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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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You can also stay in touch via my newsletter or email me: romigrossberg09@gmail.com


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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The Key - A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens

The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens

The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens



For Teenagers. For Educators. For Teacher PD.

The Key is an in-depth resource,  interactive guidebook and toolkit for life.

THE KEY, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens addresses many obstacles and difficulties adolescence face in emotional and mental health and provides them with practical and real-life steps toward greater health and confidence.

The Key engages teenagers using self enquiry and self awareness to better understand themselves, their thoughts, actions and reactions, giving them back a sense of self control. It offers practical guidance and strategies, putting seemingly complex issues in to perspective through learning, sharing, writing therapy, activities and fifteen videos.

With over 20 themes, The Key addresses topics such as anxiety and stress, negative thought patterns, exam preparation, controlled breathing, calming down, school, friendships, how to trust yourself, communicate effectively, understand sibling rivalry or a parents’ divorce and so much more.

The Key offers practical step-by-step guidance in how to lead a socially emotionally healthy life. In a world where mental health in adolescence is on the rise, this book aims to equip teenagers with the skills they need to thrive in school, in the home and in life.



If you are a teenager trying to understand yourself – your friendships, handle pressure, have good family relationships, deal with anxieties and get through school and life in a stress-free way, then this is for you.

If you are a parent wanting to assist, support and understand your teen better, then this book is for you.

If you are an educator, teen counsellor or school psychologist looking for a new resource full of activities, videos and practical explanations, then this book is for you.

If your school is interested in The Key, it can be taught in the classroom as a full course or as customised workshops by myself, a teacher or counsellor.

If your school is interested in Professional Development Teacher Training, please head to my Professional Development page.



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“The Key engages students to better understand their thoughts, emotions, behaviours, actions, reactions and how they interact with the school, their friends and with their parents at home. Romi’s aim is to increase self-awareness and create behaviour change at home, at school and out in the world. Clearly the students changed from some negative thoughts to positive ones as well as treating their peers and parents with more gratitude. Romi has changed a number of students in a positive manner and I commend her on all that she has achieved.”

“The Key is very readable. (Romi) Grossberg addresses her teenage audience in a language that is unpatronizing while presenting complex issues and concepts with exceptional clarity.

The Key never offers bland, “look on the bright side” advice. Grossberg delivers a series of common-sense self-care strategies in a clear and comforting manner designed to help put adolescent problems in perspective. Moreover, she provides her readers with the strategies for practical problem-solving and finding solutions to stressful situations. The author also gives teenagers terrific tips on becoming more balanced and goal-oriented. As the readers navigate the activities they can come to powerful and meaningful decisions and take greater control of their lives.”

“Today’s teens are anxious and stressed. The pressure to keep up – both in school and online – has led to a mounting mental health crisis in schools and universities worldwide. It’s clear we need to take a preventative approach, one that will help our students find healthy ways to cope. Social and emotional learning provides the framework to get us there, but finding ways to get students onboard can be tough.

The Key is full of creative resources and strategies to help teens take ownership over their mental and emotional health, preparing them for life both in school and beyond.”

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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.


Your Privacy

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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Self-Help Books

Self-Help Books

According to Business Insider, self-help books are, “designed to help us improve a specific aspect of our lives.” So whilst I am not personally a fan of the cringe-feeling term ‘self-help’, the reality is that my first two books are – gulp – self-help books.

In my counselling profession I am known for my practical guidance and make-things-feel-simple approach and so my books follow form.

The Story Behind My Books.

The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence was written at the request of numerous clients when I was working at The Sanctuary, a health, yoga and wellness centre in southern Thailand. After working together or attending my workshops or courses clients would often say, “How can we take you home? Can’t you write a book?” And so the book was born. But of course it couldn’t just be a ‘reading book’ – For those who know me, I love homework! So it became a journaling book of self-enquiry.

(Disclaimer: I was already writing my memoir so asking me to write a book was not so outlandish).

The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens has a different story. About 10 years in to my counselling career and countless adult clients later, I came to the realisation that the biggest issue, the biggest problem, was not ‘the problems’ themselves but that we, the adults, did not learn the life skills necessary, the self-enquiry and self-awareness practices, and the coping strategies  to handle ‘the problems’ whatever they may be. Nowhere at school did we learn these skills (and they are skills), or empathy, or mental health, or how to understand friendships and communicate in relationships. I could go on but you get my point. I was baffled by the lack of soft skill learning in schools and made it my mission to do something about it.

I took this idea to one of the top schools in Victoria, they agreed with me and we made a deal that I would go away, write the book, write the course and come back and teach it. So I did. I ran ‘The Key’ as a 10-week in-school program for teenagers, tweaked and refined it … and The Key was born. Now it is a book, a resource, a workshop, a conference presentation and professional development in schools.

And on a totally separate note? I hope to have my memoir – Hip Hop & Hope out in 2023.

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Author, Holistic Counsellor, Writing Therapist, Professional Development & Public Speaker.



– Holistic Counsellor sessions – Individuals/couples.

– Professional Development trainings.

– Personal Development workshops.

– Romi Grossberg Online School.

– Mentor of writers and want-to-be writers.

– Public Speaking.


“Do what You Love and the Rest will Come.”


I have been called a gypsy, a nomad, a hippy, a fairy, a bookworm, a rebel, sporty-spice, crossword junkie and the ‘grass-is-greener’ girl.



Maybe I was all of these things.

