"As a tween I've been bullied a lot and it got worse and worse because I had no self confidence. Then I started meditating and I found I was happier and more confident. My friends noticed even my crush noticed and because I was happier so were they. Now whenever I feel down I just meditate and then I'm fine."
Tween Meditation client on private meditation 6 week course
Tween Meditation client on private meditation 6 week course
"This is a volunteered reference for Yvonne of safe space coaching - I don't do references very often but what Yvonne has given me is worth telling everyone.
Three months ago I went to the doctor with major pain - this ended up being the result of stress - I was so stressed out I was making myself sick... I knew at that point I needed to make a change and went to talk to Yvonne.
What I like about Yvonne is she is not preachy or new age ... She is warm and very non judgmental (truly a safe space).
By helping me learn to mediate she has given me the skills to allow myself to stop... This in turn has meant that I am much Calmer - I am able to take so much more in my stride now and feel HERE.... Really important for someone running a business with two small children to think about.
I have now finished the beginners course and I eagerly await the next one."
Delia Gill, Managing Director
I lead quite a stressful life and wanted to see if meditation would help me in any way. I first went to Yvonne to learn about meditation and to see what it could bring to my life. I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into but when we sat down to first talk about it I found that Yvonne does not base her meditation on 1 religion or 1 correct way of doing it, she informs and teaches you all different methods and whatever works for you is what she sticks with which I think is great!
Her teaching skills are amazing, she is very thoughtful and patient and is very comfortable to be around. The meditationsthemselves that Yvonne has taught me are just fantastic and have completely changed my life around from being very stressful to being able to control that stress whereas before I didn’t have the tools. I would, and have, highly recommended Yvonne to a lot of people with no doubt in my mind that she will give her all to look after and teach them as she has with me. She is a gifted wonderful person and I am so happy that I have her as a mentor.
C.S, Account Manager, Wellington
"Safespace coaching's guided meditations have been a huge help to my sense of calm and well being during stressful times. I have been able to use Yvonne's breath meditation to recenter myself and regain a sense of calm equilibrium. I keep the mp3s on my phone so I have access to them any time, all I need is a quiet spot to sit and listen."
M Scott Spencer
visual effects artist, author, educator, www.facebook.com/scottspencersculptor
I have always thought that meditation might be a good way for me to manage my stress, but I didn’t think that I could do it. I just didn’t think that my brain was made to be calm.
Yvonne dispelled the meditation myths and made me view it in a much simpler way. She showed me that everyone can (and should) meditate. Through this process, she helped me realise that “thoughts” don’t need to become “worries”, how to think about the moment rather than the future and past. This has really, really helped me be better at managing stress.
I didn’t just learn how to meditate, I also learned how to look at things in a different way.
So when I finished my sessions with Yvonne, I really felt that I have some tools that I will use now and in the future so that I can look after my little brain! It’s made a huge difference to my sleep patterns and the stress I hold physically as well.
"I attended one of Yvonne’s group classes – it was a small mixed class spread over a number of weeks – and enjoyed it tremendously. Being taken through meditation by Yvonne is a great experience, and I found her supportive and interested in our experiences. She showed insight and great knowledge of linking different practice styles and related disciplines – like yoga for example. I attended with my wife who had never undertaken meditation before and I was pleased that Yvonne’s approach was somehow suitable for both of us. Yvonne provided recordings of several different mediations so that we could practice at home, and like all good teachers, provided homework so we could embed the teaching. She was supportive and not demanding in any way, but encouraged the class with subtle reminders.
I recommend Yvonne and Safe Space Coaching without reservation, and look forward to working with her again when I am ready to grow further."
Simon B-W, Senior Consultant
"The intro to Meditation with Yvonne was wonderful. I didn't know much about meditation except that I wanted to do it. It was very helpful to discover different types of meditation and how to meditate. I now meditate regularly and am very happy that meditation is part of my life. Thanks Yvonne! "
M. Renaud, NZ
"I was intrigued to try meditation, having had trouble sleeping for some time. I realised I needed to chill out a bit, and Yvonne's weekly meditation class was an opportunity to relax, take time out for myself, and reflect on the pressures of everyday life. Yvonne has a lovely calm aura about her. She provides fantastic, thoughtful advice on different methods to improve your lifestyle and ‘deal’ with the thoughts that are distracting you.
