Rockin’ Women Wednesdays – Carrie Thomson Casey
Now back in September of 2014 I had the utmost pleasure of connecting with Carrie. She was in search of an organic food consultant who could help her Moree based organic store Three Apples Organics launch a range of grab ‘n’ go menu offerings. Little did I know that we would strike up a wonderful mentoring journey together – and being able to share Carrie’s story here today brings with it a jolly good dose of joy. I had great fortune of travelling way out west to Moree – via Tenterfield to tickle Peter Allan’s maracas – we then spent a wonderful 24 hours together with her gorgeous kids and husband Tony, sharing business ideas, talking food and gaining a greater understanding of how their regional life in wholefoods really works – the challenges, the cheers and the triumphs.
You see Carrie is a clinical psychologist who has worked in a variety of mental health settings, both public and private for twenty years. Over the last ten years she has been working in private practice with children, young people and adults as well as supervising and mentoring other clinicians. She practices in north west NSW delivering psychological therapy to clients referred with diagnoses, such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain and other significant stressors that have a negative impact on daily life. Carrie is also a speaker and has presented at training events and workshops all over the country for GPs, clients, and the general public, she has delivered research papers at conferences, published articles in magazines, and has been interviewed on radio shows, such as Hack on Triple J. Carrie has also presented at mental health awareness events including sharing the stage with other speakers such as Jessica Rowe.
In addition to being a clinical psychologist, Carrie has been involved in the health and wellness industry for many years. So when they opened TAO in 2011 they created a healthy hub offering organic, local and seasonal produce, organic groceries, as well as allergy friendly foods. Three Apples Organics also focuses on sharing information on topics such as food as medicine and other health products to give consumers choices on how to improve their health. Three Apples runs events such as hosting Janella Purcell who provided education and cooking demonstrations. Carrie is currently completing further studies in Naturopathy and Nutritional Medicine.
“If we can get our food, sleep, and movement to an adaptive and sustainable place we see an improvement in our mood and our overall sense of wellbeing. We are then more likely to be able to find the energy to work on our thoughts and behaviours to bring about a change, and freedom from our worry and unhelpful beliefs that hold us back.”
Meet The Abnormal Psychologist
Carrie’s brand new podcast The Abnormal Psychologist – Giving you the “how to” to get the best out of you celebrates reality and abnormality. The abnormal reflects imperfection – that she is a woman, wife and mother before she is a clinical psychologist and therefore has worries and bad days too just like everybody else. However her clinical knowledge and experience allows her to draw on strategies that she has seen assist others – and herself. On the podcast she chats about everyday mind, body and life matters to inspire listeners to have the life that they want. There are discussions and interviews around how to improve everyday mental health, nutrition, movement and exercise as well as health and lifestyle product reviews. You can listen to Carrie’s podcasts here
A recipe from Carrie
Fig ‘n’ Awesome Salad
Salad greens – about a handful per person/serve
Blanched almonds – about 8 per person
(*raw almonds soaked in boiling water for a few minutes – drain and then they will pop out of their skins)
Lightly toasted pine nuts 2 tbsp per person – roast at 160 C for about 8 minutes – keep and eye on them!
Fresh figs quartered. 1-2 per person/serve
- Layer down the greens on the plate
- Top with nuts and arrange figs
- Add chèvre, feta, or cashew cheese if you like
Caramel Balsamic Dressing
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
½ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons of raw honey
- In the blender until combined and a nice caramel colour
- Pour over Salad or put in a little jug to dress the salad as needed