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THE KEY: Hear what the students had to say

Teaching TEENAGERS about EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE is no easy task, but I was up for the challenge.

My latest book THE KEY became the workbook in my curriculum that I recently taught to grade 7 (12-13 year-olds) at Bialik College in Melbourne, the top academic school in the State.

But academia doesn’t factor when talking about emotions, as the Head of Middle School discovered when he attended one of my classes to find that it wasn’t the usual ‘smart kids’ putting their hands up, but everyone else also.

One-hour weekly classes, over a ten-week period, teaching roughly 75 students in total.

We truly started from the beginning:

“Does anyone know what emotional intelligence is?”

The response was 100% “no”.

As with every topic, they were asked to write down what they thought it might mean before bringing it in for a group discussion.

A large range of topics were covered using the tools of writing therapy, discussion, youtube, some activities, and journaling homework.

This course was about discovering your identity and thinking for yourself. There was no right or wrong, nothing was being marked or graded, this was about YOU, your thoughts, feelings, questions and concerns. Who are you? All big topics but when broken down in to smaller topics, it all can just make sense.

It is impossible to wrap up the course in one piece of writing so I will share with you some student feedback given to me on a few of the topics covered.

ON IDENTITY:

“I can be myself. I don’t need to hide anything”

POSITIVE THINKING:

“I thought I couldn’t do it (a task) but then I changed my thought pattern in to a positive one and I did it”

FRIENDSHIP:

“I started being more honest with my friends and they were honest to me and we made a stronger friendship”

ON SUCCESS AND FAILURE:

“I used to think I constantly failed but it really depends on how you define things”

FRIENDSHIP:

“Instead of saying ‘no’ to someone, I helped them with what they needed. It made me feel like a better person and a helpful person”

JEALOUSY AND ENVY:

“I watched something and I didn’t feel jealous and it felt really good”

LEARNING BREATH:

“I did better in a test because I took deep breaths first and felt much more calm”

TONE OF VOICE:

“I stopped a fight from happening by changing the tone in my voice”

APOLOGIES:

“I apologised to someone and I meant it for the first time ever”

EMPATHY:

“When walking down the street, I saw a homeless guy so I went to Coles and bought him a loaf of bread and vegemite”

TONE OF VOICE:

“I have used a different tone of voice with my siblings this week and we have had less arguments and a much better relationship”

NEGATIVE THOUGHT PATTERNS:

“I was disappointed with myself and used the 4-step process to feel better”

JEALOUSY AND ENVY:

“I got a mark on a test and my friend got higher and I was fine instead of jealous”

TONE OF VOICE:

“I now get in to less fights with my family with understanding my tone of voice”

FAMILY:

“That my parents divorce was not my fault”

A few other topics covered: Choices, Unconditional Love, Comparisons, Happiness, Sadness and Depression.

NEXT STEP?

To get this curriculum in to EVERY school. Any suggestions, advice, partnerships welcome.

‘The Stress-Free Way To Manage Your Day,’ Huffington Post

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Stress-Free Way to Manage Your Day.

Break it down. Make it simple. Feel satisfied.

People often ask me how I manage to be so productive whilst maintaining a lifestyle that is enjoyable and stress free. I live in Thailand (yes by the beach) and am an author. Beautiful no doubt, but this doesn’t exactly pay for all of my lifestyle choices. So, I freelance as a writer of websites, a copy editor of books and blogs, I am a counsellor, writing mentor, writing therapist and workshop facilitator.

I have to travel to various locations to do re-cons for new websites and run my workshops in different places (including different islands). All of this means I have to juggle schedules, management, students, clients, travel and those who work on ‘Thai time’ (a bit like the Spanish ‘mañana, mañana’).

I just published a book. I also need to give a progress report on my next book in about six weeks. I have A LOT to do. That is just the basics. Every day there are follow up emails, Facebook and other social media around my published book that seem never ending. Yes there are days I wish I had a P.A.

I also want to maintain my lifestyle. I am trying out Tai Chi for the first time and have a two-hour class three times this week to fit in. I have a session this week on women’s sexual health and vitality (why not!) and I have a friend coming to visit with her daughter. Reading the above three paragraphs could definitely stress me out if I let it. I don’t.

I am organised. This keeps all stress at bay. Many people think that getting or being organised is time consuming and can be stressful alone. It doesn’t need to be at all. So here is how I do it. You can too!

Let’s start with a quick list of what you need.

Read the full Article HERE: The Stress-Free Way To Manage Your Day | HuffPost

Romi Grossberg is the author of ‘The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence’. She also has a newly set up support group on Facebook (with the book title name) for those going through the book – ticked off the list just yesterday. For more information, go to www.romigrossberg.com

Huffington Post, 2016

Source: The Stress-Free Way To Manage Your Day | HuffPost

Tag Archive for: counseling

Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Counselling

I am passionate about sharing my counselling skills to help you reach your full potential.

