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Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being during Covid, 2021

‘Mental Health in 2021’

After 18 months of uncertainty, isolation and 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 free one-hour talk will cover aspects of mental health and emotional well-being and the impact Covid has had on individuals and society. 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.’
Thanks to Emma Carroll for capturing this talk.

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.

Here is the same talk but presented at a different time and location.

Mental Health During Covid – Live FB & Podcast Interview

Join us Wednesday 12th Jan 2022 for a FB LIVE video conversation on Mental health During Covid. Such a big topic and we will see if we can cover as much as possible to help you all out.

The FB and podcast will both remain available after broadcast. Links to both are below.

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!

WATCH / LISTEN

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

Or press play below to listen to the AUDIO podcast interview.

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.

Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being

The ‘Positive Emotional Health and Well-Being’ online 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 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.

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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.

‘Teen Mental Health,’ Medium

There is a growing teen mental health crisis across the world. In Australia alone 1 in 4 adolescents will experience mental health problems this year and suicide is the most common cause of death for 15–24 year olds. The stats are alarming. One person is one too many.

In my experience with counselling teenagers I have had clients as young as 12 years old suffering from anxiety, clients at 13 believing that their parents divorce was their fault, at 16 not being able to look past a pimple or scar to see who they are as a person and at 17 wondering why they should get out of bed when “today is just going to be as bad as yesterday.” I have worked with adults who at 30 were still stuck in negative thought patterns, at 40 were still traumatised from being bullied at school, at 50 not feeling worthy of love and even at 70 still haunted by teenage family abuse.

None of us are ‘immune to life’ — to traumas, to ‘bad things happening’, to feeling like we have failed, to holding on to past hurts and to the complexities of navigating teenage friendships.

But this is not all doom and gloom.

Life doesn’t have to be this way. The problem is that quite often we don’t know what it is we can try. In those moments we have lost perspective. We have lost faith in the world and we have lost trust in ourselves.

My past clients spurred me to write my latest book ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens.’ The most common sentence I was hearing from adults after working together was, “I wish I had learnt those things when I was younger,” and from that I set out to write. The frustration I felt at working with adults who had been carrying their life’s anxieties and traumas around for 10, 20, even 40 years was deeply saddening to me. Five-minutes is too long.

I believe the answer is in education. Not education that says ‘go to school’ but emotional intelligence education, social-emotional education, life education, education of the self, the heart and the soul.

A friend of mine, Kosal Khiev once wrote a poem ‘Moments In Between the Nights’ and that title alone springs to mind when I think about educating teens. It’s not in the ‘going to class,’ but the moments in between — the moments when no one is looking, when your mind suddenly turns, when doubt, fear, embarrassment, a memory, sadness, anxiety or negative thoughts kick in. It’s in those moments that we need to learn the self-awareness, the skills, tools and coping strategies to find our own balance again.

We can teach young people how to gain perspective, how to process their thoughts, emotions, behaviours and understand how and why they react to situations the way they do. We can teach them to understand and redefine terms such as success and failure. We can teach them self enquiry and self awareness, teach them how to better understand themselves, better understand friendships and the roles they play, that there is always someone they haven’t thought of they can talk to, something else they can try. We can teach them how to breathe — to calm down and to steady the mind. And to remind them that they are in control, that they have choice — choice in their actions, reactions, thoughts and behaviours. That there is ALWAYS something they can do. Life doesn’t happen TO us, we need to learn how to get back in the driver’s seat.

Through self-awareness we can create behaviour change but we cannot change what we are not aware of.

Yes we can even break out of negative thought patterns or better understand and cope with anxiety. There are simple steps that can be followed and in my book and videos I guide teens step-by-step in a very simple, practical and no bullshit way. I don’t brush over topics or say “Oh you’ll be okay.” he book gently holds their hand and takes them on a journey of self discovery where they learn to better understand themselves, find their strengths and resilience and get back in control of themselves.

