Counselling Services: Busiest Season, Top 10 List and 6 Service Options.


The Busiest Season of the Year for Counselling:

Yes. Personal development and self-improvement impulses are high in the September and January, yet emotional distress triggers abound between November and February.  This is because of distress from financial pressures, cold weather, low sunlight, family issues prompted by holidays, etc.  Distress support hotlines are ringing off the hook in January because the family wounds are sensitive and then credit card bills and bathroom scales are showing scary numbers. Maybe a counselling service plan should be part of more people’s seasonal prep and gift certificate purchases.  Please make a plan to take good care of yourself this Christmas and seek advice as needed.

 

Top 10 Types of counselling clients that approach me for advice:

I specialize in listening to/advising 18-55 year old male leaders with a high performance orientation, Christian/spiritual worldview, various levels of self-awareness/emotional intelligence and tremendous civic, social, work and home responsibilities. Having said that, they present different initial complaints…

1. Proactive/Responsible

2. Grieving/Broken-hearted

3. Addicted/Impulsive

4. Concerned/Troubled Mind

5. Confused/Lost

6. Depressed/Sad

7. Fearful/Timid

8. Angry/Frustrated/Mad

9. Unskilled

10. Court-ordered

 

6 Types of Counselling Services that I can provide you and yours with:

1. Pastoral Counselling: Shepherding Christian hearts towards God and his plan for their lives through conversations that wisely use the Bible and Triune prayer.

2. Spiritual Direction/Counselling:  Authentic self-leadership flows from an authentic place which can be tended in non-directive, exploratory conversation about your heart/soul condition, core values, sacred beliefs, personal standards, passion-mapping, motivation and overall journey through life phases.

3. Life Work Coaching: Self-assessing important areas of your life and developing growth plans to support your drive achieve your vision of success and high performance.

4. Addiction & Substance Abuse Counselling:  Support for individuals and groups who want to understand the “why” and “how” of wellness, recovery and deep personal change.

5. Couples Care and Coaching: Premarital Preparation and Marital Enrichment Facilitation through assessments and skill development.

6. Grief and Loss: Aid in the process of slowing down to name the loss, plan to mourn, describe the pain, accept bereavement in our culture of “stuff it in”, “move along” and “replace it”.

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7 Areas of Top Expertise: Ideas for Serving Your Network Together


I am passionate about Personal Growth and Professional Development experiences.  Here are some ways I team up with people to serve them and their people.  I believe people and groups in your sphere of influence might benefit from these services so take some time to reflect and then pass this along to decision makers in interested parties. Maybe someone you know is going through something that I can help them walk through because of my education and experiences? Maybe a group need some training to go to the next level and a workshop or seminar could do the trick? Please add comments below and share your experiences with these subjects in your personal and professional life.  What have you learned in these areas and what difference did it make to you and yours?

Professional Services Rendered: Pastoral Counselling, Spiritual Counsellor, Spiritual Therapy/Direction, Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselling, Life Work Coaching.

