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‘Are You a Procrastinator?’ Huffington Post

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People often ask me what they can do about procrastination.

The good news is there is something you can do. Let me share my secrets with you. It might not address your underlying issues for avoiding particular tasks but it will help you achieve your today’s task.

We only really use the term procrastination in a negative way when we are scolding, “Stop procrastinating” or annoyed with ourselves for wasting precious time: “I am such a procrastinator.”

The mere word can bring up feelings of anxiety or guilt for not getting to the task at hand. We instantly feel bad. It doesn’t need to be this way. Why constantly feel frustrated when we can instead use it in a positive way?

Here I will share with you my secrets on:

1. How to make procrastination your friend
2. How to move passed procrastination using The 5-Minute Rule

1. Making Procrastination Your Friend.

First let’s change the way we look at the word. Procrastination literally means “deferment,” “postponement” or “stalling.” We don’t need to feel bad. Let’s take back the control we often give over to the power of procrastination as if it actually holds some power.

It doesn’t, we do. Let’s use it to our advantage.

As soon as you notice yourself avoiding your task at hand and leaning toward doing anything but, stop and recognise it. Awareness is key. It may sound obvious but how many times have you wasted half a day watching television or on Facebook when you just meant to have a quick glance?

Recognize that moment. It is not a bad thing. Nothing to get frustrated over, just notice it. Rather than waste time (which is ultimately what we are doing), use this time in a positive way.

Read the full article HERE: Are You a Procrastinator? | HuffPost Life

Romi Grossberg is a writing therapist, counsellor, facilitator of ‘Writing from The Source’ workshops and author. The theme of procrastination is part of her upcoming new book, titled ‘The 5-Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence’ to be released in May 2016. For more information, go to www.romigrossberg.com

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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.

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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“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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  • The 5 Minute Guide to Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is proving to be the greatest predictor of people’s happiness and success so why not dive into an emotional intelligence book today.


Cultivating Emotional Intelligence

Embracing an Emotional Intelligence book to help improve self-awareness, leading to more meaningful relationships and overall increases your emotional well-being.

Strengthening your inner E.Q. can feel like a big undertaking, both overwhelming and time-consuming. Romi Grossberg’s incredible journal-style book breaks it down in to simple 5-minute per day exercises that are straightforward and more importantly – fun!

Reclaim your Inner Power.

Learn how to get past perfectionism, get through procrastination and re-discover your true voice.

Connect to your Source, your Inner Voice, your Gut; the Centre of your Emotions.

Learn how to shut your mind off, get out of your head and embrace The Art of ‘Gutism.’

With this inspirational new 30-day program toward Emotional Intelligence we’ll address common blocks to emotional understanding and your fears of expression. Start your journey toward self-discovery with just 5 minutes of writing a day.

Let your Intuition Speak. Learn how to listen.

This journal is for you. No judgement; there is no right or wrong, no good or bad. There is no particular end destination. The challenge is in the doing. So do. Write. Get to know yourself.

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‘Through Writing from The Source I went from thinking, “I can’t write and I have nothing to say” to finding myself writing deep and creative stories in a completely organic way. Connecting to your source is undoubtedly a great way to connect to your true self.’

‘This process gave me the tools to navigate the blocks that plagued my creative process and I had a blast doing them.’

‘These amazing exercises were extremely helpful for me to get out of my ‘never stop talking mind’. I learned the importance of surrendering to whatever comes on to the paper.’

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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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