In psychology terms, adolescence is the developmental stage of identity. Who am I? It is a powerful thing to begin to answer that question as a teen. How many adults can truly answer it?

* The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens is not a substitute for a specialised mental health counsellor or diagnosed mental health conditions.

‘Teen Mental Health’ was posted in Medium in September 2019.

Holistic Counselling

So what exactly IS Holistic Counselling. What does it mean to say you are a holistic counsellor or that you want to go and see one?

Holistic Counselling looks at all of you. It recognises that people are not one-dimensional and that all the different parts that make up a person need to be factored in, to be able to fully understand the person. Holistic Counselling looks at mind, body and spirit.

Here is a 1.26 second video I made  explaining Holistic Counselling.

When I say I am a holistic counsellor, I am saying that I will take in to account your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual thoughts, ideas, fears and concerns. I will acknowledge that upbringing, religion, society and culture can play a role and I will listen without judgment and help clear past blocks and help you to step forward with ease, flow and confidence.

6th International Conference on Drugs & Young People. Australia

“Given it’s currently National Youth Week, we are pleased to have the United Nations recognise this conference as supporting their International Year of Youth activities,” said CEO Australian Drug Foundation, John Rogerson.

I am very proud to be invited to speak at the ‘6th International Conference on Drugs & Young People: Making Connections’ being held in the Melbourne Convention Centre, May 2-4th 2011.

It is exciting and slightly terrifying to be speaking on such a grand stage to an enormous auditorium of people. I will speak on my experience of drug and alcohol and mental health working in Melbourne and my experience of drug and alcohol, mental health and the creative arts where I work in Phnom Penh Cambodia and am still currently based.

6DYP Day 1 teaser.

 

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Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Personal Development

Personal Development to lead a socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually balanced healthy life.

Transformational Growth –  Learn practical and powerful new tools to get back in charge of your life in a meaningful way.

Personal development is a lifelong process. There is no one course or one fix that equals, “I am there, I have finished.” It is a matter of taking one thing at a time, one topic, one desire, one “ooh I wish I could do that” or “I’d love to learn that skill” and then following through.

I see Personal Development as a way to lead a more socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually balanced and healthier life. I offer this through my ONLINE SCHOOL and IN-PERSON workshops.

My two main focus areas of development are: 1. Mental Health. 2. Soft Skills.

  1. Mental Health: Understanding anxiety, depression, negative thought patterns and behaviours, how we think, listen, respond, behave and make decisions.
  2. Soft Skills: There are many soft skills including self-enquiry, self-awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication, boundary setting, stress management and burnout, work-life balance, problem-solving, adaptability, managing emotions, creative thinking, creative writing, value systems, conflict resolution, self-care, integration, mindfulness, goal setting, empathy, trust and more.

*The connection between mental health and soft skills is clear and many of these skills could easily fall in both baskets.

In-Person Workshops

Keep an eye out on my website and social media for any upcoming workshops and courses in personal development and professional development. Right now (in 2022) they will be held locally in Thailand. Feel free to get in touch if you would like a bespoke workshop in your area.

PLUS:

  • Free Youtube videos and content will be updated on my YT channel and website.
  • Individual adult, teen, couples counselling is available in-person or online through my counselling page.

Online Courses

The ROMI GROSSBERG ONLINE SCHOOL offers a range of personal development courses including mental health, emotional well-being and soft skill learnings. You will find Communication in Relationships courses, Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being courses and a range of packages. Each course has short bitesize practical and easy to digest videos on one topic at a time. And the great thing is, you can do it from home at your own pace.

If you are a teenager, a parent or an educator interested in personal development for adolescents, I lead workshops and bespoke courses for teenagers in schools or community groups from my book The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens, in the following topics:

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence · Values · Empathy · Identity – Different versions of Self · Communication skills / Tone of Voice · Choices · Breath/Meditations · Anxiety · Success & Failure · Unconditional self-love · Negative Thoughts · Creating Positive Affirmations · Understanding Sadness v Happiness · Depression · What is friendship? · What kind of friend are you? · Jealousy & Envy · Bullies / Bully Check-in · Acts of kindness · Apologies · Compliments · What is family? · Resolving arguments · My home · Divorce · 5 Stages of grief/loss.

