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Breakthrough Plus for confidence and self esteem

Next Course: Oct/Nov 2024

A two-weekend intensive to build confidence and self-esteem

Fast, effective and proven to overcome difficult life experiences

Particularly those that have undermined your confidence and self-esteem. .

Overcome your fears and improve your career prospects

And make personal breakthroughs through a magical creative process, the Sunflower Effect.

Recommended to be effective for introverts and quiet people

Or because, at some point, you withdrew into your shell.

Fast, effective and proven to overcome difficult life experiences

Particularly those that have undermined your confidence and self-esteem.

Overcome your fears, improve your career prospects

And make personal breakthroughs through a magical creative process, the Sunflower Effect.

Recommended to be effective for introverts and quiet people

Or those whose confidence has been knocked by adverse experiences in childhood.

Breakthrough Plus is for you if…

  • You know you’ve got baggage from the past that’s affecting you today. You may have been criticised, shamed, bullied or rejected in the past.
  • You feel emotionally blocked, depressed, or overwhelmed at times by strong emotion that has no rhyme or reason.
  • You have a tendency to bottle up your feelings or don’t express your feelings for fear of hurting other people, and this may be creating health problems, tiredness and feeling blocked/stuck.
  • You know you ought to be more successful than you are and that some part of you is keeping you away from the success that is rightfully yours.
  • You’ve participated in one of my other courses, and know this course will take you deeper into freeing yourself from old baggage and blockages.
  • You are only able to attend a course at the weekend.

Do you relate to this?

You’d love to do so much more with your life. There’s so much potential in you that’s still unfulfilled.

But you feel/know that something is holding you back.

A wall you can’t seem to break through

You may experience this as feeling shut down – as if a wall literally came down and shut you off from your life energy.

Or you just know that some part of you is in hiding and keeping you away from the life that is rightfully yours.

Often this is because of a difficult life experience or trauma that you’ve never got over.

Is there something holding you back? A wall you can’t seem to break through?

Do you relate to this?

You’d love to do so much more with your life. There’s so much potential in you that’s still unfulfilled.

But you feel/know that something is holding you back.

A wall you can’t seem to break through

You may experience this as feeling shut down – as if a wall literally came down and shut you off from your life energy.

Or you just know that some part of you is in hiding and keeping you away from the life that is rightfully yours.

Often this is because of a difficult life experience or trauma that you’ve never got over.

Is there something holding you back? A wall you can’t seem to break through?

Confidence and Self-Esteem

There’s a powerful link between confidence and self-esteem.

This is why it is often so difficult to maintain confidence when you’ve had experiences in the past that have affected your confidence and self-esteem.

Perhaps you have been criticised, shamed, rejected, bullied or experienced loss.

Many people never recover from these experiences.

What the experts say

Research has proved that Adverse Childhood Experiences damage confidence and self-esteem and can lead to significant mental health issues in adult life. These can be depression, anxiety, isolation and a wide range of communication and emotional difficulties.

Adverse Experiences in Adulthood can also rob you of any confidence and self-esteem you once had. You may have had a devastating experience at work or in your personal life that you’ve never properly got over.

Although you may have recovered from these experiences, you know they are still psychologically affecting you today.

Either way, you are living in fear that these experiences will be repeated.

If your lack of confidence is connected to bad experiences in the past that have caused you to shut down….

… then Breakthrough Plus has been proven to be the fastest and most effective way of shifting these issues.

If your lack of confidence is connected to bad experiences in the past that have caused you to shut down….

… then Breakthrough Plus has been proven to be the fastest and most effective way of shifting these issues.

Breakthrough Plus

Breakthrough Plus is a two-weekend course that will enable you to transform these difficult life experiences through a unique creative process – the Sunflower Effect.

Similar to our other courses, the Sunflower Effect works in a magical way, through an adapted form of drama designed for people who have no aptitude or interest in drama. 

It gets right to the unconscious root of the issue but is also enormous fun, which is why it works so well.

It will invite you to gradually stretch out of your comfort zone in a safe and non-confrontational atmosphere with a very supportive group of people that you can really trust.

There will be challenges of course, and opportunities to take risks. But these will be of your choosing.

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Stretching out of your comfort zone

The reason other approaches haven’t worked

If you’ve been to numerous therapists, counsellors and courses to help you overcome these issues and learned countless success techniques that haven’t lived up to their promises – you may be understandably reluctant to invest in another.

But the reason these approaches haven’t worked is that they’re too head-based, and they’re not able to get to the root of what’s keeping you locked away.

Most people have a tendency to live in their heads and be very critical of themselves. But living in your head blocks you from your instincts, intuition and the vast resources that live within you.

How Breakthrough Plus is different?

