In my experience, I have found PositiveEQ was the next step to developing my personal growth and overcoming personal challenges. Previous visits to psychotherapists were bent on delving into the past continuously which left me exhausted, and I experienced no headway in coming to terms with the situations I had to deal with. I was introduced to PositiveEQ by a friend of mine who suggested I contact Kirsti Gwynn. From the first consultation I was motivated, and was encouraged by the progress I made over the following few weeks. What really impressed me the most was how Kirsti had the knack of coaching me as an individual, and not by a set of norms as I had previously experienced in the past.
Penny, PositiveEQ training
Who is PositiveEQ training and coaching not for?
If you're looking for a space where you can spend most of the session talking through your problems like you would in counseling, then PositiveEQ is not the right fit for you. First and foremost, PositiveEQ is proactive. The emphasis is on changing anything that isn't working for you right now so that you can feel calm, content with yourself, and positive about the future going forward. That means that there isn't a focus on dealing with the past. We certainly don't ignore your past, but we only go there when it helps you to move forward.
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Hi, I'm Kirsti, a happiness coach.
I know what it’s like to feel like your mindset is getting in the way of your happiness.
Back in 2014, my mental health was at its lowest point and I had no idea how to get back to the version of me that could take life as it comes and find joy in the little things. My negative thoughts were clearly the problem but, frustratingly, everything I tried only seemed to help temporarily.
Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. These days, I laugh often and sleep easier.
The key was changing how I responded to my feelings in general, by developing my emotional intelligence.
Happiness coaching grounded in emotional intelligence
Are you tired of doubting yourself and feeling stressed or anxious, with negative thoughts you can’t seem to get under control?
You want to feel calm and confident, to be content with your life, and to enjoy whatever you are doing.
You're in the right place.
Calm anxiety and negative thinking so you can enjoy life again.
In happiness coaching, you'll learn to boost your self-esteem, counteract negative thinking patterns, be more resilient to life's inevitable challenges, and enjoy life more.
You choose the specific situations and areas of your life you'd like to work with (but you'll be able to apply the skills you learn across the board).
What's Unique about Positive EQ Happiness Coaching?
Most coaching focuses on a specific goal, and most therapy focuses on a specific situation. Instead, as an EQ-based happiness coach I focus on helping you develop your ability to understand your feelings and the most effective way to respond to them (emotional intelligence) across any area of your life.
You'll learn practical, evidence-based techniques and skills within the supportive environment of happiness coaching.
We'll take a solutions-focused approach, focusing on moving towards whatever you want more of (calm, confidence, contentment, joy) rather than just focusing on what you want less of (negative thoughts, overwhelm, anxiety).
Positive Psychology is strength-based, working with the values and skills that naturally motivate you. We'll first identify your personal strengths and then apply these to assist in the not-so-strong areas.
"I would highly recommend [Kirsti] to anyone wishing to gain a new perspective on life and how to respond to all the challenges that it throws at you. Her unique approach that focuses on using your strengths is something that really stood out for me... Kirsti teaches you valuable skills that will keep you floating.
I am qualified to Master's level as a coaching psychologist (MAPPCP).
Formal Training & Qualifications
Masters of Science in Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology
Bachelor of Honours in Counselling Psychology
Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology & English Literature
I am trained to deliver the following modalities of coaching:
Mental health coaching (incl. anxiety coaching)
Evidence-based wellbeing and emotional intelligence interventions
"Kirsti is a wonderful coach with a talent for guiding you with clarity, calm, and positivity through complicated decisions... I have done this type of work before but it felt much more effortless, effective, and joyful with Kirsti. In our sessions, I felt a sense of ease because of Kirsti’s ability to guide me with her gentle demeanor, positive energy, and her excellent ability to highlight and synthesize important findings. I left our sessions with a significantly greater sense of clarity and purpose.
Please note that I am currently only offering online wellbeing coaching sessions (via Zoom).
Strength Discovery Session, 1.5 hours
Is there an area of your life in which you would like to feel more motivated, energised, more effective, and just generally happier? Or a goal you'd like to achieve? Prior to this session, you'll complete an evidence-based strengths assessment to uncover what naturally motivates you. We will then work together in session to apply your strengths to either improve your chosen area or to help you progress towards your goal.
3 Session Focus Area Package
Spend a month improving a specific aspect of your emotional intelligence. It's your choice as to what area you would like to focus on; some ideas include overcoming negative thinking, boosting self-discipline & productivity, developing resilience, improving self-belief, shifting anxiety, strengthening relationships, and many more. I'm also happy to guide you regarding what to focus on. Sessions are 1 hour each.
6 Session Deep Dive Package
Spend 2 months diving deep into different aspects of you emotional intelligence, focusing specifically on those that would be most helpful to you personally. Our six sessions together would begin with a 1-hour strengths discovery session, which lays the foundation to improve your mindset, wellbeing and resilience.
10 Session Transformation Package
This package is right for you if you'd like to transform your emotional intelligence on all levels. Over the course of three months, we'll take a multi-level approach to helping you develop a more positive mindset, build resilience to life's challenges, enhance self-belief and productivity, and experience more joy. The specific sessions will be tailored to you personally, though we'll begin with a 1-hour strength discovery session as a foundation. I strongly recommend this package for individuals experiencing frequent anxiety and negative thought patterns.
Not sure you can afford it? Working during the day?
Did you know? Many employers now offer their employees a "personal development budget" which they may spend on coaching sessions and other training. I have had several clients who were surprised to find that HR willingly paid for a full package of coaching sessions. This is especially the case when the coach is qualified to Master's level.
Employers are often also supportive of completing these sessions during work hours, and may even provide use of a private meeting room in which you can attend your sessions remotely. All of this makes sense, as coaching benefits employee productivity. There is ample research showing this to be the case with emotional intelligence. Why not ask your company if this is an option for you?