Michelle Bihary Bio

Michelle Bihary is an expert in workplace resilience.


Her primary focus is to help teams, organisations and professionals build professional and workplace resilience which is vital for a thriving workplace culture.   With over 30 years of experience, Michelle works primarily as a trainer, coach and consultant offering unparalleled opportunities for deep professional development, which provide exceptional opportunities for individual development in psychological agility, emotional intelligence, resilience, mindfulness, leadership and mentoring. These engaging programs are not just geared towards individual productivity and performance, they also assist the workplace to engage teams and build and strengthen a mentally healthy workplace culture.


Michelle develops tailored team building and training opportunities that are insightful, fun, practical and transformative. With the challenges of an ever changing, uncertain and complex context, professionals require highly developed personal and self management skills to maximise their cognitive, psychological and decision making skills, whilst fulfilling their potential and sustaining a personally fulfilling life. Michelle’s programs are overflowing with practical tips and skills and bring opportunities to shift the mindset and psychological contract within the workplace.

The highly engaging and energising training programs Michelle has developed in Psychological Agility, Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Professional Supervision and Mentoring, Authentic Communication as well as her signature program Professional Resilience®, have been delivered throughout Australia to a wide range of workplaces. Michelle is a sought after speaker and has given keynotes and presentations at national and international conferences. Michelle has also been engaged by beyondblue to provide training to senior executives, managers and HR professionals in how to create a mentally healthy workplace and deal with mental health issues in the context of work.


Building on strong clinical expertise in Mental Health, as an Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist and Family Therapist, Michelle has undertaken extensive clinical training, as well as training and accreditation in Emotional Intelligence, Neuroplasticity, Resilience, Mindfulness, Workplace Wellbeing and Coaching. Michelle has coached thousands of professionals to build their EI, psychological flexibility, resilience and leadership capacity. Having worked with professionals across many sectors, she has developed a very sound understanding of what works and how to build long term capacity in both empowering and engaging ways.


In 2002, Michelle established The Delta Centre; a centre of therapeutic excellence. As the Director, Michelle has brought together a team of highly experienced and dedicated therapists to create a multi-disciplinary professional community; who work together providing coaching, EAP and clinical services, as well as providing training, supervision and consultation.

Michelle has contributed to a wide range of professional activities including the establishment of the National MentorLink Mentoring Program, has been on the organising committee for State Conferences and has presented at National and International conferences. In 2010, Michelle was extremely honoured to be the recipient of the Occupational Therapy Australia National Award, in recognition of her longstanding contribution to her professional association.




Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy –1981 Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, Melb

Group Psychotherapy Training, Parkville Centre, 1984

Individual Psychotherapy Training, Parkville Centre, 1986

Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy – 1990, Bouverie - Latrobe University, Melbourne.

Train the Trainer, Swinburne University, 1991

Certificate in Project Consulting, RMIT, 1993

Institute of Life Coach Training, Foundational Course, 2005

Genos Emotional Intelligence Accreditation, Genos, 2008

Credentials and Other Training

Registered OT - AHPRA

Full Member OT Australia

Clinical Member of VAFT

Accredited Genos Emotional Intelligence Assessor and Trainer

Accredited Trainer for Beyond Blue’s National Workplace Program

Accredited Trainer for Health Workforce Australia Clinical Supervision Training

Michelle has been a keynote speaker and conference presenter; she is passionate and authentic in her communication. Feedback from her programs is always outstanding, she is known for her warm, respectful and engaging manner. Michelle has synthesised the wisdom of many years of practice, with professional and personal development, and uses these to inspire and motivate others in their professional growth and development.

Recent Client list includes:






Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman Office
FCRC - Financial and Consumer Rights CouncilInner South Community Health Service
ISIS Community Health Service
Merri Community Health Service
Goulburn Valley Primary Mental Health Team, Shepparton
Eltham College
Alfred Hospital
Frankston Hospital
Prahran Mission 
Bethlehem Calvary Health 
Bendigo Health Care Group
Caulfield Hospital  
Court Network
Eastern Health
Western Health
Huntington’s Victoria 
South West Health Care Network 
Austin Hospital
Ballarat Health Services  
Australian Hypnotherapy Association
Victorian Healthcare Association
Monash Division of GPs 
LaTrobe University 
Breast Cancer Network Australia 
Southern Synergy Training Network
Infertility Treatment Authority
MS Society 
Southern SEADS
Monash University – Health & Counselling Service
Swinburne University – Centre for Business Development & Training 
Acute Health Services at Monash Medical Centre, Royal Melbourne and Alfred Hospitals 
North West Mental Health Training Unit 
Australian Physiotherapy Association – Leadership and Management Group 
Glen Eira Womens Business Network
Southern Health – Speech Pathology Department
St Vincents Hospital

Department of Health and Human Services,
Tasmania Correctional Services Department, Tasmania
OT Australia, Tas Division

New South Wales

IAG Insurance


Macarthur Division of GPs (NSW)
OT Australia NSW
Hunter New Engalnd Health Services 
Hunter/New England OT Services

Ergon Energy



OT Australia - Qld

South Australia
Country Health, SA



Northern Territory
Department of Health and Families NT
OT Australia, NT Division 

WA Country Health Service

New Zealand

Fit for Work, Christchurch




Keynote Speaker

OTs in Mental Health, NSW, Professional Resilience 2008
Hunter OT Conference, Newcastle,  Professional Resilience 2009
Allied Health Conference Loddon Mallee Professional Resilience 2010
SOCAP NAtional Conference Sydney, Professional Resilience 2011
GPs for Refugees Conference, Victoria  2013 

Scope Conference, Victoria 2014

Homeless Sector Conference Victoria 2014

SOCAP National Conference August 2016


Conference Workshops and Presentations

OT Australia Adolescent Group Work 1986
Australian Hypnotherapists Association Keeping the Family in Mind 2002
International Doctors Health Conference Sydney 2007 GP Wellbeing Program
OT VIC Conference Professional Resilience 2007
OT Australia Professional Resilience 2008
NSW OT Association Professional Resilience 2009
OT NT Professional Resilience 2009
International  Resilience Conference Sydney, Professional Resilience 2010 



International Women in Mental Health Professional Resilience 2008




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