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Testimonials for EFT

My session with Deirdre was calming, anchoring and centering.  I had never done any kind of tapping work and found it immensely useful.  Deirdre listens, is gentle and warm in her repetitions, and answered all my questions.  If you are experiencing any kind of nervous system overload, I highly recommend a session with Deirdre, she’ll help immensely and quickly.

Rachel Fowler – Grief and Loss Coach, Atlanta, Georgia, USA – EFT

Deirdre led me through a powerful session on overwhelm. I felt safe to go deep, and left feeling relieved and light-hearted. I love her approach!

Molly Murray – Bookstore Owner & Energy Healer, Ardrossan, Scotland – EFT

Today I worked with Deirdre using EFT relating to my eating habits.
Tapping was conducted around eating warm bread and butter, which then led to potatoes. I discovered that I had an empty feeling and that tapping cleared these thoughts and feelings.
I am totally amazed with the outcome and would highly recommend Deirdre and her wonderful results.

Sue W – Sheffield, UK – EFT

I’ve had a couple of tapping sessions with Deirdre on grief and loss and found them to be highly beneficial and effective in a very short period of time. Deirdre was very empathetic and a lovely person to do this kind of work with and it’s already made the world of difference to how I’ve been feeling. Thank you so much!

Mishka, Melbourne, Australia – EFT

When a mutual friend suggested that EFT might help with anxiety, I was initially a little dubious. Not familiar with this form of therapy I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, I was immediately put at ease with Deirdre’s calm demeanour.  One of my fears was that talking about unpleasant memories might send me into a spiral of anxiety, but Deirdre showed me how to give the events a voice, to observe the memory as one would a movie and tap through the experience.  After several sessions with her, I am delighted to report that my anxiety has lessened significantly and I am truly grateful for this. Thank you Deirdre.

Kate N, Donegal, Ireland.– EFT

I loved the way Deirdre introduced EFT to me. She has such a light and warm-hearted way to lead through the sessions that I felt completely safe and seen. I booked sessions with Deirdre as I wanted to reduce my chocolate cravings and I was amazed at how quickly they had much less impact on me. Deirdre showed me a simple yet effective technique that I can easily apply in situations when the impulse to eat unhealthy food seems to be irresistible. I am deeply grateful Deirdre, for your help, your humour and your loving inspirations.

Imke, Bargteheide, Germany. – EFT

I wanted to work with Deirdre because I was struggling with an embarrassing condition. Thanks to the menopause, I was having strong hot flushes that were causing me to sweat excessively. I was almost permanently hot, damp, uncomfortable and embarrassed. I was too anxious about the sweating to go places unless I absolutely had to, so it was having a huge effect on my life. It had got so bad that I was having to change my clothes several times a day.

On top of the physical discomfort, I was feeling a great deal of shame and I was really quite distraught about the loss of control over my body. As I am a life coach, I realised that this deep emotional reaction was linked to puberty, when I had suffered from the same excessive sweating due to hormonal changes, and had been bullied at school because of it.

I realised that my mind was causing a panic reaction to the sweating, which was making the hot flushes and sweating worse. Unfortunately, I could not break the connection for myself, so I asked Deirdre if she would help.

While we were tapping and talking through the issue, I felt deep sadness for the bullied child I had been but other than that I didn’t notice anything. But since then…..

The hot flushes diminished in frequency and strength immediately! I hardly have them anymore and when I do, they’re just hot flushes, not an overwhelming wave of roasting heat. I don’t sweat all over my body, I don’t smell, I don’t have to change my clothes. I can’t believe the difference! I’m so happy.. I waited a couple of weeks to see if this was a fluke but here I am, a month later, and still not suffering. The shame reaction disappeared thanks to the tapping and now my body reacts to a hot flush in a proportionate way.

I am SO grateful to Deirdre and I would recommend EFT to anyone who is looking to change something in their life that their conscious mind is struggling to achieve. Deirdre has a warm and caring manner that makes you instantly feel safe and able to talk about anything. It was a really great experience and I would definitely work with her again.

