Success Stories

Read / Listen / Watch ND grads talk about their experiences before, during and (especially) after the workshop!



We get all kinds of thank-you’s and atta-boy’s — via letters, email and IM — here are some of our best.

For many years of my life, I was victim to my explosive reactionary behaviors. I remember many people asking me what I was so angry about. I was always confused by this, because I didn’t recall feeling anger; I was always sure that I felt fear. This conflicted observation often made me more afraid, and I would react again, so that even the people who were trying most to help me were not safe from attack. I never understood why people were so offended and hurt by my behaviors. Others were able to show their emotions, but mine continued to be too much for others to handle. This caused further feelings of isolation and depression. I learned to repress all emotion for fear of the destruction that they would bring. During those months, I must have appeared pathological, with no affect at all. I grew exhausted with keeping it all contained, and I without a way to demonstrate my emotion, I was leading a life of incomplete communication. I was slowly imploding on myself.

Finally, through the encouragement of good friend, I met the staff of New Directions Workshops. Through their safe and effective guidance, I was able to identify the stages in my development when unusual life events deeply altered my normal emotional growth. I learned how the snap decisions made in such critical times were still influencing the way that I handled the circumstances of my daily life. I discovered that I approached every day choices with the intensified vigilance of life or death decisions. I learned how to gage my level of personal safety and how to employ it in my relationships. I learned how to adjust the volume on my emotions to have proportionate responses. I will always have more work to do, but now I understand myself and the work that needs to be done, and I am confident in my own ability to do it.

A.J. Seargeant, Gulf war veteran, 10/16/10
So today in class, I chose to not take personally the fact that the teacher did not accept my answer as correct. I had to think about it for a few minutes, but then I remembered what I had read in the book, "You do not react to words; you react to what they mean to you." And I also recalled where it said, "...Once you realize you are the one who creates the meanings, which results in your feelings, then you have the power to change your feelings." I am glad I have this knowledge now. Thank you!

M.A., 10/18/10
ND was the dif. between me being stuck in PTSD or being able to sleep at night without medication

Larry, Vietnam veteran, 11/17/10
Thank you for sharing and trusting and welcoming me over the ND weekend. You all are very special, very caring and power-filled people. Please do stay in touch!

I really connected with some awesome people this weekend and know they are on the road to a better way of life. I did learn some fabulous things like, I still have difficulty dealing with the beliefs that I have put on men in general. Still dealing with the anger with mom, but I'll get through it.

Love you!

I'm grateful to be feeling all the feelings I have had because of the steps I've taken and the friends I've met along the way to help me. Each of you are a part of that journey~ Thank you

Linda Lou


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One minute testimonials

My old camera could only hold videos up to 1-minute on a floppy, so here are some quickies

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Watch their faces closely, and you can see they have sincerely benefitted from this EQ work

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Troy |
Michele |
Ex-military couple learns intimacy and love at ND|

TV Shows and Video

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EQ-101, Show 1: The Art and Science of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)|
EQ-101.2: The Art & Science of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)-Emotional Healing|
EQ-101.3: The Art & Science of Emotional Intelligence (EQ)-The Power of Anger|
Emotional Intelligence – Emotional Healing demo tape|
New Directions EQ Workshop – pro video clip1|
2GetHelp4Veterans Education App|
Combat veterans heal PTSD and emotional wounds of war|
FoxTV Guests: ND Emotional Intelligence Workshop|
Touch for Health Intro|


Just for fun, here are some silly folks practicing teamwork and togetherness

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ND Group Cheer 1|
ND Group Cheer 2|
ND Group Cheer 3|

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