7 Areas of Top Expertise containing Topics of Special Interest:

  1. Self-Assessment of the 7 BIG areas of life: This is a powerful tool from EQCommunications takes a current snap shot of your life through meaningful exploratory conversations.  This is a good starting point for getting to know each other and finding out which areas of life you can priorities improving in order to attain your vision of victory.
  2. Mental Health Support Facilitation:  This group of topical services I offer all seek to (1) reduce social stigma and (2) increase personal resilience for various populations who come from diverse backgrounds of society.  Participants could have friends, family or work associates with first or second hand experiences with mental health recovery challenges and they want to learn how to relate and support them. Everyone has valuable experience, important perspectives and may be at various points on the journey towards mental health recovery.
    1. Developing Your Personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) – Workshop/Group Facilitation.
    2. Bouncing Back: Building Your Personal Resilience and Avoiding Burnout.
    3. Help, Hope and Healing: Finding These 3 in Your Grief and Suffering.
    4. How to Make and Keep Good Friends.
    5. Personal Standards and Life Choices.
    6. Anger Management.
  3. Tackling Transitions like a Champion: Circumstances do occur that change the stable status of our relationships, roles, responsibilities, health and employment in ways we may not have anticipated or planned for.  Now that those circumstances are upon us and they present powerful opportunities for innovation, resilience and adaptation if we learn to tackle transitions like a champion, not a victim.
  4. Coaching Couples and Wedding Officiation: Facilitating communication and mutual discovery through Enrich Canada Marriage Preparation and Enrichment. I can help the couple discern and develop their vision for a meaningful wedding and a mutually fulfilling marriage.
  5. Spiritual Discovery and Pastoral Direction: People have thoughts that prompt their spiritual search and they need trusted experts to discern and discuss them with.  As a Gospel-Centred and personally devout Christian and an Ordained Baptist Pastor, I am comfortable having delicate spiritual conversation about what people have experienced/believe and sharing my experiences and beliefs with them in a way that allows them the space to explore their spiritual convictions in a safe, trust-based and non-directive learning environment.
  6. Leadership Lessons and Skills Training:
    1. Passion-Mapping: Finding Meaning at Work.
    2. Confident Communication: How to Share Your Most Important Ideas Effectively.
    3. The Athletic Advantage: Developing the Attributes of High Performance People.
    4. Recruiting Resources for Your Vision and Mission.
    5. Emotional Intelligence at Work.
    6. Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams and Task Forces.
  7. Hobbies and Entertainment Training:
    1. How to Watch Sports (Workshop): Basics to Enjoy the “Big Game” with Your Group.
    2. How to Plan A Vacation in Europe, Canada and Asia.
    3. How to Foster Community Outreach, Social Activism and Personal Engagement.

Let’s Get Started…

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Creating Complete Champions for High Performance in Real Life


I believe in the importance of personal growth and spiritual development in order to become complete champions who can reach high performance in our personal and professional lives.

Hi I’m Adam.  I believe in creating complete champions.  I believe in the importance of personal growth and development in order to be a high performance person.   I believe that the hardships we go through will either make us or break us; and it is how we game plan that makes the difference.  I believe your greatest tests can be your greatest testimony.  I believe the transitions, challenges and changes that we face, are opportunities for unprecedented growth.  Capturing the momentum of transitions and changes can be a great way to become a complete champion and to get to the next level of what your vision of success is.

I have served Olympians as an inspiration and advisor to help them become complete champions.  I have served federal correctional inmates as they try to transition out of the institution into “normal life” and get jobs, and friends, and an apartment…I helped them game plan for that.  I have served people at various level of mental health recovery and helped facilitate their personal recovery game planning.  I have served churches and helped them rediscover their corporate and individual identity – their mission, vision and values – through strategic planning.  I have also served “at risk youth”; and helped them try to define some personal standards for their navigation through this world of competition and distraction.  I have also helped student athletes to develop a purpose for their life during those formative university years so they can develop a vision of success, purpose and meaning for their lives and work towards achieving it.  I have served members of the Toronto Blue Jays Organization, helping them become complete champions.  High performance people know the importance of being a complete champion.  Giving adequate attention to all areas of life is very important. Quite often, however, high performance people are neglecting other major areas of their lives, such as the spiritual or the social.  I have worked with the Toronto Blue Jays and helped them to become complete champions.  For example, helping them strike the balance between work and life and family.  I helped them to think about the importance of giving back; and leveraging their platform to give back; and make a positive difference in the world.  Also, I’ve helped them focus on the importance of their spirituality and their relationship with God.  I did this through motivational speeches as well as one-on-one meetings where I got to listen to them describe their vision of victory, and their dream success in life and encourage them to become complete champions.  Now, you may not be a Toronto Blue Jay, but in your life; whatever your cause; being a complete champion and reaching high performance is equally as important.

How can I help you become a complete champion? Let’s team up!

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Coaching Sessions: 2 Minute Video and 3 Frequently Asked Questions


 

FAQ 1: How is coaching different from counselling or psychotherapy?

Generally, coaching focusses on the impact of the present on your future, while counselling focusses on the impact of the past on your present.  My coaching process assesses your present situation and empowers you to use your resources to attain your future goals in life.

FAQ 2: Can we do virtual/online sessions?

