When you’re in school, you learn a trade or profession. You take your knowledge with you into your career, but no one teaches you about emotions in the workplace. In fact, the work mantra is “leave your emotions at the door.”

The problem with that is the people aren’t robots. We react emotionally to situations and trying to “leave them at the door” when you go to work can be unhealthy. We have emotions for a reason and pent-up emotions can lead to stress and even impair our ability to do our jobs.

That’s not to say we should throw temper tantrums at work or burst into tears when we are criticised. We do, however, need to acknowledge our emotions and learn to channel them productively.

In essence, emotions are an attempt to communicate. If we’re angry, we are trying to sway someone to our point of view or resisting learning something about ourselves. If we’re sad, it can be because we don’t feel appreciated at work or wish we could find a more fulfilling career. The reasons for emotions are as varied as the individuals who experience them, but if emotions are buried, they will find their way to the surface and may be psychologically damaging.

How a Psychologist Can Help

Unfortunately, no one teaches us about emotions in school. We are told to control them, but not how to manage them. A trained psychologist can help you identify your emotions and show you how to better manage them. This is the foundation of “emotional intelligence,” a type of intelligence that was overlooked for too long, but is the secret to better living.

A psychologist is not a “crutch” to lean on. They are there to empower you to lead a more balanced, fulfilling and gratifying life.

Psychologists at Petrozzi Wellness Centre in Sydney

Liesbeth Geerligs holds a first class Honours degree in Psychology from the University of Sydney and a Master of Clinical Psychology from Macquarie University. She believes in a collaborative approach to therapy and has a passion for helping her clients to live a full and valued life. She has worked with adults, children, adolescents and their families, individually and in groups, in both public and private health services, including: The Sydney Clinic (Bronte), UTS Student Counselling Service (Ultimo) and the Emotional Health Clinic (Macquarie University).

Amrita Chawla is a registered psychologist who has completed a Master of Science in Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney. She is a culturally sensitive practitioner who is passionate about understanding emotions, connectedness, empowerment and the psychology of human strengths and well-being. Amrita’s vision is holistic and compassionate. She is skilled in varied domains including strengths-based interventions, coaching, mindfulness counselling and psycho education.

As with all practitioners at our centre you are welcome to a 10-15 minute complimentary telephone call to discuss your needs with our psychologists. No diagnosis or advise will be issued, but it is a good opportunity to see if you have found the right practitioner for you. Read more about Liesbeth and Amrita on the Meet the Team page of our website.

Call us on 02 9518 0096 and speak to our receptionist who will happily organise your complimentary 10-15 minute conversation with one of our psychologists.

Also to find out more about the Empowered Women program and retreats run by Suzi Petrozzi go to www.suzipetrozzi.com