1. What made you decide to work with Diane? Was there an obvious advantage or anything specific that made her stand out in some way?
The idea of naturopathy was a completely new idea to me. In the hopes of dealing with my anxieties, I went through two therapists over the course of two months, in which one prescribed me anti-depressants after only listening to me speak for thirty minutes, and the other giving me worried looks every time I expressed what I was going through. Neither provided any comfort or any real hope that I was going to work through my anxieties. Then I was introduced to Diane who listened to me reel off issue after issue without any judgement or visual expression of concern, and instead made it safe for me to discuss why I came to see her. After my first meeting, Diane proposed that I write out an ‘Ideal Me’ list – a real chance to look introspectively to see where I am and where I want to be. This marked the first time that someone wanted to get to the root of my issues and truly understand what made me the person I am. Diane provided such warmth and immediate understanding of what I wanted to accomplish with her and I just knew that I needed to begin my process with her.
2. What was life like before working with Diane?
I not only felt stagnant in my life, I felt ten steps behind where I wanted to be. I was a shell of myself, afraid to face the world, afraid to face challenges, and most importantly, afraid and unaware of how to be the truest expression of myself. I experienced daily panic attacks about work, university, money, friendships, family and what I was going to do with my life. To sum it all up, I did not have an identity and knew nothing about myself. Worst of all, I didn’t know how to fix myself. I used to hide from confrontation and from facing what life had to offer. I had very little confidence in myself and never felt comfortable expressing any emotion. I was basically a closed box and completely unwilling and unprepared to expose myself.
3. How has working with Diane helped?
I will start with the most important way Diane has helped: I am now self-reflective and conscious to the world around me and what I bring to this world. With time, patience, and complete understanding, Diane helped me realize the bad habits I had fallen into and how they were impeding my personal growth. I am now able to express myself to others in a completely new and confident way. I see the deeper meaning in my experiences and understand how my past continues to affect me. Diane has helped me approach my issues with greater clarity and purpose, allowing me to take the proverbial step back and assess the source of my anxieties.
4. Tell us more about the process and how you worked it through.
Coming from someone who was emotionally stunted and essentially unwilling to open up, my process was very difficult at first. I was embarrassed by my issues and often resorted back to my old ways of closing up and not truly expressing what I was going through and how I got there. Diane promotes and elicits a completely safe place to talk and be heard, and once I realized just how safe it was to be myself, I felt I could truly begin to change. I finally understood the concept of self-reflection (an idea that really was foreign to me – I didn’t see the purpose of looking back!), and was able to begin breaking through the physical and emotional barriers that were preventing me from becoming who I wanted to be. While discussing what I’m going through, Diane will listen, absorb, and then express the most profound and accessible responses that always gives me greater clarity of what is really going on. Our discussion is then followed by BodyTalk. This process not only alleviates any sensation of panic or the feeling of being closed-off to the world, but I always feel like a weight has been lifted and replaced with a greater sense of clarity. I cannot explain exactly how it works, but I always leave feeling more energized and excited to be myself.
5. What is it about working with Diane that you find most valuable?
Getting to the root of my anxieties and blocks, and being able to express myself in the truest form. I find I leave every session with Diane stronger and more myself than an hour earlier. I no longer allow things to build up inside me and reach a point of unbearable anxiety and stress. But perhaps the most valuable part of my experience with Diane is that I now understand that I am able to grow exponentially as a human by simply being myself and staying strong in my convictions.
6. What have been your biggest insights/light bulb moments from working with Diane?
To be self-reflective
To trust my choices
Being the truest form of myself is being my strongest self
I am deserving of what I want from life, and I am capable of achieving greatness
The importance of taking responsibility for my actions
How much I feed off others’ energies and how to temper this
Everything, every moment serves a purpose that I might not yet understand, but will
7. What do you think life is going to be like in the future after today?
My life has greater clarity and purpose. I know my strengths and my weaknesses and can use them to continue growing and affecting the world the way I choose.
8. What would you like to celebrate?
My freedom, my strength, and my purpose.