About Jeff and Sue
We all seek happiness. In fact, all our actions and behaviours are dedicated to this end. So why do we get so off course? Vision Works for Life is based on the Psychology of Vision model, a path of the heart that has helped tens of thousands of people around the world improve their lives. Whatever challenges you, if you’re ready to expand your horizons and remove the blocks that stand in your way to a more meaningful future, VisionWorks for Life can help you, too.
Jeff and Sue Allen don’t just teach from their VisionWorks for Life base; they live the work. As Sue puts it, “We’ve experienced this work not only intellectually but also emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, it addresses the whole of our being.” Leaders, teachers, and authors, Jeff and Sue are dedicated to helping others find a better way to live, by breaking with destructive patterns and learning to exist in partnership and peace with themselves and others.
Jeff and Sue’s Story
They were married in a registry office in Wantage, Oxfordshire. Sue was 6 months pregnant and it was a great day; the sun shone and they had the reception at Sue’s dad’s house. They had had a long on and off courtship which had stored up many unresolved issues but were confident they had what it took. They moved to a small village in Wiltshire, started a family and went about their lives.
Jeff spent a lot of time away and did all the things a sailor does. They had no idea what they were doing, so subsequently started to grow apart, with deadness, affairs, fights and loads and loads of blame. Eventually after reaching the no speaking stage they separated.
At some point Jeff finally got the courage to start working on the relationship. They were still separated but at least the fighting stopped and both of them started to study the dynamics of relationships and what drives them.
They are now both Psychology of Vision trainers and teach from their experience. Having made all the mistakes they feel they speak with a certain authority, and it is their desire that they help other people with their relationships so they don’t become as bad as theirs did. Now they feel they can truthfully and gratefully use the standard phrase, ‘we are happily married with two grown up children.’
Jeff is an inspired and charismatic coach and seminar leader, and a Master Trainer with Psychology of Vision. Born on a farm in northwestern Kenya, he formed an early and powerful connection to the land, the wildlife, and the tribal and shamanic practices of Africa.
He moved to Australia at age 15, first to a farming community, and later on the coast in Sydney where his lifelong love affair with the sea began. Jeff left Australia in 1971 and sailed the world in all kinds of vessels until settling in England in 1979, the year he married Sue. He continued to work on ships and sail the oceans, something that was not very compatible with married life.
In 1990, separated from his family and in the Persian Gulf, he realised he was facing a crucial moment in his life - remain independent and ‘at large’ or have the courage to go back and do what it takes to rebuild his family? He made the right choice and gave up his job and went home.
Jeff is a superb teacher and a friend to humanity; - creative, strong and tender. On a battlefield, in a pub or deep in the intricacies of the heart and mind, Jeff is the man you would want to have with you. He’s my best mate!
- Chuck Spezzano (Co-Founder of Psychology of Vision)
Soon after returning home he attended a Psychology of Vision workshop and within a year started his journey to becoming a trainer and facilitator in his own right. Jeff’s unique blend of outward adventure, coupled with over 20 years experience of inward adventure using the model of Psychology of Vision, makes him the perfect guide on the inner journey.
Enriched by his deep friendship with its founders Chuck and Lency Spezzano, he has taught the model to thousands of people around the planet with great effect. He inspires people to build bridges between themselves and others, between couples and families, and the greatest bridge: between the divine and earth. He facilitates seminars around the globe, often with Sue, and when not on the road lives in Wiltshire, England with his family.
Sue is an acclaimed Psychology of Vision trainer who teaches worldwide. Her quest for knowledge has been a guiding principle in her life, inspiring a lifelong involvement in education, first as a student and later as a radio journalist, audio/visual publisher, administrator of the nursery school she set up from home, and qualified secondary teacher.
Her early childhood was spent in London in between her dad’s postings to Sri Lanka and the USA. When they moved to Washington DC more permanently she spent her teenage years in an exciting time politically – Kennedy, Vietnam, Watergate, and Civil Rights were the background to learning about cheerleading and curling her hair.
Back to the UK and at the University of Sussex the scene was set for her first heartbreaking relationship; a first marriage with a co-student lasted 5 years. They didn’t have any children, but the business in educational publishing they had built together ensured the break-up was messy and prolonged. Towards the end of this process Sue met Jeff and they sailed the seas mostly together for about 5 years before she fell pregnant. They married and settled in Wiltshire until this marriage hit the rocks.
Sue Allen is every person’s fairy godmother and friend. A natural teacher, Sue presents her teaching both simply and profoundly, bringing grace to any situation.
- Chuck Spezzano (Co-Founder of Psychology of Vision)
After they split up Sue trained as a teacher and now combines being a Psychology of Vision trainer and coach with working in schools to teach teenagers things about relationships she wishes she had known at age 14.
Over the past 10 years, Sue has developed the VisionWorks for Schools. Sue is a grounded and loving presence with an abiding passion for people and their potential. It is her heart’s desire to encourage environments that enable others to thrive. Whether it’s her children, family and clients, or the plants in her garden, or her own well-being in her yoga practice, Sue empowers people to be the best they can be.