Personal Development

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What can we do for you?

Insight International’s personal development services can help you get the most out of your life. We work with individuals and groups, either from one of our comfortable locations, or remotely via Skype. Our mindfulness based therapies and guidance will enable you to shake off the limiting thoughts and beliefs that hold you back from reaching your true potential and becoming who you were meant to be.

Our services include

  • Individual Therapy
  • Couples Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Group work
  • Skype Counselling
  • Careers Counselling
  • Supervision
  • Mindfulness Training
  • Life Coaching
  • Mentoring
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Personal Development and Growth
  • A variety of topical educational seminars
  • Creative and Personal Growth workshops
  • Insight Focused Therapy Training
  • Personal Development Retreats.
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Life Coaching

Life coaching is an empowering relationship designed to motivate and support you on a journey of discovery towards your unrealised and/or undeveloped potential. It is also about identifying your values, goals, and obstacles that are unique to you.

  • Do you lack the motivation to achieve personal and business goals?
  • Are you feeling stuck in your present situation?
  • Are you lacking the strategies that you need to progress?
  • Is fear holding you back from actioning ideas?
  • Do your relationships need help?

Life Coaching may be just what you need. With your therapist you will learn how to build and develop a mental mind map of your interior world and how to put this information into action to create a unique plan for living that specifically works for you. We will help you to stay motivated, positive, realistic, and to make daily choices that are stepping stones toward your desired outcomes. We will support you towards your goals in an enthusiastic, friendly and interactive way.

IFT coaches will also teach you the key components of ‘Emergent Living vs Fixed Point Living’ recently developed by Pauline Skeates (2009). You will learn how to implement the latest insights from neuroscience research and turn interior change into a powerful source of motivation for daily living.

Insight Focused Therapy is our key approach to making this happen, however we also draw from other therapeutic models to ensure your personal development goals are met. These include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Interactive Drawing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

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Insight Focussed Therapy (IFT) Training

We offer training in Insight Focused Therapy (IFT) for counselling professionals or individual personal development and growth. Class content:

  • 10 Modules – Insight Focused Therapy – Theory and practice
  • Group work
  • Personal Development
  • Practical exercises
  • Personal experience
  • Duration: 10 seminar days

Participants will receive a certificate of achievement for professional or personal development upon completion of the course.

We offer online IFT training, please let us know if you are interested in our online training option.

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Topical Seminars

We apply our unique approach, a synthesis of: neuroscience, mindfulness, self-compassion, awareness and kindness, to the following topics. Have a look at the events page for seminars being hosted near you. Topics include:

  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness
  • Awareness
  • Relationships
  • Working with groups
  • Personal Development
  • Creative Therapy
  • Creative visioning days
Life Coaching - Insight International


We apply our unique approach, a synthesis of: neuroscience, mindfulness, self-compassion, awareness and kindness, to the following topics. Have a look at the events page for seminars being hosted near you. Topics include:

  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness
  • Awareness
  • Relationships
  • Working with groups
  • Personal development
  • Creative Therapy
  • Creative visioning days

Emergent Living

Emergent Living Theory was developed in 2009 by Pauline Skeates, as a conceptualisation for a new way of daily living. It promotes a change of perspective away from our rather western orientation of fixating on goals as a set point, towards a focus on present moment awareness in the ‘here and now’. This blurb explains how you can rewire your brain and begin to experience life in technicolour, from just a simple change in perspective! More…

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“As a left handed person I had to learn as a child to become right handed. Therefore lots of confusion came into my life. Through IFT I discovered that I am allowed to be who I am. To be as God has created me, before life happened to me and before I got shaped and formed by people. I found a freedom which I haven’t known before.”

Helmut Malzner, Austria.

“IFT is an effective method that helps you to encounter yourself in a loving and kind way. It provides room for change and growth by way of a calm and patient attitude.”

Anita Terlouw, Teacher in French speaking Countries.

Sandy and Pauline of Insight Counselling provided mediation between my ex-husband and I at the initial stages of our separation and divorce. They showed incredible skill in navigating the challenging dynamics inherent in a divorce, supporting each of us as individuals, all the while maintaining a clear focus on keeping our child’s needs at the forefront of all discussions.

Laura, Auckland, New Zealand.

Theoretical Framework

Do you want to know more about counselling methodologies, theories and therapies?

Our counsellors use a variety of therapeutic methods and theories in their work with clients.  If you are interested in reading more about these therapies, methodologies and theories please click ‘more information’.

Interpersonal Neurobiology (Dr Dan Siegel).

Interpersonal neurobiology (recently developed by Dr Daniel Siegel)  integrates the following disciplines of study that are informing a new generation of therapies.  Insight Focused Therapy (IFT) is one of these ‘new generation’ therapies.

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Insight International Newsletter

Insight International’s monthly newsletter ‘Insight into Wellbeing’, is an excellent source of information and resources to help people achieve better health and greater happiness, and an overall sense of wellbeing. Features include ground-breaking neuroscience research, inspirational interviews, blog articles, quotes and images.

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