I came to Reach as a near-anorexic, totally stressed woman with very little self-confidence and no hope of things getting any better, following a number of traumatic years.
I emerged 2 years later after seeing Jo, as a self-professed strong, confident woman with a love of life and a firm knowledge that life can be as good as I create it to be.
The ethos behind Reach that makes it different from other organizations I have come across is that it is 100% genuine – it isn’t about making profits but about making positive changes happen for people who need them.
I have recommended Reach’s services to several people and will continue to do so!
“Human beings are born soft and flexible; when they die they are hard and stiff …..… Plants arise soft and delicate; when they die they are withered and dry. Thus, the hard and stiff are disciples of death; the soft and flexible are disciples of life. Thus an inflexible army is not victorious; an un-bending tree will eventually break. The stiff and rigid will crumble and fall; the soft and flexible will rise.”
Lao Tzu (6th Century B.C.)
I came to Reach reeling from the trauma of recent life events, which had left me feeling confused, afraid and lost.
From the beginning Easton made me feel there was hope for me, that I would be able to recover and find clarity and fulfillment in my life. His sensitivity, strength, certainty, knowledge and humour carried me through dealing with the issues that were pressing and immediate.
Through this process I realised that to be truly free from my own self-limiting habits and ways of being I needed to be free from the negative aspects of my past. So I chose to walk the path of in-depth self-examination and it was at times very painful as I unearthed my low self-esteem, eating disorder, alcohol dependence and many more subtle yet self-sabotaging patterns. And at times it was a joyful experience because if this journey can be described as any one thing – it is liberating. I discovered an internal world I had been ignoring all my life.
The holistic approach Easton introduced me to is all-embracing, leaves no stone unturned. I came to understand that if I chose to walk the path of honesty and integrity there was nothing I could not achieve. Today I still know this to be true. The journey with Reach turned my life around. I know I still need to make the effort to sustain my changes but when I do this, it feels as though I am perpetually basking in the rays of a benevolent and gentle sun.
“A person should only accept a doctrine if his own experience verifies it.”
Buddha (563-483 B.C.)
I have been with Reach for a few years now. The process began with an intense period of reflection about who I was, what I wanted to do, where I wanted to go. I pondered my problems, dug deep into my own resources, confronted my demons and learned to live with myself.
I also learned to look after myself in many ways, so that from day to day I live life to the full and enjoy it. I feel healthier, fitter and more alive than I have ever been, which means that I am better able to help myself and others. I work hard and I play hard. I also build in plenty of time for relaxation and reflection. There are challenges and disappointments along the way, but I honestly feel that I am doing my best, and that is a good feeling.
None of this would have been possible without the companionship of a wise and steadfast counsellor, who has stayed the course with me through thick and thin. And so I continue on this exciting voyage of discovery.
“Everyone should treat all beings as one would want to be treated. True religion is ethical action. To hurt another is to in fact hurt oneself.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
It is with great gratitude, appreciation and love that I write this letter of thanks to you and all at Reach.
You have offered me so much on my journey of healing and growth towards being the best that I can be that I hardly know where to begin. One thought that sits with me is that the single best thing that I have ever done for myself, was making the decision to contact you and embark on my truly special journey of lifting myself out of the mess that my life had become and learning, with your help, care, guidance and support, to begin creating a better future for myself.
When I first walked through your doors I could never have believed that I was capable of, or deserved, to be the person that I am today, never mind living the contented, fulfilled life I am living. My life was truly at rock bottom – undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, going through a very nasty, painful divorce and struggling to bring up young children, whilst feeling that I was failing miserably because I had nothing left to offer. I survived day to day only existing with the help of anti-depressants and was going down a completely self destructive path of distraction, denial, inadequacy and unhappiness.
Looking back, the single most important gift you offered to me was your complete acceptance, care and respect. This is not something I had ever experienced (which accounts for the mess I was in!) but really needed if I was going to start looking at myself properly and liking what I saw. This environment of complete care and acceptance allowed me the space to figure out who I really was, without the fear of being judged or not liked, and in doing this all things became possible.
Alongside this you offered me so many ways to help me sit back in the driver’s seat of my life. “Shame work” and “Dark Room Work” were such powerful tools to uproot and rid myself of the demons that have been controlling me for years. These are amongst the many diamonds you offer at Reach. Talking alone would not have been enough for me to access these deeper, hidden, controlling elements of my life which once exposed began to lose their power. Although I can’t say that this was easy, it was a life-changing experience.
I’m also grateful for the abundance of research and knowledge you offered me to help me see how damaging my lifestyle was and how to go about changing this so that I could begin to create a better life for myself.
Easton, I could go on forever, and I don’t feel this even touches the many ways that Reach has helped me to make my life what it is today. At last, I know what it is to enjoy life, to take control, and to create wonderful opportunities for myself and the future looks so bright and full of potential.
Thank you, once again, from the bottom of my heart, for the unwavering support you have offered me, and many others like me, in our journeys of turning our lives around. This is so much more than a job to you all, and that’s what makes the difference.
Love and appreciation always.
Reach’s holistic philosophy has been a life-changing experience for me. I approached my counsellor with what can only be described as a ‘huge gap’ in my life, which at times felt very unnerving and empty. My work with Jo has not only filled this gap but it has also given me a huge sense of personal empowerment. I know that I can trust and rely on myself to continue my journey in life and this is truly the most precious gift anyone can receive!
At times the journey has not been easy but the outcome is well worth the effort and patience. Jo’s belief in me, and her patience, gentle strength and non-judgmental approach were essential throughout the counselling. Her confidence in Reach’s approach and the clear structure of the work carried out was reassuring and inspiring!
The written materials and CDs have also been invaluable to continue the work outside of the counselling sessions and I will always hold on to them as a reminder, on those occasions when I may need them. In all I cannot really put into words how grateful I am, both to my counsellor Jo and also to the person who recommended Reach to me in the first place! It has changed my life in so many positive ways.
“Non-violence isn’t just refraining from injuring others, but positively enhancing their well-being; in fact, loving them. Truth is best served by love. If a person’s actions are motivated by love, their actions will be conducive to the highest good.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)