INSPIREU®’s approach combines traditional Pedagogy and Strengths Based Approaches with current techniques including Coaching, Cultivating Emotional BalanceEmotional Intelligence, Human Needs Psychology, Relationship Based Strengths Approach and Meridian Tapping in order to tailor session plans to meet the individual needs of the young person or adult



    • Helps clients to set better goals and then achieve those goals.
    • Clients are asked to do more than they would have done alone.
    • Helps client to focus in order to produce results more quickly.
    • Provides clients with skills, tools, support and a structure in order to accomplish more.
    • Helps a client make better decisions and restructure their educational, career and personal goals for maximum productivity. The client develops new skills, and these skills lead to greater satisfaction, self-confidence and success.
  • The coach facilitates the implementation of the new skills, changes and goals ensuring that they really happen.
  • Clients who are coached report a better life balance, increased confidence, better relationships and a more focused approach to their life, education, career and future.


Emotional Intelligence Theory (EQ – Emotional Quotient)

The underpinning premise of EQ is: that for a person to be successful they need to have effective awareness, control and management of their own emotions, and their response to those of other people. EQ embraces two aspects of intelligence:

  • Understanding yourself, your goals, intentions, responses, behaviour and feelings.
  • Understanding others, and their feelings.

The five ‘domains’ of EQ are:

  1. Knowing your emotions.
  2. Managing your emotions.
  3. Motivating yourself.
  4. Recognising and understanding other people’s emotions.
  5. Managing relationships (this involves affecting the emotions of others).


Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB)

CEB is a 42 hour evidence based educational program developed  by Dr Paul Ekman,  leading psychologist in the science of emotion, and Dr Alan Wallace, an eminent Meditative and Contemplative scholar.  It was developed in response to the year 2000 Mind and Life conference that became the subject of Daniel Goleman’s best-selling book, “Destructive Emotions”.  Studies have shown that the course reduces an individual’s destructive emotional episodes and enhance their ability to live a constructive and happy life. Fiona Dimas-Herd is an accredited teacher of the CEB program and offers the course to the general public as well as to specific groups including; Students (HSC & University), couples, corporate etc. Current offerings are listed under the SHOP tab at the top of your screen.

  • Emotion recognition
  • Emotion regulation
  • Recognising emotional triggers
  • Cultivation of favourable emotional states (e.g. happiness and compassion)
  •  Focused attention
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Improved wellbeing
  • Emotional resilience



Human Needs Psychology

Human Needs Psychology helps us to understand why we do the things we do. There are six human needs that underpin a person’s behaviours. Human Needs Psychology regards these six human needs and how an individual prioritises and satisfies them as an underpinning of their emotions and behaviours. Understanding why we and others behave in particular ways is the starting point for not only having control over our emotions and behaviours but also aiding us in building and maintaining relationships.


Meridian Tapping

Meridian Tapping is a form of psychological acupressure which is easy to learn and use in its basic form. It utilises simple tapping (with the fingertips rather than needles) on specific acupressure points, which have been used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for thousands of years. Tapping is easy to learn and is effective for both adults and children. It is regularly used with clients to relieve anxiety and escalating anger as well as to promote sleep and general wellbeing. Although simple tapping techniques can be learnt in one session, some issues will need further sessions with the guidance and support of the practitioner.



Pedagogy is a process of joining in with young people’s lives and working with them to make informed and committed change through skilled facilitated learning. There is more to a young person’s education than achieving set learning outcomes; it should be concerned with the whole individual, with their physical, mental and psychological development.

Pedagogy creates a helping relationship involving listening and exploring issues and problems with young people whilst facilitating learning and providing direct assistance. The young person is encouraged to try new things and is provided with opportunities that open up fresh experiences. These experiences and others in their lives are reflected upon and changes in approaches made where necessary.

Through conversation in the sessions informal education is occurring. The pedagogue (Pedagogical expert)  starts and stays with the concerns and interests of the young person they are working with, while at the same time creating moments and spaces where they can come to know themselves, their situations and what is possible in their lives and their future.

Fiona Dimas-Herd is a highly skilled and experienced pedagogue who accompanies young people as learners; caring for and about them; bringing learning into all areas of their lives.


Relationship Based Strengths Approach (RBSA)

The RBSA seeks to develop and sustain the relationships, strengths, resiliencies and the inherent potential of the client. Compared to traditional approaches which predominantly focus on problems, deficits, and a dependence on labels (ADD, ADHD etc), the RBSA is fundamentally different. The RBSA perspective sees individuals as having significant experiences which demonstrate a wealth of strengths and resources (intra-personal, interpersonal and environmental) to effectively cope with, persevere and overcome many of the challenges they face. An individual’s ability to grow and move towards meaningful and significant goals can only be achieved in RELATIONSHIP (with others and with themselves). Relationships based on safety, respect, trust, understanding and validation of an individual’s experience and worth, are the foundations for positive life changes and growth.

Resilience and Resourcefulness Building.

Building resilience and promoting positive mental health in teenagers through a variety of techniques including those used in the University of Queensland’s Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP)

The INSPIREU® Approach is friendly and non-judgemental. Seeing Fiona means that you will be talking to a professional who has skills and experience that will add to your own life experiences whilst helping you to reflect on your current situation. In the one on one sessions you will learn new strategies and tools that you can then use to improve your general wellbeing and your relationship with yourself and others.

To find out more about how we can help you or someone you know, please contact us for an appointment. 

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