Workshops and presentations
KIRSTEN WONCH, FOUNDER – THE WORKSHOP, PONSONBY, AUCKLAND
We hosted Rebecca to present a workshop on beating procrastination through habit change & mastery. It’s the best feedback I’ve had from our residents after any of our ‘lunch & learns.’ Some of them implemented Rebecca’s psychology strategies the same day and commented it was “life changing.” The response was so impressive we’re having her back for a 6-part series!
ROBYN, AUDIENCE MEMBER
“Hi Rebecca, I really loved your talk and was totally inspired. My procrastination level had been over the top for quite a while. I was getting through each day just spending half my time thinking about what I should be doing next. I used [the psychology technique] religiously for a week and was totally stunned by how much I achieved!!
I was having problems filling up the day with tasks as I had never structured myself so well before.
I was achieving lots and ‘getting things done’ so well it felt like magic. I had a month where the wheels fell off … and I noticed by not using [the psychological technique] I was falling back into old habits again. So I am back on to it and can’t thank you enough for the wisdom you shared. It works really well for me and has changed my life. Keep up the great work.”
DARYL GOVE, AUCKLAND HYPNOTHERAPISTS
“I must say I have been using [Rebecca’s procrastination-busting] technique for 2 days now and they have been my most productive in months! It has taken the focus away from what is most pressing and moved it into just getting things done.”
HELEN DUYVESTYN (RcN, MHSc, LifeCoach), ONE LIFE – A LIFE WORTH LIVING
“I have shared Rebecca’s psychology strategies with a number of people struggling to complete university theses or challenging course work. The results have been amazing. Rebecca explains the concepts so simply, and the tools she provides work miracles. I highly recommend her work to anyone who has ever felt the sudden desperate need to clean out the fridge rather than tackle the real task at hand.”
SAMANTHA JUNG-FIELDING, SPEAKER & LIFE COACH, HAPPINESSENCE LTD.
“I love the fact Rebecca’s techniques are both practical and SUPER easy to implement. A personal favorite is her [procrastination-busting psychology strategy] which has even become popular with my own clients since discovering for themselves its mind-focusing ability (who needs Ritalin?) Rebecca has that rare talent of explaining complex psychological difficulties in such a way anyone can understand them, comprehend their provenance AND know how to achieve a more desirable outcome.”
SARAH LINTON, WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, AUCKLAND, HEALTH COACH, TIDES OF CHANGE
“Rebecca is a font of knowledge! A mind expanding and illuminating workshop that has provided new layers and insights to the fundamentals of my practice. Rebecca’s passion is inspiring, her stories are ‘goose-bump’ material that validate the theory and bring light and life to key psychology areas, such as the concept of positive and negative rewards and punishments.
Contact Dr Rebecca Stafford (that’s me!) here for info on Health Psychology Coaching for you or your team. I can be quite nice.
KELLY BURROWES, WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, AUCKLAND
“The presentation was super-informative and presented in a very accessible way. Thanks Rebecca for not ‘over-jargoning’ it/making it stuffy. The stuff on temporal discounting was life changing! And its revolutionary to understand how we link effort to punishment.
JOANNE WEB, WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, AUCKLAND, THE HAPPINESS HUSTLER
“I thoroughly enjoyed Rebecca’s invaluable, well-thought out workshop. The amazing content helped me understand a lot of my own behaviors, and will help me help my clients, giving them tools to change habits and behaviors. I loved the 3 types of self-worth – I myself have lived through all 3. It was useful giving [the three types of self-worth] a label, this will help me explain the process to my clients.”
JULIA GOUGH, WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, AUCKLAND, INTUITIVE EATING COACH
“It was a great workshop with awesome content. I deepened much of my knowledge about habits and behavior. I enjoyed most the info about self-sabotage. It will help me a lot in my work with my clients and myself.”
RACHEL, WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, AUCKLAND, NURTURE LOADING
“Great workshop! So much useful information. Loved learning about the extinction burst and the clues to self-sabotage. Even though it was lots of content, it was all so interesting and the day went really quickly!”
EMMA DAVIDGE, WORKSHOP ATTENDEE, AUCKLAND, FEARLESS COACHING
“I really enjoyed Rebecca’s well-presented workshop! Useful and interesting content (such as learning the psychology of motivation in terms of positive/negative rewards and positive/negative punishments), and fun exercises to break up the content and keep us motivated. I’ll be incorporating the knowledge gained into my coaching business.”
KEVIN BELZ, GM, MASTERCRAFT KITCHENS LTD.
