Testimonials

TS Eliot said “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

Life coaching

I've learnt more about self-discipline related to things in my life like, gaming, red bull, food choices and exercise.  

Life coaching has made me realise I can do things like fininshing my degree this year, putting myself out there, gaining more confidence and setting new healthy habits and routines like daily exercise and eating well.  Julia is easier to talk to than when I was going to a therapost i.e. with life coaching if there was a problem, I leaned how to address and overcome it, whereas with a therpist it felt more negative and I felt something was wrong with me. With Julia and life coaching I felt it was working on myself and making me better without any labels.

I found Harry Julia's Border Collie helped me at times to relax and calm down and talk more openly.  Tom Dunn Age 22yrs 2017 (Tom would be happy to talk to other young adults about his experience with life coaching with Julia).

 

I decided to seek Julia's help after feeling fed up and stuck with continuing negative thoughts and anxiety that had become part of my everyday life, affecting my health, home and work life. Julia is easy to talk to, positive, friendly and encouraging. She calmly asks the good questions in order to understand where you are coming from and listens. She discuses other perspectives and gives sound advice. Working with Julia I was able to accept the things that happened in my past that I cannot change, and with her encouragement and support I changed the things I could in manageable steps. I was able to change my thought patterns and overcome my anxiety, bringing back balance and perspective in my life. Loving who I am today is the ultimate. The spin off is more self-confidence. Now my bouts of anxiety have almost gone through a combination of efforts including mindfulness, and EFT techniques.

 Through Julia I have learnt to enjoy the moment, now, today and every day and not worry about tomorrow. We can plan for the future but not worry about things we have no control over. To do more of what we enjoy doing. If we are happy today and doing what we enjoy then we will bring more positive things into our lives. 

Julia is a wonderful life coach and was just what I needed. Thank you Julia 

 Regards – and looking forward to the catch up in Oct.  Suzanne van der Jagt 2017

 Julia has enabled me to change my life. Prior to connecting with Julia I struggled enormously in one area of my life – eating. I wasn’t in control, food controlled me. It was beginning to feel like my only 2 choices in life were to either weigh more than I was happy with, while eating junk food, or miserably restricting what I ate, and always fighting the urge to give in. Needless to say neither of those choices sounded appealing so I went in search of a better option. Julia has provided me with strategies and support to change my habits. Now I am back in control and that feels fantastic. Emily Stevenson Dec 2016

I looked to Julia for help in October 2015, as I was looking for a personal trainer. I thought I should give it a go with no real expectations. I called Julia one afternoon and one of the first things she told me was "Oh dear, you need a life coach" she was right, after 5 sessions I was confident with my gym routine, but also with my body and mind. I also found the man of my life by relying on her advice.
10 months after I re-contacted Julia to help me get more confidence in my new role at work;
(I have been promoted to a much higher position after working hard for years) once again, Julia increased my expectations by making me get what I want.
We are still working on a healthier work/life balance but I can truly say that she is the kindest, non-judgmental and positive person I’ve ever met. She made me become such a stronger person.
I highly recommend Julia and her coaching if you have any trouble to reach you happiness, as she will give you the best advice to get success in your life. Camille Furminieux Manager  2016 

My coaching sessions with Julia have proved to be invaluable to all aspects of my life - mind, body and soul.

Julia has helped me to break free of my self imposed restraints and step up to reach my full potential and confidently move forward in the direction of my dreams, she has such a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer and a fun, friendly and nurturing approach that puts you immediately at ease and allows for conversation to flow effortlessly.
My time spent with Julia has greatly improved my physical, spiritual and professional lives and has left me with the tools I need to keep moving forward.
Coaching sessions with Julia are truly a worthwhile investment in your future.

Alex 2016

I came to Julia feeling like everything was wrong with my life and I didn’t know where to start to fix it.  My weight was spiralling out of control, I was miserable at work and felt alone (even though I have a loving husband, great family and wonderful friends).

 The first session we talked about my story and why I was there.  From that discussion Julia challenged me to focused on creating time for myself, and on my nutrition – I started keeping a food diary.  We kept talking about nutrition as we went through, but each session we continued to build on it to get to the underlying reasons why I was eating the way I was/feeling the way that I was.  The sessions were driven by me and what I wanted to talk about/cover, but at the same time Julia was able to ensure each session made me reflect and grow.

