Hello! My name is Katie Rössler from Positive Connections.
I am a licensed professional counselor from the United States and have lived in Munich for over one year. It has been a dream of mine to continue my profession here in Germany and what better way than to offer my expertise through workshops and personal sessions. I offer resources and skill building opportunities focused on developing healthier relationships in your life. Most people assume this means only with your romantic partner, but I work with people on ALL relationships in their lives (i.e. friends, partners, children, co-workers, in-laws).
For over 10 years, I have worked with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. I started out working with lower-income families meeting with them in local schools and in their homes. It was rewarding to help these families find support and to improve their family relationships through teaching them better communication patterns and healthier ways of coping with life stressors. Next, I worked in a locked facility with teenagers who struggled in their homes, schools, and communities with behavior issues. I learned so much about the importance of healthy family relationships and the power of nurture over nature. Finally, I achieved my ultimate dream of having a private practice working with people in my community. The practice grew to encompass three other counselors and was able to reach even more people in need of support. It was a difficult decision, but before my first child was born, I sold the practice to be a stay at home mom. During this time, I continued to offer workshops to a local moms’ support group.
My workshops are focused on helping you learn positive relationship skills so that you feel more confident in handling a variety of situations in your relationships. The three workshops I am offering right now are The Art of Arguing, How Your Personality Affects Your Relationships, and Love Actually: How to show your love so that it is received. Coming in 2018, I will be teaming up with other speakers to offer How to Kid-Proof Your Marriage and Finding the YOU in Mum.
I tend to use humor and real-life experiences to teach participants skills that improve their relationships because I find this is the best way for us to remember what we learn. In addition, workshops are a great way to learn from others, as they share their stories and experiences.
Personal sessions are private meetings with me to discuss in greater depth issues you are facing in your relationship(s). During these one-on-one meetings, I tailor the skills I have been teaching others for over 10 years especially for you. During these sessions, you can invite the person you would like to work on your relationship with as well. I think it is important that we remember new skills that we learn, so I offer my notes after the session and a clear “roadmap” of things you would like to work on to help with practice. When needed, a follow-up session can be scheduled to check in and discuss your progress.
One of my favorite workshops to do is How Your Personality Affects Your Relationships, and I decided to add a twist to it by making it a workshop that can be done in your home with your friends as well. I like to call these Personality Parties and they are a fun way to learn about you and your personality type while your friends are learning too. You and your friends get a personalized packet of information about your personality type and a chance to talk about it in a more private session versus in a workshop. I like these parties because people can ask questions that I may not have had time for in a workshop or that they may not have been comfortable with sharing in a group of strangers.
I grew up moving every two to three years in a military family so being new to a location is pretty standard for me. When I am not building my business, I am playing with my three year old and 10 month old or going for a run to clear my mind. The yoga mat feels like home to me, especially as an expat, so I try to frequently visit it each week…though kids can make yoga positions an extra weight challenge! I love sushi and wine but rarely get to have them together. My greatest love of all, though, is helping people be happier in their lives and relationships. It gives me energy and joy and to me, that is what life is all about!
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LMBB special offer!
From now until December 31st, any LMBB member hosting a Personality Party with four to six guests can have one of the guests take part free of charge, which means an overall 30€ discount from the normal rate! Contact Katie for more details.