Episode 55

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29th Nov 2020

Mind mapping resilience with Karen Nimmo

Today we speak with Karen Nimmo, a registered clinical psychologist with a private practice in Wellington, working in adolescent and adult mental health. She also has a background in physical education. In a former life Karen was a print journalist and media consultant. Karen works primarily in performance and life coaching. As a clinical psychologist, she is able to assess, diagnose and treat psychological problems where required. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy but draws on a range of models and tools to match individual needs.

Time Stamps:

3:42 We start the conversation with a discussion of how to not just survive during this time but also thrive 

5:07 Karen shares her tools for coping with distress and  building resistance 

6:51 Karen explains the traffic light tool for managing what we can control and what we need to let go of

7:53 Shelley shares how she uses the PIIP - Put It In Perspective - method 

10:24 Karen shares her personal story of her husbands stage 4 cancer diagnosis and the plan that they came up with to help them navigate that time, which eventually turned into her current book 

14:33 We talk about the importance of recognizing the mind-body connection 

20:06 Karen talks about the challenging but therapeutic experience of writing her book, Fish Pie Is Worse Than Cancer

24:45 Karen talks about despair, desperation and disgust as motivators for change 

25:31 We dig deep into finding what’s stopping Shelley from going after her one big goal 

27:35 Karen shares a powerful story about living your life based on a story that no longer holds true for you

31:21 What is the story that you are living that you need some help to confront?  

32:24 Karen talks about listening as an art form 

35:15 Karen shares the reason behind her book ‘10 On The Couch Sessions to Diagnose, Explain and Treat Busy AF People Everywhere’ and her biggest takeaway from it

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The Big Self Podcast
Inner Growth. Outer impact.
Shelley and Chad kick off each week with a provocative thought leader who has something to say about the power of inner growth to drive outer impact. From building resilience to life design to life transitions to leadership to growing ourselves up, we touch on all things Big Self. At the back end of the week Chad and Shelley dish on their experiences and expertise.

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Chad Prevost

Dr. Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.