I

have also been a sports teacher and a photographer before working as a Holistic Counsellor. I’m a qualified social worker, a mental health specialist, a drug and alcohol counsellor, a public speaker and a traveller. I was one of those people who was always searching, though I never knew what I was looking for… until now. Living in South East Asia since March 2010, I feel that I have found… well, that I am found. 

Today I practice Holistic Counselling – because ‘holistic’ includes the ‘all of you’ and as unique individuals we need to recognise that our cultural, family, religious, spiritual and societal upbringing influences different aspects of us: the way we think, react, respond, feel and understand the world. My holistic counselling sessions are forward thinking, looking at where are you now? Where are you trying to get to? What is in the way? And how can we make the path clear and easy? 

As a Holistic Counsellor I may incorporate various types of therapeutic tools such as talk therapy, writing therapy, mindfulness techniques and breath work. I always promise to give you practical and grounded guidance with real life tools and techniques to take away. I work with mental health, emotional health, decision-making and trust, career advice, relationship advice, communication skills, societal issues and more, helping you find your voice and trust yourself.

Writing Mentorship: A journal writer since 1984, I write with ease and flow and teach others how to do the same. I teach self-expression, journaling and flow writing in both group and private sessions. I teach people how to get out of their head, connect with their body, get in touch with their source – their gut, the centre of all emotions. I even invented a word for it in 2015 – gutism.

I work with authors, writers and want-to-be writers at any stage of writing from the brainstorming stage right through – I give advice, tips, tools and techniques (not editing) of books, scripts or writing therapy and journalling. Writing for me is about understanding the process between the head, heart and gut. Writers block is when those three are in conflict.

Professional Development: After first publishing ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens’ in 2017, I started being asked to run PD in schools. Rather than me physically going to each classroom to teach mental health, emotional health and the soft skills so badly needed by teenagers, I could educate the staff who work with these teens on a daily basis. I speak at schools and at education conferences. I had already been running similar workshops internationally since 2013 so it wasn’t a far stretch. I now also facilitate PD in different areas of mental health, wellbeing and self-care for organisations, companies and Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s).




I have been a volunteer worker since before I probably knew what it meant. It just seemed natural to want to help those less fortunate.

I have volunteered in Israel, Vietnam, India, Cambodia and Australia. I have been a carer in disability homes, an art teacher, a sports manager, a teacher at isolated schools for migrant children, a life skills coach for street kids and a community development worker for the World Health Organization (W.H.O.).

In 2010 I became the Manager of Tiny Toones Cambodia and my whole world changed. My heart got broken in to a thousand pieces and put back together over and over by the slum’s most precious street kids. I sat by their side through drug addiction, family violence, pain, recovery, relapse, slavery, corruption and poverty. They, ‘my kids’ taught me about unconditional love, respect, honour, determination and friendship. They taught me about family when they chose me as their mum, aunty and big sister.

“You should be a writer,” I kept hearing from friends and colleagues. I was a story-teller, definitely. I loved public speaking and have travelled on stages across Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Singapore and even the first ever Tedx Phnom Penh in 2011 and interviewed in newspapers, radio and television including the highly-regarded ABC Australia Network with journalist Kate Arnott.

In November 2012 I went to Laos for my first writers retreat purely because it felt right – even though I was broke and terrified. I don’t remember making any decisions since. Things just happened. Do what you love and the rest will come. I met incredible authors who became mentors and I fell madly in love with the pen. Eventually, I tore myself away from my beloved Cambodian family and moved to a small island in southern Thailand to focus on writing. This is when I truly felt I could call myself an author.

On this new island home, I was asked “Aren’t you a counsellor?” and soon I had a job too. Do what you love and the rest will come. 

Now I sit in my office (by that I mean on my balcony) looking out into the jungle, writing and editing. Going to work as a counsellor is only a hop, skip and jump over the hill. Life is beautiful.

Do you what you love …

and the rest will come.

Now, back to my office….


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Romi Grossberg - Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Author, Counsellor & Public Speaker

Do what you Love …
and the Rest will Come

Romi Grossberg Author Counsellor TEDx presenter Writing Therapist Public Speaker Social Emotional Educator


Romi Grossberg is passionate about sharing her knowledge and skills to empower all humans to lead a socially, emotionally and mentally health life.



Romi works in Holistic Counselling, Writing Therapy, Mindfulness, Professional Development, Workshops and Retreats.


Author of ‘The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence’ and ‘The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens’, Romi Grossberg has been published in numerous forums such as The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Elephant Journal and Griffith Review.

Romi is a TEDx presenter and international public speaker.

Counselling Online Courses Buy a Book
  • The Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens

    They Key, A Social Emotional Toolkit for Teens addresses the many obstacles and difficulties adolescence face in emotional and mental health and provides them with practical and real-life steps toward greater health and confidence.

    The Key is an interactive guidebook including videos, activities, writing and discussion points. A great resource for teachers, teen counsellors and parents as well as Professional Development in schools.

    Read more
  • The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence book – Your Journey, Your Journal

    Emotional Intelligence improves self-awareness, leads to more meaningful relationships and overall increases your emotional well-being. Buy the book here.

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Romi Grossberg Online School


Welcome to the Romi Grossberg Online School where you can choose from the following courses and packages. Each course breaks down specific topics into bitesize videos so that you can watch, stop, reflect and implement.

These courses can de done at home in your own time and as many times as you wish.

Positive Emotional Health & Well-Being

Communication in Relationships

Live Life to the Fullest

Freedom, Balance, Empowerment

Connect, Converse, Communicate

The Ultimate Package




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