little insulting to people who already knew to use a planner and had taken courses in effective communication: Remember, it’s often the ‘high functioning’ among us who are masters at concealing struggles, or finding compensations and work-arounds.

As an ADHD’er herself, compensations and workarounds were her own passion! It was time for a strengths based approach, pulling from the literature across organisational as well as clinical psychology.

Where Mindworx Psychology retains a focus on Clinical Psychology and the treatment of mental health conditions, Think Differently draws on Dr Amanda’s corporate background, and her knowledge of what works clinically, taking a preventative mental health approach.

Our mental wellbeing: Good mental health matters

Research tells us that:

  • 51% of the Australian workforce has experienced a mental health condition, and
  • that one in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental health illness in any year, and
  • at least one is six people are experiencing anxiety, and
  • one in five people are neurodiverse, and
  • between 6-10% of people in Australia may have ADHD

These are sobering statistics.  They touch all our lives. No matter who is on the team, from CEO’s to pre-school teachers, mental health is a vital part of all our lives. We see the dentist for our dental health, the doctor for our physical health, the optician for eye health. Many of us take great care of our bodies through diet and exercise. We work preventatively, and seek well-being. And yet, the messages about mental health can be unclear, leaving us uncertain how to manage our own mental health – and worried about that of our children.

We know that stress, burnout, mental exhaustion and other mental health problems are one of the main causes of sickness absence and reduced productivity, so it makes sense to invest in skills that holistically support people and workplaces.

Drawing on the same core values with which her private practice was founded, Dr Amanda remains committed to excellence, and to gold standard, evidence-based presentations and delivery of wellbeing and educational programs that work.

Working with schools, businesses – and with parent groups to educate and build knowledge around identifying and supporting ADHD brings incredible rewards.  Whether speaking about reducing burnout, improving wellbeing, neurodiversity, ADHD or reducing stress, each topic is one that can change lives for the better.

  • Popular seminars and workshops designed to support employers in building positive, mentally resilient, psychologically safe and mentally healthy environments where every employee can be well and thrive.
  • Informative, practical seminars and workshops designed to support schools in considering accommodations and disability provisions. Positive, practical behavioural support strategies help build positive, psychologically safe and mentally healthy environments where every student and educator can achieve their potential.
  • Online Courses and one-on-one coaching for individuals seeking to learn practical and effective positive psychology strategies to implement every day.
  • Workshops for educators, to upskill in the area of mental health and neurodiversity.

Building resilience and creating grit

Clinical Psychologists hold a deep and rich knowledge base on how to improve mental health. Typically, it is only shared with people who have already reached the stage where their mental health is causing problems. This knowledge has not always been easily accessible – but everyone needs such skills knowledge: it not only helps with treatment – but is part of prevention, resilience building and creating grit.

And it’s a key component of finding happiness.  In today’s environment, mental health and emotional intelligence skills are essential for work and relationships.

“It confirmed for me that the people who were considered high functioning were recognising that they were not ok, but didn’t have the tools to help themselves, or know how to get help. They used words like ‘stressed’, ‘burnt-out’ or ‘overwhelmed’ to describe how they felt.  

They didn’t really fit anywhere – and worse, they felt like it was their own fault they couldn’t feel happier”.

Dr Amanda’s continued research into ADHD, neurodiversity and burnout, and the creation of a transdiagnostic treatment for anxiety and depression during her Doctorate were the foundations for Think Differently. The research literature tells us that as humans, there are a number of similarities in the way we think and react to situations that can be unhelpful, and that cause stress and distress. Transdiagnostic programs leverage this for effective, rapid change.

“We know there are a number of strategies that make a significant difference for many people. And yet, typically, we wait until they are unwell to teach them the skills to increase their emotional intelligence and mental wellbeing. Think Differently is designed to be preventative, educational and powerful in it’s application.

It’s not telling people that work-life balance is important, or discussing disability – but providing the knowledge and practical tools to apply every day to achieve success.”

Think Differently draws from years of research, experience and training. It pulls together Dr Amanda’s corporate background and organisational psychology knowledge and experience. It is founded in practice, through the building of a multiple-award winning Clinical Psychology practice. And, importantly it’s mixed with the voice of authenticity, lived experiences and the deep skill set developed from extensive clinical one-on -one work in bringing neuroplastic change to hundreds of clients.

A passion for the things that work in mental health coaching

Put simply, Dr Amanda is passionate about treatments and programs that work. Her skills lie in taking the complicated and making it accessible, interesting and relevant to audiences with diverse backgrounds.

With the same commitment to excellence that underpins Mindworx Psychology, Think Differently is built on gold standards and evidence based theoretical underpinnings.

Deliberately designed, our evidence-based workplace mental health and wellbeing programs are suitable for individual and are also designed to:

  • be easily customised to meet the needs of every business,
  • to reduce stigma and promote neuro-affirming language and behaviours
  • to promote workplace wellbeing, and promote adaptive help seeking.

Think Differently is now being taught in early education, schools and workplaces – in workshops and by popular demand, online, making it accessible to all.

Are you ready for change? Join Dr Amanda Mullin…

Dr Amanda Mullin is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, the Founder of Mindworx Psychology, an award-winning Clinical Psychology and Executive Coaching Practice based in Sydney, Australia, and the Founder of Think Differently.

With a family of her own, a commitment to excellence, and her own set of hurdles to jump, Dr Amanda understands the challenges faced in avoiding burnout and the building of positive mental health.

In creating the popular “Think Differently” program, Dr Amanda is on track to reach her big, fat, hairy, audacious goal to change millions of  lives for the better.

Without mental health, there is no real health.

Let me encourage you to Think Differently – every person has a unique profile of strengths and weaknesses. And ‘high functioning’ people are often the ones we least expect to be hiding their struggle. And yet, so many people mask and hide their symptoms of burnout, neurodiversity, ADHD, or mental health.

Investing into mental health is both an excellent personal decision, and something that makes great business sense at every level.

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