 3 ½ months later I feel like a different woman.  I am 8kg lighter, I can run 12km (aiming for a half marathon) and have a much healthier relationship with food.  I still don’t know what I want my next career move to be, but I know that whatever it ends up being I won’t be taking a lot of the baggage with me.  I no longer feel like a victim and feel empowered at work, at home, and most importantly to put myself first.  Thank you Julia for everything!  Melissa Clarkson June 2016

 

Thanks for the conversations we had. It is not natural for me to discuss life's challenges with any one and I tend to minimise issues to others.  Working with you was very constructive for me and I found that I was able to talk through some of life's stumbling blocks with your guidance and start to move forward. You have a talent for engaging, drawing out information yet not leading rather allowing others to reach their own decisions.  Lyndsey Jacobs 2015

Coaching is not what I expected, thought that a coach would tell me what to do! Instead I found a person who had similar values to me, who listened and listened and in the process directed me to solve my own issues and make decisions about next steps. When I find myself needing a sounding board again, I will be at Julia's door asking for another session. Nicola Teacher 2015

 
For a long time I was coasting through life with very little in the way of direction. With Julia's help I feel I'm now back on track. I've been able to establish very clearly in my mind who I am as a person in terms of values, what it is I want to do and what goals I'll need to set to get there - many of which I've since achieved.  Thomas Prebble 28yrs 2014-2015

Thanks for your support.  I'm so much happier here and I doubt I could've made this happen so swiftly without your nudging me towards this goal. Thomas Prebble 28yrs 2015 Japan.

  I approached Julia for life coaching at a time when I was full of ideas but lacking direction. Julia showed me the way in just a few sessions. It was very helpful having advice and support outside of my friends and family – simply to see things from an outside point of view. 

I found that each session with Julia I would discover or learn something new. Leaving no stone unturned, she approaches the big stuff as well as the tiny little things, such as everyday habits you never knew you had. A few sessions with Julia and you start to see just how vast your potential for success really is. 

Julia has a way of motivating you without inflicting authority over you. She doesn’t tell you how to live your life, she shows you instead how to steer yourself in the right direction. It’s a really nice approach. 

Julia as a Life Coach is not unlike your favourite sports coach in that she has plenty of her own experience to draw from, plus a big bag of tricks, a big heart, and most importantly, she wants you to win! 

I’m glad I found Julia. I now have a clear direction in which I’m heading and it is truly empowering. My life is now undergoing some really exciting developments and I’m sure I’ll be back to see Julia in the next phase. Nathalie Mercer 2014

 I sought out Julia's coaching during a very low point in my life.  I had known my issues were all ones that I imposed on myself from within, but I just didn't know how to handle things any differently than I always had.  I didn't even really trust that I could change. But I knew I needed to try right then before I could imagine the rest of my life going the same way.  

I met with Julia, and although I was skeptical about how we'd work through things, I was comfortable opening up to her.  We made a plan to move forward, starting with small steps, and we also discussed techniques to get control of the downward spiral way I was thinking.  With Julia's guidance, support, and regular meetings, I found myself in a drastically different state than where I had come from. My mentality shifted.  I'm not only making strides in accomplishing the things I want to, but I'm also shedding negatives that I would have previously defined myself with. 

I am now excited and hopeful for my future, instead of afraid of it.  Thank you Julia, sincerely. Yasmin Khudari July 2014

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Business coaching

 I’m disappointed that I missed out as everyone has been really positive about the session and found it really helpful.  It will definitely be worthwhile having a follow up session in the New Year.

Diane Neho Payroll Manager Bupa Care Services Dec 2013


Julia brought home to us the importance of simplifying our lives and saying ‘no’ to things that present as clutter in a negative, energy-draining way.  It was the first time that staff and partners heard each others views and it was done in a safe environment that enabled people to contribute to the discussion when and how they saw appropriate.”

