What does a transformative relationship guide do?
Think about the expression “it takes a village to raise a child”. Optimised wellbeing and maximal solutions to meet people’s needs are co-created in the context of relationships and communities. As transformative relationship guide, I share my experience and knowledge when it comes to compassionate, narratively-engaged and dynamic communication in healthcare, education, birth and family life to foster and nurture such connections and partnerships. I provide professionals, organisations and individuals with motivation, insight, skills, models, tools and support to achieve social awareness and sustainable, transformative and compassionate relationships which leads to optimised products, services, solutions and wellbeing – for them and their patients, clients and families.
So whether you are a doctor who wants to provide more holistic, patient-centered services, a nurse who suffers from compassion-fatigue, a school principal who wants his school to engage in dynamic communication with learners and parents or a mother who wants to empower herself to advocate for better healthcare when it comes to giving birth or raising her children – the answer lies in dynamic communications and compassionate, transformative relationships!
What is a transformative relationship?
Transformative relationships are characterized by a certain level of social awareness and compassionate, dynamic communication between the parties involved. In this kind of relationship there is an ability to take each other’s perspectives and feel each other’s emotions without being overwhelmed (not always the case with empathy). There is an understanding of the other party’s needs and a strong desire to look after their wellbeing, whilst modulating personal emotions and holding the space needed.
What is compassionate, dynamic communication?
Dynamic communication happens when one successfully integrates emotions with static thought (also called being mindful). Only individuals who can engage in meaningful reflection, adaptive thought (balance between flexible & continuous thinking to create ‘fuzzy logic’), value productive uncertainty (the basis of creativity) and is capable of successful collaboration and mature emotional relationships, will ultimately succeed at compassionate, dynamic communication.
This kind of communication is an ongoing process of building bridges, experience sharing and collaborations where meaning is co-created and theory of mind (the ability to take someone else’s perspective thus also feeling their emotions) is at the order of the day. It results in the ability to understand another’s perspectives and feelings and a desire to help that person without being overwhelmed (compassion).
Why are transformative relationships important?
Safer, more effective, sustainable and person-centered outcomes in healthcare, family care, education and business (where the ‘giver’ or ‘carer’ is nurtured in return) can only be achieved in the context of relationships and communities that are built on social awareness and characterized by compassionate, dynamic communication.
So whether you are a doctor who wants to provide more holistic, patient-centered services, a nurse who suffers from compassion-fatigue, a school principal who wants his school to engage in dynamic communication with learners and parents or a mother who wants to empower herself to advocate for better healthcare when it comes to giving birth or raising her children – the answer lies in dynamic communications and transformative relationships!Which industries do you focus on?
- Social Services
- Family-centered products, services and businesses
- Personal Development
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Do you have a clinical background?
I am not a doctor, but a dynamic communication professional with a focus on emotive care and wellbeing and how to effectively integrate that with the crucial medical, physiological, clinical, educational and family care. I do not give clinical or medical advice, but I provide tools for understanding and crossing socio-economic, psychosocial, demographic, behavioral, pathological, professional and system- or policy-driven divides and creating transformative partnerships that lead to maximal solutions. I have attended 100’s of medical procedures (with a focus on birth) and done extensive research on child development and communication within the family unit and education system.
What qualifies you to be a relationship and communication guide when it comes to healthcare and family life?
With a BA degree in communication, 15 years as a creative strategist for family brands and social service non-profts and extensive experience in healthcare as professional birth mentor and photographer, I am uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between medicine / education / business and the humanities. I have also completed a course in Medicine and the Arts from UCT, am the Chair of the South African Birth Photographers Association and am currently busy with my MA in Compassionate, Narratively-engaged Medicine. I am the author of “A the Heart of Birth” an online ante-natal course with a difference, as well as healthcare columns such as Your Pregnancy, Carmien Rooibos etc.
I focus on guiding professionals, individuals and organisations towards narrative competence. This allows them to cross divides by sharing and understanding experiences (stories) and respond with compassionate services, solutions, communication, systems, governance and policies.
Personal development, self-awareness and self-management is also vital to win professionally and succeed in life. Here I focus on dynamic intelligence (DQ), emotional intelligence (EQ) and dynamic communication skills (DQ).
Who are the role players?
In healthcare, education and family life it is important to focus on the relationships between all role-players that work together for improvement. Teamwork stemming from a “Wellness Village” or community can only be achieved by involving and nurturing all role players and forming continues relationships between all – including self.
Do you do one-on-one mentoring?
Helping people find new ways to connect – whether for personal or professional growth is my passion. I love one-on-one mentoring, but I have limited time available for it. Therefore, I am very selective and charge a premium. But if you think you could benefit from one-on-one interaction with me you can email me. Don’t dispair if budgets are tight. There are many other ways that you can benefit from my knowledge and experience that are cost-effective and sometimes even free. See below for more detail.
How else can I benefit from your knowledge and experience?
- Buy one of my products / courses / books. They can be found in my on-line store and represent my best thinking
- Book me as a speaker / for a workshop. I have been speaking publicly for more than 15 years with a focus on family dynamics first and later on the humanity aspects of the healthcare and education journey