The Covid Impact on Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, Chiang Mai.

After almost 2 years of uncertainty, isolation & fluctuating restrictions, it is no wonder many of us are feeling more stressed, anxious, depressed or just out of sorts.
As expats we have the added nuances of friends leaving and losing our robust social circles, family support networks being far away, and the inability to travel home easily for funerals, weddings or just some good old fashion hugs.
Many of us may have also experienced ‘collective anxiety’ or ‘contagious anxiety’ in the workplace, home or on social media.
COVID has been really tough for many.
This one-hour talk will cover important aspects of mental health and emotional well-being and the impact Covid has had on us as individuals and a community. The better we understand what is happening to us, our family and friends, the better equipped we are to handle life.
More importantly we will look at what can be done. Strategies, tips and take-home tools to do at home in moments of stress, distress, panic or just a crappy day.
Let’s create ‘collective calm,’ ‘collective harmony’ and ‘collective positivity.’
@Alphabet City, Chomdoi Condo, Nimman.
6pm-7.30pm.

Mental Health During Covid – Live FB & Podcast Interview

Join us Wednesday 12th Jan for a FB LIVE conversation.

If you missed it, here it is: FB LIVE conversation.

As we welcome another year of COVID living, it is important now more than ever to be mindful of our mental health! This pandemic has been one of the biggest challenges humanity has had to face in recent times, and the best thing we can do for ourselves and others is keep our minds strong so we can persevere and get through this together.

We are excited to welcome Romi Grossberg to the podcast on January 12th at 7:30pm BKK time to discuss the importance of mental health during covid and what you can do to keep your mind in top shape as we power through these difficult times.

Join us on our Facebook Live session, and not to worry, if you miss the live session you can catch the audio on our podcast channel the day after!

You don’t need to be a woman or living in Thailand to join the program.

World Mental Health Day

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day and I will be giving a free talk on understanding mental health in COVID times and looking at coping strategies.

Join us at Marketplace by SOS on Sunday 10th October for the first in our Wellbeing Workshops, to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day and meet with resident counsellor Romi Grossberg.

To mark the event Romi will be sharing simple take-home tools we can all do for ourselves to keep our family, friends and community safe and emotionally healthy.

COVID has been really tough for many and has increased our levels of stress, uncertainty, depression and anxiety.  The greater the number in the community who understand the impact of mental health and with the skills to relieve some of these emotions, the more we can support and help each other from things like ‘collective anxiety’ or ‘contagious anxiety’.  So let’s come together, learn together and support together.

We’ll be providing complimentary tea and homemade cupcakes donated by the lovely Moran.

Only 20 spots available.  So register early to save your seat.

Date:  Sunday 10th October

Time:  10:30am – 12:30pm (includes morning tea break)

Location: Marketplace by SOS, behind the Buffalo Steakhouse (Chaweng Ring Road).

Cost:  This event is free to attend, but a small donation on the day to Sisters on Samui would be appreciated.

 

More Info and Registration here.

Somatic Therapy, Interview on aftercare practice.

Learn more in this upcoming Somatic Therapy online course by Chinese Medicine Doctor, Jim Spears.

Below is a teaser from the one-hour interview of Dr Jim with counsellor Romi Grossberg on care/aftercare practice and the mental & emotional well-being of somatic practitioners and patients.

The full course will be released Aug 2021.

Working with emotions and conditions like anxiety, depression and emotional holding patterns requires specific skill sets which many acupuncturists and manual therapists do not have. However, since our methods often do result in emotional catharsis for people, it is essential to have the right communication skills and other techniques to support people in their healing process.To do this, talking therapies are essential as well as good communication skills. For therapists that are not psychologists, and frequently work with clients suffering from mental – emotional disorders, it is essential to have some skill sets for speaking with our patients.

In this course run by Chinese Medical Doctor Jim Spears, the topic of aftercare practise for acupuncturists and other somatic healers is addressed through an interview with Holistic Counsellor Romi Grossberg.

Somatic Therapy Online Course – In this course you will learn powerful and practical techniques in various somatic therapies. This is a fully engaged system for meeting your clients emotional healing needs.

The course will be released August 2021.