I believe that everyone should seek in-person or online counselling at some point in their lives. We all go to the dentist or car mechanic every year, but when do we give ourselves the gift of an emotional check in?



My sessions are forward thinking to help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

H olistic Counselling to help quiet your mind, trust yourself, recognise your goals and strengths, communicate effectively with partners, children, parents and friends, break out of old patterns or negative thought behaviours, let go of old stories, understand and better cope with mental health, make decisions that are right for you, gain clarity, focus, calm and more.

My promise to you is that you will learn practical and effective skills, tools and techniques to bring in to your daily life immediately.

Holistic Counselling includes the ‘all of you’, recognising that:

  1. We are multi-faceted human beings and our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical health need to be in-line for us to function at our best.
  2. Our upbringing; Our family, culture, society, religion and nationality can play a part in how we think, act, react and behave.

Holistic Counselling also means that I, as the therapist, can switch between therapeutic modalities dependant on your needs. A session with me may include talk therapy and active listening, writing therapy exercises, cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy, breathwork, and often homework including journalling and variations of mindfulness meditation.

Writing Therapy is a powerful tool for identifying and processing stagnant thoughts and emotions in a way that talking alone often cannot. Writing therapy can help with getting in touch with gut feelings and making good decisions, facilitate letting go of old patterns and stories and help you reach deeper levels of understanding yourself.

Even for those “I don’t journal” or “I don’t like writing” clients, I promise you that in time you will discover its power, freedom and joy.

Why choose me?

The top 3 things most people say they love:

1. My “no bull**” approach.

2. My ability to breakdown complicated things and find perspective and simplicity in it.

3. How practical and applicable to real life it is.

Let’s chat from the comfort of your home.

Online Counselling and in-person sessions available.

Sessions are 60-minutes.

I work with adults, couples and teenagers (16+).

Complete this form to get started.


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* If you would rather do an online course at your own pace, then you can check out the Romi Grossberg Online School.



University Qualifications:

Bachelor of Social Work (2006), Monash University, Australia.

Bachelor of Social Science (1997), LaTrobe University, Australia.

Member: Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

Other Qualifications:

*Empowering Excellence: Introduction to Mindfulness-integrated Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MiCBT). AASW, Australia. *Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Resilience (MBCT-R), Center for Mindfulness & Compassion. Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School, US. *Empowering Excellence: Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). AASW, Australia. *Mental Health in the Workplace Level 2 (VTQ), ProTrainings UK. *Train the Trainer, Course Central UK. *Communication Skills Training, UK. *Dealing with Depression, Australia. *Anxiety and Panic Attacks’ Management, Australia. *Drug & Alcohol Harm Minimisation, Australia. *Suicide Intervention Training, LivingWorks Australia. *International Public Health, Australia. *Disaster Relief Management, Australia.


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Cancellation Policy: Please cancel a minimum of 24 hours before the session starting time. Cancellations made MORE than 24 hours before the appointment will incur no charge.

Cancellations made LESS than 24 hours before the appointment will incur a charge of 100% of the session unless otherwise decided at the counsellor’s discretion.

No information here will be shared with any third party. If you are under 18 we will discuss getting your parent/carer’s permission before beginning our first session.



If you are visiting Thailand you can work with me face-to-face depending where I am or simply stay in touch via my newsletter or email me.


What People Say



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Tash, Australia

“I was worried my thoughts were crazy or silly but you made me feel normal and like I could cope with life again.”

“I love that you focused on the future not the past and then gave me useful tools to move forward in life. Thank you”

“I enjoyed using writing in the session. I have never experienced something like this before. It was really challenging but helped me concentrate, focus and think clearly and importantly – it was fun too.”

“I’ve been going to counselors for my eating disorder for over ten years now and that was the best session I have ever had. That was the first time I wasn’t made to feel stupid and where I felt I was talking to someone who was my equal but with loads to teach and share with me. I now feel I have a new set of tools and tricks I can try that will be with me always. I feel empowered. Thank you.”

“You have helped me far more than you could possibly imagine! You helped me integrate all the information, thoughts and feelings. You helped me develop an action plan with tools and writing that I could go home with to help me keep my new-found peace of mind. It really tied everything together for me. You gave me a good bag of gems to take home and play with. Thank you Romi for creating the space to let me be me and for listening without judgment, you made me feel safe and accepted for all that I am. Your insight is deeply appreciated.”

“I found Romi really easy to talk to and her style of counseling gentle yet effective. I like the way she makes you see the different points of the problem and shows you how simple sometimes the answers can be.

I felt the heaviness lifted by talking to her and found her very easy to connect and relate to.

I have cried and I laughed with her and I am very grateful for her kind words. Big thanks Romi!

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