Astrid Merkt

Body Mind Psychotherapist and Personal Development Coach
English, French, Spanish
+852 2530 3315

ASTRID’S BIO:

Astrid focuses on a balanced approach to therapy to treat the human being as a whole; healing the body, mind, and soul. With a background in youth and family counselling, clinical counselling, emotional release techniques, and yoga therapy. She works with both high achieving professionals, couples, adults, and children. She has been helping people transform their lives for over 10 years, and has created the “3-M’s” system for success to optimize the way you feel, move, and think. The 3-M approach combines practical and theoretical knowledge stemming from “Mindset” training, the benefits of “Movement”, and practices of “Meditation”.

Astrid’s goal is to support you in connecting with your inner power and innate potential to take ownership of your healing and development. She call this “becoming the C.E.O. of your own life.” Giving you the tools to move ahead and working with peeling away the layers of our past to target the root of your issues. She sets the space and guides you to resolve and improve difficult professional, personal, relationship, and emotional problems.

Speaking four different languages and having travelled the world pre and post studies, she brings an open mind and increased sensitivity to cultural differences and expectations for her clients. She uses techniques to heighten self and social awareness, breathe work and affirmations to help retrain your overactive nervous system and rewire your brain, yoga and movement to release emotional blockages and activate beneficial neurochemicals in the brain, and cognitive behavioral therapy to boost personal performance and implement new habits for improvements on a personal and professional level. She also helps bring a new outlook and communication style with couples enduring difficulties. The words you use, the thoughts you think, and the stories you create in your head all become your reality, so become the C.E.O. of your life and take charge to feel, think, and move better every day.

ASTRID’S PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:

Prior to graduation, Astrid worked with the ministry of Family and youth services in Canada as a Respite provider. She provided emergency and acute care to children in transition from foster homes or unfit home environments. Upon graduation, she worked as a Youth and Family counselor at BC Children’s Hospital. Astrid gained extensive experience in the institutionalized field of Psychology working on four different wards within the Child and Adolescent units of the hospital. This included Child Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry, Eating disorders, and Emergency Psychiatry.  She worked both doing both one-on-one patient therapy (counseling, goal setting, behavioral modification, and care plan treatment and intervention) and with the parents in family and group therapy sessions.

Throughout the 8 years at BC Children’s Hospital, she also pursued her fitness and yoga certifications, and became involved in the study of meditation.

Astrid quickly realized the importance of meditation, mindfulness, and movement to help treat the mind. This was the start of a shift away from the institutionalized field of psychology to a holistic whole systems approach in mental health. She furthered her studies and knowledge in natural and alternative therapies such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Looking at not only the mind, but also your environment, diet, mindset, and habits, these alternative approaches help you navigate through any challenges. Astrid believes in the importance of a preventative-based approach rather than a just a treatment based approach to get to the root and source of a problem. Aiming to connect all three, body, mind, and soul, for a harmonious balance to therapy.

Astrid can help you…

  • Adopt effective coping strategies to overcome imbalances within you, bringing harmony to your mind, body, and soul.
  • Empower you with skills to shift your old coping mechanisms and adopt positive effective ones.
  • Improve your ability to handle stress, anxiety, and/or depression.
  • Reconnect and mend difficulties with your partner and other relationships.
  • Overcome challenges such as relocation to a new city, divorce and finding your purpose.
  • Shift your perception and mindset to optimize performance at work and home, and achieve your goals and desires.
  • Develop and improve your Emotional Intelligence (highly linked with success) to become a better leader
  • Develop and improve your Emotional Intelligence (highly linked with success) to become a better leader

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