On behalf of our school and our parents, I want to thank you for the seminar you presented on the 29th of September 2018.
Your friendly, interactive, approachable and humorous manner created a warm atmosphere. Your passion for teenagers is tangible. Thank you for sharing your skills and knowledge to equip the parents and learners to understand and support each other better. Whether it is time management skills, how to build their self-esteem or to really get to know them better by effective communication, you gave valuable tips and strategies for all to take with them after the seminar.
We enjoyed having you here and hope to invite you again next year.
The challenges in higher education are constantly increasing where students with special learning needs enter the higher education band. Annually, there is an increase in the number of students that need additional assistance such as students who suffer from ADHD, ADD, OCD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, etc. There is also a definite increase in students diagnosed with bipolar, depression, anxiety, etc.
Nowadays it is found that more and more young adults are abusing substances such as marawana, tik, etc. Not only are they abusing these drugs, but also misusing it, such as deciding on specific dosages that they take that is not according to what a medical physician has prescribed, deciding when they will use this medication, e.g. only during examination periods or even using a friend’s prescription medication to help them cope with challenges in their lives.
Not all staff in higher education institutions are well educated in these topics mentioned above. A need was identified to have a workshop to empower the lecturers at Prestige Academy to identify and deal with students with special learning needs in their classrooms.
Marinda Casalvalone from MYAC was contracted to present a two-day workshop on the mentioned topics. This training took place in January 2019 and was rather of a participating context than that of the audience being passive. The academic staff actively took part in the discussions and the information that was shared with them. I am of the opinion that Marinda was challenged by the lecturers and she did this job masterly. More than enough time was allocated for questions and answers and group work where specific case studies and topics had to be addressed in the group. Feedback was given after each session where the lecturers where actively involved.
In feedback received from the staff, it was evident that they enjoyed the workshop and gained knowledge on how to handle students in their classes with specific special needs or a student who is under the influence of a specific substance. The lecturers are well aware of the fact that they are not psychiatrists and cannot diagnose a student and give advice on how to deal with their situations. However, the lecturer can now be on the lookout for the signs of special learning needs and report it to management of the Academy.
Management agreed on allowing Marinda to have therapy sessions on the Academy’s premises, with students who need assistance. Marinda has since the workshop, been consulting with a few students at the Academy with positive feedback. These sessions ranges from students in need of life coaching, study methods, etc. She goes out of her way to assist the young adults and are willing to travel to a mutual location, such as the Academy’s premises, where the need arises.
We are fortunate to have Marinda’s services available to our students. Keep up the good work.
Baie dankie. Waardeer jou ongelooflik baie. Jy is 'n inspirasie!
Ouer wees is 'n 'blessing', maar beslis nie altyd maklik of lekker nie. Veral as jou uit-jou-hart-ouer-raad deur 'n tiener gesien word as rede om te rebelleer want "wat weet ouers tog". Haha. Ek is gelukkig aan "life coaching' bloot gestel en besef die waarde en waarhede daarvan, maar het besef dat my seun nie die dinge by my wil hoor nie. My seun, as 16jarige, was op 'n moeilike plek. Hy het gesukkel met emosies, direksie, selfbeeld en wou sommer net opgee omrede hy so sukkel op skool. Met hulp van Marinda, met Christelike insae, het my seun die nodige 'tools' gekry en is saadjies geplant om sy algehele gesondheid aan te spreek en te ondereskei tussen gevoelens en waarhede. Sy beplanning strategie, fokus en emosies is beslis meer gekontrolleerd en hy is sommer weer positief. Sy emosies ry nie so wipplank nie, en hy is in goeie gemoed vir die toekoms. Baie dankie Marinda!
Marinda Casalvolone is an amazing life coach. She is very professional with a lot of empathy.
I had a few sessions with Marinda during a time when I needed it most. She helped me weigh all my options and we narrowed in on my strengths and core values to ensure that I incorporated these into my mind shift as well.
Marinda is an excellent listener. I felt like I was talking to a wise friend. She was completely down to earth and approachable. I barely recognize the woman I was - and I owe a great deal of that to Marinda.
I was very frustrated with where I was with my life. I felt stressed out and stagnated. I didn't enjoy my work. Moods at home was getting worse due to my frustrations. I knew I had to see someone, and Marinda at Myac Life coaching was the answer. Marinda soon discovered that my frustration about my work was only one of the fruits of the real problem. When discovering at the assessment session that this was only a symptom of a deeper problem and i first needed to address the core problems i trusted her with 6 weeks of my life. Marinda personality made it so easy for me to deal with my fears, insecurities and redirect my goals, thought patterns etc. The rest is history! Now, the autopilot is switched off and I am ready and, on my way, to live the life I am dreaming of. I came back to the same work, a new person, with a new vision. And last but not least, I now have a life coach. Thanks, Marinda!