If you are a teacher or educator looking for Professional development in the above or other topics, please head to my Professional Development page.

In-Person Courses & Workshops



Writing from The Source

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How to Manage Stress and Burnout

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Tell Me I Am Not Crazy!

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Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, 2022

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life - The interconnectedness between thoughts, words, tone of voice, body language and the way we feel.

The Simple Art of Living, 2022

Join Romi Grossberg and Mantra Resort Samui for their latest Retreat offering - The Simple Art of Living.

Writing from The Source, 2022

Discover through the pen how to get aligned, clear and able to express yourself. Develop skills in identifying where in your body you think and feel from – your head, your heart or your gut. Join me in this workshop.

Writing from The Source, 2022

The perfect way to start the new year; Getting aligned, clear and able to express yourself and your desires.
Learn how to tune out judgement and your noisy, monkey mind to listen to your body.

The Covid Impact on Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, 2022

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. Join me for a talk on mental health and learn what we can all do for ourselves and our communities.

Mental Health & Self-Care Professional Development Training, 2022.

Full-day Mental Health and Self-Care training at NGO Help without Frontiers, Mae Sot town, Tak province (border with Myanmar).

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being during Covid, 2021

After 18 months of uncertainty, isolation and fluctuating restrictions, it is no wonder many of us are feeling more stressed, anxious, depressed or just out of sorts. You can also watch the recording here.

Somatic Therapy, Interview on aftercare practise, 2021

Upcoming Somatic Therapy online course with Chinese Medicine Doctor Jim Spears interviews Romi Grossberg - Holistic Counsellor.

Writing from The Source, 2021.

The perfect way to start the new year; getting aligned, clear and able to express your desires.
Learn how to tune out your noisy, monkey mind and listen to your body.
Come back to your true self; your tapped or untapped emotions and creativity.

Professional Development Teacher Training, 2020.

Professional Development Teacher Training on understanding and identifying mental health and emotional well-being in adolescence.

The Key – What I can control v.’s What I cannot control, 2019.

Workshop from my book 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens' with 11-12 year olds on 'What I Can control v.'s What I cannot control.'

The Key – Who Am I? 2019.

A workshop for teenagers - learning self awareness strategies to answer the question Who Am I? Based on the activities from my book 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens.'

The Key – ‘Choices,’ 2019.

Workshops with teenagers on healthy decision-making skills and self esteem. Content and activities from my book 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens.'

Practical Social Emotional & Mental Health Tools for Teens. Hong Kong, 2019.

Adolescence is the developmental stage of identity – Who am I and where do I fit in the world. In this 90-minute workshop for Teachers and Educators, participants will learn through experience the various tools and practical coping strategies their students need in order to thrive emotionally, socially and mentally.

A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens. ‘The Key’ – Unlocked. Hong Kong, 2019.

In this one-hour workshop for Teachers and Educators, participants will be guided through the contents of ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens,’ a comprehensive emotional and mental health guidebook that can be taught as a curriculum or used as a resource for teachers, counsellors, parents and teenagers.

Bridging the Gap between the Head, Heart and Gut in Creative Writing, Macau, 2019.

November Workshop in Macau: Writing is a battle between only you and yourself. Sometimes you get stuck and sometimes you are in your flow. Understanding where in your body you write from and how your mind works best can unlock these blocks and help find flow more easily.

Communication in Relationships. Thailand, 2019.

Weekly talk on: Communication with self and communication with others - partner, siblings, parents, children, friends.

Implementing Integration. Thailand, 2019.

Turning an 'experience' in to a lifestyle or behaviour change through learning a simple integration process.

‘Home’ workshop for teens, Romania, 2019.

