Growth is About Empowering Diversity

Joanne Edmond
Positive Psychology & Wellbeing Coach

Assoc Member ISCP

Joanne Edmond

Introducing Joanne Edmond, the founder and psychologist driving Core of Wellbeing at its mission to empower individuals, schools, businesses, and corporations with resilience and personal growth strategies. Joanne and her team are committed to fostering positive change across all sectors.

Joanne Edmond is a registered psychologist, wellbeing coach, and social entrepreneur. She is the Co-founder of Core of Well-Being. Joanne has also worked as a lecturer, developed training manuals, and delivered quality assurance in government and non-government sectors. Joanne is passionate about applying Positive Psychology and Neuropsychotherapy and has over 26 years of experience working with individuals, children, adolescents, and families across various disciplines.

As the Co-founder of Core of Well-Being, Joanne brings a wealth of experience to her mission of promoting holistic wellness. With over 26 years of professional experience across diverse disciplines, Joanne has worked closely with individuals, children, adolescents, and families. As a psychologist, she has illuminated the path to wellbeing for countless individuals, empowering them to unlock their fullest potential. Through this work, she recognised the opportunity to share her knowledge on a broader scale, aspiring to elevate individual wellbeing while nurturing emotional intelligence and resilience in groups through parenting workshops.

Guided by the principles of positive psychology, Joanne crafts her approach around pursuing the “good life,” emphasising the positive facets of the human experience that infuse life with value. She adeptly integrates the insights of neuroscience and emotional intelligence, utilising the science behind the scenes to translate them into practical tools for real-world application. Through research and the creation of pragmatic strategies, Joanne equips individuals with the means to make informed decisions that help them live their best lives.

Joanne’s dedication to community engagement is clear in her collaborative partnerships with like-minded individuals and organisations. She channels her energy towards driving positive social change both locally and beyond. Her commitment to giving back extends to volunteering and sharing her expertise with the broader community. Among her notable contributions, Joanne has spearheaded the development of mindfulness and mentoring workshops for schools, integrating practical positive psychology techniques. This endeavour has been a source of personal strength and renewal for Joanne, reflecting her unwavering commitment to fostering positive transformation.


Registered Psychologist

Post-Graduate Diploma Psychology

Bachelor of Psychologist

Diploma Positive Psychology and Wellbeing

Clinical Neuropsychotherapy Practitioner Certificate Training

Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment

Diploma Children’s Services 

Professional Memberships and Positions

Registered Psychologist AHPRA

Member – Australian Psychology Society (APS)

Member – NeuroPsychotherapy Australia

Assoc Member – International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP)

Vice President – South West Holistic Health Practitioner Network (HHPC)
(Supported establishment of the committee)

Meet Crystal-Lee, a champion of health, wellness and personal growth.

Crystal-Lee’s passion for health and wellness has always fuelled her journey. Growing up in the serene landscapes of the Southwest, she found her calling in fostering positivity and well-being. This nurturing environment ignited her ambition to embark on a meaningful business venture.

With a heart dedicated to spreading positivity, Crystal-Lee immersed herself in Positive Psychology. This path enriched her personal experiences and provided her with the tools to empower individuals and groups to flourish. Through her journey, she’s witnessed firsthand the incredible transformations that arise when science aligns with the human spirit.

Crystal-Lee’s professional career took her into the heart of a bustling psychology practice where she was a driving force in helping others achieve growth and empowerment. Her role as a Personal Assistant ignited a spark that led her to pursue further education and expertise.

Crystal-Lee completed her degree in Psychology and Human Resources, a testament to her unquenchable thirst for knowledge and personal development. Her management proficiency and experience in the high-end fashion industry have sculpted her into a versatile and dynamic professional.

What sets Crystal-Lee apart is her belief in the power of coaching and mentoring through a strengths-based approach. She sees the innate potential in each individual, and her guidance brings out the best in them. Crystal-Lee’s journey is a beacon of inspiration, and her dedication to uplifting others shines brightly.

Join Crystal-Lee on her empowering journey of growth, well-being, and positivity. Let her guide you toward unlocking your full potential and flourishing in every aspect of your life.


Crystal-Lee Dragicevich
Co-facilitator and Wellbeing Coach


Bachelor of Arts Psychology & Human Resources Management

Say hello to Nikki – a firm believer in the inherent potential within every individual.

With a profound passion for helping others realise their strengths and abilities, Nikki excels as a coach and mentor who employs a strengths-based approach to uplift and empower.

Her compassionate nature and deep empathy shine through her work, whether supporting families seeking emotional regulation education for their children or aiding mothers navigating perinatal mental health challenges.

Nikki co-facilitates a supportive community in Busselton, fostering resilience and well-being among mothers. Her dedication to ongoing training and study exemplifies her commitment to continuous growth and positive psychology.

She champions the idea of individuals becoming agents of positive change, advocating for holistic mental well-being and cultivating resilience among children and young adults.

