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Banish Bullying At Work

Half-Day Seminars in 2014

Did you know that having just one bully in a workteam of ten people can cost up to 50% of profits?  Bullying is an infectious virus that is spread not just by dysfunctional individuals, but also by toxic company structures and economic uncertainty.  Efforts to stop bullying are often misguided, ineffectual and counterproductive.  Yet there is an effective way to bully-proof yourself and your workplace.  Will you allow me to show you how?


How To Reclaim The Profits and Positivity That Bullies Drain Dry

1.  How much does it cost your company to employ bullies?  Apply this ground-breaking formula that reveals how much bullies actually cost

2.  What is the wider impact of bullying - On both you as an individual and your business?

3.  What makes bullies tick?  Understand what that is to be a step ahead of them

4.  What strategies actually work?  Learn a powerful three-pronged strategic approach to protect you and your workplace from harm


Plus, I will also be teaching what you need to know to shift you from a bully-prone to a bully-proof workplace, including:

1.     What is the ABSOLUTE WORSE CASE of workplace bullying?

2.     Mount a case to bully-proof your business - Learn what works and what doesn't when persuading others to change

3.     How different types of bullies require different management strategies - If you have personality disordered-employees, using the wrong strategy can backfire with catastrophic results

4.     What is your current level of workplace functioning?  Find out how to assess it and shift to a higher level  

5.     How does an ABSOLUTE BEST PRACTICE workplace function?  Find out what the necessary preconditions are for maximum workplace cohesion, morale and productivity


 Plus, I will also be teaching:

  • What bullying is and who is most likely to get targeted   
  • How the new anti-bullying legislation affects you and your workplace


Dates & Venue

Where : The Boardroom, Function Centre, Technology Park, 2 Brodie-Hall Drive, Bentley WA 6102

When :

  • Thursday, 17th April:  8.15am - 12.15pm
  • Future Dates To Be Advised

Living a life free from bullying IS possible. I look forward to helping you on your journey to a more rewarding work life!

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In The News...


Channel 10 Wake Up


Back to Work Blues: 6/1/2014

Ch 10 Back to work blues pic

(No longer available on the Channel 10 website)

Holidays from work can elicit relief and dread in equal measure when you know you’ll be going back to a co-worker with a personality disorder who seems to take the air right out of the room and drains you dry – in other words an “energy vampire.”

Working with difficult people for too long can lead to burnout, which is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged exposure to stress.  It saps your energy to the extent that you can lose your interest and motivation on the job and end up feeling increasingly cynical and resentful. Read the whole article here



Workplace Mobbing On The Rise: 19/12/2013 

Channel 10 - Wakeup

 (No longer available on the Channel 10 website)

Workplace mobbing is like "bullying on steroids", a form of psychological terrorism where a group gangs up on an individual who is left reeling with no idea what happened or why. It takes away a person’s safety in the world, social standing, dignity, identity, sense of belonging and can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  

At least one in three employees have experienced workplace bullying and for every reported case there are eight to twenty unreported cases.  Thirty percent of those cases involve workplace mobbing.  

In 2012, the House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee conducted a wide-ranging enquiry into workplace bullying, including prevalence, how workplace cultures respond to bullying and whether there are regulatory, administrative and cross jurisdictionally policy gaps that should be addressed.
At the committee’s Perth hearing, Unions WA told the inquiry that calls about workplace bullying had increased by 70% in the previous three years.  Further, employees are not being adequately protected by organisations' anti-bullying policies and procedures. 


Ninemsn Health


Be Kind To Yourself To Live Longer - Study: 10/04/2014


Self-compassion - Kimberly Gillan

Workplace bullying often leads to depression, which is fueled by self-doubt and self-loathing.  The antidote to this is self-compassion and Kimberly Gillan explains why in her Ninemsn Health article.



6PR Drivetime Radio Interviews


Anti-Bullying Legislation Not Working: 17/2/2014

6PR Anti bullying legislation pic

On January 1 this year in Australia, new anti-bullying legislation was introduced whereby workers can now apply to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) for an order to stop the bullying.  Once an application has been received, the FWC has 14 days in which to respond with an investigation of the complaint.  Legislators expected an overwhelming demand given that bullying affects over thirty percent (three million plus) of Australian workers and costs the economy between six and 36 billion dollars per annum.

It seemed reasonable to expect that applications should have numbered in the thousands by now when results from a parliamentary inquiry in 2012-13 showed that workers’ most desired outcome was that they just wanted the bullying to stop.

However, only 44 applications have been received this year so far, six of which were withdrawn.  This has surprised commentators who have been speculating about possible causes, especially when in contrast, 1,000 unfair dismissal complaints were made within the same time period.  Read the whole article here


Energy Vampires in The Workplace: 31/12/2013

6PR energy vampires pic 



Workplace Mobbing: 20/12/2013

6PR workplace mobbing pic 


Workplace Mobbing In Dutch: 04/2014

Dutch Article




About Dr Sophie Henshaw

Dr Sophie Henshaw

As a Clinical Psychologist and small business owner with over 14 years’ experience, Dr Sophie Henshaw is an expert in understanding people with personality disorders and how they function in workplace relationships.  She also understands how organisations can be personality disordered in that they tacitly support and even encourage bullying.

Dr Sophie has experienced bullying both personally and professionally.  As a new psychologist starting out in a government organisation that had “a zero tolerance to bullying”, she was the target of a serial bully who was never held to account.  Professionally, Dr Sophie has treated many clients suffering severe and chronic symptoms of depression and traumatic stress as a result of being bullied. She has also conducted numerous interventions in workplaces with organisational cultures vulnerable to bullying.

Dr Sophie graduated from Murdoch University in Perth, WA in 2000.  She initially worked in a variety of settings including maximum-security prisons, private hospitals and with GPs before going onto full-time private practice in 2005. 


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Case Studies

JacintaJacinta Got Two Massive Payouts And Is Now In A Job She Loves

Jacinta, a popular and capable team-focused project manager was relegated to workplace Siberia when her old-fashioned boss, who had poor people skills, blamed her when the company didn’t deliver specific outcomes to the client. Made to sit in a corner and read magazines all day, her self-esteem suffered and she was frequently teary at work. Adding to the humiliation, she was called to a meeting of four senior management and HR staff against just her. Luckily, as her workplace ally and mouthpiece I took control of the meeting to keep her safe from emotional distress and we negotiated a large redundancy payout plus a worker’s comp claim. Unfortunately she was scapegoated again in her next job, but this time we saw it coming and were able to plan well ahead of time. Now more resilient, she negotiated another great payout. She since moved away from that industry into a better job with fairer management.


KrisKris Got Targeted By A Bully And Lost His Job Faster Than He Could Think

Kris, a competent and likeable workplace trainer was targeted by a new manager who took an instant dislike to him. He had a gut feeling something was wrong, but couldn’t put his finger on it. He got so stressed at work that he lost sleep, his hair fell out and he felt constantly on edge. Before he had time to prepare a defence, she called a meeting led by an HR manager to confront him with a fabricated grievance. Within days, he lost his much-loved job without any verbal or written warnings. Working as his advocate, I accompanied him to the meeting and compiled psychological evidence showing post-traumatic stress disorder from bullying. We are now taking back control to shift the outcome from victim to victor. With the help of a great lawyer, Kris applied for a worker’s comp and unfair dismissal claim for over $100K that he has every chance of winning.