Individual Session Testimonials
I found one-to-one coaching with Marianne to be a profound and moving experience. From the beginning Marianne responded swiftly to my request for help and from walking in the door I felt immediately at ease and safe. Marianne created a sacred space and brought insight, fully supporting the work I needed to do. I believe this work is some of the deepest I have ever done. It was collaborative, creative, and deep and she was at my side throughout. Marianne brings passion, commitment and an open heart and with that I was able to expand enough to reach the places I needed to in order to transform the issue on the deepest level.
Vicky, Charity Key worker
The two five hour sessions I had with Marianne were powerful and transformative experiences. I really valued the immersive, deep way of working that this approach offers, and found these long sessions particularly helpful. Marianne’s gentle, intuitive and encouraging style enabled me to make real breakthroughs each time.
I work in theatre, and I found that I loved the inherent theatricality of the shadow work, tapping as it does into the unconscious and archetypes in a way that seems effortless. During each session, I also uncovered a buried memory, something I was not expecting. These memories came up for healing in a way which Marianne held and facilitated with great skill and compassion.
The shadow work session I did with Marianne was amazing! Her facilitating was so ‘light’ and non-intrusive that I was able to go deep inside and completely focus on my process. At the same time she felt totally ‘there’ and ‘on the ball’, and her incisive questioning ensured I got right to the core of what I was working on and got exactly what I needed. The session helped me to get really clear on where I want to go in the next stage of my life, and has given me a direct experience of some of my inner-allies who can assist me on that journey. Above all, as a direct result of that session, I feel I know myself better, like myself better, and am enjoying life more fully.
Melanie Ward, Shiatsu practitioner
My experience of working with Marianne and the Healing The Shadow approach has been transformational.
I have worked with her individually and in a group. I also felt completely confident recommending her to my parents.
Her wisdom, warmth and capacity to inspire trust, whilst listening to the heart of what is someone’s experience without ever making it wrong, allows healing, growth and development to happen in the most wonderful way.
Nick Clitheroe, coach & consultant
Marianne helped me uncover and heal an old hurt from way back in my past that has been affecting my current experience and preventing me from making changes I want to make. Marianne created an atmosphere which was safe, supportive and un-manipulative, bringing skills that enabled me to delve deeply and yet retain a sense of perspective and purpose. A wonderful experience with a wonderful, trustworthy and skilled woman.
Kay Julian, Organiser and De-Clutterer
Marianne’s coaching enabled me to make huge shifts in past patterns of behaviour and negative thoughts. Marianne has immense, deep wisdom and she used her skills to gently allow me to explore some of the ‘hidden’ areas of my being that have held me back. It’s powerful ‘soul’ work that works – and works quickly. I felt very safe and expertly guided in Marianne’s hands and have benefited enormously from her input.
Joanne, Connexions advisor
Healing The Shadow work with Marianne was a real eye-opener for me. Having been to many therapists to talk about my feelings, it was quite a culture shock to actually work with the parts of myself that ordinarily I would deny or hate. Marianne lovingly and kindly speaks directly to those parts, and astonishingly they speak back. Through this practice of honouring and accepting the bits of me that I didn’t like, I found that I came to see myself as one, rather than criticising the bits I didn’t like and only embracing the ones I did. I came to see what it truly means to love yourself, your whole self, and that you are entirely capable of meeting and exceeding all your own needs.
Six Month Journey Testimonials
“Marianne and Rod are incredible masters at facilitation, instruction, holding the space and guiding us through what can be some of the deepest parts of ourselves. They are not only incredibly empathetic but also so well experienced and you cannot help but feel safe in their hands. Even after 6 months of intensive work I plan to continue with both of them on this journey of love and healing. This work has both given me the tools and the safe space to proactively work through parts of myself that needed acknowledging, accepting and even loving. The benefits of which have been enormous in my everyday life. Traditional therapy has so much to learn from this incredibly powerful and empowering practice.”
