About Me

Sarah Simplify Your Life

 

Hi there! I'm Sarah, and I'm a provisional psychologist and author. I'm a Kiwi (from New Zealand) and am currently living in Brisbane, Australia.

I like to do lots of different things, so my life these days is made up of seeing people for therapy, writing books, developing online courses, completing my master's training, and running my business. 

I focus on the importance of connection and creativity, hence my business name, Connect The Dots, which combines these two factors.

You may be wondering why I've chosen this unique focus. Well, I used to work in advertising - so creativity is in my bones. I love the creative process and I love working with creative people. I've worked for many big name agencies (e.g. Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, BBDO) and consulted with a multitude of blue-chip clients (e.g. Visa, Kia, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle). However, while I like helping big organisations succeed, I also like to help small businesses and individuals, which is why I've spent the past few years training to become a Clinical Psychologist (I'm nearly there - phew). This training has provided me with a deeper understanding of how the mind works, what stops us at times, and what allows us to become extraordinary.

I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients and encourage honest communication in order to get the best results. Developing solid good quality relationships is an important part of the process.

I now have my own consulting business offering therapy and courses and have authored three books called Simplify Your Life, Ready for a Career Change and Fresh Start: A Guide To Eliminating Unhealthy Stress.

By making some changes, looking at life a little differently, and not doing what was expected, I've been able to build my dream life, and my hope is that I can help you to build yours. 

Sarah O'Flaherty
Life Improvement Specialist

 

WRITING

I love to write. For me, it's a pleasure I can't go without. For a while, I wrote and wrote, and it was all just for me. I had no special purpose and no particular story to tell. And then, finally one day, I felt compelled to write a book without knowing exactly what I was going to write about. From that moment on, I wrote nearly every day, just flowing with what came to me, until my first book, Simplify Your Life, was complete.

The content of my first book was drawn from my own life experiences. Over the years I'd completed so much training, so many personal development courses, read so many self-help books, and yet I felt there was so much overlap, so much complexity that I knew there must be a simpler solution. My book Simplify Your Life summarises my key learnings and is a quick easy read that covers the essentials of good living without taking up too much of your precious time. I'm very proud of the end result and have had a lot of wonderful feedback from readers. 

 

Simplify your life book

 

Some reader comments:

“A great read and a book of discovery about self. I recommend it to anyone looking for a more fulfilling life of meaning.” Melly

"Don’t hesitate, jump on the bliss train. My sincere thanks to Sarah for sharing her experience and wisdom." Peter Kelly

"I enjoyed your laid back, funny style! We just get too caught up in our fast-paced lives to stop and do some deep personal reflection. The suggestions you make are a great place to start for anyone wanted to make some changes to simplify their lives." Mandy

 

TRAVEL
Another passion of mine is travelling. While originally from New Zealand, I'm lucky enough to have lived and worked all over the world. One of the main benefits of this nomadic lifestyle has been the opportunity to use travelling as a way to develop as a person. I'm a bit of an adventurer so I generally travel alone and try to avoid the typical tourist traps. 

 

Sarah O'Flaherty Myanmar Meditation

Meditating in Shwe Oo Min Monestary in Myanmar where I spent three months under the guidance of Sayadaw U Tejaniya.

 

Sarah O'Flaherty Skiing

Skiing in Telluride, Colorado, USA

 

Sarah O'Flaherty Travel Adventures Spain

Resting on the Camino de Santiago, Spain

 

 Sarah O'Flaherty Travel Adventures Thailand Tattoo

Receiving a blessing after getting a Sak Yant tattoo, Bangkok, Thailand

 

MYTHOLOGY

From a young age, I loved reading, watching movies, and absorbing anything fantasy related. I thought the Greek myths were amazing, I'd read Irish fairy tales until late at night, and at 9 years old I became the biggest Star Wars fan when I saw the Empire Strikes Back at the movies. One of my favourite authors is Joseph Campbell, an avid mythology reader and teacher, and the creator of the Hero's Journey. The Hero's Journey is the basic template for all great stories and can be linked to our own lives in one way or another. My interest in this area has driven me to become passionate about storytelling, the importance of understanding one's own life journey, and an awareness that we are each the hero of our own life story. Of course, I'm still super-addicted to anything in that genre. I guarantee you I'll never miss the latest Star Wars or Marvel movie and I'll be watching it on the big screen in the cinema. 

 

marvel - I'm a fan

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Masters of Clinical Psychology, Griffith University, (2017- current). In progress. 

BSocSc(Psych)(Hons): Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), USC (2016)

GDPsychSc: Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, Australian College of Applied Psychology (2016)

BMS: Bachelor of Management Studies, Completed First Class Honours, Major - Strategic Management & Leadership, Waikato University (1994)

Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher Training (TTi), Mindfulness-Based Pain Management (MBPM), Guided meditations and mindful movement, Sydney (2015)

Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health First Aid Australia, Sunshine Coast (2015)

ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills, Lifeline, Sunshine Coast (2015)

Discovery Training, Saatchi & Saatchi/London School of Business, Bangkok (2012)

LEADR Accredited Mediator, Auckland (2010)

CEG: Core Essential Graduate, Coachu, Sydney (2010)

The Essence of Facilitation & Art of Facilitation, Zenergy Global, Auckland (2005/6)

MEMBERSHIPS

Australian Psychological Society

Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy

Australian Clinical Psychology Association

GETTING IN TOUCH

If you'd like to contact me, please do. You can call me on +61 474 819 235 or email me at sarah@sarahoflaherty.com.