Susie Mogg, founder
Susie has a passion for helping children strengthen their resilience, enabling them to respond with confidence to challenges. Susie strongly believes that building resilience is not just about bouncing back to the same state we were in before – it’s about taking the opportunity to respond to challenges in such a way that we grow and develop and realise our full potential.
Resilience has now been codified, meaning we can now teach this to our children, and Susie feels passionately about providing children with skills and coping strategies to strengthen their resilience. She is also passionate about providing parents with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become their children’s personal ‘Resilience Coach’ and providing educators with the insights, skills and tools to strengthen their educators’ and students’ resilience.
Susie has over 20 years’ experience in senior level People & Culture roles in large corporate organisations. She has experience in people development and training, facilitation, leadership, coaching, mentoring, talent, high-potential programs and organisational psychology, as well as in consulting and management.
Susie has devoted the last recent years of her career to the study of resilience, with a specific focus on resilience building in children. Since establishing the business, Susie has spent time with hundreds of children and their parents, as well as multiple therapists, teachers and other child development specialists. Susie has 2 primary school aged children of her own and as such has a very personal interest in this critical area of child development.
natalie mackenzie, resilience coach
Natalie has always believed in the power of storytelling. Having obtained her Masters degree in Dramatherapy from Roehampton University in London, UK, Natalie is fascinated by people and what makes them tick. She loves how role-play, stories and drama have the power to foster creativity, imagination, learning, insight and personal growth.
A registered dramatherapist with ANZATA (Australia and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association) and the British Association of Dramatherapists in the UK, Natalie has over 10 years' experience working with children who have experienced emotional trauma. She has worked in a therapeutic centre for children who have experienced abuse, neglect, grief and loss and is facilitating group programs for children whose parents are in alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Natalie provides individual and group dramatherapy programs to support children’s mental health. Exploring anxiety, emotional regulation and social skills, her creative approach supports children and young people in dealing with life’s serious stuff.
Natalie wants to help kids experiencing big emotions use creativity and their imagination to express what can often be difficult to express in words alone. Natalie is passionate about empowering children and their families to cope with life's challenges in a creative way.
liz taverner, resilience coach
Liz is passionate about helping children to thrive by teaching them the skills they need to discover and connect with themselves in the present moment. As a children's creative therapist and kids' yoga and mindfulness teacher, she loves to use fun and creative activities in her work.
Having always enjoyed working with children, Liz has previously been a nanny, tutor, learning support assistant, English as a Foreign Language teacher, behaviour therapist and the head teacher of a kindergarten. She discovered her passion for creative therapies and the huge need to help children learn life skills while studying a Postgraduate Diploma of Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology and working with teenagers at a mental health clinic. It was when she later trained in teaching kids' yoga and mindfulness that she realised how well these passions of hers aligned for promoting wellness in children in this modern world.
SAMANTHA HERBERT, RESILIENCE COACH
Samantha’s greatest passion is using creative play and expressive arts to guide children to build their resilience, ignite inspiration, identify their strengths and realise their full potential. Samantha weaves her creative play with her love of telling stories. Through this, she creates didactic opportunities that inspire a connection to the Australian wildlife and conversations about mental and physical wellbeing.
Samantha is the founder of the business, Seeds Of The Future. She is both a 1:1 mentor and group facilitator of programs using creative mediums for self-expression, self-awareness, and self-empowerment.
Samantha is currently a senior facilitator for the United Nations Youth organisation running innovative workshops, conferences, and in-school programs discussing global issues and engaging students with the world around them.
Samantha has completed a Bachelor of Communications (Theatre/Media) at Charles Sturt University, a Diploma of Leadership in Group Work & Expressive Arts at the College of Complementary Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Institute of Sydney. She is currently studying an Advanced Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy.
Erin Mitchell, resilience coach
Erin is an adolescent/teen counsellor, parent coach and family therapist. She believes in the value of learning healthy coping skills early in life. Children who are able to cope in healthy ways will be more resilient and manage stress better as adults.
As a mum to two children, aged 8 years and 9 years, she has been teaching these coping skills at home to her own children. She understands from first hand experience that it’s not always perfect. She strives for making progress, however small a step is. She is pasionate about teaching our children how to become the best version of themselves and experience true self-esteem.
Her first degree was a Bachelor of Music from the Conservatorium of Sydney. Her later counselling studies included majors in Child Development, Effective Parenting, Conflict Resolution and Family Therapy.
She has been influenced by John Gottman’s work on Emotional Intelligence, the field of Positive Psychology and the pioneering work of Haim Ginott. She is a member of the Australian Counselling Association and an accredited facilitator of Tuning into Kids, an emotion coaching program designed for parents to create better interpersonal relationships with their children.
Elisha Smyth, resilience coach
Since completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and a Diploma of Education in Drama and English, Elisha has undertaken extensive employment in primary, secondary and co-curricular education. More recently Elisha obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology. This training motivated Elisha to pursue an active role in the promotion, development and delivery of student health and wellbeing initiatives in education.
Elisha loves to devise stories with her students through improvisation, storytelling and play. Through her work she aims to build confidence, encourage understanding and foster creativity. Always striving to provide children with a friendly and supportive learning environment, Elisha seeks to create an experience that encourages fun, improves communication and promotes self-discovery. It is her belief that sharing stories and accessing our imagination can help us find balance, health and happiness in our lives.
SUSAN CONSALVEY, RESILIENCE COACH
Susan holds a Higher National Diploma in Childhood Studies and is in her final year of studying a Bachelor Of Education (Early Years). She brings a wealth of experience, having worked as a family support worker, a preschool room leader, learning support assistant and lots more.
Susan has spent many years providing advocacy and case management to vulnerable children and families where there have been identified issues such as parenting difficulties, isolation or poor mental health. She is highly dedicated in ensuring that both these adults and children are provided with quality education, guidance and support in order for them to be strong, confident and successful in all aspects of their lives.
Susan holds a cert IV in Training and Assessment and is qualified as a facilitator to deliver programs such Cool Kids, Tuning into Kids, Triple P, Circle of Security and Seasons for Growth. Susan delivers such programs in women’s refuges, family health centres, childcare organisations and schools. She has worked with children who have struggled with mild to moderate leaning disabilities and it is through this she has continued her passion in working with children of primary school age.
As a mum to two daughters she has first hand experience in supporting children to effectively deal with life’s everyday challenges and she encourages her own children to learn from their own experiences in order to become stronger and more resilient individuals.
ERIKO KINOSHITA, resilience coach
Eriko holds a Master of Art Therapy and a Graduate Diploma of Expressive Therapies from the University of Western Sydney. Eriko was interested to pursue these to build on her experience of visual and cultural arts in Tokyo, Japan.
Eriko has since spent the last 13 years working extensively in community-based health and wellbeing services as an Art Therapist. She has worked with people from all walks of life, exploring anything from everyday stresses and challenges to Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety, Abuse, Neglect, Grief and Loss, Social Disadvantage, Disabilities or other emotional trauma. Eriko has offered Art Therapy sessions individually or in small or large groups.
Over the past 6 years, Eriko has been fortunate to work with other Creative Therapists (including Dramatherapy, Music Therapy and Play Therapy) which has expanded Eriko’s capacity to engage with children in more diverse creative (and sometimes magical!) ways.
Throughout her life, Eriko has witnessed children’s unique ability to use creativity, imagination and group work to build their resilience together - weekly inner work can have a huge impact! Eriko loves to find each child’s unique quality and quirk to build upon their innate and powerful resilience.