Unlike many other confidence-building courses that teach you a series of techniques that you will quickly forget when under pressure, Breakthrough Plus works in a unique way and enables you to work from the inside.

You will learn tools and techniques for expressing yourself creatively – even if you don’t consider yourself particularly creative. This will get you out of your head and into your logical left brain and connect you with your expansive, creative right brain.

Transforming inner blockages

We will be exploring themes from ancient mythology which will enable you to express parts of yourself that you don’t have much opportunity to access in your everyday life.

Working with myth is a powerful way to transform inner blockages and get to the heart of the patterns that have kept you stuck in old roles and modes of behaviour. Through this process, you will get to try out many new and different behaviours and expand the range of roles you play in life.

You will be invited to transform yourself into a whole cast of characters. For a while, this may feel like you’re just having fun.….. but something very powerful is happening too.

You are releasing the suppressed emotion that lies buried within you. As a result you will be liberating parts of yourself that have been locked away – because you needed to toe the line, to be nice, or to win approval.

See this article on the impact of negative life experiences on your confidence and well-being.

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A participant liberating the parts that have been locked away
A participant liberating the parts that have been locked away

The Breakthrough Process

The course will include an opportunity to work with the Breakthrough Process. This is one of the most powerful ways to transform the unconscious patterns that are holding you back and that have kept you stuck in old roles and modes of behaviour.

And these patterns will release. Sometimes instantly. Sometimes it may take a little bit of time to integrate this new way of being in the world

This process alone has been life-changing for so many people—in fact, one participant said he made more progress in one hour than in 30 years of therapy.

And this is why Breakthrough Plus is so effective. The course has worked for numerous people, many of whom have been struggling to make changes for years and report the course quicker and more effective than other approaches they have tried, and in some cases, it has saved them thousands of pounds.

The course is limited to 8 people to enable each participant to experience this life-changing work in the second weekend

A Participant’s Experience

“How old do I need to be before I can be who I want to be?”

These are the words of a participant just before she did her Breakthrough Process –

As you can see from this image she created for her Breakthrough, she was ready to break out and to start living her life the way she wanted to.

“I want to break free!”

And this is what she wrote to me the day after the course:

Thank you for an amazing weekend. I’m so pleased I signed up. Not sure how I feel today (except that my body feels like I’ve been through a workout!!), and I’m just being with whatever has changed (something has – not sure what).

I’m certain these experiences have had a profound and valuable effect and as the changes become evident, I will make a note, so I remember how amazingly fast changes can be made.”

D.D. movement teacher

In fact, what happened was a rekindling of her creative side. Already creative – she has stopped living in a humdrum way and started being the person she wants to be.

She has made creativity a focus in her life and she became an unstoppable force. As a result, some surprising professional creative opportunities have begun to find their way to her.

This is what commonly happens to participants after the course.

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A Participant’s Experience

“How old do I need to be before I can be who I want to be?”

These are the words of a participant just before she did her Breakthrough Process –

As you can see from this image she created for her Breakthrough, she was ready to break out and to start living her life the way she wanted to.

“I want to break free!” The participant’s expression of her desire to start living the life she wanted to live.

And this is what she wrote to me the day after the course:

Thank you for an amazing weekend. I’m so pleased I signed up. Not sure how I feel today (except that my body feels like I’ve been through a workout!!), and I’m just being with whatever has changed (something has – not sure what).

I’m certain these experiences have had a profound and valuable effect and as the changes become evident, I will make a note, so I remember how amazingly fast changes can be made.”

D.D. movement teacher

In fact, what happened was a rekindling of her creative side. Already creative – she has stopped living in a humdrum way and started being the person she wants to be.

She has made creativity a focus in her life and she became an unstoppable force. As a result, some surprising professional creative opportunities have begun to find their way to her.

This is what commonly happens to participants after the course.

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What participants have said about the Breakthrough Plus

Most of these reviews are verified on Findcourses.co.uk. Click the full review for a more detailed account of the participant’s experience of the course.

Life-transforming

I signed up for Claire’s course as I’d become acutely aware that events in my past were really affecting my present, weighing me down and impeding my progress on all the great things I wanted to do.

The results from her course are life-transforming. Sounds gushy but it’s true.

Karen writer, London

Karen speaking about her experience of Breakthrough Plus at the book launch of From Wallflower to Sunflower where her story is featured

Life-transforming

I signed up for Claire’s course as I’d become acutely aware that events in my past were really affecting my present, weighing me down and impeding my progress on all the great things I wanted to do.

I’m a very positive person and happy with my choices in life but this negative and painful past was ever-present. Like dragging around a massive ball and chain. I wanted it gone but didn’t know how to get rid of it.

