Testimonials 2017-05-10T12:41:59+00:00

What mothers say about the Creative Writing meets Life Coaching for Mothers course

“This group has been so important to me – it’s pushed me through lots of my own roadblocks and created real energy and momentum in the rest of my life.  There is real alchemy that happens here.  I’m so grateful”

“Sharing my words with others and hearing theirs was powerful, emotional and deeply inspiring.” Becci,  South Devon

“The warmth and holding that Jo offers were perfect for me to allow myself to explore life other than in the role of being a mother.  I really enjoyed the 9 weeks and the pace we worked to. The group was small and safe and beautifully tailored to leave me with understanding and self knowledge and a kind of confidence that my story is valid.  I feel I was pushed but supported – challenged yet cherished in someway and I could not recommend this course enough to anyone who can allow themselves the gift of two hours a week for 9 weeks with a midwife who really has the emerging creativity and self acceptance of the participant as a goal.”  South Devon

“This course showed up at the perfect time just as I was looking for something to nourish myself and make sense of my mothering role.  Using writing to explore many aspects of myself I had been longing to reconnect to was the perfect medium – and doing it alongside other mothers who were on their own journey’s made for a real feeling of both being understood and supported.  Jo’s facilitation of the group was a lovely combination of humble and wise”. Rachel, Nr Totnes, Devon

“Jo helped me to open my mind and get in touch with my creative side which enabled me to expand my perception and be more true to myself.  Her subtle insights motivated me to set intentions and achieve goals.  I would recommend her to anyone seeking purpose and passion in their lives.”

“I would highly recommend this creative writing for mothers group to any mother! Skilfully facilitated by Jo, the group provides a safe and warm space to explore one’s writing and oneself. The group format adds a lot that you would not get from other forms of personal growth work. I found the connections I formed with other group members very beneficial.

Each session progressed meaningfully from the last one and overall built a program which I felt taught me a lot about myself. Jo provided interesting and thought provoking exercises and prompts and I found myself able to write and share my writing, which I have not done for years.

Outside the group, I found myself making time for myself and the things that are important to me. I was surprised what an impact this had on my well-being. I really felt happier in my life while attending the group. The trick is maintaining it afterwards! I would recommend this group to anyone interested in writing or interested in thinking about how they have changed since becoming a mother. I do not think you need to consider yourself someone who is interested in writing to benefit from the group.” Anna, South Hams

“All the material you brought and the way it was so clearly and cleverly set out has been so rich and resonant. So juicy!! It  has enhanced these last weeks massively. It’s come to end too quickly.”

“Heart-opening, supportive, transformative.” Carol, South Devon

“I was worried I would be surrounded with a bunch of tired mothers with toddlers – I was surrounded by a group of tired mothers full stop.  After 7 weeks – all transformed”  Mickey, Devon

“The course has widened my perspectives of myself and others, and really helped me to get myself back on track with my calling in life after the whirlwind of an early experience of motherhood.”

“I recommend this course very highly.  It is a magical space for women to explore their feelings and hopes for the future through writing.  It has given me a new lease of life to explore my untapped creative side.” Clare, Totnes

What mothers say about the Time for You course for mothers of children with additional needs

“Creative Writing for mothers of children with additional needs has been one of the most profoundly supportive experiences I have had since becoming a mother – healing, empowering, transformative, helping to unblock creative blockages, cathartic.”

“For me, the group provides a huge amount of emotional support, which helps me process and come to terms with being a mother of a child with additional needs. I get this no where else in my life.”

“This group has significantly enhanced my sense of wellbeing by providing a safe space to explore feelings in a creative manner, and forging supportive bonds of friendship with other members of the group.”

“It is such a rich, diverse, fertile group. Thank you for bringing this to the world and our community.  It is an amazing group to be part of. I haven’t found anything else like it – a space that brings us together as mums with children with additional needs and enables us to freely explore all that means to us through our writing and sharing.”

“Jo holds the space with compassion, integrity & great skill. This work fills a gap by meeting the great need of mothers with special children to exchange their unique experience in a safely held environment. Long may it continue!”

 

What my clients say about Creative Life Coaching

 “This has been exactly what I needed to kick-start some positive change. It has encouraged me to think outside my comfort zone, more positively and more openly and I see evidence in my every day actions. It has exceeded any expectations I had.”

“I really enjoyed my coaching sessions with Jo. I felt safe to speak my mind and explore ideas and confident in her abilities as she helped me through some difficult processes and helped me to make real lasting changes to the way I approach certain things. I am now in a very different and much more positive place. Thank you very much for everything.”

“Jo. I loved your calm, wise, understanding, non-judgemental, encouraging, fun, holistic approach to life coaching. I think I was very lucky to chance upon you and I feel you have helped me enormously to work out what is important and what is not, what is helpful and what is not and to identify tools and strategies to set me on my path to the future. I would recommend you unhesitatingly to everyone that I know and would love to work with you again myself in the future. Thank you very much.”

“Jo has been a real support and her Life Coaching sessions have been inspirational in ways I could not have imagined.”

“I find coaching with Jo to be a fantastic experience. I love it because it is positive, forward focused, with a personalized goal in mind. It goes without saying that it is totally non-judgmental and each session flows in the direction dictated by the individual. It is a truly unique, creative and holistic experience.  Jo is wonderful at listening and retaining information about you, to the extent that sometimes it feels like she knows you as well, if not better, than you do yourself.