Vicki W, Leeds, UK. – EFT

Deirdre has a gentle, calming presence which made it easy for me to relax and be totally honest with her. She is an exceptional listener and everything she said to me was ‘spot on’. I can’t believe how effective and impactful this session was. Thank you so much.

Claire L. Life Coach, Devon, UK – EFT

Working with Deirdre using the EFT process was such a welcome relief as it came at a time when I needed it the most. It was quite effective in calming me down. 

Eva N – London, UK. – EFT

Testimonials for Grief Recovery Method

My brother died four years ago. Our relationship was ‘non-existent’ and because his death was sudden and unexpected, I never got the chance to deal with this. I felt sad, guilty and filled with regret. I couldn’t move forward from his death and decided to do ‘grief recovery’ with Deirdre Fiona.

My specialist, Deirdre was so kind and patient and I felt safe to express my emotions to her. She never judged. ‘Grief Recovery’ helped me enormously to deal with unfinished business. I discovered that each one’s journey of grieving is different and in my case certainly not a linear smooth path. It was a process that I worked through and well worth it to find closure and peace of mind. I highly recommend the ‘grief recovery method.’

Jenni S. Cape Town, South Africa. 1 : 1 Online Participant

I was delighted to attend the Helping Children with Loss using the Grief Recovery Method course.  It opened my eyes to the complexity of grief and the effect it can have on us throughout our lives.  The steps outlined to help children deal with loss were well explained and helped me realise that helping children complete the relationship they have with people, animals and places is the major factor in dealing with any loss.  The skills learned through the course, which also challenged and broadened my understanding of grief, will help me in both my work and personal life.

Paddy H – School Completion  Coordinator, Letterkenny, Ireland. – HCWL Online Participant

I just want to thank you both for everything over the last few weeks. I really enjoyed the course and I feel that my mindset has changed when dealing with grief. I feel that I am more equipped to recognise the signs of grief and support children better as they deal with the losses in their lives. It’s great to know that you are both available if I need any help or support moving forward.

Lisa McM. HSCL Teacher, Co Donegal, Ireland.– HCWL Online Participant

“This 4 week program has increased my awareness of how to help the young people in my care deal with grief and loss. I found it a very positive and beneficial  experience and would definitely recommend for parents and those working with children and young people .”

Susan Ní Loinsigh – Guidance Counsellor, Ireland.  HCWL Online Participant

“Deirdre as a professional Grief Recovery Method Specialist held a beautiful space for us to share experiences and move through the program with her acting as my coach. I found the content full of new and useful information and Deirdre was easy to follow. There was plenty of effort on my part to follow along each week and do my “heartwork”; but she was understanding if I needed more time and rescheduling was accommodated. In doing this GRM I have found a new and useful tool for managing the inevitable ups and downs of life. “

A.S. – New Jersey, USA – 1 : 1 Online Participant 

“I was recommended as a teacher, to consider participating in this four-week online course on the Grief Recovery Method as applicable to Children hosted by both Carolyn and Deirdre. During my summer break it is not something I would generally choose to do in my free time, but I am so glad that I made the decision to do so.

The first thing I noticed was the multi-national aspect of this course. I was participating with colleagues here in Ireland, alongside a lovely group of women from Australia. What was striking was distance did not change the issues but sometimes brought a fresh approach or viewpoint from shared experiences.

To the course itself, The Grief Recovery Method, it is so clear, simple and concise. However please do not mistake this as easy. I personally have found it on both a personal and professional level challenging and would have to say it is most definitely a work in progress, but one in which I intend to master.

When we use the word ‘Grief’ we almost always associate it with death, this course has opened my eyes to the many losses that it can encompass, most especially for children. As adults it is too easy and often that we dismiss events in children’s lives as trivial, easily dealt with by a distraction, be it a sweet or promise of something new to replace this loss. What I have learnt is to put aside the quick fix and take the time to address the issue. As adults this is often the hardest thing to give in our busy lives, but the rewards for the children are telling, as is the failure to do so, later in life for many adults.