Something I've taken away from the course is the ability to concentrate on myself 'in the moment', to disguise any underlying worries or thoughts in my head. I even passed this advice onto family members – when taking my stressed out father for a bushwalk we concentrated on observing the environment around us to take his mind off worries. By immersing in the moment he even noticed a cliff behind the bush line that he’d never seen in the 20 years he’d been a regular on that track!
Yvonne has taught me that self love and being kind to yourself is the key to happiness – and I would happily recommend to anyone some of her clever techniques to help with this!"
"Yvonne's Meditation Course is, if you pardon the metaphor, a wonderful Transit Lounge to prepare for the flight to Meditation.
In a comfortable and cheerful atmosphere we were led through a smorgasboard of meditations techniques, so that we can choose one or many for our journey into a practice of regular meditation.I thought it was well suited for absolute beginners, or even the curious-but-not-yet-committed. I found it a catalyst to resume a practice I'd discontinued. I'd encourage friends to even ask her to go over the various benefits and effects of Meditation, which I found she explains really well.
I'm happy to recommend my friends to get that ticket to Meditation!"
S. Kalsy, Weta Digital, NZ
"I joined the meditation class on the 2nd session, I was greeted very warmly by Yvonne and was made to feel at home. She introduced me to all other participents and bought me up to speed on what I had missed out. The classes were great fun. I truly recommend giving meditation a try. Yvonne teaches many methods to suit differing needs. I enjoyed the breath meditation the best."
T. Manion, NZ
"From my very first session with Yvonne, I was overcome by the way she enabled me to look at my life in a different light. With a newfound insight into my core values, I have been empowered to make decisions that make me shine.
I have discovered a new definition for happiness: where what I think, feel, say and do are all in harmony.
I have learnt it's ok to simply say no when it feels right and I've discovered how to live a more authentic and fulfilling life by doing more of the things that makes my heart sing.
Thank you Yvonne, for helping me find my wings and the courage to live a life I love."
Founder of www.webz.co.nz & www.onmark.co.nz
"Thanks so much, it was really great talking with you...wish I could keep you in my pocket for advice!"
"I used to be skeptical about coaching - I now realise that my skepticism was borne out of ignorance...
Yvonne is one of the most authentic, friendly, positive and encouraging people that I have been lucky enough to meet. She truly is a breath of fresh air. In my coaching sessions I found myself talking and working through issues that have been holding me back probably all of my life - and I have had heaps of fun doing so. I recommend Yvonne and Safe Space Coaching without hesitation, and I would encourage the skeptical, the curious and the keen to contact her."
Helen Parkes, Director
"I would definitely encourage anyone to see Yvonne at Safe Space Coaching as she provides a confidential service. Yvonne has provided me with clarity of mind. With a set of tasks to do at each session, she helps to you to walk the path you want to be on. She makes you aware of your habits and how to change the smallest habits to enhance your life. She brings out the “life” in Life Coaching.
Thanks so much Yvonne for helping me to slow down and to see the real me come out!!"
N Bird, Wellington
To whom it may concern:
Since engaging Yvonne Anderson as a coach, I have much gained much more clarity around myself and my actions.
The number of ‘ah ha’ moments has been quite remarkable.
Yvonne’s means and methods of enabling me to have self-insight and to then move forward, has been invaluable. Her help has been instrumental in my (at last) finishing off my novel draft, and dispelling my internal belief that I never finish anything.
I thoroughly recommend Yvonne as a guide and prompter of knowledge about that most important person – yourself.
Peter Kerr, Karori, New Zealand
“Yvonne is such a natural coach. She has helped me immensely in my business, with finding my purpose and really embracing my creative potential. She has a knack for knowing just when to be encouraging or firm, when to offer a handy tool, inspiring anecdote or a reality check. Iused to be one of those people who felt she had to do everything herself but after working with Yvonne I have realized how much more fun, and rewarding, life can be with a coach on board. I highly recommend her!”
Sarah. L, Melbourne, Australia
"After a crazy 18months of earthquakes, moving cities, losing much loved family members and then redundancy – life had left me feeling a little 'bedraggled'.
Meeting Yvonne and working with her has been amazing, she has helped me feel more empowered and given me the skills to be able accept the things I can't change, but also to enjoy and be grateful for the little things in life."