In this two-hour workshop we will explore the concept of 'Home'…

Free YourSelf in: ‘Writing from The Source, Letters to Your Soul,’ Romania, 2019.

Two evenings with Romi in Timisoara, Romania.
Unite breath with writing therapy, visualisations & discussions whilst learning practical and grounding tools & techniques to thrive in life.
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Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Professional Development

Professional Development is an opportunity to expand your professional knowledge, capabilities and confidence.

In the current climate, Professional Development (PD) in mental & emotional health and well-being has never been more important.

I am passionate about professional development in schools, companies and not-for-profit organisations and believe that making time to be the student again is humbling and a beneficial, necessary experience for all.

My focus areas are mental health, emotional health, communication, social-emotional learning and self-care practices. I also work with ‘soft skills’ – the things we are ‘meant’ to know but rarely actually learn – Emotional intelligence, personal growth, openness, empathy, attitude, ethics, belief systems and active listening.

For organisations and schools:

Self-care: Understanding self-care · Useful stress v. harmful stress · Creating work-life balance · Resilience · Empathy · How to switch off · Meditation made easy · Things you can do today.

A solution-focused training on the essentials of self-care practice. Participants will leave with a range of practical and realistic step-by-step skills for professional and personal daily life.

Communication: Communication techniques · Tone of voice · Body language · Conflict resolution· Empathy.

Communication is 7% verbal, 38% tone and 55% body language. On the phone and online communication is 18% verbal and 82% tone.

This training provides a framework in which to understand the fundamentals of communication and learn effective tools to enhance your personal and professional capabilities.

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being: Creating work-life balance · Resilience · Self-care · Mindfulness · Understanding of Self · Anxiety · Depression.

This training provides participants with a step-by-step guide to greater self-awareness and self-enquiry, how to self-soothe and create personalised self-care practices. Participants will gain knowledge in identifying, understanding and learning useful strategies for depression, negative thoughts and anxiety in themselves, colleagues, family and friends.

Specifically for Schools:

Mental Health for Educators (for adolescents 12+): Psychosocial development of adolescence · Adolescent identity · What is important to ‘them’ v what is important to ‘you’ · Understanding mental health · Anxiety and Depression – What to look for, what you can do and when to get help · Understanding friendships from their perspective · Language (choice of words), tone and body language.

This workshop is designed for educators to feel better prepared to handle the increase in mental health issues of their students, learn strategies and gain confidence to assist. Educators will gain the tools to increase their professional capabilities by understanding the psychosocial development of their adolescent students with step-by-step strategies in different areas of mental health and emotional well-being.

Resource: The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens.

Emotional Intelligence for Educators of Teenagers: Bespoke training from ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens’ resource. This training will be customised depending on the students’ needs as identified by the teachers or school. Topic from this resource are listed below.

The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens: Introduction to Emotional Intelligence · Values · Empathy · Identity – Different versions of Self · Communication skills / Tone of Voice · Choices · Breath/Meditations · Anxiety · Success & Failure · Unconditional self-love · Negative Thoughts · Creating Positive Affirmations · Understanding Sadness v Happiness · Depression · What is friendship? · What kind of friend are you? · Jealousy & Envy · Bullies / Bully Check-in · Acts of kindness · Apologies · Compliments · What is family? · Resolving arguments · My home · Divorce · 5 Stages of grief/loss.

The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens is a guidebook for teenagers, teachers, educators, parents and a resource for school counsellors. See The Key Here.

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What People Say


“You have a great way of making difficult topics seem easy.”

“Thank you for teaching the many tips and skills to communicate effectively, I had no idea there was so much to learn.”

“Two-hours flew by! Thank you for making this mental health workshop so engaging.”

“The exercises were a great help to appreciate how students may feel themselves.”

“I love your resource ‘The Key’ and learning how I can utilise those topics when working with students.”

“My confidence and understanding of anxiety and depression has increased and now I feel calm and confident to assist those in need.”