I hadn’t really given any thought to working with drama but if occurred to me it might help. And it did or Claire certainly did.

No hocus pocus, no tantric moves, no patronising. Just time out in a simple, relaxed, honest and truthful way to look at and address the issues that are making life difficult.  

The groups are small and Claire is hugely insightful, wise, kind and brilliantly supportive. She is very very good at what she does, one of the best tutors I’ve ever worked with and I’ve worked with a lot.

The results from her course are life-transforming.

Karen, writer, London

Seeing that it is OK to be just me as I am, faults and all

I had been struggling with social anxiety and specifically blushing to the extent that it was affecting my ability to socialise and fulfil my real potential in many aspects of my life.

My strongest memory and most important moments in the process showed me my issues in a different light. I seem less bothered by blushing (which is a key step for me).

Since the course, I’ve noticed that I seem more relaxed generally.   And conversations with colleagues and students and the random general public are easier.

Understanding myself more deeply, why I am who I am. Seeing the advantages/disadvantages of this and that it is ok to be just me, as I am, faults and all, has been the most significant shift since the course ended.

Dave Smith, fitness instructor

Seeing that it is ok to be just me as I am faultsts and all

I had been struggling with social anxiety and specifically blushing and the fear of blushing in public/social situations to the extent that it was affecting my ability to socialise and fulfil my real potential in many aspects of my life.

I was concerned that I may not be the ‘typical’ participant the course would not work for my issue and this would mean the great lengths I had gone to in travelling, staying over at relatives and then the two trains rides to get and the financial costs of doing this would be a waste and the experience would not be repeatable in the future because of the cost outlay.

The concern of not being typical was found to be irrelevant as there was no problem at all with my involvement and I would say I played a positive role in the group for others benefit and that ultimately there is no ‘typical’ participant and so anyone from any background could participate without the same concern of fitting in.

The experience was hard to describe but a strange sense of fun with the drama enactments. The interaction with other participants and seeing their own situations unfold was satisfying to see.

My strongest memory and most important moments in the process were with my own transformation breakthrough process both in the first and second weekend. These showed me my issues in a different light and the viewpoint of other people not seeing the problem as big as I did revealing.

Understanding the potential root of my problem has also changed my perspective of the causes and that they are more of things I nor anyone else could be blamed for. And so there is nothing fundamentally ‘wrong with me‘ only that I am holding onto thoughts and feelings I shouldn’t be.

I am most pleased that I was able to talk freely about my problems without feeling particularly uptight in doing so because of such a supportive and understanding environment. And that this being able to talk openly about my problems is a big part of the resolution I’m seeking.

At times I noticed some self-consciousness and thoughts of ‘what the hell are you doing here’ and ‘you don’t need to be doing this weird stuff’. And ‘what would people you know think of you if they saw you doing this now’ going through my head as I was doing the drama enactments.

It was challenging and it took some focus to push through these thoughts. And concentrate on what I was doing and why I had made the journey to do this to carry on.

I’ve noticed that I seem more relaxed generally.   And conversations with colleagues and students and the random general public are easier.

I’ve still had situations of blushing but seem less bothered by them happening (which is a key step for me)

Understanding myself more deeply, why I am who I am. Seeing the advantages/disadvantages of this and that it is ok to be just me, as I am, faults and all, has been the most significant shift since the course ended.


Dave Smith, fitness instructor

Opening ourselves up in ways we’ve never done in our lives. 

I was made to feel at ease almost immediately and after a few hours I was as comfortable with everyone there as I am with most friends.

A fantastic start to what really is an unending journey in opening ourselves up to more and embracing self-expression.

R. Bryson, financial analyst

Opening ourselves up in ways we’ve never done in our lives

Attending a course like this can seem daunting, but I, along with everyone else, was made to feel at ease almost immediately and after a few hours I was as comfortable with everyone there as I am with most friends.

We all dug in very deep, with everyone eventually opening themselves in ways you won’t have done at any other time in your life.

Nothing was forced, support was constant and we all left wanting to come back for other courses.

A fantastic start to what really is an unending journey in opening ourselves up to more and embracing self-expression.


R. Bryson, financial analyst

I really did get unstuck and have turned my life around

It’s been just over a year since I finished the course and so much has happened.

I realised that I was unhappy living in London…so finally decided to move back home to Cornwall.

As soon as I made that decision everything else has fallen into place. I am moving to the most beautiful village in Cornwall, a place of many happy childhood memories.

I have decided to start my own chocolate business. And I have met the most wonderful man. He lives in the village, and is the most kind, caring, loving, supportive, creative and exciting person – and perfect for me!

I wanted to tell you because I truly believe that my time with you and the group changed my life in so many ways – I really did get unstuck and have turned my life around. It really does work!

