Breakthrough Plus for confidence and self esteem

An intensive two-weekend course to build confidence and self-esteem

After a 3-year gap Breakthrough Plus will return in December 2022

  • Fast, effective and proven to overcome difficult life experiences that have caused you to shut down or have undermined your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Build a natural self-confidence that feels like the “real you”
  • Designed for quiet, reserved or introverted people.

You know you were meant to do a lot more with your life. There’s so much potential in you that’s still unfulfilled. Perhaps you’ve been on the edges of realising that potential…

But you feel/know that something is holding you back. A wall you can’t seem to breakthrough.

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The wall you can’t seem to breakthrough?

Some people experience it as feeling shut down – as if a wall literally came down and shut them off from their life energy.

At some point in your life you withdrew into your shell as a result of a difficult life situation or trauma – you were criticised, shamed, rejected or experienced loss.

Or it’s a lot more subtle than that. You know you ought to be more successful than you are, you lack self-confidence in an important area and you just know that some part of you is in hiding and keeping you away from the success that is rightfully yours.

Confidence and Self-Esteem

There’s a powerful link between confidence and self-esteem, and this is why it is often so difficult to maintain confidence when you’ve had painful experiences in the past that have affected your confidence and self-esteem.

And you know only too well that unless you do something about it – it could stay like that for a very long time. And you are simply not prepared to live like that anymore.

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

Gradually stretching out of your comfort zone in a safe space
Gradually stretching out of your comfort zone in a safe space

Breakthrough Plus

Build confidence and self-esteem, overcome your fears, improve your career prospects and make personal breakthroughs in this two-weekend course. Recommended and proven to be effective for introverts, quiet people, or for those hampered by difficult life experiences that have caused them to shut down.

Breakthrough Plus is a powerful course which takes place over two weekends and will enable you to break out of your shell and transform those experiences through a unique creative process.

It is designed in such a way so that you will 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.

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

But the reason these approaches haven’t worked, I would suggest, 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.

Breakthrough Plus is for you if:

  • You want to break out of your shell. You may be quiet, reserved, an introvert or have been through a lot of trauma that’s caused you to retreat into your shell – but you know it’s time you came out. You’re looking for a safe environment where you won’t be put under stress or pressure but are allowed to emerge at your own pace, and in your own way.
  • You know you ought to be more successful than you are, you lack self-confidence in an important area and you just know that some part of you is in hiding and keeping you away from the success that is rightfully yours. Or you may want to overcome your fear/avoidance of the spotlight so you can be seen, valued and recognised by the people who are important to you in your career or personal life.
  •  You may feel emotionally blocked, depressed, or at times overwhelmed by strong emotion that has no rhyme or reason. You may have been criticised, shamed, bullied or rejected in the past and you’ve had enough of living under the shadow of these experiences – and to start living life the way you want to.
  • You want to stop feeling lonely and isolated from other people. You want to get over your fear of groups, to stop driving people away from you and start attracting them towards you.
  • 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.

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.

You will be invited to transform yourself into a whole cast of characters that through this discharge emotion that otherwise can build up.

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 to expand the range of roles you play in life.

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, and as a result liberating parts of yourself that have been locked away – because you needed to toe the line, to be nice or to win approval.

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Liberating the parts that have been locked away

The Breakthrough Process

The group will include an opportunity to work with the powerful Breakthrough Process and is one of the most powerful ways I know to transform the unconscious patterns that are holding you back and 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.

This process alone has been life-changing for so many people – in fact, one participant said he made more progress in this one hour process 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 group quicker and more effective than other approaches they have tried. And in some cases, it has saved them thousands of pounds.

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

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. By filling in the form below, things will start moving.

The group take 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.

What people say about Breakthrough Plus

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. Sounds gushy but it’s true.
Jane Roberts, writer

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 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 and just 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, 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

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 



1st Weekend: December 3rd-4th 2022 
2nd Weekend: Jan 28th-29th  2023

Times: 10.30am-5.30pm
Venue: Helios Centre, 116 Judd Street, Kings Cross, London WC1H 9NS
Tube: Kings Cross / Russell Square / Euston
Cost: £425 (for both weekends) may be paid by instalments


Please note: Breakthrough Plus has been on hold since Spring 2019 due to the launch of the first  Sunflower Effect Confidence Course Leader Training.

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There are limited spaces in the course so you are advised to book as soon as possible.

In preparation, you may also want to book onto the one-day Express Yourself Workshop or attend one of our Introductory Evenings.

We ask you to book a telephone consultation with Claire to explore your reason for wanting to join, and to ensure that this is the right course for you. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course.

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Is Breakthrough Plus right for you?

It is very natural to have concerns, particularly if you’ve just discovered this website. See if any of this information helps you to come to a decision.

We also offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you have gained nothing from the group we will refund you money in total because we don’t want you to waste your money. See below for full details or our full terms and conditions.