Mind mapping resilience with Karen Nimmo

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
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In this episode

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.

Our Discussion

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

Guest Speakers

Karen Nimmo