Embracing a holistic lifestyle, Nikki prioritises exercise with yoga and gym sessions, and she finds solace and joy at Dunsborough’s stunning beaches—even in the chill of winter.

Regular meditation and breathwork keep her grounded, while her love for reading, collecting vinyl records, attending music festivals, and cherishing time with loved ones all contribute to her vibrant and enriching life.

Nikki Higgins

Nikki Higgins
Positive Psychology & Wellbeing Practitioner


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a specialisation in Child and Family Studies


Navigate our FAQs for insights into our evidence-based practices, services and courses.

Can I book a private session with you?

You can book a private session with us at Core of Wellbeing. We offer personalised coaching sessions tailored to address your specific needs and goals. Our experienced psychologist is here to guide you through your personal growth, resilience, and empowerment journey. Contact us through our contact page, and we’ll be more than happy to discuss the details. Your journey towards a more empowered and thriving you starts with us.

How can positive psychology programs benefit students' mental health and overall wellbeing?

Positive psychology programs can benefit students’ mental health and wellbeing in several ways.

  • Firstly, these programs focus on developing positive emotions, such as joy, gratitude, and optimism, which can enhance students’ happiness and wellbeing. By cultivating positive emotions, students may experience reduced levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Secondly, positive psychology programs emphasise the development of character strengths and virtues, such as resilience, perseverance, and empathy. Students can develop a sense of purpose, meaning, and fulfilment by nurturing these qualities. This can contribute to their psychological wellbeing and help them navigate challenges and setbacks more effectively.
  • Furthermore, positive psychology programs encourage students to engage in activities promoting mindfulness, self-reflection, and self-care. Practising mindfulness and self-reflection allows students to understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, improving self-awareness and self-regulation. These skills can help students manage stress, enhance their relationships, and make healthier choices.
  • Overall, positive psychology programs provide students with practical tools and strategies to cultivate positive emotions, build character strengths, and foster well-being. By incorporating these programs into schools, students can develop the necessary skills to navigate life’s challenges, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and overall well-being.
What strategies or interventions are included in these programs to promote positive thinking and resilience among students?

Positive psychology programs in schools typically include a range of strategies and interventions to promote positive thinking and resilience among students, underpinning the PERMAH model. Some common examples include:

  1. Gratitude exercises: Students are encouraged to practice gratitude by keeping gratitude journals, writing thank-you notes, or sharing moments of appreciation. These exercises help students focus on the positive aspects of their lives and develop a more optimistic outlook. 
  1. Strengths-based activities: Students are encouraged to identify and utilise their character strengths in various contexts. This could involve identifying personal strengths, setting goals that align with those strengths, and finding opportunities to apply them in daily life. By leveraging their strengths, students can build confidence and resilience. 
  1. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques: Students are taught mindfulness practices, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, or guided imagery. These techniques help students develop self-awareness, manage stress, and regulate their emotions, which can contribute to improved well-being and resilience. 
  1. Positive self-talk and reframing: Students learn to identify and challenge negative thoughts or self-limiting beliefs. They are taught techniques to reframe negative situations or thoughts into more positive and empowering perspectives. This helps students develop a more positive mindset and build resilience in facing challenges. 
  1. Social-emotional learning (SEL) activities: Positive psychology programs often incorporate SEL activities focusing on developing emotional intelligence, empathy, and positive relationships. These activities help students understand and manage their emotions, enhance their social skills, and foster positive connections with peers and teachers.

It’s important to note that the specific strategies and interventions may vary depending on the program and the needs of the students. The goal is to provide students with practical tools and skills to promote positive thinking, resilience, and well-being.

Are there any research studies or evidence-based practices that support the effectiveness of positive psychology programs in schools?

Yes, there have been several recent studies that support the effectiveness of positive psychology programs in schools. Here are a few examples:

  1. A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology (2019) examined the impact of a positive psychology intervention called the “Best Possible Self” exercise on students’ well-being. The results showed that participating in this intervention significantly increased students’ positive affect and life satisfaction. 
  1. Another study published in the Journal of School Psychology (2020) evaluated the effectiveness of a positive psychology program called “Positive Education for Adolescents” in promoting well-being and reducing depressive symptoms in high school students. The findings indicated that the program effectively improved students’ well-being and reduced depressive symptoms over six months. 
  1. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of School Psychology (2021) reviewed multiple studies on positive psychology interventions in schools. The analysis found that these interventions positively impacted students’ well-being, academic performance, and social-emotional skills. The effects were powerful for interventions focused on gratitude, mindfulness, and character strengths. 

These studies, among others, provide evidence that positive psychology programs in schools can effectively enhance students’ well-being, resilience, and academic outcomes. It is important to note that the effectiveness of specific programs may vary, and ongoing research is being conducted to explore further the impact of positive psychology interventions in educational settings.

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