Awaken Your Authentic Self for a Life of Deep Empowerment

A small-group, 6-Module LIVE Online Course and Transformational Journey with Joanna Taylor

Psychotherapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Author and Wellbeing Coach

Transform your relationship with yourself and others through the Five Essential Elements of Connection; awakening your empowering resources of clarity, trust and authenticity, to create your new future.

Your Transformation...

JUST IMAGINE... if you were able to transform your relationships – connecting more fully with others and, more importantly, with yourself; being able to truly trust yourself and feel comfortable being yourself.

Imagine moving from your feelings of overwhelm, anxiety and disconnection; from feeling stuck, inadequate and fearful of what others think – to compassionate connection – being able to communicate your own feelings and needs with groundedness, clarity and authenticity...
You can become the creator of your new story – truly connected with your authentic, vibrant self… you can discover clarity, love and a deep compassion for yourself and for others, and a new, peaceful way of being.

If you want the world to be a more joyful, peaceful place, you need to begin by offering it a more joyful, peaceful self...

Your True, Authentic Self is Waiting...

I know you really want to discover who you truly are; grounded in that authentic, congruent, empowered self whom you sense is just waiting in the wings…

But like so many of us, the problem is that you’ve been feeling anxious and overwhelmed; unsure of the way forward, and stuck in your old story, which has become your discomfort zone.

In our modern world, the powerful cultural message to which we are now being exposed is that in order to find happiness and fulfilment, we need to have more or do more in order to deserve… we live according to what we believe is expected of us, rather than what we truly want.

We are searching for solutions outside ourselves. When we fail to find happiness and fulfilment, this leads us into the trap of self-judgement, self-criticism and self-doubt. We develop feelings of inadequacy, fear and overwhelm through worrying about what others think of us.

You're not alone... The message of our modern society is leading us away from what we have been seeking; we are looking for connection, and instead end up feeling disconnected, isolated and separate from ourselves and from others.

The solution lies inside you…

In order to truly understand and connect with others with compassion, kindness and empathy, we need to first start with ourselves; we need to put our own oxygen mask on first by learning self-love and self-connection, and bring our grounded, centred, authentic selves to the world.

That’s why I created Compassionate Connections, to help you develop and grow through compassionate self-inquiry – to be your tour guide in your rediscovery of your true self; to own and love your uniqueness and let your light shine out in the world.

In this small-group, 6-week transformational course, I will personally guide you through a process of self-inquiry where you will learn how to connect deeply with yourself, using the Five Essential Elements of Connection, to create a solid foundation which you can build on lifelong, with resources, tools and practices to support your ongoing journey.

By the end of this course, you will discover your own true way of being; connecting with yourself and others at a deep level, with acceptance, compassion, empathy and love.

This course will give you profound opportunities for growth and transformation

FROM overwhelmed, fearful and disconnected TO compassionate connection - communicating your own feelings and needs, with groundedness, clarity and authenticity.

FROM living with self-judgment, criticism and doubt TO self-compassion, self-love and trust, allowing yourself to feel whatever you feel.

FROM being the victim of your old beliefs TO becoming the creator of your new story.

FROM feeling stuck, inadequate, and fearful of what others think, TO being empowered, grounded and confidently connected to your authentic self.

FROM seeing hate, anger and despair in the world, TO seeing love, hope and light.

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world." So in other words, we need to put our own oxygen mask on first...

My Personal Story

At the end of the 1990s we were living on a tiny offshore island in the middle of the English Channel, where I worked as a PA in a Finance Company. It was a very stressful environment, and I was very good at stress! I even became very stressed about just how stressed I was, but that was life, and I had no idea that there was a different way of being, because all my colleagues were very stressed too..

This had been my pattern all my life - it was my script and my story.

Then something big happened... we moved back to the UK, to a tiny village on the North Yorkshire Moors, and there was nobody for me to be a PA to any more... I had to find something different.

But all my life up to now, I had been part of someone else's identity without recognising it - I had no idea who I actually was. Who was the Authentic Me? What was my Dharma - my purpose?

If I didn't know who I was, how could I know what I REALLY wanted to do... what work I was here to do...?

This realisation brought me to the start of my own journey into self-awareness...

I was so fortunate to find the most wonderful tutors, not too far from me. I am so grateful to Susi and Craig Wood, for without their wonderful teaching as well as their kindness and support, I wouldn't be where I am now....

Over the next decade or so I trained not only in NLP (to Trainer level) but also in Clinical Hypnotherapy, Neurolinguistic Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision too. My interest in spirituality grew at the same time as my deep passion for developing self-awareness and self-connection, which became the soul and centre of all the courses I taught.

It still is... and this is why I have created Compassionate Connections. Learning how to connect fully with my true self is the single, most important thing I have done in my life up to now, because in the words of Marianne Williamson, "As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

On the wonderful flight that is your life, this course helps you to find your oxygen mask that you need to put on first, that will then help you to create the real change you care about making in the world.

What People are Saying About Joanna's Courses...


