Karen began her career as a psychologist in private practice. She has worked extensively with children teens and families, and in educational and organisation settings. She has lectured and has a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. It is through her work with children, teens and families, that she learned the power of solid information when it is placed in the solid, loving hands of parents or any important person in the life of a child.
Karen created Hey Sigmund, an internationally popular online resource, as a way to provide contemporary, research-driven information on the art of being human, and being with humans. The website has a particular emphasis on strengthening the mental wellness of children and adolescents. It attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. The articles have been translated into a number of languages and have been published on various international sites including Parenting Magazine in New Zealand, The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, and The Mighty.
Karen can often be heard on Australian radio. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant and works with schools, government bodies, and child and adolescent focused organisations, both in Australia and overseas to build resources, implement procedures, and support the professional development of staff. She recently worked with Plan International Australia to create resources for parents in response to the recent Australian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.
She is the author of three books, including the bestselling ‘Hey Warrior’ and ‘Hey Awesome’, which creatively assist children to understand and manage anxiety. The books have been translated into a number of languages and have sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.
Australia is home, and she lives there with her two children and two stepchildren. Experience has taught her that people can do amazing things with the right information, psychology has something for everyone, jargon doesn’t, everyone has a story to tell, short bios are the longest to write, nobody has it all figured out and the best people to be around are the ones who already know this.
I'm not going to include this in my reading challenge, but my goodness what a fantastic book. Getting a little emotional thinking about it!
As someone who was diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder when I was 10, I wish I'd had something like this when I was little. Instead of people telling me I was crazy and paranoid, I could've had this book, which describes anxiety so well. It gives physiological reasons and explanations for how our brains work with anxiety etc. I found this so helpful.
Absolutely a fantastic book that I would recommend to anyone, really. It really is very insightful and informative (and so cute!!)
LOVE LOVE this book. Super great for kids dealing with anxiety. Use it for upper grades, because it has lots of higher-level information regarding the amygdala & how your body responds in flight/fight.
I don't usually leave reviews but cannot recommend this book highly enough. To anyone, young or old, who experiences anxiety, has ever felt anxious (even once) or know's someone with anxiety you will benefit and enjoy it. The author's experience as a psychologist shines through as she writes this sublime story about anxieties physical effects on the body explaining the necessity of these physiological processes in our daily life that are actually of huge benefit once we understand how they came about and we can control them. This will help anyone who see's anxiety in a negative light that these processes in our bodies are actually positive required forces - needed for a Warrior in life! The illustration's complement the story beautifully and I will be purchasing several copies for gifts.
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Even though this book is aimed for children, as an adult with anxiety I related a lot with this book. I loved the way anxiety was explained and what your body goes through during the moment when you feel anxiety and why that happens. I learned a few things I didn't know before about why my body feels a certain way when I feel anxious and it totally makes sense! The illustrations are also really awesome and adorable. I love that the Amygdala is a character and how the author gives you the option of naming it some cool name. Kids love naming things! So I thought that was really cool. It's an awesome book. I highly recommend it for children and adults. I want to own this book because that's how much I love it.
This book is a great read for kids who worry a lot and experience anxiety. This is great for allowing students to accept their feelings and emotions. This book puts into terms what may be happening in their body when they are feeling anxiety. This will allow students to feel heard - it offers remedies to students with tools that they can use when they are experiencing anxiety. There is a section in the book called "cool things about me". This is a huge self-esteem builder for kids who are going through stress. The cognitive skill of listening to yourself and knowing what helps you and what doesn't, is a huge life-lesson for kids to learn and this book makes it easier to do so.
Although it's a picture book, this is really aimed at older school-aged kids. The pictures are cute (but not babyish) and there are lots of straight-forward facts, helpful tips, and very positive messaging. I had to simplify it a lot for Miss 3 (ASD, anxiety, [...]) but I think this will be good to revist when she's older.
Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.
I think this is an awesome book. When I read it I was able to recall some important tips and tricks when it comes to anxiety. I was able to relate to it and I feel as if a lot of students could as well. I think it is great that it explains anxiety in a child friendly way and then gives some ideas of coping mechanisms. I think the pictures throughout the book are exciting to look at but also help get the point across!
5 Stars! I love this book. As someone with anxiety this was the perfect book to read. Though this book is aimed at kids it felt perfectly fitting for adults to read as well. I liked that it wasn't at all babyish. It was factual and explained in depth what anxiety is in a way that both kids could understand and that adults could read without it feeling like it was being 'dumbed down'.
This book also has a lot of tips on handling anxiety that children and adults can both follow. The art was great and I really got the feeling that both the author and artist took great care in making this book. This is a book that I'd recommend to anyone at any age who has anxiety. I really loved it :)
This book came in our new book delivery at the library I work at. I read it straight away and absolutely loved it, the descriptions are beautiful and it is so well written for adults as well as children. By the end of the week I had bought 3 copies, one for myself, my daughter and a friends daughter- ages 22, 31 and old.😂 I’ve recommended it to so many people - I can not speak highly enough about this wonderful book.
What is an anxiety? Often anxiety brings feeling of shame, confusion, and guilt. Written in kid friendly language that does not infantize them, this book is excellent resource for parents and mental health professionals. This is has a place on my professional library for my work as Marriage and Family Therapist.
This is wonderful! It personifies your amygdala, explains why and how you feel when experiencing anxiety, and offers helpful tips to work through the anxiety. Very sweet, beautiful illustrations, and helpful information!
Explains about your amygdala and part it plays in anxiety, advising kids to give it a name and makes friends/ take control of it. Love the illustrations that portray the amygdala as a blue, protective but friendly looking being, keeping you safe.
For young adults/children who may be suffering from anxiety this book is amazing. Not only because it does not dumb down the material but it provides gorgeous illustrations and wonderful language that supports the very good ideas throughout. This should be a must have for all school libraries.
This book was just a bit more juvenile than her other book “hey awesome”. It is meant for younger children (5-8 yrs old?) it was an enjoyable book about anxiety and how it to deal with all that it can do.