The art of managing and implementing life changes
Presented by Speaker | Psychologist | Facilitator | Author
Catherine van Heerden
“Real, sustainable personal change doesn’t happen overnight, but it does take one moment of truth to kick-start a series of events that finally brings about the transformation that could mean a more authentic and happy self.”
C the Change is described as a journey of self-discovery that empowers participants to discover the need for change, implement change and deal with the repercussions (both positive and negative) of the change
The online course consists of an introduction, followed by nine comprehensive modules:
About the Presenter – Catherine van Heerden
“It takes a huge amount of courage and honesty to reinvent yourself – it means being aware of the role you play in the creation of your current circumstances and the events, both big and small, that your own limiting beliefs are allowing to take place,” says Catherine van Heerden, psychologist, author and developer and facilitator of a personal change online course called C the Change. Catherine’s personal journey combined with her professional experience have helped inform the content of the course and shape her unique approach to helping others.
Speaking about her life and the challenges she overcame, there is a sense of pride and accomplishment in Catherine’s. Raised by neglectful parents preoccupied with their own hurts and ill-equipped to properly parent two young girls, it was a blessing when Van Heerden was shipped off to boarding school at a young age. It meant that, at least during the school year, she could concentrate on her academic performance and she was able to separate herself from the challenges of her home environment.
It was as early as grade one that a young Van Heerden realised that hard work would help her create an existence larger than the limiting circumstances of her childhood home. “I learned from a young age that in order to get noticed, you have to stand out – if you perform well in life, people see you as extraordinary. Without understanding the language of it, I knew the importance of impression management,” Catherine explains.
“You can construct your own future by the way you think, how you conduct yourself and how you in invest in controlling and guiding your thoughts.”
Early academic success set the tone for Van Heerden’s entire school career and later her performance in her career, too. “I was totally committed to whatever task was given to me, no matter how mundane. I had a high work ethic and I was driven to always improve myself and my circumstances,” remembers Catherine.
At the age of 25, Catherine founded a training and development company, Thinking Dynamics, which offers a wide variety of training programmes in the areas of business strategy, facilitation, leadership development and improved team performance.
“While diligently building a successful career, I was also building this idea of perfection in my mind,” says Catherine “Perfection is an ideal that is not healthy or sustainable – but it took me many years to realise this.”
Catherine married at the age of 19 and became a mother shortly afterwards. She says she knew in the first year of marriage that her husband was emotionally unstable and abusive but she had disciplined herself so harshly to be completely satisfied with the turbulent and unsatisfying life that her marriage offered. “I believed I had to ‘make the best of it’ and be ‘satisfied because the grass is never greener on the other side’. In such instances, you ‘never ever quit’,” Catherine wrote in her book about her divorce, Rites of Passion. The book is a chronicle of personal stories, poems and prose Van Heerden wrote in the period after her marriage of 24 years came to an end.
“The moment I decided that I could give up this façade of perfection and decided end to my marriage, was my moment of truth,” says Van Heerden. “Only once I decided to leave my husband did I allow the pain of my marriage to surface. I went into a real emotional darkness and now I can truly understand how people choose to commit suicide or become involved in substance abuse. I have experienced the power of falling into the abyss of your own soul.”
Describing that period in her life as a “highly controlled emotional breakdown”, Van Heerden says her divorce was in fact one of the best things that ever happened to her. “Now I understand that life has seasons and we need to have the wisdom to ascertain and gauge these seasons, know when to work harder and when to give up, because giving up on something means the start of something else.”
For Catherine, her new start was the pursuit of her passion for transformation and helping others through their own awakening. Currently studying a PhD on the science of human transformation, focusing specifically on Change management, Catherine has developed a series of tools designed to help others through their own seasons of change. In addition to offering one-on-one transformation sessions with clients, Van Heerden has worked closely with Producer and Speaker Susana Kennedy, to develop C the Change, an online course on how to achieve and manage change in life.
“Through my personal and professional journey I have realised that so many people are simply managing their lives, trying to make the best of a situation. Through my work, I give people the tools to work with sustainable change, to realise and address limiting self-beliefs,” explains Van Heerden.