Before I started seeing Marinda, after the death of my sister and at my lowest point, I had seen 3 psychologists to help with my depression, ADHD and anxiety. Their treatment and medications didn’t work, but from the first session with Marinda she made me feel so welcome and safe. In the last 6 months she has changed my life completely. Even those closest to me have said my whole attitude and view of life has improved! We identified my limiting beliefs and how to deal with them in a healthy way. The tools she gave me helped me avoid spiraling downward and gave me new hope. Her program literally saved my life.
Before I met Marinda at MYAC LIFE COACHING, I was feeling upset and angry most of the time. I also felt distant from my parents because they had all control over my social life, due to them (my mom especially) being very over-protective, despite my being 20 as well as being a student at university. Marinda suggested a life coaching program that she created for my unique situation. I gave this program a go because I wanted things to change between my mom and I - I wanted us to have a relationship while having her be more lenient with me, being able to trust me, and I also wanted to learn what to do in a situation where we need to compromise in order for us all to be happy. Now, things are going better. My parents are more lenient, we compromise as best as we can. My mom and I are obviously still working on our relationship, and growing closer; we still often times have some disagreements but we have been given the tools to learn how to deal with the situation at hand, and Marinda has been readily available to me, even after hours, to give any advice if I needed it. I am very relieved that the situation is getting better and I appreciate the hard work put in by Marinda to assist in building our relationship.
I started seeing Marinda due to being diagnosed with ADHD leading a disruption in my personal and professional life. Marinda understood my situation and set to helping me cope with it. She was very involved and took on the role as accountability partner, which was what I really needed. I found her to be insightful, proactive and very easy to work with. She played big role in me completing my LLB degree. I would not have gotten through the turmoil if it was not for her.
Miranda offered to help me when I was going through a very difficult time in my life.
I felt at ease and Miranda really made me feel at home in her sessions.
Once we had gotten to know each other it was very easy for me to open up to her and her understanding of how I felt also made me feel comfortable around her.
Miranda guided me on how to deal with my thoughts and beliefs. I was at a point where I didn’t see the world as it really is and only as I perceived it to be and her sessions really made me think and work on myself and the way I think and that what I went through was not who I was and that I am not defined by my experiences.
I learned a lot and was able to make positive changes and cultivate habits that will get me to a better place mentally and physically.
Marinda Casalvolone is an amazing life coach. She is very professional but also has lots of empathy. She helped me weigh all my options and we narrowed in on my strengths and core values to ensuring incorporation these into my mind shift as well. Marinda is an excellent listener. She was completely approachable. The transformation in myself after this life coaching process with her was life changing.
My time working with Miranda this year so far has truly been a great experience. With her help and guidance I was able to find out the more about myself and identify points and triggers that would in the past cause me to fall into a depressive non-productive cycle. I would be buried in my self-loathing and negativity, which greatly affected my social life, family relationships as well as my self-worth. I might not be 100% 'cured' but thanks to the guidance and teachings of Miranda and her life coaching, I feel better equipped to deal with my negative feelings and thoughts and I am able to identify the triggers and have been actively working on building a healthy way of dealing with them. I look forward to working further with her. I would recommend her to my friends and fellow young adults.
Before I met Marinda at MYAC LIFE COACHING, I was an extremely anxious and depressive. I also did not have much confidence in my academic abilities and wanted to give up on ever passing my college course. My family always had high expectations when it comes to academic results. When I was younger, they praised me on how well I did in my tests and bragged to their friends about it. However, with each year my grades dropped more and more. I started feeling that they were no longer proud of me. Even though I was trying my very best to up my grades, later they only started bragging about my cousin for he always kept his grades up and thanks to them not dotting on my anymore I basically lost hope of ever achieving anything academically and just accepted my barely passing grade even if it got worse and worse. Marinda suggested a systematic life-coaching program, which she tailor, made, for me. Honestly, I was sceptical at first for I have been to numerous tutors in the past and they never really cared what I thought about or the work style they implemented. They never cared about my wellbeing, they just forced it on me, but with Marinda it was so very different, she never forced me to try any of the styles, merely suggested it. When choosing the style we worked through what works best for me and if I felt comfortable enough in trying it, if something did not work, we would try a different route until we figured out what worked best for me. Now I feel much more confidence in my academic abilities and am not as afraid of setting myself a goal to reach, I also feel mentally stronger and am ready to take on more of these academic challenges. Marinda is not just a tutor, but also someone who you can reach to on an emotional level; she helped me strengthen my confidence in my academic work and has helped me achieve the perfect learning style, which I will forever be thankful.
Before I met Marinda, I was very unsure. I did not know how to study or to deal with my stress. To be honest, I did not think that going to a life coach is going to help me at all, but I still went with an open mind. The results shocked me. I felt so comfortable with Marinda and she really made me feel like we can talk about anything. She really helped me through many difficult times. At times, I did not think have a light in the end of the tunnel. She helped me find the light.
I started with the Study Methods and my test results lifted by around 20% since I went to her lessons. After that, I did the thinking errors. She helped me realise that the way I do things, how I understand things is not wrong and she helped me understand why certain people react in different situations. The things she has taught me is things I can always use and I personally feel that I have grown so much and got to know myself better since I met her.
I personally think that everyone in this world needs a Marinda Casalvolone in his or her life.