CS8 – Career Progress

In progress

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AA1 – RIGAARIS Process

Keith has been working in Stress Management for over 20 years and has evolved a straightforward process from his experience, training and research, which he terms RIGAARIS.

This process sets the frame around which you and Keith will negotiate your personal way forward. The 8 aspects of the RIGAARIS process are normally delivered over 5 stages (and may typically take 5-6 sessions or less, depending on the clients needs and progress).


1. Rapport & Information gathering

The client sessions are designed to be efficient and effective, starting with the initial consultation and assessments, which  enable Rapport to be built and sufficient Information gathered for an understanding of the stressors and their impacts to be understood.

Please act now and request your: Stress Test, Emotional Needs Audit and/or Mental Well-being Appraisal (see side bar).

2. Getting Calm, Goal setting & Agreeing priorities

The next session focuses on getting calm so that Goals can be set and priorities agreed. After that, the Clients reosurces, including their gifts, strengths and talents (see blog on resources).

3. Access resources & Rehearse responses

The skill of an experienced therapeutic coach, is that they can not only bring their insight to clients, who have often forgotten the wealth of resources they have available to them, but that the coach can lend their spare capacity to the client; that is their physical time, calmness, thinking and solutions, abilities and focuses. This includes confidence building techniques.

4. Implement

The therapeutic coach also has the spare capacity to support the client ‘in action’ that is in implementing the agreed actions. This enables the client to be supported as they gain confidence and reassert themselves over their circumstances.

5. Survey the results

Progress is monitored, often by re-taking a Stress Test, and/or an Emotional Needs Audit and/or a Mental Well-being Appraisals. Much of the work is anecdotal, in that the client begins to feel and report more effective ways. Even so, the closing session will check and consolidate all the changes and ensure that a continued way forward is plotted.








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AA2 – Stress Test (ST)


Healthy vs Unhealthy Stress?

How do you handle stress and pressure? What is stopping you from progressing? How do you move from stress to success?

There is a healthy level of stress, termed ‘Eustress’, that enables us to ‘get things done’.

The art of managing stress is to spot or know the tipping point from healthy stress into ‘Distress’ and to stay healthy before tipping.

A very common and normal process

Everyone has stress. People pretty much know that they are stressed when they are. Between worrying about paying your bills, enjoying your social life, problems with work, concerns about family members, day to day hassles, and difficult people in your life, there is a lot to be stressed about.

We have all survived. No matter how difficult it has been, to this point, we have all survived. Very well done!

This is because we evolve stress coping mechanisms. Sometimes they are responses which are adopted and implemented instinctively, which become embedded as automatic patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving in response to stressors. this can be very helpful.

What is the problem?

Stress tends to be reactive. The question for me, as your therapeutic coach, is are those coping mechanisms healthily, efficiently and effectively doing what they were intended to? The art of coping well is in having productive patterns or systems of coping.

Rather than tell you that you are stressed (to which most people respond, “yes, now tell me something that I do not know.”), this measure looks at how you are coping with the stressors in your life.

Now what?

The mere presence of stress does not imply something problematic. The key is how you react to the stress. The results will give you an assessment of how well you are coping. You will receive information on how healthy your coping strategies are.

See side bar for the stress test.

Disclaimer: This assessment is not intended to provide a psychological or psychiatric diagnosis and your completion of the test does not indicate a professional therapeutic or coaching relationship with the administrators of the test.

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AA3 – Emotional Needs Audit (ENA)

ENAlogo1Individual needs – you are special

Each of us has a set emotional needs, which when satisfactorily met, mean that we will not suffer from unhealthy stress and all the angst, and the costs that can come with it.

Stressors and their impacts can be different for each of us. After the initial stress assessment, an audit of a person’s emotional needs is the start of making the therapeutic coaching sessions personalised.

Straightforward to use and request

The Emotional Needs Audit (ENA) is a simple and straightforward means to review where you are at currently. Once the tool has been used, not only is the coaching more focused, but you will have a long term means to assess where you are at any future point of time. This enables you to take heathy remedial action, before the stress becomes overwhelming.

The ENA is easy to use. Simply email me with your request on the link below and I will send you a link. All you need do is rate how well you think each emotional need is currently being met in your life by selecting a rank from 1 to 7.

What does it mean?

If, in answering the questions, your scores are mostly low, you are likely to be suffering unhealthy stress with negative impacts. If any question is scored 3 or less this is likely to be a major stressor for you.

Even if only one question is marked very low it can be enough of a problem to seriously affect your emotional health and wellbeing. If your scores are low seek my support, so that you can start to help yourself!

Please send me an ENA Keith

PS if you would like the Mental Well-being Appraisal (MWA) too please state so in your message to me.


* Individual client data is gathered before assessment and at each subsequent session by self-administration using web based ‘pragmatic tracker’ software (from the ‘Manyother’ team), either remotely via email link or on arrival at the office.