Lindsay Stone, entrepreneur

I really did get unstuck and have turned my life around

It’s been just over a year since I finished the course and so much has happened. My life certainly stirred up when the course finished – I fell out with my best friend, finished the relationship I was in and realised that I was unhappy living in London…so finally decided last Easter to leave London and move back home to Cornwall.

As soon as I made that decision everything else has fallen into place. I am moving to the most beautiful village in Cornwall, a place of many happy childhood memories.

I have decided to start my own chocolate business. I have my first wedding to do in September and my former employer wants to be my first corporate customer for chocolate gifts.

And I have met the most wonderful man. He lives in the village, and is the most kind, caring, loving, supportive, creative and exciting person – and perfect for me! We complement each other well and make a great partnership. It is a totally different relationship to those I have had before, and I really believe we will be together for a long time. And I met him when I came home to tell my family about my chocolate idea.

I wanted to tell you because I truly believe that my time with you and the group changed my life in so many ways – I really did get unstuck and have turned my life around. It really does work!

A huge thank you for everything Claire, you and the rest of the group helped me get there.

Lindsay Stone, entrepreneur

Want to start being who you want to be and live the life you want to live?

You can start right now in this moment. Just by making the decision you want your life to change, and by booking your place, things will start moving.

The course takes place over 2 weekends – 24 hours approx of contact time – and you must be able to attend both weekends.

You may pay in three monthly instalments to spread the cost of the course.

Breakthrough Plus Details and Booking

TWO WEEKEND COURSE
Dates: 1st Weekend: October 26th-27th 2024
2nd Weekend: November 9th-10th 2024
Times: 10.30 am – 5.30 pm Venue: Grove Neighbourhood Centre, Hammersmith
How to find the venue

Cost:
If you are paying for yourself: £500 which can be paid in instalments.
If your employer is paying for you: From £525 (see booking page)

A NOTE FROM CLAIRE: I wasn’t planning to run another Breakthrough Plus till Autumn 2025 because I am running the Course Leader Training. However, there was such a demand for the last Breakthrough Plus, I am prepared to run a course in Oct/Nov if I have enough people interested. Please register your interest in joining the course through the contact form.

Booking your place

The course is limited to just 8 people, so it is possible for each participant to do the deep transformational work in the second weekend, so book as soon as possible. You can book online through our booking system above.

Or, get in touch through the enquiry form below to express interest in the course.

You are welcome to book an informal consultation on the phone if you’re not sure if this is the right course for you. Or send us an email below.

The No Moves Money-Back Guarantee

We don’t want you to waste your money. There is why we offer a 100% money-back guarantee if this is your first Sunflower Effect Course. There is a very high success rate from this course.

However, if you have gained nothing from the course we will refund you money in total (less a small admin fee if you have paid by card). See our full terms and conditions.

Or you may like to consider one of these options

Introductory Evening

Curious about what it would be like to join Breakthrough Plus?

This introductory evening will enable you to have a taste of the course.

Many participants do this as an added insurance before they book their place.

Meet other people who feel in the same boat as you, in a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Express Yourself Workshop

Not able to join the Breakthrough Plus for a while? This can be a wonderful way of getting started.

Many people do this workshop in combination with the Breakthrough Plus, as the more experience you have of the Sunflower Effect, the more progress you are going to make.

This is particularly if you live too far away to attend 12-week courses.

Breakthrough Group

Shy, self-conscious or anxious? If you are able to attend the Breakthrough Group, you would be better starting off with this course.

Many people have come into this course absolutely frozen with fear, and by the end of the course have completely put their fears and inhibitions behind them.

Breakthrough Plus is intensive so if you’re shy or acutely self-conscious, and can’t attend the Breakthrough Group, we’d recommend doing the Express Yourself Workshop first.

See our calendar for planned dates of other courses.

Still not sure?

It is very natural to have concerns, particularly if you’ve just discovered this website. You may have more questions about practicalities, want to know more about what it’s like to participate or want to understand more about how the Sunflower Effect works?

We are here to support you. The hardest part for many people is getting to the point of being able to sign up for the course. Half of the work of the course is overcoming your doubts, fears and natural resistance. If you’ve been battling with these issues for many years, or have paid out a lot of money for solutions that haven’t worked,

See if any of this information which is focused more on the Breakthrough Group but answers many questions relevant to Breakthrough Plus.

Breakthrough Plus Enquiry

To ask us about anything else, if you’re not yet ready to book. We’ll be back in touch as soon as possible. All information you give here is strictly confidential and will not be divulged to a third party for any reason.

  • You can include here, too, any questions you might have or more information that you may need about the course.
  • in case we need to be in touch by phone
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