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Our Director

Valerie is the Clinical Director and founder of the Centre for Effective Living, a group psychology practice dedicated to clinical excellence in mental health.

Valerie is a Clinical Psychologist, speaker, published author and Clinical Supervisor with a passion for helping people find their voice and continue to write their life’s story.  She has a special interest in the prevention and treatment of burnout.

Her career began as a consultant in the corporate world, working internationally in talent assessment and development. As such she is able to engage with those facing career transition or work related stress. At an organisational level Valerie is involved in consulting to optimise resiliency and mental health wellbeing.

Valerie has worked with agencies to create and implement wellness programmes that target systemic burnout. She is a sought after speaker presenting industry-specific and up to date research and strategies in burnout prevention.


What Our Customers Have to Say

Health professionals, cross-cultural workers, educators, chaplains and clergy are quick to provide positive feedback.

The Bullet Proof course was an incredibly reflective space, where I was able to explore some of my strengths and shortcomings in taking care of myself. It was helpful to understand burnout prevention from different angles and how to highlight the different areas I need to work through to feel sustained as I continue my career in Psychology.
Jackie Wilson
- Clinical Team Lead & Psychologist
Valerie's insights into building resilience in ministry are built on deep and varied personal experience, which in tandem with the theory, are very powerful and helpful in growing participant self-care and developing sustained, fruitful, and joyful ministry practice.
Greg Swanton
- General Manager SMBC
Valerie is a very engaging presenter. The presentations provided the perfect mix of new content, intellectual rigour, humour, real life examples, strategies and affirmations. Valerie spent time beforehand to understand the context of our school community in order to create bespoke presentations. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our school community about the presentations. I would highly recommend engaging Valerie Ling and her practice Effective Living.
Alexis King
- Deputy Principal NSW
Valerie's parenting seminar on raising resilient parents was insightful and wonderfully practical. She explained how to use a variety of tools across the age range to better connect with and support kids as they deal with emotions, starting with effectively modelling these strategies to your kids as you deal with your own emotions and responding to your kids/the situation they're in in a helpful way.