“I have a much greater understanding of self-care practices and work-life balance. It feels simple now that I have the tools.”

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Teaching ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens’ to 200 students!

Teaching 200 students 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens' - a guidebook on mental health, emotional health and social health.
20 January 2020/by Romi Grossberg

The Recovery Village, US

Sharing information from other organisations and networks about teen mental health. This one is from The Recovery Village, US.
14 December 2019/by Romi Grossberg

‘Teen Mental Health,’ Medium

In psychology terms, adolescence is the developmental stage of identity. Who am I? It is a powerful thing to begin to answer that question as a teen. How many adults can truly answer it?
26 September 2019/by Romi Grossberg

Cultures of Thinking Conference 2019 (& radio podcast interview)

This week I presented at The 7th Annual Cultures of Thinking Conference by way of a 90-minute workshop.
23 August 2019/by Romi Grossberg

Workshopping with teens in Romania

I was invited by my Romanian friend and colleague Ema to run…
1 July 2019/by Romi Grossberg

Is Perfectionism getting in the way?

If perfectionism gets in the way of you completing tasks, whether it be a project, sending off a manuscript, finishing a piece or art work or anything else, then check out my take on perfectionism... and rainbows.
3 April 2019/by Romi Grossberg

Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Indonesia.

I was on a panel as part of the 3-day Asia Pacific Writers and Translators 10th anniversary conference.
30 October 2017/by Romi Grossberg

Holistic Counselling

Holistic Counselling looks at all of you. It recognises that people are not one-dimensional and that all the different parts that make up a person need to be factored in, to be able to fully understand the person. Holistic Counselling looks at mind, body and spirit.
29 September 2017/by Romi Grossberg

Tips for Journalling

A short four video series to help you journal. For those who have never journalled, have stopped somewhere along your life journey, or are just curious to hear more.
29 September 2017/by Romi Grossberg

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.
17 August 2017/by Romi Grossberg

Bitter Sweet

I finally made it to the Maccabiah Games in Israel but it feels bitter sweet.
16 July 2017/by Romi Grossberg

What’s Your Dream?

Do you have a dream? Have you told someone about it?
24 April 2017/by Romi Grossberg

Learning to Breathe

Have you ever stopped to notice your breath before?
When…
31 March 2017/by Romi Grossberg

Tears in Phnom Penh

I never know when the tears will come but I know they are there.
14 January 2017/by Romi Grossberg

Asia Pacific Writers Conference, Manila.

‘APWT is the largest, longest running, functioning literary network I know of in South East Asia and the Pacific’.
30 October 2016/by Romi Grossberg

“One day I just let go…“

I love what I do!
Last month I held my 'Writing from The…
14 October 2016/by Romi Grossberg

I am a Writer not a Hooper

I often thought if I had I joined in years ago at our weekly hoopjam instead of watching, drinking coffee, juggling, socialising and dancing, maybe I could be good too.
9 September 2016/by Romi Grossberg

Australia – you amaze me!

I planned a 3 week trip to Melbourne as an International guest…
18 July 2016/by Romi Grossberg

My Book Launch

The week after I landed back in Thailand, the Tea Temple threw me the most beautiful book launch party.
3 July 2016/by Romi Grossberg

My amazing trip to Samui

Once again I was invited by the amazing Anna Sugarman to host my 'Writing From The Source' workshop at her yoga teacher training in Bo Phut.
1 July 2016/by Romi Grossberg

Melbourne events in May

I have finally landed in sunny Melbourne (yes the sun is actually…
16 May 2016/by Romi Grossberg

The Bliss Festival

If there is a better way to end the year than the Bliss…
1 January 2016/by Romi Grossberg

‘Stand Up’ Workshop

When the amazing International spoken word artist Fleassy Malay…
8 September 2015/by Romi Grossberg

‘Climbing the Walls,’ Griffith Review

Last year there was a call for submissions for the best new writers in Asia under 40.
11 August 2015/by Romi Grossberg
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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.

