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Adam: From Rock Bottom to King of the World

This is an incredible story of bravery by a young student suffering with depression, anxiety, anorexia and a low self esteem. He found the courage to ask for and accept help and support and in doing so turned his life around.   If you are or if you know someone suffering in silence, please guide them to someone they feel safe opening up to... and help them on the path to recovery.  Here's Adam's story in his words:

 

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were to try and leave the house once a day, to go to bed before midnight at least once a week and to attempt to eat three meals a day.

To help me work toward these goals Ali and I spent the majority of sessions doing one simple thing – talking!!  It is something that should never be underestimated.  It is incredible the power it holds in recovery and how just opening up and accepting your thoughts and feelings can have a great impact on your wellbeing.  One of my main...

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Alexa: Well & truly and inspirationally transformed!

Alexa's transformation is truly inspirational.  She was in a really sad and lonely place when we first spoke. Through being totally committed to learning new things, being open and willing to try anything, facing her deepest fears and taking the leap in all areas of her life - romantically and professionally, she has created a life full of light and love!  I am so happy for her! 

Alexa took my 6 month transformational programme and now working with me on business mentoring. Here is her story, in her words:

 

Before I started I was filled with anxiety, sadness, helpless and completely lost. I had never worked with a coach before so was unsure what to expect. I had seen therapists about the current life situation I was facing however none met my needs. I needed someone who would help me by listening, helping me come up with my own answers but provide me with tools and techniques to do that. Ali provided all of this and more. Ali's story resonated with me when I...

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The Emotional Guest House

As our life in Lockdown begins to shift and change again, it is likely that new emotions, new feelings of fear and worry, as well as elation and excitement start to flood our consciousness.  For some, this could be an overwhelming time.

 

It was the very fact that some rules around Lockdown have lifted that enabled me to enjoy a beautiful evening at the Acorn Retreat (https://www.acornwellness.co.uk/) for a Gong bath with one of life's most beautiful souls Jules Cooper from Dragon Fly Yoga ( http://dragonflyyoga.co.uk/) and she reminded me of one of the poems that helped me in my times of darkness, depression and insomnia - The Guest House by Rumi. 

 

  

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each...

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Moving on: writing the prologue in order to understand the epilogue

2 years ago, I was in a very different place to where I am now.  I was holding on to those last few strings that attached me to the past and I was desperately trying to forge a way forward. 

I found writing a very therapeutic way of getting my ideas and thoughts out of my head;  it brought me clarity.  On this day 2 years ago, this is what I wrote and I haven't looked back.  I am sharing my words here as it is just one of the techniques I use with my clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression or worry.  The thoughts they have are holding them back from a life they want to live.

This is what I wrote:

There comes a time, when you have to start moving forward and looking ahead, rather than revisiting the past or replaying the painful showreel of the trauma that devastated you.

This will take time.  But as with anything, it is the first step that counts.  It is the decision to focus more on what you want the next chapter to be.  And...

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Clare: From darkness in to the light

Clare and I first met 3 years ago as part of a life coaching group and remained 'friends' on social media.  At the beginning of this year, Clare contacted me while she was at a very low point in her life and asked for help.  This has been tough journey for Clare, but I had the privilege to watch someone face into their darkest moments with dignity.  I love how Clare describes that she now wakes up each morning delighted to see what the day may bring.  She has moved from the darkness and in to a beautiful light that she has created herself, with an opportunity to manifest her life by design. And yes - it will include Clare & Ali Cookery Days - watch this space!  Her story is below:

 

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were to find my joy in life, try and have less fear about moving forward with my life & less procrastination and to make some order of the car crash of a life that I unexpectedly found myself in.

Ali was...

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How Alice mastered her mind to master her life: From anxiety & despair to gratitude & joy

Alice was a complete stranger when we had our first conversation, as a referral from another client. Over the last 12 months, I have been honoured to witness an incredible transformation in Alice - from one of despair borne of overwhelming anxiety to a gutsy entrepreneur starting her new business with passion and motivation, confident in herself and in her own words grateful to be in a marriage where she and her husband have 'the most fulfilled and connected relationship we have had since we met'.

This is Alice's testimonial after working with me through my signature private transformational programme.

My top three goals upon starting the 6-month program were :

  • Learn coping techniques for managing anxiety -  my new and unwanted companion!
  • To learn how to avoid my ‘default’ behaviors and recognise when I was behaving in those ways.  These behaviours were not ‘bad’ as such but they led to me being driven to the point of losing sight of what...
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