Yes.  This option of works best for many people’s lifestyles.  Virtual/online coaching allows for efficient face-to-face communication.  I’m able to do “virtual” coaching sessions with great people like you from around our globe through efficient video chat programs (Skype, iChat, etc).  It is simple and smooth to arrange a video session for settings such as: at home after dinner (and maybe the kids go to sleep), on the train, at the office, in a coffee shop or airport lounge.   Let me know if “virtual” sessions work better for your lifestyle. Let’s set something up using the form below. :)

FAQ 3: How does it work financially?

There are two service packages available.  Both can be customized to fit your personal strategy, passion and vision. The first offers a bundle of 5 to 10 sessions.  The second is an upgrade on the basic bundle of 5 to 10 sessions, which adds supplemental support services by voice and writing for an additional monthly fee.  Both packages include a free e-subscriptions to adamrumball.com. I do not want financial strain to be an obstacle to your success and I do offer a negotiable fee scale depending on your circumstances.  Let’s talk about building a “win-win” game plan! :)

Book your first assessment session now to start realizing your vision of victory.

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Inspirational Communication: 1 of 31 Skills for Successful Leadership


Successful leaders skillfully communicate inspiration.

The inspirational communication of a successful leader to their people is like the wind in the sails of a fleet of racing sailboats.  I feel most like a leader when I connect with people in an emotional word picture.  Emotional word pictures can powerfully engage our heads,  hearts, hopes and hands.  The best example that I can think of for this skill is Jesus Christ’s ability to inspire a global movement of faith, hope and love through his words.  Have you read the Gospels? He casts the most inspiring and passion producing vision of life as it could be through his use of words and deeds.

Inspirational communication is an important skill because many people’s sails are not pregnant with the possibilities of vision. However, they are in the boat with sails up and want to move, but just need “word-wind” to move ahead.  Now, I realize that some people do not have their sails up. Some people’s sails are in need of repair.  Some people’s sails are bundled up and tied down.  Their sailboat may even be docked or stored in a slip.  Next time you have an audience of any size, ask them to put their sails up and then speak motivating wind into their sails with an emotional word picture. Paint them a picture of the possibilities with your words and deeds.  Try this: Speak motivating and spirited words into your people’s open sails.  Watch what happens when you speak motivating and spirited words into your people’s open sails.

Successful leaders are skilled at putting wind in people’s sails through inspirational communication.  To be a successful leader, you must become skilled at harnessing the power of words.  Now, successful leaders understand that communication dynamics involve more than “just words” and yet are skilled at maximizing the power of words for inspiring people. The study of effective inter-personal communication certainly involves awareness of verbal, non-verbal, para-verbal features. Inspirational communication happens in formal and informal setting of various group sizes all over the world through diverse mediums and forms. Successful leaders can customize and contextualize their words and deeds to maximize the inspiration.

“Vision is a picture of the future that produces passion in people.” – Bill Hybels

Contact me for further coaching, counselling, communication or consulting on this skill. :)

Working With Adam


Coaching, Counselling, Consulting: I am an inspirational communicator and encouraging educator who is always seeking new opportunities for challenging and rewarding service. I am an active listener and personal coach who connects well with people as they meaningfully engage their past experiences, present reality and future potential. I am a motivational speaker and group facilitator who effectively shares heart-felt stories, value-based principles and results-oriented advice for life and leadership with motivated individuals and groups. I love working towards “light-bulb” or “eureka” moments. I had a successful athletic career in team sports, such as football at Western University. I have a B.A. in Sociology and an M.Div. in Pastoral Leadership. I have served many people and organizations as a “Minister of Morale” during my 12+ years of leadership and management in the social sector. I serve all people: the spiritual, the secular, the skeptical, the seeker, etc.  Now, how can I serve you and yours? :)

Professional Services Rendered: Pastoral Counselling, Spiritual Counsellor, Spiritual Therapy/Direction, Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselling, Life Work Coaching.

7 Areas of Top Expertise containing Topics of Special Interest:

I am passionate about Personal Growth and Professional Development experiences.  Here are some ways I team up with people to serve them and their people.  I believe people and groups in your sphere of influence might benefit from these services so take some time to reflect and then pass this along to decision makers in interested parties. Maybe someone you know is going through something that I can help them walk through because of my education and experiences? Maybe a group need some training to go to the next level and a workshop or seminar could do the trick? Please add comments below and share your experiences with these subjects in your personal and professional life.  What have you learned in these areas and what difference did it make to you and yours?

