A process to reclaim your self-esteem, dignity, & self-respect. Learn essential skills and tools to enable you to wisely navigate the circumstances of your life. Reconsider life from other perspectives and narratives. Articulate regrets without blame or justifications. An intentionally crafted note of reconciliation.
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"Dear Barbra, I want to thank you for the incredible heartfelt letter that you helped me to compose for my ES. You took the time to really get to know my specific situation and relationship with ES before we wrote this letter and it truly hit all of the important points. If I do not get a response, I will at least know that I did my best and that perhaps the sentiments I expressed will resonate with him at a future time. Thanks and have a very happy New Year! " ~JL
"We worked closely together over several sessions to write an email to my ED to let her know i really heard her. On my own, my letter was 1 1/2 pages long. I threw it out and together we wrote a 2 paragraph email which was short and to the point. It took courage and humility but with your help it was perfect! She responded immediately and our relationship has been restored, thanks in great part to you, Barbra. I am overjoyed and indebted to you for your insight and loving coaching. Thank you will never be enough!! You are truly gifted when it comes to helping us wade through estrangement! Your own vulnerability, caring and humility coupled with your competence is beyond measure! Thank you again!!!" ~KVN
"I am so comfortable with your help that I must tell you. I have seen differnet counselors over the years and your coaching approach is perfect for me at this stage. I have so much information in my head I really just need a guide to help me see through this and put my knowledge into practice. Thank you for being with me at this time." ~PM
"Useful! That's how I describe the lessons I've learned with Barbra. Although I came to her for help with estrangement issues, she has given me practical tools to use in ANY situation I face. Her coaching is visual, to-the-point, and personal. Her guidance has made such a difference in my life.” LB
"This is such a beautiful letter. I cannot thank you enough. Barbra, you have a true gift of sincere communication." MJ
"I am so grateful for the coaching I received from Barbra Drizin. My adult son and his wife have been estranged from all family and friends for more than five years. This estrangement has been complicated by a messy family history rife with conflict stemming from divorce, cultural barriers, religious differences, illness, and addiction. I found Barbra on Dr. Coleman’s FB community. Desperate to make contact with my son, I reached out to her. After working with Barbra on such concepts as practicing radical acceptance and establishing healthy boundaries, she helped me craft a letter to my son that, to my wonder and surprise, received a warm and receptive response from him. The short, simple letter Barbra and I wrote together communicated specific regrets, and did not bring up, explain, or justify the past. It seems the wording and tone of this carefully crafted letter provided an opening for my son. It most certainly helped him to feel safe, included, and hopeful. As Barbra says, reconnecting with estranged children requires patience. My son’s kind, thoughtful response sent a glimmer of hope, however fleeting. It suggested to me that he may be open to more communication in the future. For this, I am thrilled and so grateful to Barbra." DC
"I feel like I spent the last 18 months of my two year estrangement with my daughter so overwhelmed. Felt like I was just out there floundering, paralyzed with fear and anxiety of doing or not doing the right thing. I felt so blind sighted and hurt. I am just so grateful for the help you have given me in finding the tools that I need in my life, regardless of the outcome of the estrangement. I am becoming more focused on doing the work. I know I am better equipped to handle the future while enjoying today. As crazy as it sounds, I felt alone, even though I have wonderful support from the rest of my family and a wonderful group of friends. Barbra, the support and strength you have given me in our coaching sessions has made a tremendous impact on me - maybe its because I know you have walked in my shoes. I am so grateful." MS
"I just completed 3 of the 4 sessions. I am amazed at what I have learned about myself, acknowledged my conditioned reactions to my ED, and investigated why I've had those reactions. It's been incredibly revealing! I am so very grateful for Barbra's insight, experience and compassion. Barbra's guidance in helping us identify our deepest feelings is a gift. I am proud for the honest and well-written expression I've accomplished in the letter I'll be sending." KVN
"I appreciate all you’re teaching me. It feels like Truth. Truth hurts at times. It’s hard. But, I know it is Truth as I feel it in my gut that what you are saying is right." TL
"I started New Year's Day with a wonderful surprise. My ED of 5 years sent me 2 pictures of herself with my 2.5yr old Granddaughter, whom I never met.
Barbra, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the amazing coaching sessions and the work we accomplished. I was able to create a poignant, carefully worded, heartfelt letter.”
SUCCESS SOUNDS LIKE THIS:
From a previously estranged daughter:
"I am grateful for amends:
I think we all realize that life is short, and anything can happen at any moment in time…
and so: forget the shit, move on, and move forward… prioritizing love first.
And all these reconciliations… they’ve lifted weights off my shoulders,
and in turn, I’m more at peace in my life than ever before.”
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