My Ground Truth

Psychologist | Military-Grade Mindfulness Trainer & Coach | Carsten J. Grimm

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Flying helicopters, writing long hours over coffee & the ever-present passion for pulling on the threads of psychology. That's what you'll find here.

A Brief History

Carsten flew Iroquois helicopters on 3 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), where he deployed to East Timor (twice) and the Solomon Islands. In 2008 he deployed to Afghanistan on the ground as a Patrol Liaison Officer where he was responsible for mentoring district officials and contributing to the provincial reconstruction of Bamiyan Province. 

Carsten left Defence in 2010 to ride a motorcycle solo around South America. Wanderlust momentarily satisfied, he returned to New Zealand to complete his Master’s Degree in Psychology

Carsten promoted national mental health campaigns for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand, while contributing to the psycho-social recovery of Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011.

Carsten registered with the New Zealand Psychologists’ Board in 2016, completing a long held ambition. 

Carsten coaches for Seth Godin's altMBA which brings together high-performing individuals who want to leap, level-up, and lead.

Carsten lives in Wellington where he coaches mental skills, mindfulness for high performers, and how to have brave conversations as leaders.




(May 2019)