If I sound like a zealous convert, it is because I am. Through engaging with Carolyn, Deirdre and the rest of the group in this workshop I have come to realize that through careful thought, some planning and time I can help maybe some of the young people I meet in my role as a teacher, and recognise that we are all unique individuals who sometimes need someone to listen without giving us glib cliches that everything is going to be alright etc. 

I would most definitely encourage the reader to undertake this course with Carolyn and Deirdre. They co-hosted the online course in a professional manner, directing when necessary and sharing when appropriate. On a personal level I enjoyed this course more than I had expected too especially having the opportunity to engage with those in Australia, that was really lovely and fun. What I got out of it on a personal level is immense, and most certainly work to be done, on a professional level I hope it enables me to be a more thoughtful and aware teacher.

Thank you, Carolyn, Deirdre and the ladies I undertook this course with.”

Siobhán S, Ireland. HCWL Online Participant

‘Wonderful course! 

It has opened my eyes to how many different types of losses we experience in our lives and how we as adults can quickly dismiss our children’s seemingly everyday losses.

All aspects of the course are so helpful. Starting with realizing all I’d been taught/shown about how to grieve were myths! All the way through to how to feel completed when loss does come.

The ideas and concepts are concise and easy to understand but by no means simple.  Heartwork takes time but the outworking is worth it.

Deirdre taught it with openness, compassion and kindness.  Highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to help their kids journey through the inevitable losses in life’ 

Lis P.  Toowoomba, Australia – HCWL Online Participant

“The Helping Children with Loss course has been a real eye-opener for how I discuss (or don’t discuss) emotions, particularly those I have deemed ‘negative’ emotions, with my children.

 A clearly structured 4 week programme, with a stretching but achievable target of reading to complete each week has enabled me to get the most from the in-person Zoom sessions. The virtual sessions introduce or clarify the course reading and Teresa and Deirdre gave ample opportunity to ask questions and bring up personal examples to get specific guidance and feedback. As a parent it is easy to feel like we are failing our children, or that others have everything under control, and this is why hearing other participants in the small group share their experiences, thoughts and concerns in a safe, non-threatening and supportive environment is so beneficial. I have realised I am not alone, that we all make mistakes and have breakthroughs, and there are practical things we can do to move forward.

 I am now at the start of my journey for helping my children to deal with loss in both everyday life and those bigger events that I would generally associate with bringing up feelings of grief and loss. I know it is going to be a learning process for both myself and them but I feel we will all benefit in the short and long term from applying the specific methods identified by the Grief Recovery Method.


