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Hi! My name is Sue!

I have always loved Teenagers!

But then - to be honest - I'm not like most people! 

Firstly, I'm extraordinarily tenacious. I get Teens - I get their tenacity, their rebellion, their love to challenge, their questioning, their arguing, their resisting and protesting - and I get their ability to keep on keeping on (I don't think my parents had it easy!) 

Secondly, I hate the status quo. I have never been good at the mundane, the boring, the plain or the expected. I believe life was for expanding, for innovating, for creating and I believe in pushing all doors open until I find that more. I, therefore, get why Teens go on and on and on. I also get what they need to make life easier for their parents!

Thirdly, I'm a strategist. Give me a problem and I'll quickly show you a solution. Not only a solution but the method to get there, broken down, small bite-size chunks at a time. I do it so that EVERYTHING becomes manageable and do-able. With Teens it's easy - you just have to know-how!




Over the last 35 years, I am extremely privileged to have experienced raising thousands of teenagers in boarding schools, heading art departments, and holding Director of Rowing positions - in schools in the UK, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. 

In addition to running pastoral care programmes, I also led on outward bound education courses, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, and spent three years teaching Restorative Justice in UK prisons.


In 2013 I founded Teenage Toolbox, and in 2019 co-founded ImpACT-Mental Health. 


Twice published - my understanding of human resilience is expressed through my personal life story in TAKEN. 

HATE MYSELF HATE MY LIFE: A Teenage Guide to Finding Self-Confidence and Inner Love, offers tools and strategies to overcome life adversity.

For eighteen years I single parented four children. Not only did I raise FOUR teenagers at once - but I also fostered - AND survived.    

I know what it is to SURVIVE!



We are living in a Mental Health crisis.

I believe survivors empower survival. Now more than ever we are in need of individuals with 'lived experience' to empower transformation in parenting and in our teenager's lives. 

My experience in positive psychology, transactional analysis, CBT, Restorative Justice, EMDR, strengths assessments, meditation, neuro-linguistic programming - combined with my work in mental health and with teenagers, means I see transformation in lives.

Your life - whether you are a Teenager or a parent - cannot be measured by your circumstances - BUT BY HOW YOU RESPOND. Just pick up the phone - I would be so delighted if you give me a call!




'A master in influence and leadership, Sue's energy is infectious and she has clearly gained a reputation for impacting Mental Health and transforming lives - she is a powerful force for change!' Sharon Walden (NZ)


'I believe teenagers are the most adaptive, creative and valuable asset that the world has. Yet they are also the most misunderstood, underrated and undervalued sector in society. Honour who they are, understand their needs, mentor them with wisdom: Do this within a framework of solid boundaries, and they will rapidly rise to become the most innovative and inspiring force that will change the world.'

Sue O'Callaghan.

TEENAGE TOOLBOX - Raising Confident, Happy and Resilient Teens!

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