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Hollie Brakken

Prior to having Justine as a coach I thought I was authentic, in touch with my emotions, and had good relationships with my friends, family and husband. I was attached to thinking I was in the right and other people had to sort themselves out. I was pushing people away without even knowing what I was doing or how I was doing it. I learned that I suck at empathy and the responses I was giving were actually shutting people down and causing disconnection.

Justine was right by my side helping me to sort through my own anger, fear, and defensiveness. She helped me to see where I had disconnected from my emotions, wasn’t being authentic, could take accountability, and how I could do things differently.

One of the most valuable things I learned from Justine was empathy. Because of her coaching, I made it through a difficult process with a lifelong childhood friend as well as deepening the relationships with those around me.

Justine’s approach is gentle and firm. She asked me all the right questions to guide me to my own realizations. And when I wasn’t getting it, she would share something from her own life that helped to open my heart and mind to what I wasn’t able to see.

Even though she was helping me to look at some painful truths about myself, I never felt judged. Through her support and encouragement, I was able to easily accept the unpleasant aspects of myself and change into the person I wanted to be. I can now demonstrate empathy and compassion in front of my children in hopes to pass on such valuable emotions. I am more in touch with myself and love how I am showing up for the people that mean the most to me.