Jo F.  Leeds, UK – HCWL Online Participant

“I was very lucky to come into contact with Deirdre at a time when there were multiple losses and changes in my life. 
“I lost my beloved beagle in February 2020 to cancer. I had him for 13 years and he was like my own child. The stresses of dealing with his cancer for 6 months prior to his passing also caused my own cancer to return. By March 2020, the need to tend to my own health and coupled with the Covid-19 lockdown, I decided to give up work after 38 years as a health professional and retire. 
“Having done various healing modalities in the past, I thought I had the tools to help myself and that I was coping with these life changes pretty well. In effect I wasn’t. I was constantly tired and unmotivated, and whatever energy I had, I was spending it on the computer doing research as a means to distract myself. I was binge eating for comfort and also isolated myself from other people. On top of this, my relationship with my son went downhill because we hold very different views on current events. His intolerance and persistent vicious attacks shocked me. I went into deep grief because I felt I have lost my son and there’s little left of our relationship. 
“I heard about The Grief Recovery Method from a friend and at first I was hesitant to do the program because I really thought I was ok. I thought “This too shall pass”. I believed in the myths of “grieving alone” and “just giving it time”. The reality was that I was actually in shock mode from all the accumulated losses in those few months. Sadly I didn’t even recognise some of them as losses. I didn’t know I was grieving for the loss of my career, health, relationship with my son, financial security and everyday life as I knew it, on top of grieving for the death of my dog. 
“But after reading The Grief Recovery Handbook and talking to Deirdre about her own experience with the method, I knew I had to do it. The method allows me to view my life in absolutely honesty and without judgement. I could see how so many previous losses were never addressed and went underground. I could see how a “small insignificant” loss in the present can tip the balance because of the accumulated charge from the past. 
“I worked on my relationship with my son as my first exercise because it was causing me the most upset. I was faithful to the entire process although there was a part of me that doubted if the simplicity of it would actually work. But having finished the program I am grateful to say I no longer live in the hurt and grief that was consuming me for so many months. 
“I am able to look at our relationship with neutrality and a new-found peace. I am able to let go of the need to change my son or to make him wrong. I no longer need to dwell in the past and replay scenes that only serve to hurt me further. The biggest gift is the freedom I know I can have in spite of what happens to me in the external world. I’m confident that I can apply the method to the other losses in my life, including the less tangible ones. 
“I whole-heartedly recommend Deirdre as your guide and specialist in your journey to recovery from grief. Deirdre is compassionate while being thorough and professional. I felt heard and understood at all times which is so important when the method requires absolutely honesty. I felt very safe with Deirdre. No matter how big or small your loss /grief, peace and freedom is achievable.”
Clare T – Sydney, Australia – 1 : 1 Online Participant 

“Hello Carolyn and Deirdre,

I would like to thank you both for the effort and presentation of the “Helping Children with Loss” programme we have just completed. I found the course facilitators excellent, extremely well prepared and very honest in the delivery of all aspects involved with loss. They led by example with their openness and therefore the rest of us were not afraid to share.

I found the first session about the six myths of loss very informative and it has made me reflect on how I did approach people who have suffered a loss and how I will now approach people who have suffered a loss.  The idea of completion is very achievable for many and the completion letters are an excellent way to help a person apologise, forgive and write any other significant emotional statement that they feel is relevant to their loss.

I have benefitted a lot from this course and when I return to school I will implement what I have learnt into how I deal with our students, many who are experiencing loss and will benefit greatly from the programme.

I also enjoyed meeting the other participants from Australia.

Mise le meas”

Bridín. Co Donegal, Ireland – HCWL Online Participant

“I joined the ‘Helping children with loss’ course as a parent to help my 8 year old daughter. She has suffered a more than unusual amount of loss in her short life.

It wasn’t until doing this course that I realised grief wasn’t just about death, but loss too such as divorce, moving house, friends moving away and lots of other things.

Teresa and Deirdre did a fantastic job at presenting the course and were very knowledgeable and honest, being open about personal experiences of their own to help attendees understand more about how this course could help.

I have learnt a lot and feel positive that I can bring relief to my daughter using the method I have been taught. I’ve come to realise too that there are a number of areas in my own life that I too need to address.

The Grief Recovery Method is practical and has easy to use principles that help acknowledge loss and complete the process of grieving in a healthy way.

The course was really beneficial and already I have started to see results and a change in my daughter and the way I approach her losses.

I’m so pleased I was introduced to Teresa and the course. I definitely recommend it.”

Julia R, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK – HCWL Online Participant

“I signed up to do the “Helping Children with Loss” course as I’m a Foster Parent. We have to do a certain amount of training during the year and I thought “this will be good”. Wow – it is beyond good. Reading the book and answering the questions, taking notes and re-reading parts, not a page went by without thinking of a child or a situation to be dealt with.  I realised that there were many situations in my own life that also needed to be dealt with. I had thought that grief and loss only really happened in death or divorce, but there are so many situations where grief and loss happen and they need to be handled  in the right way. The course will show you how to do this and the leaders guide you through the course with patience, empathy and understanding. I definitely recommend this course.”

Tracey O, Toowoomba Australia – HCWL Online Participant