"From my very first session with Yvonne, I was overcome by the way she enabled me to look at my life in a different light. With a newfound insight into my core values, I have been empowered to make decisions that make me shine.
~ Amy Washbourn
Founder of www.webz.co.nz & www.onmark.co.nz
~ Amy Washbourn
Founder of www.webz.co.nz & www.onmark.co.nz
"Working with Yvonne is like having a life raft appear after your boat has sunk. A session with Yvonne is a safe place for me to just show up and be me, put my struggles on the table, get some support, get some new ideas and suggestions. I always leave sessions with Yvonne feeling heard, supported, validated and with a list of things that I can do to continue making progress. I am still working with her.
With Yvonne’s coaching I have realised that self-care is not an indulgence. It is a requirement. Hiding from painful emotions or trying to cover them up with chocolate or wine is ineffective.
"Don't believe everything that you think." is good advice from Yvonne. She inspires me to keep working on me. She is like the cool older sister that I never had.....I know I am older than you and that may not make any sense, but it feels like that in a good way...
I would recommend others to work with Yvonne 100%."
~ Dr. Heidi D. Massachusetts, USA
"Still being mindful which I'm sure has helped me become so much more content with my life.
Thank you some much for guiding me along this road."
~ T. Dennison, UK & NZ
"Yvonne is a gifted mindfulness and meditation trainer. She has run numerous public courses with Mindfulness Works and has consistently received excellent feedback. Many people who participated in her courses then requested one on one training, reflecting how much they valued her ability to facilitate, train and coach in mindfulness. I have no hesitation at all in recommending Yvonne as a mindfulness and meditation trainer in the public or corporate environment."
~ Karl Baker, Owner of Mindfulness Works
"Yvonne makes mindfulness relevant to everyday life. When I started the introduction to mindfulness course I wasn't really sure what to expect but I immediately found Yvonne so easy to understand and relate to, and she has a wicked sense of humour!
She explained mindfulness in a way that really made sense to me. I found myself nodding lots, laughing out loud and leaving the weekly class feeling much more relaxed and present. I had been through a bit of health related trauma and wanted to calm all the anxiety and negative thoughts in my head so I could be present and think more clearly.
Mindfulness has definitely started to that for me and now I feel Yvonne has sparked an interest that I want to keep learning more about."
~ Krystle, Wellington
"I used to be skeptical about coaching - I now realise that my skepticism was borne out of ignorance...
~ Helen Parkes, Director
"On my invitation, Yvonne spoke to the Hutt HR networking group of local HR professionals about "Starting & Maintaining a Grounded Self-care Practice".
Yvonne raised many thought-provoking points as evidenced by the head nodding throughout her talk! She introduced really simple and practical tools for people to proactively take care of their body and mind.
Her style is very relaxed, supportive and entertaining. Her background of nursing and coaching experience allows her to support her tools with credible facts and anecdotes.
I can highly recommend Yvonne as a Coach and Speaker to individuals and groups who want to become more self-aware and more resilient to stress."
~ Antonia Haythornthwaite, Owner - Blue Dot HR
"I was stressed, anxious and my work load was very high and causing my mind to worry and keep jumping from one thought to another constantly. This affected my productivity at work but also it made me feel negative about myself.
I knew I had to do something, but had no idea what. I searched but nothing felt right for me. I was at a loss.
After the 6 Week Mindfulness journey I was able to clearly focus on the task at hand rather than jumping from task to task. I was getting things completed quicker, which meant I was achieving more during my day, which in turn meant I wasn’t feeling anxious anymore, which made me a much happier person.
I had improved sleep as I was able to put my worries aside. This meant less stress meaning my physical body was not so tight, making me a happier person for my family and friends to be around. I was also maximising my ‘relax’ time.
I am now more aware of situations and other people’s feelings and by also being more aware of my thoughts I am able to better deal with situations where previously I may not have easily dealt with."
~ Anthony L, Business Owner
"Yvonne is kind, caring and friendly and had me at ease from the first moment I met her. My employer put us in touch, as he recognised I was at a stage of personal growth, and needed some help and guidance to find the right direction and path. Despite my initial hesitation, Yvonne was extremely easy to talk to, and I left my first session feeling lighter and happier than I had in some time. I knew I had her support going forward, and no longer did I feel like I was tackling everything on my own. I had been feeling frustrated with life, felt quite alone and a little lost about how to get ahead (or even just catch up!). I worked with her fortnightly for 8 sessions, and achieved some great successes, both small and large. People have commented on a change in my approach to daily tasks in both business and in personal matters and each day my confidence grows. She is extremely approachable and whenever I have hit a stumbling block she has been at the other end of the phone, talking through the situation.
I was very hesitant about the mindfulness part of the sessions, it was a very different approach for me. I have really enjoyed it though, and parts of it are now in use constantly without needing to think about it. I have always been very emotional and have suffered from anxiety at times. Immediately I saw big changes in my emotional state, I am now much more aware of what is the real cause of the emotion and the different ways I can handle it. When I start to get anxious my mind very quickly goes back to the Safe Space Sanctuary, and my breathing slows, and I can deal with it in a more effective manner.
These days life just seems to be getting busier and I highly recommend Yvonne to anyone who wants to revitalise their approach to life and make the most of every day. Everything in life seems a little brighter after meeting Yvonne and I really wish everyone could have that same opportunity."
~ June Matthews, Neos