“Rebecca Stafford was invited to present to our 90 delegates at our Mastercraft Kitchens conference. The topic, Workplace Bullying, was thoroughly researched and very well presented by Rebecca. Her presentation was well received by our delegates and it generated lots of interest and discussion among our group. The information packs Rebecca provided were also very useful for everyone.”
Health Psychology Coaching for rapid habit change
‘SUE’, PART-TIME UNIVERSITY STUDENT, BUSINESS OWNER, WIFE, MOTHER, TAURANGA
“A+! I’m pretty chuffed with that!!!!! I am very proud of getting more life balance along with study and getting an amazing result! Thank you Rebecca, understanding what was behind my procrastination and self-sabotaging behaviors was like turning the light on.
I am now able to move forward with confidence (and less fear) knowing that I have an amazing toolkit of learnings and techniques to help keep me on track. You’re a star!”
COLLEGE STUDENT, 16 YEARS, AUCKLAND
“Rebecca helped me improve my motivation and study skills when I was sitting my level 1 NCEA exams. I think what helped most was understanding I procrastinated because I was scared of failing, not because I was lazy. Rebecca also showed me how to study more effectively. My time management and concentration are much better. I’m pretty sure she helped me get a merit endorsement. It was good being less anxious around exam time too.”
‘HENRY’, FORMER MASTERS STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
“Rebecca was a lifesaver when I was struggling with my Master’s thesis. Procrastination and dubious time management habits had me in a pickle and Rebecca steered me in the right direction at the right time. Her understanding of what I needed initially and then the subsequent supportive guidance got me to the finish line. I still wonder how I would have fared without her help”
TERESA NAGEL, M.Sc., WELLINGTON
“I was privileged to have Rebecca’s guidance at the time I was struggling to complete my Master’s thesis. By encouraging me to practice [psychology] strategies, I was able to manage my anxiety and overcome my procrastination.
Had it not been for Rebecca, I doubt I would have been able to continue. I owe the completion of my thesis entirely to her intervention”
Dr TAMASIN TAYLOR, AUCKLAND
“I would like to strongly recommend Rebecca Stafford as a counsellor and a coach in both the academic and emotional support capacities. I came to her in a stressed state whilst in the last months of finishing my PhD in 2014.
My anxiety had climbed to unsustainable levels and was inhibiting my progress. Rebecca calmed me and gave me the confidence to complete my PhD. She also showed me effective skills to improve my emotional health.
Rebecca was very easy to talk to. I felt that she was really hearing me, and although I felt ‘silly’ and ‘needy;’ she made me feel secure and respected no matter what I said.”
‘SIMON’, ATHLETE, AUCKLAND
“It’s been an interesting journey with Rebecca. She’s helped me understand myself in the ways I think and operate. This is allowing me to deal with difficult situations and day to day life in a much better way rather than how I used to; with anger and punishing myself or others. We’ve done some interesting experiments and I look forward to doing more. Seeing, noticing, and feeling change is great”.
TERESA AHERNE, AUCKLAND, NZ
“I’ve tried everything over the years to stop smoking, and then, a month ago, Rebecca fixed my brain (well, the part that wants to smoke) in 10 minutes. I haven’t smoked since.”
SABRINA GREGORIAN, WRITER, LOS ANGELES
“Within a few minutes of talking with Rebecca, my puzzling, frustrating behaviors made much more sense to me. She provided me with enlightening information as well as with the tools to apply the information to my life, and with her help I’ve made some great changes.
One of which I know many people struggle with… exercising. This had been a struggle of mine for years, but within a month of working with Rebecca I now exercise one hour a day, at least five days a week.. and I absolutely love it. This has impacted the quality of my life in ways I can’t put into words. I’ve also become more efficient overall – in time management and work productivity.
But what I believe made all my progress possible is Rebecca’s kind, humane, empathetic approach. She taught me the importance of self-compassion and celebrating my own successes, no matter how small they might seem – and it’s this new learned attitude that has paved an expedited path for growth.
And Rebecca did this all while making the process of learning enjoyable, personalized, and funny”.
MARCIA KAPUVAI, HANMER SPRINGS, NZ
“I’ve lost 20 kgs by exercising more and eating better. It really helps remembering what Rebecca says about weight-loss: that it’s not the most important thing in life.. yes I will get skinnier but does that mean that it would make me happier? No, it will make me healthier and fitter, which will make things easier physically, but weight-loss is not the main thing that would make me happier – if that makes sense. It also helps remembering that weight-loss is more bearable if you are happier, love yourself and remember your self worth”