When a series of difficult life experiences left psychologist Valerie Ling suffering from burnout – she knew it was time to get help in her business.
And so began the growth of a busy psychology practice called the Centre for Effective Living. In this episode Valerie – who’s now an expert in the treatment and prevention of burnout – tells the story of her lifelong entrepreneurship streak – and her passion to build organisations that make the world a healthier, happier place.
(This two-part series continues next episode, where Valerie shares her expert advice on burnout in business.)
03:29 – “I didn’t even know what psychology was…” Valerie undertakes a double degree in Law and Psychology.
06:09 – Valerie’s entrepreneurial streak surfaces at age nine.
07:17 – By age 13, Valerie has started her own small enterprise teaching music.
08:12 – Valerie ‘meets a boy’, moves to Singapore to start a family – and begins practising psychology.
09:45 – Burnout hits Valerie, she resigns from her job and suffers a terrible grief.
13:43 – Back in Australia with young children, Valerie opens her own clinic.
16:39 – Valerie develops a regular reflective practice to maintain her own mental health and begins proactively building a healthier, more sustainable business model.
22:13 – The story behind the ‘Centre for Effective Living’.
28:19 – What Valerie has learnt about marketing.