Talei is a consultant with a Masters in Organisational Psychology from Griffith University, holding a professional membership with the Australian Psychological Society. Talei has held sessional positions at Griffith University including Introduction to Psychology, Psychology in Professional Contexts, and Sport and Exercise Psychology.
Talei works across her own consulting business, Adenium Group, where she has worked with clients on projects ranging from individual employee coaching, development and validation of a team assessment tool, as well as organisational culture and employee experience assessments. When not working in her business, Talei works for a large not-for-profit that provides relationship and family counselling services, addictions counselling, domestic violence and elder abuse counselling services. Talei has a passion for partnering with clients so they can grow, thrive and flourish.
I am a registered psychologist with a Bachelors degree in Psychological Science with Honours and a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology. I’m passionate about psychology applied in the world of work and partnering with organisations to effect sustainable and productive change for individuals and teams. My research passions involve self-regulated learning and its interplay with student well-being and understanding how to best equip students to be lifelong learners.
What led you to begin a career in psychology?
It is a classic and cliché answer, but I really did want to help people! The best part about organisational psychology is being able to help many people at a more systemic level. The work I do can range from individual coaching through to working with teams or whole organisational assessments.
What motivated you to start Adenium Group and can you tell us a little bit more about it?
An Adenium is actually a desert rose which is a plant/flower that grows and prospers in harsh conditions. This is exactly what I want for my clients I work with. To be able to grow, thrive and flourish, despite challenging working environments.
What interests you most about Organisational Psychology?
We spend a huge portion of our life at work. Safe Work Australia has conducted research into work-related mental health or psychological injuries and found each year these both cost organisations approximately $543 million in workers’ compensation claims. The factors that can lead to psychological injury can include job demands, support (or lack of), working conditions, organisational change, work role clarity (or lack of) just to name a few. These are just some examples of the types of work psychologists working in organisations and Organisational Psychology involves. The ability to make a difference to an individual’s world of work and the benefits this can have for mental health and mitigating psychological injury is what I love about Organisational Psychology.
What motivated you to want to be a part of YUMM!’s mental health resources?
I am 100% for breaking down the stigma associated with mental health, seeking help, and normalising the fact that mental health is equally as important as physical health. I love having the opportunity to provide information and insights from the perspective of a psychologist in the world of work. Also, who doesn’t love chocolate!?
Why is mental health awareness and education so important to you?
We all have mental health just like we have physical health and I believe educating, raising awareness and normalising how society views this is so important! Being able to have that dialogue where it's normal to see a mental health professional, seek counselling and psychological services without stigma or it being seen as such a taboo subject, is a world I’d like to live in one day.
Why are young Australian’s most at risk of developing mental health issues?
Although mental health awareness may have increased in recent years, there is work to be done in educating young Australians on how to access support and information which research has found is still a challenge. This can be exacerbated for young people living in remote or regional areas in Australia where access to mental health services is often limited.
Could you tell us about your experiences with mental health?
Over the years I have worked in safety-critical industries – mining, construction and manufacturing. I have seen a slow shift in thinking about not just the physical safety of employees but also psychological safety although I do think there is a long way to go. When I’m not consulting in my own business, I work for a large not-for-profit which provides relationship and counselling services for couples, families, individuals experiencing addictions and domestic violence. Waiting time for those trying to access services can be really long and I see how crucial government funding is to continue these much-needed services in our community.
Are there any Instagram accounts or blogs that you follow that provide information or positive influence about mental health?