By Biasi Rocky
Supporting Others Without Burning Out: Self-Care for Accidental Counsellors

In the challenging yet fulfilling role of an accidental counsellor – whether in the workplace, among friends, or within family dynamics – self-care is crucial. Balancing support for others with your own well-being is essential to prevent burnout. This comprehensive guide provides practical self-care strategies for those who find themselves in informal counselling roles. Understanding

By Biasi Rocky
The Role of Empathy in Everyday Counselling Scenarios

  Empathy is a fundamental element in effective counselling, crucial even in non-professional settings where one might assume an accidental counselling role. This article delves into the role of empathy in everyday counselling scenarios, underscoring its importance and how to nurture this vital skill. Understanding Empathy in Counselling Empathy transcends sympathy. While sympathy is feeling

By Biasi Rocky
How to Be an Effective Listener: Techniques for Accidental Counsellors

Effective listening is crucial for accidental counsellors – those unexpectedly in a counselling role, whether at work, with friends, or in family situations. Good listening involves understanding, empathy, and support, not just hearing words. This article offers practical techniques to enhance your listening skills. 1. Understand the Importance of Listening Effective listening is more than

By Biasi Rocky
10 Essential Skills Every Accidental Counsellor Needs

  Accidental counsellors, often teachers, managers, or those interacting closely with others, play a vital role without formal training in counselling. If you find yourself in this position, honing specific skills can significantly enhance your effectiveness. This article outlines ten essential skills every accidental counsellor should strive to acquire. 1. Active Listening Active listening is

By Biasi Rocky
Listening Deeply

  This description of Listening Deeply by Jeff Foster resonated deeply with me and how I describe listening in our sessions I wanted to share with you also.   Listening Deeply The most beautiful quality of all in a human being, in my humble opinion? The ability to listen deeply. To listen from Presence.

By Biasi Rocky
Beating Burnout and Finding Balance: An Interview with Melo Calarco

Explore key insights from Melo Calarco on ‘Beating Burnout and Finding Balance’ in our exclusive interview. Discover actionable strategies for managing stress, achieving work-life harmony, and enhancing your well-being. Dive into practical advice for thriving in today’s fast-paced world.

By Biasi Rocky
Chapter 9: Balance

In this blog post, we’ll be summarising the key insights from a captivating book on balance and renewal. The author, Melo Calarco, takes readers on a transformative journey by exploring the importance of finding balance in life. The book offers valuable lessons and practical strategies to help individuals rejuvenate their energy and truly value the

By Biasi Rocky
Chapter 8: Gratitude and Compassion

In our journey of personal growth and self-discovery, we often encounter chapters that teach us valuable life lessons. One such chapter revolves around the profound concepts of gratitude and compassion. These principles have the remarkable ability to elevate our well-being, foster balance, and transform our outlook on life. In this blog post, we will explore

By Biasi Rocky
Chapter 7: Purpose and Perseverance

In life, we often encounter chapters that teach us valuable lessons about purpose and perseverance. These lessons resonate deeply with our core values and can have a profound impact on our journey towards achieving our goals. In this blog post, I would like to share a personal story and discuss the importance of aligning with

By Biasi Rocky
Chapter 6: Fear and Trust

Fear can be a powerful and primal emotion that often holds us back from realising our full potential. However, beyond fear lies trust—the belief that we possess the inner resources to navigate any situation, no matter how challenging. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of turning towards our fears, recognizing them for

By Biasi Rocky
Chapter 5: Overwhelm and Anxiety

  In our journey through life, we often find ourselves entangled in the web of overwhelming anxiety. It’s a topic so vast and profound that it could easily fill an entire podcast episode. Today, we will explore a life lesson shared by Melo, shedding light on how overwhelm and anxiety are often products of our

By Biasi Rocky
Chapter 4: Self Regulation

The next chapter of our blog takes us into the realm of self-regulation. As we discussed earlier, self-regulation is a fundamental aspect of mindfulness practice. It empowers us to navigate through life’s challenges with greater ease and composure. One key takeaway from this chapter is the profound impact that self-regulation techniques, particularly utilising the breath,

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What Our Students Say

Excellent practical strategies to use with a variety of steps and structures were presented at the Conscious Classroom Management Training workshop. The preventative strategies and what to say “communication script” were most useful.

Corinne Buchan
Fairvale Public School

I would like to take a moment to tell you what a great experience I had at your workshop. I have been a teacher for 19 years and have participated in sessions such as BoysTalk, and completed units on Interpersonal Relationships at Uni. I found your workshop to be informative, challenging (in a good way), and most importantly it contained skills that are immediately useful. I found myself using some of the techniques covered in the following week with great success.

When I got to work on Monday I immediately recommended you to the schools’ Executive Leaders as something to be considered for our staff PD. Whilst it may not suit everyone (as not everyone is comfortable being a counsellor), your workshop would be an invaluable experience for anyone interested in developing their skills as a counsellor, either as a career pathway or as an ‘accidental’ counsellor.

Dale Evans
Charles Campbell College Adelaide


I’m ready to go Monday and use this straight away.

Linda Askin
Belmore North Public School
I have already used some of the tips I learnt at the training with an irate parent and a cranky student, with great success! Thank you.
Catherine Pearse
Heathcote High School

As Deputy Principal of a large primary school, I am often faced with situations where I need to provide guidance and support for students.

Having recently completed the course, I have already used many of the strategies back at school and now feel more confident and well-equipped to deal with student issues.

The course was practical, action-packed and opened my mind to the many ways we can speak with and support students. I now feel better-equipped to manage the “difficult conversations” when my school counsellor isn’t on site. The added bonus is that many of the strategies will prove effective in my personal life as well.

Thanks Rocky! I will definitely be recommending the course to my staff.

Leigh Robertson
Grafton Public School
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