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“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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Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Podcasts, Videos & Audio

Media: Podcasts, Videos & Audio


Podcast Interviews

I am passionate about sharing information and knowledge around mental health, well-being and self-care – for adults and teenagers. This is why I love podcast interviews where together we can reach a range of people that might otherwise miss out.

Mental health and well-being are huge topics which yes can be scary but exhilarating in a well-informed and interesting interview allowing flow and a discussion that can head in a number of directions – whether that means defining anxiety, understanding how our mind forms negative thought loops, tips for mindfulness meditation or why journalling can help you understand yourself and feel more calm.

I enjoy a good podcast banter.

Get in touch HERE if you would like an interview.

You will also find my Youtube channel below, covering a whole range of topics around mental health, emotional well-being, and tips and tools for at home emotional health.

If you would like to see past television interviews, speaking events, conferences and TEDx Phnom Penh, please follow HERE to my Public Speaking page.



Videos



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Romi’s YouTube channel

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Personal Development to lead a socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually balanced healthy life.

Transformational Growth –  Learn practical and powerful new tools to get back in charge of your life in a meaningful way.

Personal development is a lifelong process. There is no one course or one fix that equals, “I am there, I have finished.” It is a matter of taking one thing at a time, one topic, one desire, one “ooh I wish I could do that” or “I’d love to learn that skill” and then following through.

I see Personal Development as a way to lead a more socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually balanced and healthier life. I offer this through my ONLINE SCHOOL and IN-PERSON workshops.

My two main focus areas of development are: 1. Mental Health. 2. Soft Skills.

  1. Mental Health: Understanding anxiety, depression, negative thought patterns and behaviours, how we think, listen, respond, behave and make decisions.
  2. Soft Skills: There are many soft skills including self-enquiry, self-awareness, verbal and non-verbal communication, boundary setting, stress management and burnout, work-life balance, problem-solving, adaptability, managing emotions, creative thinking, creative writing, value systems, conflict resolution, self-care, integration, mindfulness, goal setting, empathy, trust and more.

*The connection between mental health and soft skills is clear and many of these skills could easily fall in both baskets.

In-Person Workshops

Keep an eye out on my website and social media for any upcoming workshops and courses in personal development and professional development. Right now (in 2022) they will be held locally in Thailand. Feel free to get in touch if you would like a bespoke workshop in your area.

PLUS:

  • Free Youtube videos and content will be updated on my YT channel and website.
  • Individual adult, teen, couples counselling is available in-person or online through my counselling page.

Online Courses

The ROMI GROSSBERG ONLINE SCHOOL offers a range of personal development courses including mental health, emotional well-being and soft skill learnings. You will find Communication in Relationships courses, Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being courses and a range of packages. Each course has short bitesize practical and easy to digest videos on one topic at a time. And the great thing is, you can do it from home at your own pace.

If you are a teenager, a parent or an educator interested in personal development for adolescents, I lead workshops and bespoke courses for teenagers in schools or community groups from my book The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens, in the following topics:

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence · Values · Empathy · Identity – Different versions of Self · Communication skills / Tone of Voice · Choices · Breath/Meditations · Anxiety · Success & Failure · Unconditional self-love · Negative Thoughts · Creating Positive Affirmations · Understanding Sadness v Happiness · Depression · What is friendship? · What kind of friend are you? · Jealousy & Envy · Bullies / Bully Check-in · Acts of kindness · Apologies · Compliments · What is family? · Resolving arguments · My home · Divorce · 5 Stages of grief/loss.

If you are a teacher or educator looking for Professional development in the above or other topics, please head to my Professional Development page.

In-Person Courses & Workshops



Writing from The Source

Join me on a fun and creative writing journey - whether you are…

Meditation for Dummies

If you find meditation stressful, think you can't meditate, don't have time to, or just don't get what all the fuss is about - then this is FOR YOU.

