“Suzanne, I have gained so much from the workshop and the personal coaching that I have been doing with you for the past year. The insight, support and inspiration you provided have helped make what otherwise would have been the scariest time of my life into the most magical time of my life…I felt so safe and comfortable in our group…The whole experience has been incredibly healing and enlightening for me.”-Megan A.
“Suzanne, I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me. You are truly inspirational and an exceptional being of light. I would not be who I am if it were not for you – full of joy and hope and willing to look at the possibility in seemingly unlikely places.”-Jeanie M.
“As my coach, Suzanne Eder helped me ‘jump-start’ a new phase of my professional life. She was insightful, compassionate, encouraging and extremely empathetic. Throughout the coaching process, I felt that I had an ally, an advocate and a strong champion to guide me as I ventured into a relatively new area. This was my first time working with a coach, and it was time and money well spent: definitely worth the investment!”-Irene F.
“Suzanne is an absolutely brilliant, wise, and loving teacher. There are teachers who say, “Be love, have compassion, love yourself,” and so on. However, Suzanne actually shows us the practical steps to living a fulfilling life in ways that are thought-provoking, revitalizing, and fun! Suzanne is truly one who “walks her talk,” in her own beautiful magnificence. I am eternally grateful for her Presence in my life.”-P.L.
“One session with Suzanne was more effective than a year in therapy!”-Sue
“Suzanne is a true visionary. She effortlessly sees the many possibilities within the assumptions we hold as absolute and the beliefs we have about ‘the way things are.’ Just by spending time with her in conversation, you cannot help but expand your world view and open up to all that exists in support of us. She has stretched my thinking in ways I would have never come to on my own – and that in turn has opened doors for me that I didn’t even know were in my way.”-J.T.
“It’s so clear to me that creativity is profoundly liked with physical and emotional health. You helped me notice that, take myself seriously, get continuously clearer, mobilize decisively yet also move forward in stages — all towards creating something well-made and of value. I did it!! Thank you!!” – Rachel W., upon completion of her first documentary film, followed by another testimonial later:
“I really want to thank you for helping me take myself and my creativity seriously. As a result of my work with you, I can see how creativity is a broader thing than I thought, that it undergirds whatever I do and that I can have chapters of various sorts of creative expression in my life. Since making my first film, and to my own surprise, I seem to have manifested a very human and warm group practice. I seem to be attracting more clients without much strain, and they are really different kinds of folks. I feel like I am psychically “reading” folks without working as hard, or giving core energy away. So interesting.
I think the key is that you helped me develop another relationship with creativity. Our work together had me making friends with, and making peace with, the various and changing aspects of creativity in me. These days the river is just flowing at a higher level in general. I don’t feel like my approval of myself is somehow on the line. That’s a big shift right there.
“I went to see Suzanne because I felt as if I were trudging through life, like a draft horse. I was meeting obligations and even working towards some important long-term goals, but I didn’t feel full of life on a day-to-day basis. I was worried that I may never reclaim a sense of fullness and vigor again. I also sensed I needed more balance, more peace.
In my meetings with Suzanne, I came to realize that I was doing a lot to get in my own way. I would tell myself why I couldn’t have what the healthy part of me was craving. Or, if I couldn’t see how to get there in advance, with a well-crafted plan, I wouldn’t even try.
Now I do things very differently. I pay attention to that ‘felt sense’ of what I need, want, and feel drawn to. This is more of an introspective process, less of living according to others’ standards and expectations. This is also a process of discernment. It can take some time, reflection, and consultation to truly come to articulate the felt sense. And when I’m clearer with myself, I go about simply intending to move towards what I discerned. Often I have no idea how I’m going to get there. This is new, too, this comfort and faith that I can realize my intentions without a linear, logical plan in advance–like a meandering stream finding its way to the river. And like a stream joining a river, though much of the work is introspective and at times solitary, ultimately it is about being connected to something larger. Ultimately it is about finding our place in the family of things.
After working with Suzanne for some time, and feeling more like a horse running free than that draft horse, I came across the following quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, which sums it up pretty well:
‘If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.’ ”-SDS, Ph.D