Chris Koller – recent Six Month Journey participant
“I came to Healing The Shadow looking for more experiential psychological work, and that is exactly what I found! Before the six month journey I did an individual piece of work with Marianne (5 hours), and experienced a profound shift in my awareness of the challenges in my life. I knew among other things that I needed to learn how to be in my power, and how to set boundaries – my first thought was to do an assertiveness course, but Marianne suggested the six month journey, and I am so glad she did. What I learned over the six month journey was aimed not only at my mind, but at my body and soul. As someone who has heavily identified with my intellect and historically tended to use it as the way to approach all my challenges, I needed something that didn’t rely solely on cognitive strategies as so many approaches do – the brilliant thing about Healing The Shadow work is that it acknowledges the value of the intellect as one tool among many, and it helps you experience the value of many other tools, including engaging with emotions, the body and the intuition – it felt very balanced and integrative and engaged me on a far deeper level than talking therapy ever could have. From the first session, I felt more able to believe in myself, negotiate my relationships more assertively, stop making excuses or over-explain myself, and I also began to understand myself and others in a far more nuanced and compassionate way, which influenced every aspect of my relationships. One of the most profound elements of the experience was the compassionate, accepting and authentic space that Marianne and Rod held, and the expertise with which they guided the process, responding intuitively and courageously in every moment. I was aware from the depth of their compassion and the profound integrity of their behavior that I was in the presence of two facilitators who had done much of their own personal work and this helped me trust them to guide me, which is significant as my mind often thinks it knows better!! I’m reaping the benefits in my life and wondering when I can continue my journey to go even deeper.”
Rowena – Six Month Journey participant 2018
“Working with you both in shadow work was extraordinarily powerful for me. The process was quite amazing, and has shifted some long held issues. It helped me to begin to really know and see those hidden inner parts that make the whole. I feel so much more accepting…, shadow work has made a very profound change in the way I perceive life ..…and my shadows seem to be becoming more my friends now, I’m not so scared of being me for some reason!!!”
Diana (Women’s six month journey participant)
“Since the Six Month Journey I’m more able to see other people’s difficult behaviour as their pain in disguise, this has made me more compassionate than before. I also talk to myself much more kindly and am less critical of myself. It’s like I have become the ‘woman’ version of me as opposed to the ‘girl’. I have much less anger and when I still get those moments of anger, I am able to watch myself from the outside and say ‘Ahh that’s interesting, what’s really bugging you?’ ” Nicola (Women’s six month journey participant)
Weekend Workshop Testimonial
“Coming to the end of the weekend I felt big changes in myself. It felt like a big jump that I really understood and has lasted. It couldn’t have happened by reading a self-help book. What I learned about the high expectations of myself (& others) and the way I present myself without clear boundaries has impacted in my life every day. I’m working with my partner on all sorts of things and most days have really tough bits, but also a sense that it’s worth it. I believe the Shadow work weekend was crucial to all this – it was the valve on the pressure cooker for me, so that I could interact with him without leaking anger and fear everywhere. I find myself with energy, directing it to areas of my life that have been neglected. As I write, I feel my personal power and direction.
“I left the weekend knowing that something big had happened but as the next week unfolded, the immenseness of the process and the affect it was having on my life became more and more clear!! Quite often when I have an amazing experience of a healing nature, I later question its power and reality, but this time, it has become more and more real as situations in my life occur and I see my pattern about to play out, am able to understand, and do things a different way!! So many things are tied into this from many different angles and it feels as if they are all gently being untied and released!”
“I want to say thank you again. It feels like the last block has been removed and now all the energy for my projects and moving forward that had been bubbling under the surface not quite able to vent and find a way out, is able to surge onward and upwards! Things are flowing so much easier as though an unconscious plug has been removed! And when I come up against an uncomfortablity/fear, I don’t just panic, I recognise, understand and can reassure myself of what is happening and work through that!!! It’s like magic!!! My dreams and aspirations seem much nearer to hand and much more available to me now!!! Thank you so much for helping me with this huge shift, I had no idea about what was holding me back!!! Much love and gratitude!!”
“I loved the attitude of the facilitators – fiercely perceptive, rigorous in execution, and yet always tender and compassionate, without being remotely sentimental.”
“My work was just so well held and felt so safe. I can’t believe how I was able to let myself go and really feel those held feelings, and let them go. It felt so respectful and contained and has left me feeling like a different person as a result. I have much more compassion for myself after this workshop and I am so grateful to you both for this gift.”