Kirsten McFadden, Human Resources, KPMG

I looked to Julia for help in October 2015, as I was looking for a personal trainer. I thought I should give it a go with no real expectations. I called Julia one afternoon and one of the first things she told me was "Oh dear, you need a life coach" she was right, after 5 sessions I was confident with my gym routine, but also with my body and mind. I also found the man of my life by relying on her advice.
10 months after I re-contacted Julia to help me get more confidence in my new role at work; 
(I have been promoted to a much higher position after working hard for years) once again, Julia increased my expectations by making me get what I want. 
We are still working on a healthier work/life balance but I can truly say that she is the kindest, non-judgmental and positive person I’ve ever met. She made me become such a stronger person. 
I highly recommend Julia and her coaching if you have any trouble to reach you happiness, as she will give you the best advice to get success in your life. 
Camille Furminieux Manager  2016 

Personal Training

 I came to Julia feeling like everything was wrong with my life and I didn’t know where to start to fix it.  My weight was spiralling out of control, I was miserable at work and felt alone (even though I have a loving husband, great family and wonderful friends).

 The first session we talked about my story and why I was there.  From that discussion Julia challenged me to focused on creating time for myself, and on my nutrition – I started keeping a food diary.  We kept talking about nutrition as we went through, but each session we continued to build on it to get to the underlying reasons why I was eating the way I was/feeling the way that I was.  The sessions were driven by me and what I wanted to talk about/cover, but at the same time Julia was able to ensure each session made me reflect and grow.

 3 ½ months later I feel like a different woman.  I am 8kg lighter, I can run 12km (aiming for a half marathon) and have a much healthier relationship with food.  I still don’t know what I want my next career move to be, but I know that whatever it ends up being I won’t be taking a lot of the baggage with me.  I no longer feel like a victim and feel empowered at work, at home, and most importantly to put myself first.  Thank you Julia for everything! Melissa Clarkson June 2016

 I often got bored at the gym and with training so decided to get a PT, best move ever! I came across Julia through my gym, I loved the idea she was not only a PT but also I life coach so had a holistic view and how they all go hand in hand.

I am general pretty motivated so was looking for a knowledgeable PT who could teach me new workouts, exercises and stretches. Julia is a fountain of knowledge and very good on a personal level. She has helped me reach a number of personal goals including weight loss and improving general fitness and strength.
You have been a breath of fresh air Julia and I have learnt so much from you. I have no hesitations recommending Julia to friends and family. Maree Werder 2015 

I chose Julia because she understands my goals. I didn't want to be a super-fit athlete – just wanted to get stronger and more toned, and to lose a few of those pesky kilos.  Not terribly difficult goals, but I just wasn't making headway on them by myself.

 Julia provides me with the motivation I need to continually challenge myself.  With her as my trainer, I have cycled 80km in the Taupo cycle challenge, and completed two triathlons.  And I am slowly but surely getting rid of those extra few kilos!

 I look better, I feel better, and I'm healthier than I was a year ago.

 Thanks, Julia - your support has made all the difference! Cathy Sneyd 2006 - 2014 Sept.

 "I enjoy playing tennis at a competitive level and fitness is a big factor, so I decided to try working with a personal trainer.  Julia made the sessions very enjoyable with a wide variety of exercises designed to improve my strength and movement.  I also learned some useful stretches to do before and after playing.  The sessions really helped to improve my fitness and I would certainly recommend Julia to anyone looking for an approachable trainer who can design a good programme for their individual goals."

 Thanks again for all the enjoyable workouts.  I hope all goes well for you and that we'll meet again.  I'll try to keep my fitness up in the meantime! Simon Brown April 2012 - 2013

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 Red Door Recovery - Addiction Recovery

“Red Door Recovery was without a doubt one of the most useful experiences of my life. I learned to appreciate myself as a person and appreciate the love and support of the people around me.

 The staff at Red Door are the kindest, most understanding people you will ever meet and no matter who you are they will always make you feel welcome. The program has its difficulties and you will be asked some hard questions but it also has plenty of enjoyable parts too. Since the course tries very hard to cater to each clients interests there is something for everyone.

 After graduating from Red Door I have been freed from the ball and chain of addiction and feel as though I can achieve anything.”

(Male, 20 years, April  2016 programme)

“The team helped me rediscover the me I have been hiding from for too long at the bottom of a bottle.

Returning home with a smile on my face and a spring in my step, the real me looks forward to embarking on a new journey and embracing my family that have supported me all the way. Thank you for being there Red Door and trusting in me and my recovery.”

(Client, 59 years, May 2016 programme)

“We feel like we have our daughter back again.
Our view is that the Red Door model most definitely reconnected her to herself then us.
Thank you so much, I'm just enjoying the new direction in our lives.”

(Mother of client, May 2016 programme)