** This audit is not intended as psychological or psychiatric diagnosis, but is intended to help you discover your own needs

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AA4 – Mental Wellbeing Appraisal (MWA)

The Mental MWA is a based on a well-known and researched technique** that is popular because it enables an individual to appraise their health, assess their strengths and monitor their progress. In that way MWA is responsive to your meaningful change.

The MWA is very simple to request and administer (see below).

Two elements of good mental well-being

The MWA reflects growing consensus that mental wellbeing consists of two key and easy to understand dimensions: feeling good and functioning well.

  1. Feeling good means, we feel calm, confident and in command.
  2. Functioning well means that we have a healthy sense of achievement, acceptance and accolade.

Personalised and collaborative approach

In this way, any therapeutic coaching technique intervention is highly individualised, based on the content of the client’s unique problem pattern.

This leads to discussion and agreement between Keith and the client. There is no set amount of treatment sessions; length and frequency of treatment is negotiated between Keith and the client based upon their progress and ongoing need.

Please send me the MWA Keith

PS if you would like the Emotional Needs Audit (ENA) too please state so in your message to me.


* Individual client data is gathered before assessment and at each subsequent session by self-administration using web based ‘pragmatic tracker’ software (from the ‘Manyother’ team), either remotely via email link or on arrival at the office.

** A seven-item version, the Short Warwick–Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (SWEMWBS) was resolved in 2009 using Rasch modelling. This offers superior interval scaling to WEMWBS [5]. Robust measurement properties combined with brevity make SWEMWBS popular for monitoring mental wellbeing in populations.

*** This appraisal is not intended as psychological or psychiatric diagnosis, but is intended to help you discover your own strengths.

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II1 – Get Calm, Clear & Co-operative

Diagram Tree

Often clients choose to move behind the immediate stress issue and develop a long term personal approach to their lives.

Get Calm

After identifying  and assessing the stress problem, the first phase is to get calm, for which their are a range of simple and easily applied techniques.

From this place it is straightforward to feel grounded and to grow.

Get Clear

Means understanding your goals (purpose) and being able to draw down on, and provide support to and from, your community of peers, which also includes how you make good sense of how you interface with them i.e. what is your inter-view? (note: this is an important concept in any career, job or professional interview you may attend).

Once you understand how you interface with ‘others’, the next phase is to your self-view and life view (i.e. how you make good sense of you and the way the world works.


Intelligent co-operation is the straightforward concept, which stressed people often forget or fail to engage with, that when we work with others, life is much more at ease.

A combination of the various ways in which we engage with us enables us to be sensibly stretched, to operate with eustress (see side bar on Stress Test) and avoid becoming strained or distressed. This is an optimal functioning mode called being an ‘adept’.

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II2 – Stress, Trauma & Anxiety Resolved – The Rewind Technique

traumatised lady

What is it?

Clients claim it works ‘like magic’ to resolve feelings of panic, settle nightmares and calm anxiety, quickly, effectively and pragmatically.

The gentle and non-invasive, non-intrusive rewind technique or the fast phobia cure, has been refined from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) called it the VK dissociation technique. V stands for visual, the K for kinaesthetic (or sensations) and both affect the feelings that can plague sufferers.

traumatised man

How Simple is it?

It is a simple process, easily explained without any ‘psychobabble’ which enables clients to measure their own improvement, through:

  • increased confidence
  • more positive mood
  • ability to explain the trauma/stress calmly
  • no more fear
  • no more flashbacks
  • better sleep

The Rewind Technique Process:

The rewind technique should be carried out by an experienced practitioner and is only performed once a person is in a safe and comfortable state of deep relaxation.

When they are fully and calmly rested, they are encouraged to bring their anxiety to the surface and then are calmed down again by being guided to recall or imagine a place where they feel totally safe and at ease. Their relaxed state is the deepened and they are asked to imagine that, in their special safe place, they have a TV set or other device with a screen, and a remote control.

They are asked to imagine floating to one side, out of body, and watch themselves watching the screen, without actually seeing the picture (known as double disassociation). They watch themselves watching a ‘film’ of the traumatic even that is still affecting them. The film begins at a point before the trauma occurred and ends at a point at which the trauma is over, and they feel safe again.

They are then asked, in their imagination, to float back into their body and experience themselves going swiftly backwards through the trauma, from safe point to safe point, as if they were a character in a video that is being rewound. They then watch the same images but as if on a TV screen while pressing the fast-forward button (disassociation).

All this is repeated back and forth, at whatever speed feels comfortable, and as many times as needed, till the scenes evoke no emotion from the client.

Rehearse a Positive Outcome

If the difficult or feared circumstance are ones that will be confronted again in the future  the person is asked, while still relaxed, to rehearse and see themselves doing so confidently.

Safe, Private and Confidential

Besides being safe, quick, and painless, the technique has the advantage of being non-voyeuristic. Intimate details do not have to be made public nor discussed nor even shared with Keith. It is safe, private and confidential and drama free, ask Keith.

Calm Lady

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