John McGillis


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?

I was curious about BodyTalk. My partner has done BodyTalk for years and recommended the modality to me. I did a search online and found Diane.

2. What was life like before working with Diane?

Flat. I was working in a job that I wasn’t passionate about. I was paying the bills and merely existing. I was fearful of so many things. I was stuck in many ways. I was focussed on my faults and undervalued my strengths.

3. How has working with Diane helped?

Small shifts; I have begun to pursue my passion (music, performing) in a way that’s meaningful to me. I sweat less! She has helped me to understand where some of my insecurities have come from.

4. Tell us more about the process and how you worked it through?

This is a hard question for me to answer, as the process is relative to what I am experiencing at the time. We talk at the beginning of my appointment about what’s topical for me. Somehow, during body talk she is able to find the root of the issue or unearth an affirmation or a distinction that helps to begin to sort it out for me. She sometimes prescribes flower essences to bring balance to ways of being that are out of balance. I immediately go home and Google the particular essence and I am ALWAYS surprised that it addresses exactly the particular issue or pattern of balance that I am dealing with – even if I didn’t bring it up or was aware of it on a conscious level.

5. What is it about working with Diane that you find most valuable?

Honestly – I don’t completely understand the process of BodyTalk, or, in fact, what Diane does. I can tell you that I find it similar to psychotherapy – yet more holistic in approach. I feel like I get reset when I am stuck. I feel like my sessions with her are bringing me more in touch with my spirit.

6. What have you learned about yourself?

I have spent most of my life focussing on my weaknesses. I am afraid of what people think of me. This is slowly starting to shift.

7. What have been your biggest insights/light bulb moments from working with Diane?

Things about my family, things that I wasn’t able to see, that she was able to unearth while I was on the table. These helped me to understand myself better and to let go of ways of being that didn’t serve me.

8. What are you working on now? What is life like now?

I am working on letting go of a job that doesn’t suit me anymore. Life is a bit scary in the face of this change. I have been with my current employer for 20 years and my gut is telling me to make a change. My mind is telling me otherwise. Diane has pushed me on the timeline. I suggested six months. She suggested I make this move within three. She was confident that I could make this change in three months. Not sure how she knows – not even sure why I trust her so much. I just have a great sense that she has profound intuition. Plus, I guess she knows enough about me after working with me for some time.

9. What is the single most important benefit that you’ve achieved from working with Diane?

One of the finest things about working with Diane is being in her company. It’s refreshing. Beyond that, I would say that I have learned to like myself more.

10. What do you think life is going to be like in the future after today?

I expect to have a career as a performer soon; singing comedian, improv actor. I am in the process of becoming that. I am starting to attract the right people to refine what I have to offer and things are lining up.

11. What would you like to celebrate?

Being alive and expanding.

— John McGillis, Age 42

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