About Dr. Sue Jackson

Brookfield Psychologist

I am an experienced psychologist who enjoys working with individuals and groups to help them tap into their potential to find flow in their performance, be that in sport, at work, or with life as it is happening in each present moment. I have a passion for flow, which has been a large part of my life since I embarked on postgraduate studies of this amazing psychological concept in the 1980s.

After learning there was a field of study called sport psychology in the mid 80s, I left my native Australia to embark on postgraduate studies at leading North American programs, first at the University of Illinois (MSc) and then the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (PhD). I was fortunate during these training years in North America to be mentored by leading sport psychologists including Professors Dan Gould, Glyn Roberts, Diane Gill, and Tara Scanlan. As well, I met the founder of flow, Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, and having found out about this state called flow in Csiksentmihalyi’s writings, I had my course set for my doctoral thesis focus.

The title of my thesis was “Elite Athletes in Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Sport Experience”, and in its year of completion, 1993, was awarded Dissertation of the Year by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and the Sport Psychology Academy of NASPE. I returned to Australia in 1993, to begin an academic career in Australian universities.  I have published extensively on flow in both academic journal articles and in applied publications. With my flow mentor, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, I co-authored Flow in Sports: The Keys to Optimal Experiences and Performances. You can buy a copy of Flow in here: Flow in Sports.  In my researching flow, I developed self-report instruments that assess this optimal psychological state. You can find information on how to obtain these instruments, the Flow Scales, here.

Having always loved to work at a practical level – making a positive difference in people’s lives – I moved from an academic-focused career into full-time consulting in 2008. Since this time, I have worked as a practitioner in the field of psychology.  I am a practising psychologist, with a specialisation in sport and exercise psychology. I have also trained as a yoga and meditation teacher.

Psychological and meditative approaches that inform my practice include ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), iRest Yoga Nidra, and Mind with Heart mindfulness training in education.

I bring both an in-depth understanding of the science behind flow states and a practical tool-kit of psychological strategies and skills to my consulting work. I enjoy working with individuals and groups across domains of performance and in daily life, helping success become a standard measured by full involvement in the task at hand.


Academic and Professional Credentials

Sue has completed degrees in Education (1st Class Honours, University of Sydney), followed by graduate degrees in Sport & Exercise Psychology: a Masters of Science (University of Illinois), and Doctor of Philosophy (University of North Carolina-Greensboro).

In addition, Sue has a Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing, & Publishing (University of Queensland), a Diploma in Yoga Teaching (IYTA), and practitioner training courses in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), iRest™ Yoga Nidra and Mind with Heart mindfulness training.

Sue is a registered psychologist and member of the College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. With this strong and diverse background of training, and a real interest in making a positive difference to real-world challenges, Sue can provide skills and strategies to help you navigate toward what is important in your life.

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Yoga Therapy for Sleep & Mental Health - so good to be part of this course developed by Celia Roberts & BIYOME and what a great way to spend a weekend! Sleep is so important, and during this course we explored ways to optimize our sleep & wellbeing through restorative yoga poses, lucid dreaming, iRest, & traditional Yoga Nidra. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great experience talking about flow with the staff of Beehive Montessori School in Perth over the past two days. Such richness in the Montessori educational philosophy.
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Yoga Therapy for Sleep Health!
I am looking forward to joining Celia Roberts and Swami Mutkibhodhananda on this short course the weekend of Feb 16-17 at the Upper Brookfield Sanctuary.Sleeping well? Keen to educate yourself and others on the benefits of sleep yoga and the “how to” of a good nights sleep? Our next clinical yoga therapy weekend is to train yoga and meditation teachers in the higher disciplines of:

🍀Clinical yoga therapy for sleep health

🍀Sleep mindfulness and lucid dreaming meditations

🍀 iRest

🍀Yoga Nidra for mental health and sleep health.

20hr Higher-Level Learning Certificate in Yoga Therapy for Sleep Health, (including irest, Yoga Nidra)

Saturday 16 February & Sunday 16 February

Book Before February 2 $399 early bird

Join Celia Roberts and Special Guests Dr Sue Jackson & Swami Muktibhodhananda over two days to explore Clinical Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra and iRest, all which open up avenues towards addressing sleep debt, heightened state of consciousness and yogic sleep philosophy.

