Testimonials for Empowering Ourselves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I joined this group just 6 weeks ago and already I’ve seen great progress! I’m experiencing greater energy, improved motivation and a sense of compassion toward myself. This has truly be a life-changing experience!”
 

Each session was welcoming, structured and respectful. Joan skillfully modeled effective ways to both listen and respond that allowed safe, authentic conversations to happen, in a space where I could be vulnerable and learn about myself, as I related to others.

Over the years, I’ve had difficulty speaking my truth and have always put others’ needs first, before my own. I would feel guilty doing anything for myself.

By working with Joan and the strong, like-minded women of this group, I’ve learned to “locate, explore and discover what feels right” for me, to access and trust my intuition; then allow it to guide me in whatever I decide.

I was able to be clearer with my family about what worked for me and created healthy boundaries that supported my emotional well-being. This practice has really helped me to accept and have proof proof to believe what others see and know about me!

 

                                                                                                                 Liz. L, Educational Professional
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"One of the biggest lessons I learned through working with Joan is to be more patient and compassionate with myself and to feel my own value."

 

It is not my nature to talk about myself or easily share my feelings, but with this amazing group of women, my words easily flowed.  Each week, we were given questions to help us navigate our thoughts about that week’s topic which then guided our discussions.

 

Joan provided an atmosphere that felt intimate, safe and hugely supportive. We met in a group with Joan and then one on one and were encouraged to listen, take notes and engage. 

 

It was truly remarkable how similar our stories were and how we were able to help one another. And Joan, as always, was able to corral our thoughts and comments into informative and meaningful soundbites of wisdom. 

 

Through her guidance, I’ve learned not to feel guilty for taking time for myself.  I’ve learned to be still and pay attention to my feelings, what they’re saying to me and respond in kind and supportive ways.  Joan’s deep compassion for helping others has given me the inspiration to feel compassion for myself.  

Joan gave each of us time to speak and it was enlightening to hear other’s voices and connect with their experiences which I was delighted to find were similar to my own. Joan summed up our conversations with great compassion and always offered insightful words of wisdom.

I was amazed at how quickly and fully I melded into the group, considering my shy nature. It was easy to communicate with these women and Joan provided a safe and compassionate atmosphere in which to share.

 

I looked forward to every week that we met, leaving each session with an inner calm and love.

 

I am excited to see what new possibilities will manifest when I am part of Joan's next Women's program in August, Embodying Resilience! 

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" I learned from being part of this group that my true, authentic self is already strong and empowered!"

 

Before I began working with Joan, I struggled with self-confidence and assertiveness. I often battled with doubt and fear. I did not want to leave my comfort zone or take the risk of being myself, fearing I might be criticized by others.

 

Joan provided a safe space for women to speak openly and honestly. She welcomed me into a group of women where I was allowed to be my authentic self, the most important thing I could possibly do. There
I could take the time to unlearn habits and beliefs that no longer serve me.

I was able to share freely with other women and it was great hear their stories! I became clear that I have so much more in common with them than I had ever thought possible.

I really enjoyed the break out groups and having the opportunity to speak more intimately with these kind and wise women. I realize I have so much wisdom and knowledge from overcoming past challenges and need to remember to step into my power more often! 

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