How to Manage Stress and Burnout

Thrilled to be invited by founder of Alt_Chiang Mai - John Ho…

Tell Me I Am Not Crazy!

We have all had these moments of anxiety or negative thoughts but where do they come from? And more importantly, what can we do about them?

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, 2022

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life - The interconnectedness between thoughts, words, tone of voice, body language and the way we feel.

The Simple Art of Living, 2022

Join Romi Grossberg and Mantra Resort Samui for their latest Retreat offering - The Simple Art of Living.

Writing from The Source, 2022

Discover through the pen how to get aligned, clear and able to express yourself. Develop skills in identifying where in your body you think and feel from – your head, your heart or your gut. Join me in this workshop.

Writing from The Source, 2022

The perfect way to start the new year; Getting aligned, clear and able to express yourself and your desires.
Learn how to tune out judgement and your noisy, monkey mind to listen to your body.

The Covid Impact on Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, 2022

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. Join me for a talk on mental health and learn what we can all do for ourselves and our communities.

Mental Health & Self-Care Professional Development Training, 2022.

Full-day Mental Health and Self-Care training at NGO Help without Frontiers, Mae Sot town, Tak province (border with Myanmar).

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being during Covid, 2021

After 18 months of uncertainty, isolation and fluctuating restrictions, it is no wonder many of us are feeling more stressed, anxious, depressed or just out of sorts. You can also watch the recording here.

Somatic Therapy, Interview on aftercare practise, 2021

Upcoming Somatic Therapy online course with Chinese Medicine Doctor Jim Spears interviews Romi Grossberg - Holistic Counsellor.

Writing from The Source, 2021.

The perfect way to start the new year; getting aligned, clear and able to express your desires.
Learn how to tune out your noisy, monkey mind and listen to your body.
Come back to your true self; your tapped or untapped emotions and creativity.

Professional Development Teacher Training, 2020.

Professional Development Teacher Training on understanding and identifying mental health and emotional well-being in adolescence.

The Key – What I can control v.’s What I cannot control, 2019.

Workshop from my book 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens' with 11-12 year olds on 'What I Can control v.'s What I cannot control.'

The Key – Who Am I? 2019.

A workshop for teenagers - learning self awareness strategies to answer the question Who Am I? Based on the activities from my book 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens.'

The Key – ‘Choices,’ 2019.

Workshops with teenagers on healthy decision-making skills and self esteem. Content and activities from my book 'The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens.'

Practical Social Emotional & Mental Health Tools for Teens. Hong Kong, 2019.

Adolescence is the developmental stage of identity – Who am I and where do I fit in the world. In this 90-minute workshop for Teachers and Educators, participants will learn through experience the various tools and practical coping strategies their students need in order to thrive emotionally, socially and mentally.

A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens. ‘The Key’ – Unlocked. Hong Kong, 2019.

In this one-hour workshop for Teachers and Educators, participants will be guided through the contents of ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens,’ a comprehensive emotional and mental health guidebook that can be taught as a curriculum or used as a resource for teachers, counsellors, parents and teenagers.

Bridging the Gap between the Head, Heart and Gut in Creative Writing, Macau, 2019.

November Workshop in Macau: Writing is a battle between only you and yourself. Sometimes you get stuck and sometimes you are in your flow. Understanding where in your body you write from and how your mind works best can unlock these blocks and help find flow more easily.

Communication in Relationships. Thailand, 2019.

Weekly talk on: Communication with self and communication with others - partner, siblings, parents, children, friends.

Implementing Integration. Thailand, 2019.

Turning an 'experience' in to a lifestyle or behaviour change through learning a simple integration process.

‘Home’ workshop for teens, Romania, 2019.

In this two-hour workshop we will explore the concept of 'Home'…

Free YourSelf in: ‘Writing from The Source, Letters to Your Soul,’ Romania, 2019.

Two evenings with Romi in Timisoara, Romania.
Unite breath with writing therapy, visualisations & discussions whilst learning practical and grounding tools & techniques to thrive in life.
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Tell Me I Am Not Crazy!

