In January 2022, after 10 years serving as a Military Psychologist, Jackie Levick embarked on her sole trader journey by starting her own psychology practice, Head On Consulting. Describing herself as an art therapist and occasional artist, mental health and suicide prevention advocate, a skilled workshop trainer, group facilitator and presenter, Jackie has a strong interest in supporting people and organisations to discover and meet their goals.
Tell us about your business.
Head On Consulting aims to improve the lives of people by providing professional psychological support in Thinking Differently. Through evidence-based treatment including creative therapies, I provide individuals a space for growth and self-discovery to be their best self and help to overcome barriers in their life.
What has been the most challenging aspect of being a business owner?
Uncovering my own “why” and being specific about the services I am wanting to offer, especially after transitioning from the ADF last year. Wanting to be universally helpful, but also understanding my own limitations and boundaries. As a sole trader, it can be a bit isolating at times, so I work hard to connect with others not only within my profession, but other small business owners and professionals.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I volunteer a lot and enjoy being part of community events. I am the President of Business Leaders Toastmasters club and am the co-ordinator for the general Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN) in Townsville. I love to run and can often be found at Parkrun, and I’ve also recently reconnected with the Pyjama Angel Foundation, who provide support to kids in foster care.
What is the best piece of career/business advice you ever received?
Networking is important- everyone’s in the same boat, and nervous about meeting new people. Start small and grow your wings from there.
Going forward, what is next on the cards for your business/career?
I will be developing group art therapy workshops with both regular sessions and groups for one-off attendance. This can be a useful addition for a client who already has their own therapist but hits a sticking point. I’d also love to start a group for allied health professionals to provide support for their coping, burnout prevention and resilience strategy. I hope to study further in the field of creative arts therapy, and find more time for my own creative expression.
Contact: Jackie is currently building a new website for Head On Consulting, in the meantime please visit her Facebook page for more information about her services.