Motivational Interviewing in Business

You may have heard of it, but what is it?

Quite simply, it’s a method that works on facilitating and engaging motivation within an individual in order to change behaviour.

It’s used a lot in medical and counselling settings as the professional has some time to build a relationship with their client or patient. I can see applications elsewhere. It is a technique which is non-confrontational, and non-judgmental.

How could it be used in business?

My thoughts are that if you regularly work with clients or customers you can implement some of the principles. The aim of your dealings and encounters is to bring about ‘change talk’ and make positive changes to improve their life, it is about encouraging people to make their own changes (who really changes things for the better when told or forced to!). Many people are afraid of change and may well weigh up the pros and cons of doing so (if you are lucky).

Today I am going to give you a taster of some of the questions you could ask to get the people you work with and deal with start to think about their behaviour:

How might you like things to be different?

How does —– interfere with things you would like to do?

What would life be like in ‘x’ years/months if you don’t change the way you do things?

Quite often this type of questioning does not elicit immediate change but does plant the seed for thought and start to get that person thinking about their behaviour.

Interested to find out more?
Want to build a relationship with clients where you can elicit positive change?
Want to take away ideas and techniques of how to apply this in your business/life?

This seminar takes place at Pure Zest just outside York A19 near the A64. Reserve your place using the link below.



On a Mission

Some of you may know that regardless of my business, I am on a mission.

“To gain understanding, fair treatment and equality of opportunity for children and young people with mental health and psychological issues and aid their wellbeing. I do this by supporting and empowering parents.”

This mission comes from a place of striving on behalf of my own children, the constant advocating, explaining and advising that goes on when you have children with complex psychological issues. The external appearance of everything looking ok, coupled with my knowledge that not everything is ok and my children are in distress.

Bearing this in mind, I was very pleased when I received an email from Sarah Thorpe at Sine FM in Doncaster, I think she has been keeping an eye on my Facebook page and website and as she re-launches her Modern Families monthly radio show, she invited me into discuss issues very close to my heart and my business. She is a counsellor too and works with young people and families and we seemed to have a lot in common.

The programme goes to air on Thursday 2nd February at 12pm on Sine FM, if I don’t manage to share it here I will post it on my Facebook pages and website as soon as I get a copy of the recording.

I will share my thoughts on 4 different questions she asked over 4 blogs in the coming weeks.

My thoughts on the main concerns for children’s
mental health & wellbeing

Of course there are many, however, the main ones that come up time and again at workshops and sessions I run are:

– The fact that we live in an increasingly pressurised society where there is more testing for children in schools, more exposure to the media generally resulting in children becoming anxious and stressed about a multitude of issues.

– Without fail, the issue of social media and mobile devices is of great concern to parents particularly those aged 10 years and upwards. Young people drawing their self esteem from the number of friends or followers they have, the number of likes they receive etc etc. The issue of not leaving problems with school or friendships at the school gate, they follow you home and the arguments can continue late into the evening.

– The issue that mental health issues and psychological distress are not spotted or diagnosed and parents waiting and fighting just for recognition for months and years.

– The lack of professional services or the withdrawing of funding for vital services leaving parents with few options, resulting in them feeling isolated and desperate.
What are your thoughts? Please share them.

Next week I share my thoughts on what needs to change and how we can focus more on wellbeing for our children. 

Below are links for further information on my parent support group and events to support parents.

Have a good week
Juliet x

Parent Support Group
Wellness Events

Choice Indulgence Evening Invite

I wanted you to be among the first to know…..

and it’s on International Women’s Day

As many of you were among the lovely people who came along to my previous wellness event, I wanted to let you know about the next one!

This one is a little different, one for the adults, fabulous treatments (which you can book), interesting workshops, a glass of something sparkling and some canapes.

So what can you expect?

I will greet you as you arrive, ensure you know what’s going on in the evening, go through your bookings and answer any questions. You can pick up your drink and something to nibble (or pop back later, there is plenty for everyone).

Then you can be guided by your appointment and workshop times, and follow your nose!

So what kind of treatments and products can you expect to experience?
Available for you:
Mini-massage treatments
Reiki consultations
Perfume consultations
An Essential Oils Specialist
Mini Beauty Treatments – have a mini manicure or brow shape
Access bars treatments
Jewellery – watch and take part in demonstrations and chat to our jewellery specialist
Have a mini soul plan

Pop along to our workshops on yoga, meditation and your inner beauty…..

and there is more to come.

I’ll be in touch again, in the mean time, grab your ticket (there is a discount if you bring a friend!).

You won’t regret it

Juliet x

Click here to book your ticket:

Supporting Yourself Everyday with Aromatherapy

Many of you know that my support package is very important to me, a group of professionals I can turn to, to get support. I dip into counselling, massage, reiki, craft workshops and exercise to help me feel better when things are tough (and not so tough).

But, what about everyday, what do we do when our next massage is 2 weeks away or the craft workshop is a month off. How do we keep going?

I have found essential oils and aromatherapy really helpful. I have diffused, burned oils and candles, added oils to my bath and massaged oils into my temple and sprayed oils onto my pillow. I hadn’t really realised I used them quite so much until I wrote it down! Wow, they are important to me. I love the aroma around me and the change in atmosphere when I have a candle burning or a diffuser spilling out lots of lovely steam. I have been doing some reading and I am beginning to understand what happens when we breath in or absorb these lovely aromas, what happens in our brain and our body and it’s fascinating.

Over the past few years I have been to workshops which included the uses of essential oils – how to use them in the home, how to use them to support ourselves emotionally etc and I have also been to workshops where candle making was part of the activities. So I have married the two together and produced some lovely aromatherapy tealight candles – 3 in total: Unwind – a relaxing blend of lavender and geranium, Uplift – a refreshing blend of lemon and peppermint and finally Balance – a blend of ylang ylang, petitgrain, geranium and bergamot supporting hormonal balance. At the moment 7 friends and colleagues are testing them out for me. I am already thinking about tweaking them before the feedback comes in! I am keen for them to smell great.

I use therapeutic grade, organic oils and eco soy wax, I have found tealights burn best when they are in metal or glass containers, so I have selected some simple, pleasing containers (and for my larger candles also). The soy wax gives a warmer glow and the tealights burn for over 4 hours.

So what next, when I get my feedback in, I will have be making my first batch for sale (I am already gathering ideas for nurturing, loving blends for Valentines Day!). So keep your eyes peeled for them appearing on my Facebook page and elsewhere.

On a final note a great wellness event (my third) is coming up in March, the Choice Indulgence evening – an all ticket event limited to 40 people. So grab your ticket using the link below, a great way to support yourself.


First ‘Proper’ Day Back

I don’t know about you, but I came down to earth with a mighty bump this morning, I was lucky enough to be able to gradually start my first day back at work, culminating in me landing at my desk for 10:20am to a chilly office, where the wifi was on go slow, no doubt a hangover from the holidays when the technology had a go at hibernating also! I opened my chromebook to lots of emails needing attention and emails to send out.

I had to get started as all my brimming over intentions from December needed attention. In my line of work December can be a quiet month when I can do lots of planning and dreaming (and Christmas shopping of course!).

Some of my ideas need thought, amending, binning or full scale action – yes!

That’s why I love running my supportive groups.

If I could recommend just one thing it would be my Setting Your Intentions Workshop, a space for you to acknowledge your successes, dream big about the year ahead (using some of Leonie Dawson’s great ideas) and leave with action points and excitement about your plans, ideas and projects.

So get yourself booked on and get you and your business moving in 2017.

If you would like more information on this or some of my other business support events.
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