For over 20 years I have worked as an applied psychologist across a range of roles, throughout the world. Over that time, through years of research and practice, I’ve come to focus on what I believe to be some of the key components of human nature: our social identity and our efforts to live a resilient life.
From my early years as a psychologist, I have worked with individuals and groups from Europe, to West Africa and the Middle East, as well as many in the UK, exploring the issues of leadership, identity and resilience. Initially, working with the military in high-stress environments, I went on to focus my post-graduate research at LSE in the Middle East, exploring the stories and experiences of local people in the aftermath of war. Understanding the human response to conflict fuelled my fascination in psychological resilience: how do people manage the challenges of life, why is it sometimes so hard, and other times we seem to ‘survive and thrive’? My current doctoral research at Sussex University asks a similar question, exploring stories of migration from refugees fleeing war in Syria. How do we find meaning and purpose in difficult times, how do we adapt and cope day to day?
Over the years I have worked with a fascinating variety of people such as small-business owners, new parents, military personnel, managers and Ambassadors. Together we’ve explored identity, resilience and leadership across a range of contexts. Now, working with the latest empirically-based research and assessment tools, I offer support to individuals and teams, centred around psychological coaching, research, training and leadership development.
Valid expertise, real-life insight.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), as well as the Social Psychology and Coaching Psychology Sections. I am also a member of the International Society for Political Psychology (ISPP), and International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP). All my work is carried out according to the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct.
2016 – Present:
- PhD Doctoral Researcher, Sussex University
- Director, Susie Ballentyne Ltd.
2012 – 2016:
- Behavioural Science consultant (training & coaching) Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
1997 – 2009:
- Research Psychologist, UK Govt.
2009 – 2012:
- Team Leader, Human Factors.
2001 – 2003:
- MSc Social Psychology (Distinction) London School of Economics and Political Science.
1993 – 1997:
- BSc (Joint Hons.) (First Class) Applied Psychology and Sociology.
Some of the organisations I have worked with include:
Consultation and support is available one-to-one, either in person or online, or through half and full day workshops.
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