Category Archives: Psychology

Presentation: Resilience Is Dead

ResilienceA completely overrated presentation where you will gain nothing!

I am going to suggest that many people, including myself harbour two things. One is problems, the other is desires.

Nothing wrong with either. It’s just the way of life. But when either one or both of these two become an irritant there really are issues.

In this workshop I want to suggest and do something about the obvious. This is what we know in our bones, what is wrong, what causes problems. The other obvious bit is that instead of taking another course, instead of reading another book, instead of joining another class … we consider the exact opposite.

If you. like me, occasionally get overly attached to what is being portrayed in the news, on television or with the good opinions of others, this may be for you … if you are honestly OK with letting stuff go. As in making a commitment to stop wasting and giving away your precious life energy to rubbish, this overrated workshop may be for you.

We live in an age where a maximally intolerant minority are dictating how a tolerant majority lives. Opinions on social media, television and the like, can inflame my sensibilities where almost every day I am reading something about cultural appropriation, anti-this, and, that-a-phobic, where free speech and your thoughts are being shaped to be suppressed. Everyone else knows what is best for you!

This workshop is about discovering, what are the persistent irritants in your life and making a commitment to reducing, subtracting or removing the persistent goo that is stuck on your shoes, the kind you can continue to take into your home again and again.

Workshop Covering

  • Via Negativa (Nassim Nicholas Taleb) or what is wrong in your life
  • Self Sabotage or some other irritant
  • Guided Visualisation on reductionism

This is completely overrated and you won’t be taking anything away from this workshop.

Presentation: The Low Down On Mood

MoodThese are challenging times. Life can trip you up anytime it fancies, making you feel sad, low and depressed.

But don’t panic! Feeling low is not necessarily a bad thing.

You can’t feel joy if you’ve never felt sorrow. You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t experience a range of emotions.

This participative workshop gives the low-down on mood. It is based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2 – “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

Shakespeare knew that it is not what happens to you, it’s how you interpret it. So, we are going to peek at how you interpret a situation, your thoughts and emotions. Then you can become aware of your negative behaviour patterns and change them – and do more of the things that make you feel happy!

Presentation based on Dr Jessamy Hibberd & Jo Usmar’s “This Book will Make You Happy”

Presentation: Drawing Out The Child In You

Child drawingThis presentation is all about exploring your personality through simple drawing and writing exercises.

Using Star-Wave Drawing, a simple technique developed by an educational psychologist and family therapist you can draw out the child in you and explore what you learn through the lens of Transactional Analysis (a social psychology exploring relationship interactions).

By the end of the session you will know more about why daily or long term relationships work the way they do.

If you are interested in learning more about yourself and your relationships then all you will need to do is bring along your favourite pen.

No artistic ability is required.

Presentation: Building Boundaries By Saying No Nicely

BoundariesGood fences make good neighbours, good boundaries build good relationships

Mediators often describe themselves as breaking down walls and building bridges. So why do I think boundaries are important?

One of the most common causes of conflict is unclear boundaries or where someone has crossed a boundary.

Broken promises or unfulfilled expectations are examples of where a line has been crossed, knowingly or unknowingly. Many of these situations would not have occurred if people had “said no nicely early” in the relationship.

This practical session helps you explore your boundaries. Learn about how to set and communicate expectations clearly and how to handle yourself when boundaries are crossed or expectations are not met.

The Listening Space

Listening SpaceThis experiential session will introduce you to The Listening Space – a structured process in which one person facilitates another to explore an issue that is on their mind, using a combination of repeating back their words and a specific set of Clean questions. This could be anything from a problem they would like to gain clarity on to a creative idea they want to develop.

Clean questions can be used to focus on the metaphors that people use to express themselves. When this happens people experience being listened to at a very deep level and can be facilitated to make transformative and long-lasting changes.