MORE INFO / SIGN UP HERE: SOMATIC THERAPY

Gaining Clarity & Trusting Your Gut – Podcast interview on Sanctuary Wellness, Thailand

‘Gaining Clarity & Trusting Your Gut’

I was honoured to be invited by good friend, colleague and host Faith Hill to speak on Sanctuary Wellness podcast. Faith interviews a variety of healers and therapists from around the world to hear their stories.

“Welcome to the Sanctuary Wellness Podcast featuring inspiring and informative interviews with wellness experts in a huge variety of mental, physical, and spiritual practices.

In each episode, your host & life coach, Faith Hill talks with a different guest who shares their expertise and knowledge on a valuable wellbeing practice. In addition, each guest shares a personal insight into themselves as people;

what inspires them, what drives them, what fascinates them.

This podcast is brought to you from the Sanctuary Thailand Wellness Resort on the tropical island of Koh Phangan. 

Wellbeing, health, life balance, mindset, alternative therapies, vitality, happiness, detox, yoga, meditation, nutrition, positivity.”

 

Faith also published a 10-minute Mindfulness Meditation of mine a few weeks ago.

Guest speaker on International Women’s Day, 2021

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a day to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality and support female-focused charities.

I was honoured to be invited by Sisters on Samui as a guest speaker in the theme of “celebrating women’s achievements: to share with us a little of their inspirations, their life journeys, and their involvement in non-profits.”

I spoke about my life’s journey into counselling and international development work, how to follow your dreams and listen to your inner guidance, your natural intuitive side that helps you know where to go when you stop, listen and trust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Sala Chaweng prepared a delicious array of sweet and savory snacks, including sandwiches, quiches and baked goods – along with a selection of scones, pastries and cakes; plus unlimited selection of tea or coffee.

MASTERCLASS: ‘The Art of Saying No.’

MASTERCLASS video here: ‘The Art of Saying No.’

Practical information and things we can do in Setting Boundaries.

Empath’s find it particularly difficult to not only set boundaries, but to keep their boundaries. In this workshop learn to understand why we all need boundaries. Learn how to say no without guilt and stress. Boundaries are empowering and keep us safe. Whilst many put a negative connotation on the word, boundaries is not a dirty word.

I was fortunate to have been contacted recently by the lovely Cassandra Michael, a Positive Psychology & Mindset Coach for empaths and highly sensitives. After a Zoom meeting and some emails back and forth she has invited me as a Guest Presenter on her online course. I will be facilitating a workshop on boundaries.

Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being, Online 6-part series

This course goes Live in September @ The Sanctuary Wellness, but you can join any time.

The Positive Emotional Health and Well-Being course aims to support you to live a socially, emotionally and mentally healthy life. It covers a range of topics over six videos offering practical and actionable tools and techniques to help you step forward and lead a confident, empowered and balanced life.

1. Free Your Mind

2. Letting go

3. Breaking Free of Negative Thoughts

4. Intuitive Decision-Making: Making choices that are right for you

5. Perfectionism, Success and Failure

6. Combatting Anxiety

Also check out my 6-part online course on Effective Communication.

‘Moving Forward in Uncertain Times’ – FB LIVE @Sanctuary Thailand

“Listen to resident counsellor Romi speak about our mental health and emotional well being in these uncertain times and how we can still move forward.” – Sanctuary Thailand.

It is very normal to be feeling pressure, stress, worry, grief or confusion at the moment. Here I talk about how we can move forward. Despite the loss of freedoms: loss of jobs, financial stability, mental health stability, physical contact, loss of routine, how we can still find peace, calm and balance.

FB LIVE talk @ The Sanctuary Thailand, June 2020.

Making Mental Health a Priority During Uncertain Times – Podcast interview on The Big Turtle, U.S.

“A fascinating conversation with Freedom Cole, Dr Patty Hlava and Romi Grossberg on the crucial topic of Mental Health – integrated approaches to healing, how different cultures approach mental health, the use and misuse of medication, and how best to navigate these troubling times with a modicum of sanity.” The Big Turtle Podcast.

A shaky start to the video podcast interview across the UK, U.S. and Asia with a little freeze and a little pause but well worth the watch.

Making Mental Health a Priority During Uncertain Times – Podcast interview on The Big Turtle Podcast, June 2020.

Hosted by: Vikram Zutshi and Lea Horvatic.

Guests: Romi Grossberg, Patty Hlava, Ph.D., and Freedom Cole.