Voight Holgar is the founder and creator of Mind-Skill, initially developed as a mental health initiative utilising the principles of clinical hypnotherapy, a discipline in which Voight obtained certification in 2014. He is also a registered teacher with the Meditation Association of Australia. Voight is currently completing certification in Nutrition and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health, an area of focus for MinD-Skill programs.
Voight recognises the importance of maintaining commercial relevance in a changing business and cultural environment. He is a qualified and registered architect and builder in Queensland and designs, builds, develops and invests in property. MinD-Skill and its training programs are Voight’s passion, utilising both his business acumen and experience combined with the application of cognitive behavioural therapies.
Having employed hundreds of people across seven diverse, successful businesses since 1982 including architecture, construction, property development, early childhood education, allied health and primary health care, Voight has gained valuable personal experience in effective performance management of staff and key personnel.
Mind-Skill offers practical training to meet the challenging demands of business owners and HR managers seeking to improve company culture, productivity, profitability, staff retention, business reputation, customer satisfaction and the personal growth and development of key personnel.
Based on positive psychology as it applies to business culture and ethics, Mind-Skill programs bring together the skills of allied health professionals with a focus on identifying and developing goal-oriented mindsets, using 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.