What professionals say about the Sunflower Effect

What professionals say about the Sunflower Effect

Here are some comments by professionals about the Sunflower Effect:

A therapist’s view – my client now has hope that he can overcome his crippling social anxiety

I am a therapist and have been working with a client for some time to help him to overcome his crippling social anxiety, and a lack of self-confidence.

With some trepidation, he agreed to go along to Claire’s Sunflower one-day course, and once he actually got himself through the door, it wasn’t long before he was put at ease by the safe and supportive environment Claire creates.

He embraced the flow of the day, and by the end, said he wanted to continue with this work going forward. This was a very positive experience for him, moving him further on his journey to self-confidence. I plan to recommend this course to other clients who are struggling with these issues, as I know Claire is a real professional at helping others gain social confidence and have more fun in their lives.

Thank you Claire, for helping my client take another step in the right direction.

Joy Mandel

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This was a very positive experience for my client, moving him further on his journey to self-confidence. I plan to recommend this course to other clients who are struggling with these issues, as I know Claire is a real professional at helping others gain social confidence and have more fun in their lives.


I asked Claire if she would run an Impro Group as I had so enjoyed her weekend workshops. At the time I was feeling a lack of imagination, and I wanted to take more risks.

It was a fabulous group, and that was in large measure due to how well Claire creates safety. Several of the group were nervous (including me), and I watched all of us grow and increasingly take more risks. But the climate of acceptance was such that we no longer (felt) afraid of our bodies and what could come out of our mouths. It deepened out trust of ourselves and therefore each other, and by the end, there was a lovely feeling of togetherness in the group.

I have noticed a huge difference in my teaching work. This came as a result of feeling more confident that I could trust myself to take risks, and the results have been quite remarkable. I would recommend this kind of group and Claire to anyone.”

Robin Shohet, Author of Supervision as Transformation: a  passion for learning

I feel these are excellent tools for teaching listening, sharing, co-operation, flexibility, self-expression etc. through creativity.

The day reminded me of how creative a group of people can be even when they don’t previously know one another well. It was totally joyful!  We were let off the leash and delighted ourselves with what we were able to produce.

Claire enabled us to do this working openly, sort of “on the edge” allowing our spirit to emerge. The style of the day was to go right to the essence of magic and creativity.

The day served to renew my hope and sense of confidence that everyone has a creative source inside them.

Tony Page, Organizational Development Consultant, Page Consulting, London

I realise that what was missing in many courses was the kinesthetic element… Lots of visual, lots of auditory and not much activity…

Claire showed us how kinaesthetic activities and drama can facilitate amazing openings out in people and bring forth delicious hidden talents…

Peta Heskell, Director, The Flirting Academy, UK

Reviews of From Wallflower to Sunflower

Claire Schrader’s new confidence-building system, the Sunflower Effect, fills in the gaps where assertiveness training and other techniques leave off.

If you are a wallflower and you’ve tried practically everything else, read this book and discover that all the things that people have been saying about you are plainly not true.”

Raymond Aaron NY Times Best Selling Author www.aaron.com

Claire Schrader’s new book gives hope to anyone who finds themselves trapped as a wallflower. I have seen for myself how easily and quickly Claire can help people step out of their mental ‘prison’, which they may have been stuck in for years and instead in a playful manner reconnect with their natural inner confidence, joy and freedom

I find that Claire’s methods and compassionate approach compliments hypnotherapy as clients can actually practise, explore and build on what they achieve through hypnotherapy, while being held in a safe space. You don’t need to be a wallflower anymore; you can become the sunflower that you really are. This book will show you how.

Kirsten Dahlerup, Clinical Hypnotherapist and NLP Master practitioner kirstendahlerup.com

“The author uses her own life experience as a shy person to evolve a system for shy and quiet people to grow in self-confidence.  The fact that she uses drama is in itself remarkable, as drama is something that shy people often run away from!  Having trained as a nurse at Kings College, Claire’s working life developed as a playwright and as a trainer in drama schools.  As her life increased in success, her first play was short-listed for a Charrington Fringe Award and won an Arts Council award, her system for confidence-building took shape.  Now it is an amazingly successful way of working using ‘drama in the safe space’. 

Claire describes how her own ‘self-belief’ emerged as her experience of healing drama increased.  This, she is able to communicate to others in very powerful workshops that change people’s lives.  Claire runs intensive workshops in London, where participants can test her methods, as well as reading her book.  A very powerful combination!
I strongly recommend Claire Schrader’s way of working, the application of drama as healing in the best possible way.  It is an excellent book!
Prof. Sue Emmy Jennings PhD, anthropologist, Dramatherapy, Playtherapy and Neuro Dramatic Play pioneer (UK and Europe), performer, and author of 30 books on dramatherapy

John Grant, author and strategist (marketing and innovation)

John Grant spoke at the book launch of From Wallflower to Sunflower about the innovative work he did with Claire in the nineties to enable marketers to understand the mindset of their customers better. He speaks of the power of drama to gain deep understanding of ourselves and others as a result of his participation in the process that Claire took the group through.

John has published six previous business books on brands, sustainability, innovation and globalisation. John was the co-founder of the legendary 1990s London creative agency St Luke’s. He interviewed Claire for Thrive Global about the publication of her book.

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