Friday Feeds: connect and reflect.

The current social and political crisis is not the only stressor that weighs on Hong Kong’s workforce. Many employers want to address increased stress and distraction, loss of motivation and states of low mood and anxiety.

Tactful staff-care feeds productivity and well-being. Registered Counselling Psychologist Sebastian Droesler offers to bring group psycho-education, stress-reduction and individual coaching sessions into your company.

At the convenience of your office, he will take you and your team through steps to improve inner strength and enable self-reflection in the community. Offering a container for personal and collective reflection.

Stress-management in times of Crisis

The current social and political crisis is not the only stressor that weighs on Hong Kong’s workforce, but it is a major trigger of concern, worry and uncertainty. Hence, contributing to reduced productivity due to increased levels of stress, diversion, low mood, anxiety and the need for care.

I am impressed to hear how many companies take initiative to provide various platforms in the shape of team lunches, brown bag discussions and more flexible work arrangements in order to buffer disruptions but also to sharpen the sense of community with the message that we are in this together.

Last Friday I was invited to a logistics startup. The idea was to offer a lunchtime learning session followed by an afternoon of shorter 1:1 coaching and debriefing sessions that were offered to all staff. While the learning was more geared towards the psychology of crisis and interventions to cultivate inner strength, the individual sessions were greatly appreciated and quickly booked out by staff who wanted to address a broad range of personal matters and challenges at work.

All issues discussed had to do with personal and professional development linked to the special dynamics of a startup going through the phases of growth. Many team-leads were particularly keen to learn how not to cascade their stress and pressure downwards. Together, we explored effective ways of connecting with oneself and with others.

“The stories, the environment and the pure work ethic of accountability for others brought back memories and feelings from when I started working in a dot-com startup around 2000. Good times.”

Entering the open plan office with around 120 staff, I immediately felt at ease with a sense of curious awareness. A genuine vibe. It felt very much like me in Cologne in 1999, Hohenzollenring, Palmstrasse. Three floors above a fast-food chain. Dot-com spirit. Could I have been more downtown? Could I have been more right there? After my great 3 years at BOSCH automotive I went back to study Psychology. Then started from scratch. My first full-time job puzzled my parents and my friends with degrees of freedom that were unheard of. Sushi was a thing back then. I didn’t like it.

Kowloon 2019. Fatboys, pingpong table, pizza and gorges of computer screens. Face recognition to enter: People bow in front of a small screen to stare into a camera that opens the door. Almost Japanese I think. People visit me for 15′ sessions in a room that provides confidentiality. It’s fast paced, but I get the impression that it’s worthwhile to get down to one point, to probe and to challenge. As always in my job, I am happy how much trust I receive and how willing these strangers are to share with me with me some of their inner troubles and concerns.

Thank you for your trust.

F R I E N D L Y R E M I N D E R

Events September / October 2019

This is to remind you of the following upcoming events

  • Free Intro & Orientation to Mindfulness-based Cognitive Training (MBCT) next Saturday 21 Sep at 11:00am
  • Urban Dads Event on Thursday 19 Sep at 6:30pm
  • MBCT program starting on Sat 19 Oct at 2pm

Simply click the links below for all details.

Put on your partici-pants,
Sebastian

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FREE Orientation MBCT

Find out what the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy program is about. Get to know the benefits, scientific research and program structure. Familiarise with the venue and fellow travellers.

Dates & Details

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Mindfulness-based Cognitive Training

MBCT is a solid evidence-based program with an expansive body of scientific research. It combines Mindfulness Practices, as a way of being present in a non-judging manner, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a way of becoming aware of and to prevent downward spirals and negative thinking patterns.

Dates & Details

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daddycation

Expecting a baby or recently became a Dad? Do you have questions about labour, birth & life with a new baby? Join us for a casual yet informative Urban Dads event. Bringing expecting and new Dads together, over a drink to discuss typical and specific challenges.

Info & Registration

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Keeping your Sense of Ease

Sebastian’s Events Fall 2019

Explore my upcoming events and programs for personal growth.

Expand your skillset of dealing with people, politics, pressure, moods, depression and anxiety.

Exude prudence, Sebastian

FREE Orientation MBCT

Find out what the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy program is about. Get to know the benefits, scientific research and program structure. Familiarise with the venue and fellow travellers.

Mindful Men’s Group

This group program empowers men in their journey through life. Choosing a path of greater self-awareness and ownership. Beginning or deepening the practice of mindfulness. Leaning into the challenges of masculine and feminine energy.

Mindfulness-based Cognitive Training

MBCT is a solid evidence-based program with an expansive body of scientific research. It combines Mindfulness Practices, as a way of being present in a non-judging manner, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a way of becoming aware of and to prevent downward spirals and negative thinking patterns.

Daddycation

Expecting a baby or recently became a Dad? Do you have questions about labour, birth & life with a new baby? Join us for a casual yet informative Urban Dads event. Bringing expecting and new Dads together, over a drink to discuss typical and specific challenges.

Mixed Group anyone?

I have been approached a few too many times about facilitating a group of like-minded men and women in Hong Kong. This group will follow a similar setting and topics to my men’s groups.