“One area where coaching has helped me enormously is the use of images to put into words whatever it is that is troubling you, holding you back, or indeed to describe what you are trying to achieve and where you want to go. It can be really difficult putting these totally personal, elusive ideas, thoughts and feelings into words. It certainly was for me. I cannot tell you how effective, and what a relief it was, to find the image that gave me the understanding and words for an experience, childbirth actually, that I had found personally traumatic, but to the outside world was nothing particularly out of the ordinary. Finding an image to describe my personal trauma and feelings, allowed me to process what had happened and accept that for me it was traumatic. Having been able to express in words why it was so traumatic, I was then able to deal with it and let it go. It was the image that unlocked the words that allowed the distress to dissipate.”

“I now have many images in my tool kit, which incorporate a thousand words and feelings in one single picture, and express my feelings far better and with greater depth than a thousand words ever could. These images help to clarify and bring into sharp focus my thoughts on my values, strengths, passions, goals and life path. I have found this invaluable.”

What my clients say about Holistic Career Coaching

“The weeks I have spent working on the career coaching programme with Jo have been some of the most enlightening and enjoyable hours I have spent. I would like to thank you, Jo, for your intelligent and thoughtful approach. It is something special to be able to unlock someone’s perception of their potential and help them to identify their strengths and talents and be able to put them to good use in a future career but I feel that is what between us we have achieved.”

“The programme is a well thought out series of exercises and activities that have responded to need,  remaining flexible and creative. The exercises and activities within the sessions and “homework” have provided powerful insights into my values, feelings, strengths  and ambitions whether professional or personal.”

“We did joint (husband and wife) life/career coaching with Jo and we can wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone considering a life/career change.  Jo empathetically and flexibly guided us through a very useful process which really helped us to clarify who we are/where we want to go/what we want to do.  She is perceptive, calm, professional, with a warm, caring manner – and we shared some good laughs!”

“I have just started career coaching with Jo and find her professional and easy to work with.  I have come away with a lot more ideas and focus and I know where I am going and that is is achievable.”

“It has supported an appreciation of what I have already gained in experience and skills and therefore increased my confidence in these.  It has enabled me to become more focused on both professional and personal goals and developing an inner discipline in order to achieve them.”

“You have a skill in “reading” people and picking up on what may be going on for them and responding in a warm, intuitive and creative way that is fitting. Thank you Jo”.

“Jo really helped me at a time when I felt I needed new goals and focus – we established short-term and long-term goals that corresponded with my values and strengths. All this gave me a clarity of purpose and important tools to move towards my long-term ambitions. I would recommend her help if you want to drill down into what you want from work and life.”

What our clients say about Daring to Mother as if YOU Matter

“I can wholeheartedly recommend this course to any mother. Jo and Susi provided a
safe, secure and welcoming space which allowed me time to explore some of the
parenting challenges I face with the rest of the group. The support from the coaches
was individually tailored and backed by grounded psychological research. I felt
empowered when I left the course to start to explore some new strategies, and it was
a privilege to be guided gently through this process by Jo and Susi.” Clare, Totnes

“I was very privileged to be part of Jo and Susi’s course. As a busy working mother it is not very often that I get the chance to actually sit back and look at what I need and am sometimes unaware that by not doing this can build up frustration and anxieties.

This is the first time I have seen a course like this in my area which is why I booked onto it straightaway and was not let down. Susi and Jo are very engaging and welcoming, giving support as well as allowing plenty of time for personal reflection. Having a small group meant it was easy to talk and open up, with emotions running high on many occasions through the use of creative writing and open discussion.

I came away from the day exhausted with emotion but with a sense of relief and empowerment that I could move forward with new perspectives thanks to what I had learnt, shared and listened to.   I would not hesitate to recommend this course to any mother who has come to a brick wall in life and needs a little nudge in the right direction!”  Business owner and mother of 3, Exeter.

“Jo and Suzi are creating a very safe and still arena in which to delve as deep as feels right for each woman to explore important questions and themes. I was able to reflect on how I am in the world as a Mum and a Woman and I was invited to explore the ways in which I wanted to gently( or perhaps abruptly) shift to a life led with more purpose and intention. I loved connecting with myself and other women with this invitation in mind. It felt nourishing and exciting.” Vicki, Totnes.

“Prior to the workshop I knew that it was time for me to make some changes in my life as I have been struggling with trying to balance being a Mum, a partner, working and meeting my own personal needs.
Jo and Susi created an environment where I felt safe and comfortable, alongside a small group of other Mothers, to explore some of my innermost thoughts, and in a very gentle yet effective way they helped me uncover some of my ways of thinking that have been getting in the way for me and essentially causing me to feel limited.
I left feeling very positive about the possibilities that are truly available for me, and with some clear actions steps that I am committed to act upon as I have been reminded how important it is for me to be living the life that I want to lead, not just for my own benefit but my family too.” Trina, Tiverton, Devon

Devon fireworks career coaching and qualified psychotherapist in Totnes, Ashburton, Dartington, Kingsbridge, Salcombe, Newton Abbot, Dartmouth, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Devon UK