“Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy.” –Ed Diener

Fiona finished a Bachelor of Psychology at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus in 2020. She brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to Distinct Directions. Fiona started off her working life the hospitality industry, first as a chef and then as a restaurant manager. Where she enjoyed training and mentoring young. After being in the hospitality for 25 years, an industry she loved, Fiona decided she needed a change of pace. 

Fiona decided to enroll in university to become a hospitality teacher. In her final year of her teaching degree, Fiona moved back to the country to complete the practicum course of study, which she completed at a local Orange high school. She enjoyed the country life so much she decided to stay, the excellent local food and wine also helped the decision-making process. Fiona soon landed a permanent teaching position in a small central school and had the privileged experience of teaching children and young people from years 3 to 12. Although Fiona enjoyed teaching her students, she enjoyed listening to them tell her their stories and troubles more. So much so she enrolled in a Bachelor of Psychology in the hope that she helps not only children and young people but all ages across the life span find a way through their troubles. 

Fiona has a keen interest in pursuing animal assisted psychotherapy in the future, having volunteered for the riding for the disabled.