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Feeling Disillusioned?

 NLP 2


  • Feeling like you are losing the battle against fear and worry?
  • Losing the battle against habits and addictions?
  • Are you at your wit's end, not knowing which way to turn?

Join us for an interactive hands-on workshop, guaranteed (scientifically) to bring about the changes you desire and deserve in your life permanently, by learning the tools you need and how to use them to take back control over your life.


When: Fri. 28 February 17.00 - 21.000

Sat. 1 March 09.00 - 18.00

Sun. 2 March 09 - 18.00

Where: 31 Mulbarton Road, Lonehill

Investment: R 3 750.00 per person – including 20 hours of coaching (valued at R8 000.00), meals, refreshments, notes and certificate of attendance. R 1500.00 deposit secures a seat.

Enquiries: John - 082 728 4766

TTK-01.jpgWorkshop Facilitator John Smith is a former high school teacher and guidance counsellor who currently practices as a certified Life Coach, Recovery Coach, NLP Coach. For more information about his programmes see



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Dual Diagnosis Seminar




  • Dual Diagnosis is rapidly on the increase
  • Therapists are facing major challenges in effectively dealing with Dual Diagnosis patients
  • Most Mental Health and Addiction Recovery facilities are unable to cope with the condition
  • Many patients are not receiving the correct treatment which aggravates the condition

Frequently asked questions that will be discussed:

  • Exactly what is Dual Diagnosis?
  • Why is Dual Diagnosis on the increase?
  • Is addiction a precursor to mental illness or is mental illness a precursor to addiction?
  • Can both conditions be treated with the same protocol?
  • What is the prognosis for Dual Diagnosis?
  • What are the implications with the DSM 5?

When: Saturday 01 February at 10:00 till 15:00 (Five sessions)

Where: Life Recovery Centre, 31 Mulbarton Road, Lonehill

Presenter: John Smith

Cost: R300 per person – includes snacks, notes and a certificate of attendance

RSVP: John – 082 728 4766 or Limited seating available. Reservation upon confirmation of payment.

John Smith is a Certified Recovery Coach and Acudetox Specialist and is widely recognised for his work in the field of obsessive, compulsive and addictive behaviours, specialising in substance abuse and dual diagnosis. He has conducted numerous talks, seminars and workshops at business breakfasts, educational facilities, rehabilitation and recovery facilities, as well as numerous radio interviews.

John currently heads up the Professional Standards Body of UACT, a Recovery Coaching Training Academy, consults for various recovery facilities, sees individual recovery coaching clients, while continuing to conduct various public presentations. He is also the founder and facilitator of Recovery Coaching International.

Narrative Coaching

Narrative Coaching

Narrative therapy posits that our identities are shaped by the accounts of our lives found in the stories or narratives we tell. The bridges of meaning we build with others through conversation helps us develop new perspectives and shape events into new, more hopeful narratives; listening to and telling stories about ourselves and our lives shape new realities.  The narrative perspective raises the client’s awareness of  the stories that shape their perception of reality and helps them achieve a more nuanced understanding of their situation. This provides a stronger foundation for action and decision-making but it may also be an end in itself.

Process Work

This variation of Jungian Psychology is based on the theory that the unconscious mind manifests itself through physical symptoms, addictions, social and mental tensions, and relationship challenges as well as through dreams.

The purpose of Process Work is not necessarily to bring about change as it is to bring about awareness of underlying causes that precipitate current conditions – what is being communicated by the unconscious. This awareness allows us to follow the required processes that will lead to finding real meaning and purpose in whatever it is that we are experiencing.

The current symptoms, behaviours or conditions (primary process) are signals pointing towards the real underlying message containing the real meaning and purpose (secondary process) of the behaviour, through which we ultimately transform. The behaviour is often a reflection of an edge (enforced by edge figures, either supporting or fighting against the edge) against a deep desire or intention. This can cause us to unconsciously turn our power against ourselves, creating e.g. symptoms.

This process can work through various channels that need to be identified. We need to learn how to unfold the meaning embedded in these signals. For example an illness may be requesting integration, creating consciousness by creating pain.

The Power Of Our Thoughts

By Serene.K

The greatest power we ever got is the power of our thoughts. There is an Intelligence inside us that
can elevate our life at the highest level.

Everyone should learn to collaborate with this Intelligence which is organized to reaction our intentions and to create with us a life of abundance and happiness.

Freedom, happiness, richness, love, friendship, health and wealth are our birth right.

We have been created to live our life in freedom, health and wealth. If our life doesn't look like that, it means we block ourselves by our thoughts. Our thoughts are very powerful instruments we
use to either create happiness and wealth, or sickness and poverty.

If your life doesn't look like what you're dreaming of, it means you have thoughts which go against you. Your thoughts create your life. If you want to change your life, change first your thoughts.

You can choose your thoughts. Nobody in the world can put a thought in your head without
your permission. Your mind belongs to you! It's your job to control your thoughts! You are the
master of your head and you are the guardian of your thoughts.

You can change them.

Choose those thoughts who will bring you the results you want. Never think a thing you don't want to happen. Read that again: never think a thought you don't want to become true.

It means: don't think anything negative about yourself if you don't want this thought to become real. If you don't want to be stupid, stop thinking you are. If you don't want to be fat, stop rehearsing
in your head how fat you are now.

If you don't want to lose your spouse or partner, stop thinking about this possibility. Instead of these destructive thoughts, choose thoughts which reinforce you. Choose to think how intelligent you are, and you will be! Choose to think how beautiful you are, and you will shine like a star!

Choose to think you are loved, and you will!

Thoughts are energy. Every thought carries an energy level. Your choice: or you choose thoughts which lower your energy level, or you choose thoughts which increase your energy level.

It's in your hands! Or better: it's in your head! How you will feel and act depends on what you think. Every action and emotion is preceded by a thought. You can choose thoughts which block you, or even paralyze you.

It isn't any more difficult to watch your thoughts to be able to choose them consciously. It's just a matter of exercise and consciousness. Once you've learned how to become the master of your thoughts, you become the master of your life!

If checking your thoughts seems too difficult for now, you can start watching your mouth. Never let come out of your mouth something you don't want to happen! Never wish a bad luck to anyone if you don't want this to realize. Watch your mouth, watch your words, watch your thoughts, and become the creator of your own life!

Your life does not depend on others. It depends on your own ability to master your thoughts.

Unleash your potential.