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.
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