I recently had a few sessions with Catherine online. We did two one hour sessions and one half hour session over the course of three weeks. It was at the beginning of the Coronavirus shutdown and we were all getting used to our lives changing dramatically. I found Catherine to be very friendly and approachable. She was non-judgemental and I felt that she was completely engaged throughout our sessions. At the beginning Catherine set me some clear goals and followed up each session with an email that summarised what we had discussed, including links to useful information that I might need. The situation being so complicated and unprecedented meant that each week my goals were changing, but Catherine understood this and there was never any pressure or reproach for not completing a task. As what had seemed an easy target last week became impossible this week!
I appreciated her objective outlook and friendly manner. During such a stressful period in life it was very soothing and beneficial to work with Catherine. I would wholeheartedly recommend Catherine McDonnell as an Holistic Life and Body Practitioner.
Catherine made me feel at ease right from the start. She has a confident and open conversational style that enables a person to feel comfortable with disclosing sometimes personal information. Catherine provided the opportunity to discuss some of the issues I had around stress and sleeping. We discussed strategies for supporting relaxation and de-stressing. Catherine was very welcoming and open.
We so often dress ourselves in ill-fitting suits to please others. We twist ourselves in knots and become ‘pleaser pretzels’, trying to look and act like what we think others expect of us: our parents, our boss, our partners and even our friends and children. We distort ourselves, and forget our true selves, to fit … Continue reading Forgetting ourselves to suit others
How many of us listen to music or watch TV when we are exercising? The answer: most of us. We are thinking about what we are hearing or seeing – an external stimulus – and not about the movement and feel of our bodies. The mind and body are disconnected. Many of us exercise out … Continue reading Exercising out of love not fear
When we give everything of ourselves to others, we neglect our own needs and values. We lose who we are in the pursuit of other people’s happiness. We forget ourselves and our own needs, putting others first – to the point that we lose sight or ourselves, our own needs and values. Why? Because it … Continue reading Don’t leave yourself behind
Two of my neighbours died this week, on the street where I spent my childhood. Both deaths were unrelated to coronavirus. I used to babysit their lovely children, and I only have happy memories of both men. I feel so very sorry for their families. It is, as the Guardian newspaper termed, ‘grief upon grief‘, … Continue reading You still have life (despite Covid-19).