“Joanna’s workshops are informative, insightful and very inspiring. She creates a wonderful learning atmosphere and her style of delivery is creative, captivating and very alluring! 

I have found great value in attending all her workshops and they’ve enabled me to bring more awareness within myself and encouraged me to create my own personal toolkit of self therapy tools to elevate myself and my clients.”

Nerissa Dsouza

Yoga Advocate & Counsellor


“I am so happy to have found Joanna- her NVC courses have been absolutely invaluable in helping me to resolve disputes among work colleagues, and in finding solutions for anxious and disgruntled patients, while remaining calm and positive.

Joanna is a very supportive and instructive coach, with a huge amount of experience and study to back up her teaching, and a good deal of warmth and caring for her students.”

Ania Walisiewicz

Dental Surgeon


“Joanna is without doubt an EXCEPTIONAL trainer and therapist. She is a true 'word smith' bringing everything to life with rich and captivating stories. So much so that I was able not only to learn a new craft but make truly significant leaps in personal growth that healed many old wounds and awakened a much deeper, spiritual journey within myself. I will be forever grateful to her and highly recommend any course or therapy with her name on it!”

Heather Pentland

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Here's What You'll Learn...

Module 1
CORE CONCEPTS: Awakening and Evoking Your Resources

In this first module, you’ll be discovering some core principles that allow you to be more in touch with your inner world, so that you can realign with your authentic self, learn new ways of looking at the world, and bring your hidden resources to the surface. In this module, you’ll discover:

  • The Five Essential Elements of Connection; what they are, and why they are important.
  • Practical tools for understanding how you create your own reality, and how you can empower yourself in developing your own authenticity.
  • How your values and beliefs impact your life, even when you are not conscious of them.

Module 2
CONNECTING WITH CENTRE: Exploring Your Inner World and Connecting with Your True Presence

In this second module, you’ll be diving deep into yourself to discover and connect with your centre; your true, authentic presence. This is the core of your identity, from where you can begin to build your empowerment and find your voice. In this module, you’ll discover:

  • How to balance between your head and your heart, holding not too tightly and not too loosely to either.
  • How to connect with your soul and centre, where you feel your connection to life.
  • Introducing daily practices that can help you to remain in a state of balanced empowerment.

Module 3
CONSCIOUS ALCHEMY: Gaining Clarity through Growing Your Self Awareness

Week Three is all about self-inquiry. What is inside us is what we project out into the world, so in order to connect effectively with others, we need first to discover what is going on in ourselves. In this module, you’ll discover:

  • The beauty of self-inquiry as a vital lifelong journey of exploration and learning.
  • The joy of learning opportunities; how uncovering your blind spots, triggers and defence mechanisms can help to move you from confusion to clarity.
  • Practical tools and awareness practices for improving your wellbeing.

Module 4
COMPASSIONATE CONNECTION: Cultivating Self-Love for a More Meaningful Life

In Week Four you will explore the importance of connection and compassion... with yourself, and with others. In this module, you’ll discover:

  • How self-connection and self-compassion can help you to create a more meaningful life.
  • Why you need to learn how to recognise and connect with your authentic feelings and needs in order to avoid sadness and burnout.
  • How the emotions of gratitude and compassion can help to bring more joy and connection into your life.

Module 5
COMMUNICATING FROM THE HEART: Cultivating Mindful Communication with Self and Others

Module Five brings you some transformational learnings about how we can communicate in order to deepen connection with others. In this module, you’ll discover:

  • The secret of mindful communication, and how being your authentic self can bring greater understanding to your relationships.
  • How to share your authentic feelings and needs with others in a powerful and non-confrontational way. 
  • How mindful listening can help you to hear and recognise other people’s feelings and needs with compassion, even when you are in conflict.

Module 6
COMPLETION AND INTEGRATION: Creating Your Future Story for a Life of Deep Meaning

In our final week, you will be bringing everything together; recognising and integrating your learnings to create transformation, and making commitments to yourself for creating ongoing change. In this module, you’ll discover:

  • The daily practices that make a profound difference for you.
  • The difference between being, doing and having.
  • Connecting with the world: Imagining what can happen in your life when you create the changes you want to make.
A Transformational Course and a Community...

Embarking on this course is a wonderful journey... enormous benefit and fulfillment comes in sharing challenges and transformations with other like-minded people...

To get the most from this programme, you can access support and a shared connection with others on the same path... there will be a maximum of just 15 of you at any one time.

When you register for the The Compassionate Connections 6-week online programme, you'll be linked in to the inspiration and vibrance of ongoing interaction with the other participants on the course - and receive support and inspiration by sharing your questions, insights and response to elements of the programme along the way.

Here's What You Will Receive in This Programme...