Louise Carswell - ex Cantabrian, lives in Wellington
"Working with Yvonne allowed me to dedicate an hour of my time to ME! Yes, it sounds insignificant or perhaps even silly but I found that by working with her to focus on myself, learn and then challenge myself, I have finally started to turn that really loooooooong list of things to do into things that are being done. I came into coaching feeling generally happy with most aspects of my life but just wanting to kick it into a higher gear; feeling like something was missing without being able to pin-point what it was. Things I thought were the big issues (like work conflicts, new positions), upon reflection, have paled in significance against far more exciting ventures like travel - fulfilling my childhood dream of getting a one-way ticket to Europe! I also learned there were things in my "happy" basket that I wanted to work on - like how to argue, discuss and debate with my girlfriend, a feisty, passionate and loving partner. Add into that fitting into a pair of jeans I haven't been able to wear for over 6 months and I am now a very happy little camper!!!"
K.H, Implementations & Training Manager, IT company, Melbourne
"Yvonne has a way of getting to the heart of what's blocking you in a gentle and loving way and I always felt much stronger and more focused after our sessions. She works very intuitively and I felt very comfortable and safe talking with her about everything I was experiencing, learning so much about myself and my own role in the unhappy life I had created. I think the name "Safe Space Coaching" is perfect for the work Yvonne does, I trusted her straight away as we discussed even my most upsetting experiences with clarity, wisdom and humour. I am very grateful to Yvonne and would highly recommend her as a coach to anyone who is ready to make positive changes in their life. I now consider Yvonne to be a friend."
Abbie Berman, Canada
"I came to coaching with Yvonne as there were a few areas of my life that I wanted to change. After our 6 sessions, I feel more open, better with my finances, more independent, I plan more and have enhanced my relationships with my family. Thanks so much."
K.M, Wellington, New Zealand
“Yvonne was a great support for me during my coaching sessions. With her excellent listening skills, productive feedback and powerful questions she assisted me in clarifying my goals in both my personal life and career then guided me to achieve them. Achieving these goals has given me a renewed confidence and vitality in being able to tackle any other goals I come across.”
Ivana Williamson, Owner of Real Life Coaching, Melbourne, Australia
"Late last year prior to being diagnosed with a serious lifelong condition, I was 173 cm tall physically and over 2 metres tall emotionally. Following that diagnosis while still 173 tall physically; my emotional height had shrunk to less than 1 metre. My diagnosis trailed along behind me like a large elephant and pervaded my thoughts hourly, daily – my mind and body were frozen with fear, effectively my life was on hold. Yvonne provided empathic, practical and thought provoking strategies enabling me to realise how my thought processes caused my ‘frozen state’. Yvonne introduced me to tools to not only defrost my mind and body but pivotally to change those negative thought processes. These tools I now apply to all aspects of my journey and see my diagnosis as only part of my life - not all my life. The large elephant is now handbag sized with the name of Fred – where I go Fred goes and he is not such a scary companion now! I am growing back to my former emotional height thanks to Yvonne.
Yvonne has the rare ability to ‘see’ a person and to know instinctively what approach and tools that person can engage to turn the key to a better place in their lives. I thoroughly recommend Yvonne to those who wish to gently move to a more fulfilling warm peaceful place in all aspects of their life. On the life changing journey to that wonderful place one could not wish for a more loving and supportive (and skilled) companion than Yvonne."
Sandra Forsyth (and Fred) Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
“I came to Yvonne to try and find my life’s passion and along the way managed to learn more about myself than I thought possible. Yvonne’s style is very laid back and I’ve found her to be a great sounding board for many an idea. Her methods and ideas are based on a variety of her own and others practical experiences. This coupled with her sunny personality and great sense of humour has made our sessions extremely rewarding and buckets of fun. She has opened this often very pragmatic personality to a range of new thoughts and ideas, which I have enjoyed immensely……can’t thank her enough or recommend her too highly!
…oh and did I find my life’s passion? You bet I did!”
PB, FAST, a Microsoft Subsidiary, Melbourne
“Yvonne has a natural gift for coaching; she is very encouraging and easy to talk to. She has a gentle 'knack' for making you see life from a different perspective and allows you to choose your path without her own personal judgment or interpretation. She really helps you find the 'inner you' and extracts from you things that you already know about yourself or want in your life but they are buried deep in down somewhere inside waiting to come out.”
Trinity Kelly, Melbourne, Australia
“Having Yvonne as a coach has been a turning point in my life. She helped me getting in contact with my values, learning to manage my energy, finding awareness; almost every session was a highlight experience!”
Elsa Wohler, Property Manager, New York, USA