New Insight - Training & Consulting

New Insight - Training & Consulting

New Insight is an innovative consulting and training organisation dedicated to making lives better. Testimonials: Corporate Training/Leadership Development “Joel is one of the most perceptive, well-educated counsellors I have ever had the privilege to work with.

He is a man of sterling character and deep wisdom -- a very powerful and effective combination of attributes in his field of endeavour. You will be better for having known him as have I and all my family.” Margret Hubbard - Director, Executive Money Managers and Investment Management Consultant, November 26, 2012 “Joel is a passionate and committed individual. He is an entrepreneur, who is committed to seeing not only his own visions, but the visions of others realised in full. He is a man of integrity and insight and I would be delighted to work with him on any project, anywhere in the world.” Quintin Lake - Head of Corporate Responsibility at EDP, August 9, 2009 “Joel is a great Presenter. He has a unique gift of being able to connect with groups and deliver relevant practical insights with clarity and integrity. I can honestly say if you spend even a small amount of time with Joel, you will walk away changed in some way.” Rene Aish -Key Account Manager at Amcor, November 26, 2012 “Joel is an excellent presenter who knows his subject well. He conveyed some difficult topics in a comfortable manner and is very approachable. His passion for the course taught and thought/planning put into it was always evident. Highly recommended!” Bryony Groves - Account Director at International SOS, November 29, 2012 “Joel spoke at one of our business Knowledge Hours recently. His ability to engage with the audience and translate the topic (EQ related) in a way that was easy to understand was well received. We will use Joel again in the future and would recommend Joel as a SME speaker to other businesses.” Shona Wilson – Organisational Development Consultant at Vero Insurance, January 1st, 2013 Pastoral Care Team Training “A big thank you for tonight's session at Windsor Park - really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. You have a great presentation style, very easy to listen to and I loved the way you made it interactive!” Youth Worker Training “We recently had Joel facilitate some training at our Youth Workers Meeting. It was invaluable. The content that Joel covered was pertinent to the expressed need. He has a terrific ability to see applications made to both self and work related arenas, allowing for personal and professional development. All those that attended regarded it as time well spent and had lots to say on things learnt. Joel’s materials are a huge resource to us as a collective working with young people. I am eager to have him do further training in the close future. He comes with my high recommendations.”

Operating as usual

I know I've been quiet lately. I've been very busy. I hope you are all well.

Feed your mind what it needs. Keep out what it doesn't. You are in control of your mental diet.

How Your Thinking Creates Your Reality

Very well put...

Psychology Today: How Your Thinking Creates Your Reality. What cognitive science has to say about how we experience life.

I'm personally quite excited to be releasing this. I personally went through the hundreds of gratitude prompts that we have in the app and IT FELT SO GOOD! Just reading them was good for me.

I think it's REALLY important that people DO THE WORK. AND, I also think that balance is important, so while we need to delve into our deep limiting beliefs and give them up for new stories that empower us, we also need to break from that, breath, and see the good.

I'm excited that we can facilitate both those in our app now!

That aside, I'm curious about two things:
1. What gratitude practices do you find helpful?
2. What results do you experience from these?

We have added a pretty cool gratitude practice in the latest IOS update. (Don't worry Android users, we are working on getting this to you also!)

Research show some amazing results from practising gratitude. One surprising one is that it improves your sleep quality!

Do you know any interesting gratitude facts or have any gratitude practices that work well for you?

I'm really proud of what the team at Thinkladder has put together in the last week.

It wasn't an easy decision to jump in and try to put something together for Covid but we have a pretty amazing result with 50+ wellbeing professionals around the world jumping in to help create the content required to provide a pocket therapist version of CBT for those (ALL OF US!) navigating the difficult feelings that arise from our new normal.

I've tagged in as many as I can in the post, but I want to shout out again to all those who helped out. You have been amazing.

Social distancing requires a mental agility that many of us didn’t know we needed until now. In these moments of stress, the subconscious mind can expose feelings and behaviours that we are not used to dealing with.

Seeing this need in our global community, the Thinkladder Team have spent last the two weeks rallying support and contributions from wellbeing professionals around the world. Our goal is to curate new content that guides users through this unfamiliar terrain and optimises the mental growth they can gain in doing so.