  • 6-Week Reflective Course - Six modules with lessons, meditations and resources designed to help your own self-reflection and cultivate a progressively deeper self-awareness as you journey through the course.
  • Live Teaching Sessions - 90 minute weekly live sessions with Joanna that are also recorded for ongoing access and to make sure you don’t miss anything.
  • Access to Your Own Compassionate Connections Website - Easy interaction and access to your course materials and other resources.
  • Connection with the other participants on the Programme (there will be a maximum of just 15 people on the programme at any one time.
  • Guided Meditations and Practices - Access to all of Joanna's guided meditations, stories and relaxation recordings.
  • Comprehensive Course Manual - The Compassionate Connections workbook, containing exercises and resources to help you in your journey of self-discovery.
  • 18 Hours of CPD - Certificate provided on completion of the programme.

Early Bird Bonus

Free 1:1 Zoom Session with Joanna

This gifted session is for participants who register for the course before the closing date specified.

With years of experience in coaching and psychotherapy, Joanna can help you towards whatever your life priorities are, as well as how you can personally apply your new learnings, and get the most out of the 6-week programme. This session will be scheduled during the course, and provides a full hour of time focused on your own personal journey, in addition to the group sessions in the programme.

What happens when we come to the end of our Six-Week Programme?

An opportunity will be provided to take part in a group follow-up session a few weeks after the programme finishes, to catch up with fellow participants and to share and deepen new learnings.

The date of this session will be announced after the programme is completed.

Course Registrations are now Closed... keep an eye on our Newsletter for the next dates

Don't worry if you can't make the live weekly teaching events - video and audio recordings of all sessions will be available for download and streaming.

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About Joanna

Since 2009, Joanna has been providing personal and professional development courses, workshops and retreats for Therapists, Counsellors and Coaches of all modalities.

Joanna lives in the UK in rural North Yorkshire with her dentist husband, John, and four canine members of staff who all feature frequently in her blog, The Teachings of Dog. She is an international speaker and has had articles published in a number of dental and veterinary publications on the subject of stress and burnout.

Joanna Taylor is a UKCP Accredited Neuro-Linguistic Psychotherapist, Wellbeing Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Clinical Supervisor and an INLPTA Certified Trainer of NLP. She also has an interest in Ayurveda and Energy Psychology.

She is a an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a Fellow member of the Association for Coaching.

What is an Online Course?

An online course has learning materials (written, pre-recorded video or both) that you can go through in your own time. A Live Online Course is live in real time or has a component of live in real time information or training, usually combined with other materials you can go through in your own time. A live course may also offer recordings of the live components for participants to review in their own time, such as in this 6-week course.

How many people are on the Course?

Our courses are small, so that you will benefit from more individual attention and so that the content can be tailored to meet individual needs.  There will be a maximum of just 15 participants in total for the course.

Do I need any special equipment?

It is ideal to have a desktop, laptop or tablet for navigating the course site and reading through materials, but it can be completed successfully via mobile phone as well. Obviously internet access is required to access the course.

The weekly sessions will be held on Zoom, so a reasonable quality webcam and microphone is desirable.

What are the dates and times of the Course?

The programme coaching sessions begin on Wednesday 1 May 2024 and continue for the following five Wednesdays:

US: 9.00am EST

UK: 2.00pm BST

India: 6.30pm IST

Other course material can be accessed in your own time.

What if I need more support?

Time will be given in the live group sessions to ask questions and have them addressed immediately. Also, they can be emailed to [email protected] .

Private sessions can also be booked through links provided or through the support email. Unless otherwise specified (for example, a course Bonus session) any requested sessions are in addition to the support provided though the course, and will therefore carry an extra cost.

Please note that the content of the course, by its nature, may sometimes trigger some emotions. The group must remain a safe, supportive, non-judgemental space, and confidentiality should be maintained at all times. You remain responsible for your own mental wellbeing, and the space must not be used as a substitute for Therapy.

How do I register for the Programme?

Click on where you can register for the 6-week programme, or if registration is closed, you are welcome to go on a waiting list for the next programme.

What about Confidentiality?

By registering for this course, all participants are agreeing to our Training Participant Agreement, ensuring that all information shared will stay within the group, and not be referred to publicly or outside the group.

Any 1:1 sessions are also strictly confidential and are not recorded.

No part of the course may be recorded or otherwise distributed without the express written agreement of Joanna Taylor and the other course participants.

Does the Course require prior knowledge or training?

No prior knowledge or training is required. A link to a recording of the free webinar will be provided withing the introduction of the course to review some of the core principles. The remaining materials in the course site are progressive through each module and will provide all you need to progress through the programme.

What if I miss a session or have questions?

Recordings and links will be provided for any missed live sessions and all other materials are progressively accessible once you are registered and can log in to the course site. Any questions can be emailed to [email protected] and I will do my best to respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends.

Do I have to finish the programme in a set time?

The course is designed as a journey, for you to move through together with other participants and with the group sessions. However, with the nature of the programme being one of self-inquiry, you are welcome to take it at your own pace.

You will have ongoing access to the course materials and resources in your course site for six months after the start of your course.

There is also the follow up bonus session 4-6 weeks after the programme, and private sessions are always available to book if required (these will carry an extra cost, unless they form part of the course bonuses).

What are your terms and conditions?

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