Saturday 16 February 2019 9:30am – 1:00pm

Hosted by Celia Roberts BSc, Senior Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist

Clinical Yoga Therapy for Healthy Sleep

This is an immersive experience delving into understanding the biomedical and traditional foundations of sleep health, how they comparatively support each other and how each perspective can offer those who suffer from sleep dept to find a good night sleep. This session is aimed at introducing the most vital aspects of yogic wisdom and insight and imbedding new knowledge by understanding sleep from a neurophysiological perspective.

We will be exploring:

The importance of sleep, and a definition of sleep health
The definition and the impact of sleep dept
How a lack of sleep effects memory and cognitive function
How and why yoga and mindfulness meditation are proven to help
How and why traditional yoga aligns with a biomedical and neuroscientific perspective
How and why some dietary changes can often show greater improvement than pharmacological treatment
Practical application of technique for cultivating restorative and rejuvenating sleep health
Overall assessment, selection, sequencing, and application, of yoga therapy tools

Saturday 16 February 2019 1:45pm – 4:45pm

Hosted by Celia Roberts BSc, Senior Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist

Meditations for Lucid Dreaming

This is an immersive experience of guided meditations specifically refined for opening avenues to lucid dreaming, which is proven to be an effective way to manage night time sleep insufficiencies. This session is aimed at moving towards awakening in all aspects of holistic well-being and literally become inherently mindful and meditative in the dream states.

We will be exploring:

What lucid dreaming is.
How and why lucid dreaming can be a restorative practice.
How to move towards awakening within the dream state.
An emergent experience of specific meditations designed to facilitate experiential understanding of therapeutic technique.
Sunday 17 February 2019 9:30am – 1:00pm

Hosted by Dr. Sue Jackson

iRest Yoga Nidra

This is an immersive experience of the ancient teachings of meditation formed into the modern practice of iRest. With foundations based in thirty years of observation, research and hands-on development by Dr Richard Miller and associates, iRest is an evidence-based transformative practice that can enhance psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being. This session is aimed at healing any unresolved issues and traumas that are present, enabling a recognition of innate peace of mind, as well as the ability to adapt to the flux of circumstances present in life.

We will be exploring:

The foundations of iRest
Why iRest is different to other yogic processes and tools
The neurological foundations of iRest
How to change mental habits and achieve greatest potential
How and why this process is an effective therapeutic tool
An immersive practice-based experience of understanding
Sunday17 February 2019 1:45pm – 4:45pm

Hosted by Swami Mukti

Yoga Nidra for Mental Health

This is an immersive experience of the physical and mental relaxation technique of Yoga Nidra. Literally meaning Yogic Sleep, this technique brings about a conscious, deep, and dynamic state that takes place between various levels of consciousness. This session is aimed at understanding how Yoga Nidra can assist in cultivating a greater ability to relax and more holistically balanced traits of mental health.

We will be exploring:

How to teach students to consciously explore the waking state, the dreaming state, the sleeping state, and how to experience all three collectively.
Understanding and teaching brain wave patterning and common states of mind related to such patterns
How to impart evidenced based research into Yoga Nidra
Understand and teach how Yoga Nidra can assist in mental health disorders
How to deliver a basic practice of Yoga Nidra
How to achieve better concentration through Yoga Nidra
Learn how to restructure experiences and revaluate situations with students
Exploring the effective use of intentions, or sankalpas
Understand Yoga philosophy and the mind in relation to current mental health framework
How to apply yoga therapy and meditation tools for delivering yoga teachings and philosophy to groups and individual in both clinical and private settings
We welcome you to join three conversant yogic teachers and therapists as they share their adept practice wisdom with you and bring you a weekend dedicated to improving your holistic well-being through healthy sleep habits.

At the end of this 13-hour face-to-face weekend you will be provided with materials for reading as well as a BIYOME certificate of completion. This course is intended to provide you will a substantial knowledge base in yoga therapy – this however does not qualify you as a yoga therapist. We use the term “therapy” as a reference to varied methodologies that enable well-being.

Book soon to receive early bird rate. celiaroberts.com.au/certificate-in-yoga-therapy-for-sleep-health/

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