  1. Self-Assessment of the 7 BIG areas of life: This is a powerful tool from EQCommunications takes a current snap shot of your life through meaningful exploratory conversations.  This is a good starting point for getting to know each other and finding out which areas of life you can priorities improving in order to attain your vision of victory.
  2. Mental Health Support Facilitation:  This group of topical services I offer all seek to (1) reduce social stigma and (2) increase personal resilience for various populations who come from diverse backgrounds of society.  Participants could have friends, family or work associates with first or second hand experiences with mental health recovery challenges and they want to learn how to relate and support them. Everyone has valuable experience, important perspectives and may be at various points on the journey towards mental health recovery.
    1. Developing Your Personal Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) – Workshop/Group Facilitation.
    2. Bouncing Back: Building Your Personal Resilience and Avoiding Burnout.
    3. Help, Hope and Healing: Finding These 3 in Your Grief and Suffering.
    4. How to Make and Keep Good Friends.
    5. Personal Standards and Life Choices.
    6. Anger Management.
  3. Tackling Transitions like a Champion: Circumstances do occur that change the stable status of our relationships, roles, responsibilities, health and employment in ways we may not have anticipated or planned for.  Now that those circumstances are upon us and they present powerful opportunities for innovation, resilience and adaptation if we learn to tackle transitions like a champion, not a victim.
  4. Coaching Couples and Wedding Officiation: Facilitating communication and mutual discovery through Enrich Canada Marriage Preparation and Enrichment. I can help the couple discern and develop their vision for a meaningful wedding and a mutually fulfilling marriage.
  5. Spiritual Discovery and Pastoral Direction: People have thoughts that prompt their spiritual search and they need trusted experts to discern and discuss them with.  As a Gospel-Centred and personally devout Christian and an Ordained Baptist Pastor, I am comfortable having delicate spiritual conversation about what people have experienced/believe and sharing my experiences and beliefs with them in a way that allows them the space to explore their spiritual convictions in a safe, trust-based and non-directive learning environment.
  6. Leadership Lessons and Skills Training:
    1. Passion-Mapping: Finding Meaning at Work.
    2. Confident Communication: How to Share Your Most Important Ideas Effectively.
    3. The Athletic Advantage: Developing the Attributes of High Performance People.
    4. Recruiting Resources for Your Vision and Mission.
    5. Emotional Intelligence at Work.
    6. Conflict Resolution Strategies for Teams and Task Forces.
  7. Hobbies and Entertainment Training:
    1. How to Watch Sports (Workshop): Basics to Enjoy the “Big Game” with Your Group.
    2. How to Plan A Vacation in Europe, Canada and Asia.
    3. How to Foster Community Outreach, Social Activism and Personal Engagement.

Groups and Individuals: Toronto Blue Jays Organization; Under- or Unemployed People; At-Risk Youth; Correctional Services of Canada Clients; Community Organizers; Social Service Workers; Sales Forces; Management Teams; Church Congregations; Men’s Groups; Student-Athletes and Olympians.

Service Packages: 1. Personal Coaching Sessions. 2. Group Training Workshops. 3. Motivational Speeches. 4. Strategic Project Guidance Contracts. 5. Ceremony Officiation and Planning (mostly Weddings, Chapels, Openings, Dedications and Funerals).

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Service Inquiries and Requests to “Set Something Up”:

My List of Top 31 Skills for Successful Leadership


1. Inspirational Communication
2. Keen Observer
3. Competitive Focus
4. Personal Resilience
5. Courageous Heart of A Champion
6. Grace Under Fire
7. Leadership Development
8. Foster Loyal Friendships
9. Have Happy Hobbies and Holidays
10. Intruiged Interviewing
11. Celebrate Our Wins
12. Conflict Negotiation
13. Value-based Standards
14. Delegate Assignments
15. Navigate Transitions and Changes
16. Recruit Resources
17. Stewardship Attitude
18. Identify Walls
19. Triaged Options
20. Time Management
21. Self-Awareness
22. Value-Added Feedback
23. Cultural Sensitivity
24. Decision Making
25. SMART Goals
26. Public Speaking
27. Community Service Orientation
28. Respect for History
29. Motivate with Meaning
30. Encouragement Coaching
31. Faith, Hope and Love