Social Distancing has now been introduced as a theme available within Thinkladder App - it deals with isolation, unexpected change, information overload, social responsibility and boredom. Thinkladder is free to download in the App Store and Google Play Store - link in our bio!

In the coming weeks, we will be releasing further topics to address the most pressing global needs. If you're a wellness professional and you want to get involved, we would love to hear from you - DM us!

A HUGE thank you to the Wellbeing Professionals all over the world who have contributed to these new themes. You are doing some incredible work at this time and it’s exciting to have you all a part our journey and to be a part of yours too.

#wellbeing #thinkladder #cbt #covid19 #socialdistancing

This is a bit of what I've been up to lately. I love what these guys are doing so much that I've joined in to help out for a while.

Get in touch if you want to know more, or are interested in collaborating with us as we work to respond specifically to covid19.

Take care out there.

Limiting Belief:
I don’t have any control over my life right now.

While some of my choices have been taking away, I still get to control what I do with my mind.

I may begin to feel out of control of the circumstances that are happening around me during this time. It is important to remember what I can control. Edith Egar, a survivor of the holocaust said it best: “It’s the first time I see that we have a choice: to pay attention to what we’ve lost or to pay attention to what we still have.” In the chaos of this time, I will remember that my choice to love cannot be taken away from me.

With all the craziness that is going on around us, it has been super encouraging to see some of the beautiful sides of humanity shining through. We have had loads of people reaching out with a willingness to get involved in any way they can to help us spread some hope and provide some moments of self-awareness and wellbeing in these tough times. Thanks to all the photographers who are contributing images to upload to our app. And, on that note, a big thank you to all the wellbeing professionals who are currently working hard to compile a specific theme in the Thinkladder app to help people explore the beliefs and thoughts that may be causing a negative spiral during this time. We know we can’t ‘fix’ the problem, but we can learn to catch, critique, and replace the kind of thinking that wreaks havoc on our biochemistry and mood. We can engage in practices that create calm and bring us to a place of hope and strength.

Events - Blacksmith

This will be worth attending. Great value for money. Our public workshops and events are an opportunity to connect our community to each other, to new ideas and to experiential development that demonstrate our ‘edge thinking’ and fully human approach.

When we replace our 'should' words with 'want' words we connect back to ourselves, free ourselves from obligation, and regain ownership of our lives.

Another gem from

Your body keeps the score.

Marriage - the early years - Parenting Place

Do it Matt and Belinda Stott present 'Marriage - the early years' brought to you by Parenting Place. The first two years of marriage can be surprisingly difficult to navigate. That's why Matt and Belinda Stott have brought together an arsenal of marriage hot tips and insights to create ...

Found this on my whiteboard the other day. I shouldn't leave my markers out when my mates are over...

Positive Parenting Solutions


*Approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

*90 percent of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser, according to government reports.

*60 percent of child victims are sexually abused by the people a family trusts.

*Nearly 40 percent of child victims are abused by older or more powerful children.

So WHAT exactly can parents DO?

via Kavita Varma-White for the Today Show

Anger is a warning light - Do something about it!

Just looking through my Udemy courses and fixing many many spelling errors. I noticed some cool stuff so uploaded it to youtube, and (subtle brag) also noticed that my Anger course is now ranked 2nd most popular on Udemy! I'm pretty stoked about it!

I'm also going to get more active adding videos to youtube..if you are interested sub over here -

This is a little clip from my online anger management course. I hope you enjoy it!

Voices of HOPE


It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to feel. It’s okay to not be okay and it’s more than okay to admit that you don’t have it all together. Last year I had the honour of speaking at many corporate conferences - One time in particular I stood on stage in front of hundreds of middle aged men in suits and as I spoke I watched them tear up. 14 came up to me afterwards and told me they were struggling with their mental health but felt they couldn’t tell anyone because they were afraid of appearing or feeling weak. One man in particular opened up that he had walked into the room planning to take his life, but as he heard people speak about mental health and hope he changed his mind, called his wife and told her everything and went into counselling. That mans decision to speak up that day saved his life and next month, he walks his daughter down the aisle as she marries the man of her dreams. A moment he would have missed had he not spoken. A moment he would never have experienced had he been too afraid to be seen as weak. In every single corporate environment I speak in, every person in the room has either struggled themselves, or knows someone who is. You are not the only one. You all feel pressure, but the most “manly” thing you can do is Man up and Speak up. #mentalhealth Jazz Thornton

Hey team, pretty cool to see that online learning is making a difference for people. I took this risk creating these courses a while back but it seems it's useful to people. I've loved getting these reviews lately!

