Welcome to our space

If you have taken the time to read this, you are probably a professional, a student, or a parent, who is interested in the same things we are – how to expand your existing knowledge and learn how to flourish, or to help young people in your care to flourish. What we mean by ‘to flourish’ can simply be described as feeling good and functioning well. These two components inform the scientific studies and relevant applications in Positive Psychology.

We hope that you will join us in our purpose – to bring different perspectives and practical applications from the field of Positive Psychology, and adapt them to our local context .

The discipline of Positive Psychology is not new. But what is new is how this branch of psychology joins with traditional psychology and neurology to give us a language and conceptualisation that we can bring to everything we do, from approaching a sports game, to dealing with complex relationships or new challenges.

It also gives us hope. Whilst there are no quick-fix solutions, there are ways to enhance feelings of well-being. A broad framework includes mindfulness, increasing grit and opening our mindsets, building positive emotion, exploring our meaning and purpose, and understanding our unique characters and how they can help us in times of difficulty.

Embarking with you on a journey of discovery of the benefits of Positive Education, we aim to provide a space to share experiences, and investigate how we can create more opportunities for individuals, families, schools, workplaces and communities to thrive.

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Who we are

Lynn

Lynn has been a practising Educational Psychologist for over twenty years and has worked in schools, and for corporates and communities. Her particular focus has been on counselling children, adolescents, parents and teachers, as well as running various training programmes with this population.

During this time, her love of Positive Psychology developed, leading her to explore how we can develop coherent life stories, using an understanding of what is strong in each of us, and how this understanding can develop our meaning-making, and give us a buffer against the challenges and obstacles we encounter. She believes that the deep understanding offered by the traditional frameworks of psychology, combined with the research and perspectives of Positive Psychology, provide a hopeful and growth-orientated approach to therapy and training.

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Lynn worked in Human Resources before completing her BA Hons (Cum Laude) at UNISA, followed by her Masters in Educational Psychology at Wits. She has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning through UFS. After working full-time in independent schools in Johannesburg for over twelve years, and establishing and managing a trauma counselling unit with a police station in Johannesburg as an ongoing community project, Lynn relocated to Cape Town.

Apart from her private practice, Lynn’s ongoing community involvement, together with Cailyn,  has been running a strengths-based whole school programme in a school in Cape Town for the past three years.

Cailyn

Cailyn trained at Wits University, receiving her honours in Occupational Therapy in 2012. Cailyn has subsequently worked, schools and community settings. Working within neurodevelopmental and sensory integration frameworks triggered a passionate curiosity regarding the role of perceptual processes that underlie our ability to self-regulate, self-soothe, and cope constructively with stress and anxiety.

Cailyn subsequently completed her Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of the North-West. Her dissertation was on the benefits of teaching mindfulness to children. Constructive coping, sensory processing, self-regulation and mindfulness are four key areas underlying her Occupational Therapy work with children. 

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Merging frameworks within the field of Occupational Therapy and those within psychology is, in her opinion, critical if we wish to create sustainable and effective interventions targeting well-being.  Cailyn has also completed her  accreditation for the Mindfulness in Schools Programme (Paws b and .b)  in London.

Both Cailyn and Lynn previously completed their own mindfulness training and continue with their own mindful practices.