Here I want to know if you were interested to join?
contact Sebastian directly

Free Lunchtime Practice

Weekly meditation practice session with teacher-guided exercises. This group is open to the community of mindfulness programme graduates as well as beginners interested in mindfulness practice.

The Friday weekly sessions are offered free of charge.
No reservations are required

Flow Experience through Conscious Dance

“Will I experience flow state during these dance events?” He smiled at me or at my question. His eyes became bright and gentle and he nodded “Yes”. I was too impatient to hear the second and last word he said. “Maybe”.

Freely adapted from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow cannot magically inject speed, fitness or skill into your dancing life – those take hard work. Flow is not a short-cut, it’s an outgrowth and inherent reward stemming from the commitment to do something right.

Flow can do many things. It can heighten the enjoyment you experience during a dance. It can enhance your performance by filtering out distractions, improving focus and strengthening the mind-body connection – merging action and awareness. Moreover, flow can bring you back to the dance-floor.

This is about a group of dancers practicing a weekly meditation in movement. Welcoming newcomers to enjoy dancing to curated music on a spacious hardwood dance floor in the heart of Hong Kong Island.

Absolutely suited to beginners, this practice has no specific steps to follow and pressures no one to perform. We encourage you to dance your own dance.

You will have ample time to warm up in the calm setting that has been prepared for you. A brief guided introduction gives way to freeform expression. Participants dance on their own and join with others as spirit or flow moves them.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and be prepared to dance barefoot or with footwear designed exclusively for the dance floor. No street shoes or socks are permitted.

Our facilitators, Flo and Thomas Vinton, have been practicing conscious dance regularly for 10 years and teaching arts-related activities for a quarter century.

Our next session will be October 8 for Buddies. Do you remember times when you were a kid dancing freely with your brother, sister, cousin or friend and moving through imaginary worlds full of laughter and silliness. Well for our next session, you are invited to bring a buddy who will receive complimentary entry. There will be surprises.

Dance Hong Kong with Muse Circle PAGE

Conscious Dance Mondays EVENT

Location

Dance Concept, 7th Floor, Great Smart Tower, 230 Wan Chai Road

Wan Chai, Hong Kong

2018 Remaining Dates

MONDAYS October 8, 22, 29 and November 5, 12, 19, 26

Rates

Set of 4 Classes $1000 – Single class $300.

Please let us know if cost is ever an issue so that we may make special arrangements with you.

Leaving The Shire. And the burrow.

Located in the hilly land of Central Earth, Sebastian greets many visitors from near and far in his practice for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Many loved his cozy cavelike practice. Soon this burrow will not be suitable anymore to equally welcome the various creatures on the island: the Lan, the Kwai and the Fong …

“From January 2018 Sebastian will welcome you in his new office in Lan Kwai Fong.
The new place will feature even more space, even higher ceilings, even more daylight and even more seating choices. Just like your smartphone – lots of features are not necessary, but become quickly hard to renounce.”

In order to provide you with brighter and broader service Sebastian will move to a new office space – only a few meters away from the old address. The new address will also be in downtown Lan Kwai Fong, but closer to the MTR and Queen’s Road Central:

Unit 1302
13/F Tak Woo House
1-3 Wo On Lane
Lan Kwai Fong, Central
Hong Kong

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With the best services for mental health in mind, this place is designed to reduce stress and increase emotional balance. As usual Sebastian welcomes individuals and couples who want to work on their mental well-being and their relationships. People from around the world, who aspire to better cope with life and at work or who want to overcome anger, sadness, depression and anxiety.

Like a bird’s nest, the new practice is a protected and homey area – high up in the branches of Hong Kong’s architecture, with space for more dynamic techniques and approaches to couples counselling and more room for individual development.

Women’s Group in Hong Kong – Enriching Relationships

Over the past few years I have often been asked about women’s groups. Sometimes I have even been asked why I am not running women’s groups.

Therefore I am delighted to help promote a group that Is dedicated to women only and with the focus of making relationships more meaningful and fulfilling. If you have any friends who you think may be interested, please forward the link to them and ask them to get in touch with one of the facilitators directly.

Kay, Leonie and Claire have designed an approach that caters for individual needs as well as it leverages the power and support of a committed group. The Enriching Relationships Group is a 6-week group process designed to help you gain a deeper connection with yourself and the confidence to build more fulfilling and harmonious relationships.

Based on Imago Relationship Therapy, Attachment Theory and Neuroscience, you will explore past relationships, patterns of behaviour and barriers within yourself that have influenced your expectations of, and reaction to, others

Using creative and inspiring experiential exercises and mindful practices in a safe, supportive and confidential environment you will gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself. You will also develop practical ways to make changes and enrich your relationships in the future.
Participants need to have a sufficient level of emotional awareness and regulation to function in a group setting and will ideally have some experience of therapy or be willing to see a therapist during the process.

  • The 6 week process, will be held in Central
  • Wednesday evenings from 28 Sept to 2 Nov 2016
  • Time: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Will be led by experienced Imago relationship therapists Claire Smyth, Kay Hunter and Leonie Romeo
  • Participants will be limited to 8 and are requested to commit to all sessions
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The course fee is $7500
  • Registration (with deposit of HK2000) by 9 September, 2016.

For enquiries and registration please email:  kaymac99 at netvigator dot com

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” Rumi