The Biology of Belief

WholeHearted School Counseling

In case you missed this one last month!
A FREE downloadable printable. Leave a comment and I'll respond with a link where you can download a high-quality version.
The way we talk to ourselves matters. And it matters even more so to the young ones we support. As educators and parents, the best way that we can teach healthy positive self-talk to our kiddos is by modeling it. We have to start with ourselves. We have talk to ourselves as if we are our own best kind and compassionate ways.

I've been messing around thinking about how to illustrate what thinkladder does for its users. Illustrating the CBT process isn't that easy, but it seems to me there must be some nice metaphors and illustrations that would help. Words are such a boring way to try to explain things.


Miomo NZ

You are all the ages you have ever been. It's just not always that obvious. #selfcare #innerchild #innerteenager #arresteddevelopment.

For a maximum mood boost hit all the drugs at once.

*improve food intake (serotonin)
*exercise (endorphins)
*focus on helpful relationships (oxytocin)
*rewire your brain for happiness by practicing gratitude (serotonin)
*notice your small successes/progress. (dopamine)
*get out in the sun (melatonin)



Learn How to Support a Suicidal Person | Suicide Prevention

Free pass to our online suicide prevention program this week.

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay Gain clarity and skills as two experienced counsellors walk you through how to support a person with suicidal thoughts.

That's good.

The Learning Wave

Literacy and numeracy development for your team can have significant benefits, for your people, and your organisation as a whole. With our unique approach to workplace literacy, our clients see real results within their organisations. Sample impact results seen across some of our clients show:

✅ 2 weeks of no absenteeism due to high levels of engagement and empowerment
✅ 10 mins reduction in clean up time per shift = $15k savings per year
✅ Team communication leading to 15% improvement in quality = $50k savings on product re-runs per year
✅ 151% positive shift in confidence and ability to complete root cause analysis documentation

We know what we do works, but don't just take our word for it...See the work we've done previously with Carter Holt Harvey to help improve the literacy and numeracy capability of their teams!

Great news!


We are now offering free counselling for young adults aged 20 - 25 years in Christchurch and Wellington through the I AM HOPE funding scheme.

To book an appointment, follow these steps:

1. Go to and click on the Book Appointment button. Select one of the following counsellors:

Steve Brown - Christchurch or Skype
Julie Baker - Christchurch or Skype
Hazel Prickett - Christchurch or Skype
Kirstie Wilton - Wellington or Skype

2. Select your preferred location and time.

3. Fill out the booking form with your contact details. In the additional info section of your booking form, type the code IAMHOPE.

4. Confirm your booking. You will receive a booking confirmation from us via email.

All done! Spread the word to friends and family; we don't want anyone to miss out on getting the support they need.

Perspective. #thinkladder

What reassurances do you have to offer yourself so you can stop living out the rearview mirror???

Here are a couple you may find useful...
"This feeling belongs to my past, not to my present. It's a reminder, not a reality."
"That was then...this is now."
"My past doesn't have to define my future."
"I can change, grow, and learn."
"I can let go of that, there is nothing left to learn from it..."
"I can build a bright future as I let go of my past."

For more insights tailored to you, check out the #thinkladder app.

Voices of HOPE

[08/24/19]   A lesson on the importance of communication - Schism by Tool

I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them fall away
Mildewed and smouldering. Fundamental differing
Pure intention juxtaposed will set two lovers souls in motion
Disintegrating as it goes testing our communication
The light that fueled our fire then has burned a hole between us so

We cannot see to reach an end crippling our communication
I know the pieces fit 'cause I watched them tumble down
No fault, none to blame it doesn't mean I don't desire to
Point the finger, blame the other, watch the temple topple over
To bring the pieces back together, rediscover communication
The poetry that comes from the squaring off between
And the circling is worth it
Finding beauty in the dissonance
There was a time that the pieces fit, but I watched them fall away

Mildewed and smouldering, strangled by our coveting
I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second-guessing

Doomed to crumble unless we grow, and strengthen our communication

Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers

I know the pieces fit

Songwriters: Daniel Carey / Justin Gunner Chancellor / Adam Jones / Maynard James Keenan
Schism lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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