Barbara has a subtle yet powerful way of merging her scientific knowledge with the emotional aspects of how our word choices can literally change patterns within our minds and ultimately our life story. From the first day of her program I caught myself implementing the changes we learned through journaling and discussion reaping the benefits of more positivity in my daily interactions with others as well as with myself. Thank you, Barbara.
It was 6 months after the death of my daughter and granddaughter, my heart was still full of pain, confusion and sadness but the content of the class lifted me above this huge mess…Barbara really led us on a deep and beautiful journey. Being able to move from the harsh reality of the events to “what I am going to do with what happened in my life” was extremely empowering.
Each exercise was well crafted and all her responses were full of knowledge. Following one of my posts, she wrote: “Anne, when I read your posts, I am always blessed by the beauty of your writing as well as by the depth of what you express. That you have decided to ‘not walk as a victim’ is a huge victory. Brava!” Barbara has a great ability to connect to her students!
Two years later, I am still digging in the pool of resources that she left us by the end of the class.
I have known Barbara for more than 20 years, working with her in a number of ways. As a writer, she is clear, concise, and explores her topics to provide thought-provoking reading. As a journal and retreat facilitator, Barbara prompts us to touch upon the dimensions of ourselves that reside deep within. I have learned from Barbara that there is always more to discover about oneself, and journaling with her has a way of slowly opening the petals of those inner qualities. The space she holds during her sessions allows for trust, vulnerability, and respect for the entire process
I started in one of Barb’s journaling groups a few years after my head injury. Before being invited to Barb’s journaling group, by my in/outpatient speech therapist, I was in an outpatient program to learn, or should I say relearn, how to read, write and perform math functions/calculations again. I recall feeling the burn of frustration inside for not having the ability to express my ideas fully. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be invited to Barb’s journaling group. I feel it is with her journaling group and her prompts that helped improve my brain function, help realign my cross-wired neurons, improve my thought processes and improve my communication level. I still feel my inputting processing speed and outputting processing speed is delayed as compared to those whom have not had a head injury of sorts. But with Barb’s journal group and coaching I learned that that is ok, and to continue to write to push to achieve to heal.
Thank you, Barb.
I have been committed to personal growth and have done a great deal of introspection over the years, but Barbara’s journaling workshop helped me discover some important pieces and put them together. Her prompts were helpful, as was her admonition to keep the pen moving and just let it flow. At the beginning of the workshop, I felt fearful about how to move forward after my divorce. At the end of the sessions, I can clearly envision where I want to go next and believe I can get there. I was already a strong and mentally healthy woman, but with Barbara’s help, I will be even stronger as I head into my bright future.
This workshop was way more than I ever expected and well worth the fee. I have received so much insight into my current situation as well as tools to apply going further. I felt such a kinship to the other members of the group, and I attribute that to Barbara’s facilitation and leadership and guidance.