Voight Holgar is the founder of Mind-Skill and creator of High-6. Both have been developed as mental health initiatives adapting the well-researched principles of positive psychology and clinical hypnotherapy. Voight is a registered teacher with the Meditation Association of Australia and holds qualifications in clinical hypnotherapy in addition to prior tertiary qualifications from Melbourne University.
MinD-Skill, High-6 training initiatives are Voight’s passion, utilising his experience as a mentor, business owner of long standing and leading figure in stake holder groups.
Having employed several hundred people across seven diverse, successful businesses since 1982, including professional services, early childhood education, allied health and primary health care, Voight has gained valuable personal experience in the effective management of staff, key personnel and stake holders.
Mind-Skill and High-6 offer practical training to meet the challenging demands of educators, parents, business owners and HR managers. Anyone seeking to improve relationships, not least the relationship they have with themselves.
The foremost relationship is one’s individual, personal one. Examining and working on this relationship is the fundamental starting point for High-6, leading to personal growth and development, with attendant far-reaching benefits.
In the corporate sphere, company culture, productivity, profitability, staff retention, business reputation, customer satisfaction and the personal growth and development of key personnel are addressed.
Firmly based on positive psychology, Voight’s mentorship with Mind-Skill and High-6 means it may be individualised, using personalised metrics and biofeedback to monitor progress.
Dr Sue Jackson is a highly motivated and experienced psychologist with a particular focus on performance excellence and wellbeing. Sue completed a PhD in sport psychology, and has many years’ experience as a practitioner in psychology and performance coaching,
Sue is a registered psychologist and full member of the College of Sport and Exercise Psychology in the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Dr Jackson possesses an extensive tool kit from which to draw on to help create positive change and direction in people’s lives. She has wide-ranging experience working with individuals and organisations in university settings, high schools, elite sport and business.
Within the Mind-Skill Performance Enhancement program, Sue covers motivation, self-concept, stress and coping, and optimal performance states. Dr Jackson’s work focuses on the psychological experiences associated with performing to a high level.
A primary emphasis of Sue’s work has been the application of flow (the optimal psychological state for performance) theory to understanding experience and enhancing the performance of individuals in various tasks and settings. Flow is an optimal psychological state popularly known as being in the zone.
Sue started researching the flow concept in the late 1980’s, and her academic and applied work has helped to make the flow state both understandable and accessible to all levels of performers.
Sue has written extensively on flow, including, with her mentor, and the founder of flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, “Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances”.
The application of flow theory within Mind-Skill programs reinforces the principles of achieving ‘best practice’ performance, resulting in greater productivity and professional growth.
Toni Chambers is a registered and practising clinical nutritionist, former journalist and yoga teacher trainee. Toni sees many patients in clinic who are suffering chronic health conditions, from mental health conditions like insomnia, depression and anxiety to metabolic conditions such as diabetes and non-alcoholic fatty liver, and fatigue conditions like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
The gut is the foundation of health and disease. Our modern diet, consisting of highly processed, high-carbohydrate foods, combined with a stressful and often sedentary lifestyle has implications for our gut function and gut microbiome. Leaky gut with altered, more pathogenic microflora causes an inflammatory response throughout the body, affecting our mental health, causing unexplained anxiety and depression and perhaps an inability to cope with daily life. This inflammation leads to other chronic health conditions, that often do not seem to have a gut connection.
The good news is that making simple dietary changes, along with adopting techniques to better cope with the stresses of daily life, gut health can be restored, along with reduced signs and symptoms. We have the power to really see food as our medicine; everything we put into our body has a positive or negative effect. Even the daily coffee or the weekly chocolate can have positive mental health benefits – moderation and balance is the key, and knowledge is the power we need to control our health and quality of life.