“Marianne; your graciousness and intuition are astounding to watch. You led with a fluidity and cohesiveness that felt continuously safe and full of direction and I often felt speechless with the results.”
Kirstie Yelland, Psychotherapy student
“Thank you for your soulful, mindful presence which held the weekend in such safety and integrity. I was very challenged by the thought of doing this work in a group, yet you created a container in which much-needed energy shifts could happen naturally and in which I felt safe to dig up my deepest shadows. Diving into the challenge of exposing my deepest shame and guilt within a group has released a process in which I am receiving new levels of insight through dreams and other work. Hopefully I am becoming less armoured and more open-hearted.”
“This was a challenging, intense and powerful experiential weekend workshop. Both facilitators provided a very safe, secure and respectful environment, enabling participants the opportunity to introduce and explore major issues affecting their lives. There was no pressure placed on any participant and it was left entirely with them on how to proceed. This was a very emotionally stimulating workshop and am happy to recommend it for anyone looking for some answers to some of the big issues affecting their lives.”
“The skill with which the facilitators created a containing space that was fully accepting of all that I am was awe-inspiring and created a wonderful opportunity for deepening to myself . Their commitment and dedication to both the practice and the participants really shone through – I cannot recommend this work highly enough. ”
Professor Steve Onyett, Leadership trainer, facilitator, coach and author
“I felt that together you created a very safe space for people to work within, and I had complete trust in the way you facilitated the work. Everything was clearly and calmly explained, this seemed particularly important given the deep nature of everyone’s work. I really marveled at how skillfully and seamlessly you both guided each person. I was left wondering how something so gently and gracefully delivered can be so incredibly powerful.”
Authentic Communication Testimonials
“A Life changing 2 days that will rewire your behaviour and judgements. It gave me a tool to easily and quickly work out what I want in any difficult situation. My partner and I have turned a huge corner of difficulty very easily and naturally. There are no jargon words or scripts to follow. We feel back in ‘Flow” with so much joy. I personally feel this has been a miracle 2 day journey.”
“I found the workshop very powerful. The combination of communication skills with shadow work seems to get right to the heart of the matter: taking responsibility for ourselves. I have already experienced the positive outcome of this open relating through practising once since the workshop, and I am sure it is the key to resolving disputes at every level of human interaction.”
Sophie. Community Worker
“Thank you for a transformative couple of days. For me shadow work is an amazing tool. I find that it gives me clarity and the ability to see through my stuff and get to the bottom of what is actually happening for me. I find it transformative and always feel very held and looked after.”
Working With The Shadow Training
“Thank you for your fantastic training…I have found it invaluable in my practice in helping clients speak from their different parts, and giving their darker voices a space.”
Heather Coombe, counsellor for adults and teenagers
“Marianne you are an amazing teacher; clear, deeply authentic, hugely permission giving, with fine care and attention to detail. You managed to teach the tools in a very accessible and clear way. I feel my work will be much enhanced by this training, I feel so inspired and excited, and I also feel my own journey and personal wounds received such beautiful care and integration that I really do feel something deep has been brought to healing within me. I thank you so much for that.”
Dominique Sakoilsky, Couples and relationship counsellor
“I attended this course recently and was blown away. This work is very powerful and a great tool to have in the consulting room. I have used it many times now and find it very clarifying. I found my whole inner world change in the weekend attended, so much for the better. I am now much more at home with my power and able to hold that in relationships and within myself. Honestly, the world is now a different place, one in which I can hold myself and worry less about what people think or want, not that I don’t respect that, but it no longer worries me. I highly recommend this training!!”
LouAnne Lachman, psychotherapist
“I found the training extremely valuable in terms of personal development and working on aspects of self. Also I learned a variety of tools to take away. Most importantly I found that the learning environment was safe with genuine people that allowed me to share my experience and develop self.”
Ellen Wheller – Consultant Social Worker, Private Therapist and Trainee Counselling Psychologist
For further information about Healing The Shadow work, including details of individual sessions, group workshops, relationship work and therapists trainings please visit Marianne’s website healingtheshadow.co.uk
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