Deepen your understanding of how the mind works in this interactive workshop.

Tell Me I Am Not Crazy!

A flash of self-doubt and we wonder, “What’s wrong with me?”
We have all had these moments of anxiety or negative thoughts but where do they come from? And more importantly, what can we do about them? Whether it is us, our friend, our family member or our partner. Maybe it was a one-off or it’s a daily struggle. Let’s get informed.
Feel Confident and Empowered.
There is ALWAYS something you can do for yourself so let’s explore practical, day-to-day, real-life strategies that you can implement today.
Some of the areas covered will be:
– What is anxiety? And what can I do for myself?
– Where do negative thoughts come from and why do they come back?
– Where have I gone in all this? My intuitive and beautiful self.
– What are some practical real-life self-care practices and do they actually work?
This will be an interactive workshop including an overall definition of mental health and what it is and the 3-Step Process to combat anxiety. We will work through handouts from my book The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens to get a deep understanding of how our brains work, how we get stuck in negative thought loops and how to break them with a simple, effective and fun 4-Step Process to stop negative thinking including how to create positive thinking. Of course we will also cover self-care practices from a real-life perspective, what we can physically and mentally do for ourselves regardless of where we live or how much money we have.
*Hosted by Inspired by Her
* Sponsored by: Noumena
If you cannot attend but are interested in Personal Development, you can have a look also at my online courses at the Romi Grossberg Online School.

Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life, 2022

A workshop looking at the way we think, speak to ourselves, speak to others, and feel.

They are all connected.

Negative Thought Patterns

How does the brain work? How do we think? What happens when our thoughts are positive v. negative. Why do negative thoughts seem to stick and form negative loops.

The 4-Step Process to negating negative thoughts.

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Train the Puppy
  3. Silly Voice
  4. Replace it.

Connection between words, tone of voice and body language. 

Understanding the interconnectedness between what we say, how we say it and how our body behaves. Learning how to change one of these, to change the way we feel. Experience different forms of these through group exercises.

The Covid Impact on Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, 2021

After 18 months of uncertainty, isolation and 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 free one-hour talk will cover aspects of mental health and emotional well-being and the impact Covid has had on individuals and society. 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.’

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being during Covid, 2021

‘Mental Health in 2021’

After 18 months of uncertainty, isolation and 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 free one-hour talk will cover aspects of mental health and emotional well-being and the impact Covid has had on individuals and society. 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.’
Thanks to Emma Carroll for capturing this talk.

The Covid Impact on Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being, 2022

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.’

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.

Here is the same talk but presented at a different time and location.

Mental Health During Covid – Live FB & Podcast Interview

Join us Wednesday 12th Jan 2022 for a FB LIVE video conversation on Mental health During Covid. Such a big topic and we will see if we can cover as much as possible to help you all out.

The FB and podcast will both remain available after broadcast. Links to both are below.

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!

WATCH / LISTEN

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

Or press play below to listen to the AUDIO podcast interview.

Mental Health & Self-Care Professional Development Training, 2022.

Full-Day Training with over thirty Thai, Burmese and western staff from Help without Frontiers Non-Government Organisation (NGO).

Training in English and in Thai language.

  • Topics included:
  • Overview of mental health and cultural misunderstandings
  • Burn out in relation to Covid but also in relation to the NGO stress-load working on the border and the current political climate.
  • Introduction to stress, anxiety and grief in relation to Covid but also in relation to the NGO stress-load working on the border and the current political climate.
  • Coping strategies in relation to stress, anxiety and grief.
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and how understand thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
  • Stress reduction techniques
  • Self-Care Introduction.
  • Real life, practical self-care strategies.

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being during Covid, 2021

‘Mental Health in 2021’

After 18 months of uncertainty, isolation and 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 free one-hour talk will cover aspects of mental health and emotional well-being and the impact Covid has had on individuals and society. 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.’
If you missed the event, here is the recording.

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