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Sometimes we may feel like we are standing still or become curious to explore more of our potential. Whatever your motivation is, we will help you develop!

It’s never too late to grow

We live in a time when personal development and mental growth have become central to many people’s lives. No matter your age or life situation, chances are you are interested in understanding yourself better and reaching your full potential.

In this article, we will explore the concept of personal development, different forms of therapy and how you can take the step to develop further – whether with the support of a psychologist, a therapist or a coach.

The psychological background: mental training as a science

Mental training is about using psychological methods and techniques to improve one’s mental skills. It has its roots in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is an effective treatment for many psychological conditions.

Development through mental training has long been used by entrepreneurs and athletes, but you don’t have to have elite-level ambitions to benefit from mental training.

What set our therapist apart was her genuine empathy and personal insight. Not only did she possess a deep understanding of neurodiversity, but she also shared personal experiences that resonated with us, creating an instant connection and fostering a sense of trust!

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Is it time to take the plunge?

If you feel stuck, unmotivated, or just feel like you’re not living up to your full potential, it might be time to consider personal development as an investment in yourself. Perhaps you’ve already been exposed to it through social media influencers or friends who have developed positively? That said, you don’t have to be an elite athlete to want to reach the next level.

Examples of different types of therapy and coaching

  • Developmental CBT: A method that focuses on changing destructive thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Psychosynthesis therapy: The focus is on wants and needs. You find out what desires exist and get tools to ‘become who you are’.
  • Life Coaching: Helps individuals identify and achieve personal goals.
  • Stress Coach: Specializes in stress management and work-life balance.

Whatever your situation, these forms of support can offer different tools and strategies that can be tailored to you. They can help you become more aware of your strengths and weaknesses and thus improve your quality of life.


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The benefits of professional help

Taking the step to talk to a professional coach, therapist or psychologist can make a huge difference in your life. As it can help you see your problems or challenges from a new angle, it can also offer practical solutions that you might not have thought of on your own.

Many people believe that therapy is only for those who suffer from mental illness, but this is far from the truth. Therapy and coaching can be extremely beneficial even for people who are simply looking for support or guidance in life.

If you’re ready, we are

When you feel it’s time to invest in your personal development, we have qualified therapists and psychologists who can help you on your journey. Because therapy is confidential, you can feel confident that you can develop on your own terms. Our core principle is to make the difficult easier for you.


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10 frequently asked questions about personal development and coaching

What is personal development?

Personal development is a continuous process where you strive to improve yourself through various methods such as self-awareness, education and experience. It can include anything from setting goals and working towards them, to working on your self-esteem and communication skills.

How is mental training different from personal development?

Mental training focuses on developing mental skills such as concentration, self-control and mental well-being. Personal development is a broader category that can also include physical health, career and social relationships.

What does a life coach do?

A life coach works with you to help you identify and achieve your personal and professional goals. They can also help you with strategies to deal with stress and other mental challenges.

Is mental training scientifically proven?

Yes, mental training is supported by scientific research and is widely used in sport, business management and psychotherapy to improve performance and well-being.

How can I start with personal development?

To start your personal development journey, begin by identifying your goals and setting up an action plan. It can be helpful to talk to a coach, therapist or psychologist for guidance and support.

What tools are available for mental training?

Some common tools include meditation, mindfulness, visualisation and positive thinking. These methods can help you increase your focus and reduce stress.

Is online coaching effective?

Online coaching has proven to be an effective method of personal development and offers the advantage of flexibility and convenience. However, it can be important to ensure that your coach is qualified and certified if you are not using a coach through Lavendla.

Can mental training help me with anxiety?

Mental training can be an effective way to manage anxiety by teaching you relaxation and stress management techniques. However, for serious cases, you should seek professional help or call an emergency room.

How long does it take to see results from personal development?

Results vary from person to person and depend on a range of factors, including your commitment and the specific goals. Personal development is an ongoing process and it can take time to see noticeable changes.

How much does a session with a life coach or psychologist cost?

The cost of a session can vary depending on the experience of the coach or psychologist, and whether the session is online or in person. It is always good to discuss the price and possible packages in advance.

Does your personal development affect other people?

Many people who undergo personal development, where they become more aware of themselves, find that it has a positive impact on their relationships with other people. When you get to know yourself better, you become more clear in your will. This can have a positive impact on relationships as you understand others better and they, in turn, understand you better. However, during the process of change, there may be some confusion from those around you. Maybe some people do not recognize you because you are not ‘the same’? Many clients report that they are ultimately happy with the investment they have made in themselves as their relationships have improved.

How to get help with your personal development step by step

Striving for your full potential is a journey that requires commitment, work and mental focus. Therefore, we have developed a step-by-step guide that includes elements of mental training and coaching to help you start your journey.

  • Step 1: Self-reflection
    Purpose: Understand your strengths, weaknesses, and goals.
    Action plan: Use tools like SWOT analysis or journaling to identify your core values and ambitions. Map out what you contain and why you have become who you are.
  • Step 2: Goal setting
    Purpose: Set clear and measurable goals.
    Action plan: Use S.M.A.R.T criteria or other mapping to define your goals.
  • Step 3: Scheduling
    Pur pose: To create a realistic and achievable plan.
    Action plan: Use calendars and planning tools to prioritize time to work on your goals. Get other exercises that can focus more on emotions and body depending on what you need to practice more.
  • Step 4: Mental or Emotional Training
    Purpose: Improve your mental and emotional state and focus.
    Action plan: Use techniques such as meditation, mindfulness, and visualization.
  • Step 5:Coaching/Therapy
    Objective: Gain external insight and hold yourself accountable.
    Action plan: Engage a professional coach, therapist or mentor to guide you. You will be given exercises in the therapy room to practice between sessions.
  • Step 6: Monitoring and follow-up
    Objective: Make sure you are on track.
    Action plan: Regular evaluations and adjustments to your plan.
  • Step 7: Feedback and adjustment
    Purpose: Understand the impact of your efforts and make necessary adjustments.
    Action plan: Ask for feedback from trusted sources and make adjustments to your plan accordingly.
  • Step 8: Reward and Recognition
    Purpose: Celebrate your progress.
    Action plan: Set smaller milestones and reward yourself when you achieve them.

“Is personal development for me?”

Working on personal development can be challenging but extremely rewarding. Instead of struggling to manage stress or emotions on your own, you can train yourself mentally with professional help. On our platform, you can easily get in touch with therapists, coaches or psychologists who can support you on your journey and make the difficult challenging.

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Written by Ellen Lindgren

Licensed psychologist

Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.