My name is Brian and I attended Life Coaching sessions with Dessie. I suffered a spinal cord injury in 2014. Some 12 months later I was put in touch with Dessie as I felt I needed some direction in my life after such a life changing accident.
As Dessie endured a similar type of injury he knew and understood exactly my problems and worries in life. As anyone that has had a spinal cord injury knows, there are some very personal issues you are left with to face for the rest of your days. I found it difficult to discuss these problems with family or friends, but Dessie told me to be as open in discussion with him as I wanted to be. It felt great to be able express myself openly with him with the most private of issues.
For me, returning to work was a big thing. To return to the type of work I was in pre-accident was not suitable for me. This worried me a lot as I spent 20 years at this type of work and had no idea what would suit me now. Dessie asked questions and gave me some ideas which left me with options to take. I took a few computer and educational courses and these really made me feel I was achieving something. I am now in full time employment in what I can describe as probably the best and most enjoyable employment I have worked in.
At my meetings with Dessie what really stuck in my mind was how he told me to write down five or six things I had done each day that made me feel good about myself. When I felt a bit down and out I would think of the good things I achieved that day and this helped clear my mind.
Dessie can’t wave a magic wand and make everything what it was, but he most certainly helped me mentally and emotionally to overcome barriers in my life. A great guy with a huge positive attitude to life.