Our fearless leader and head honcho, Tamsyn founded the Get Real empowerment programs in 2009 and personally trained all our specialist facilitators for the Get Real adventures. An International Leader in Mental health, her many forms of mainstream training as a Child Youth and Family Practitioner, Therapist and Counselor and Community Services and Leadership Executive, blend perfectly to deliver Get Real in all its forms. A master of human development and bringing out the best in everyone she works with. Specialising in mental health, complex needs and family interventions and leading us all in this movement for change.
Kelsey PearsallNational Manager
Kelsey was plucked from the world of special assistance schools, a dynamic Social Worker and leader in her field. Kelsey specialises in working with complex needs and managing the tough stuff. She is passionate about animals and witnessing the power of connection through a human-animal bond. Working across both QLD and NSW, Kelsey is leading our team of Wellbeing and support workers to achieve incredible outcomes with the families we support.
Zane JonesQLD Branch Manager
Zane is an energetic all-rounder who has a deep passion for the development and empowerment of those around him. Coming from an elite athlete background and now Community Services, Zane does his best to combine an active and fun lifestyle with holistic health and wellbeing. Zane has a big focus on getting outside and moving but is driven by seeing young people express themselves in any way they can.
Mimi PearsallBrisbane Office Manager
Having worked in administration in schools for over 20 years it was a natural transition for Mimi to join our dynamic team. She embraces every opportunity Get Real has offered to expand her capacity working with young people and being able to contribute to making their lives better. Her passion is her family having raised 3 children and delights in her 6 grandchildren.
Georgia RussellSupport Planning & Program Coordinator
Georgia was introduced to Get Real through her Bachelor of Social Work placement, and has stayed with us ever since! Georgia has a background working in child safety youth work, and is passionate about empowering young people, with a focus on their emotional wellbeing. As well as coaching, Georgia organises Get Real’s intakes and enjoys introducing new clients to our services. You will also find Georgia organising our incredible camps, and ensuring our participants have an amazing experience. Georgia has been a cheerleader for 12 years and loves including arts and crafts in her sessions.
Owen McCarronHead Coach
Owen has been working with young people specialising in working with young people with multiple diagnosis and complex needs who might want alternative modes of support. Owen comes from an elite athlete background which fuels his passion for health both physical and mental. When Owen isn’t inspiring and providing support, he is completing his Marketing Degree at University and acts as a Mental Health Wellbeing Officer for his local sporting club. Owen loves activity-based therapy and camps through moving our bodies and getting out in nature whenever possible. Heading up our camps and programs to lead dynamic events that young people love.
Sandy is very passionate about the work that she does for young people and has worked in the school community for a few year prior to joining our Get Real team. Sandy has been a leader in the church from a very young age. She is a new graduate social worker and aspires to help, guide and advocate for young people and their families. Sandy loves to create a positive environment, through laughter, dance and singing. Her focus is to empower young people to live the life they aspire to live.
Jimmy RadovanovicNorth QLD Team Leader
Jimmy is a fun, energetic and compassionate person who loves working with young people and their families. He is Townsville based and works with youth over the North Queensland region. Jimmy is studying Occupational Therapy and regularly integrates common OT strategies into his therapy and mentoring. He comes from a sporting background and loves to bring sports and physical activity into sessions.
Eva has many hobbies, both indoors and outdoors, that allow her to connect with others through various avenues. Her warm personality encourages her to approach all client sessions in a friendly and considerate manner, with a big focus on rapport building. She advocates taking the client-centred approach that is central to Get Real values. This involves multiple perspective taking and understanding that everyone has individual needs and unique circumstances. She is a 4th year Psychology (Honours) student; and since starting at Get Real, she has relished this opportunity to apply her vocational and educational experiences to support client development in ways that suit their interests, goals, and situation.
Tyler is a compassionate person who is passionate about supporting youth and young people. Tyler has a background in Psychology where he has completed a four-year Honours program and has eight years of experience in volunteering in youth programs prior to joining the Get Real team. Tyler was introduced to the Get Real team during his Master of Social Work placement and has experienced joy from investing in and walking alongside his clients, helping them to reach their goals! Tyler is a lifelong learner and is currently working on a research project surrounding coping skills to assist in mental health and wellbeing. In Tyler’s spare time you will find him rock climbing, playing basketball, card games, or mixing and producing music.
Angus recently joined the Get Real Team and is our youngest team member! He loves to connect through cuddles and playing with squeaky toys. He likes to take his clients to his favourite parks or walk tracks. He works alongside Kelsey and has two big sisters at home who relax in the sun with Angus whenever he has a day off.
Apollo has been apart of the Get Real team for many years. He was often ridden by our Equine Empowerment participants as well our CEO & Founder Tam. Apollo is now able to connect with participants through groundwork and cuddles. He loves visits that include carrots, grooming and long chats.
Praise for Get Real
This was the all time BEST experience of my life so far. I loved the trust activities- I loved all the activities! I loved having time to hang out with each other – making a second family. The coaches were awesome they were always there when you needed them… thank you so much!
Coming to Get Real has changed my life. The first time I came to these camps I was a troubled child and learning these tools has helped me change the way I see things and act. It has helped me stand up for who I am. It is because of Tam and Get Real that I am like I am today…. It wasn’t them that changed me, but it allowed me to change myself.
This weekend was AWESOME!!! When I came to this camp I was stressed out a lot and wasn’t connected with my inner self very well. I hid my true self under layers of insecurity. Now I have ripped these layers away and have realised what sort of person I really am and that what I have been doing wasn’t really being myself. I loved this experience in all ways the only thing I could improve on was myself. I have been told that I’m beautiful, innocent, fun, persistent, loving, and a courageous, strong person. I have sorted out some issues that will really help me in life.
I loved the experience, it has helped to make me stronger and push myself as much as I can possibly imagine! I am leaving with a new heart, once hollow like a tree, now blossoming with flowers. I’m so happy that I am in control of my thoughts. I cannot thank you enough!!! You have changed my life.
I am so grateful for the weekend I have spent on the Get Real camp, you have helped me become me and not just something my friends want me to be. This would have to be the best gift anyone can give to someone like me. I am honored to have spent the time together that we had. You have helped me so much in the three days in which you showed me the world and who I am.