I’ll just say it: Diane Hunter is one of my favorite coaches. As the mother of a child with autism, Diane has walked the path from suffering and frustration to joy and illumination. I watched her transform herself and her relationship with her son, and I’ve watched her transform clients in the same way. Her deeply empathic, keenly intelligent, supremely practical methods are truly miracle workers. I recommend her to anyone who struggles with difficult relationships, especially those who have children with special needs. She’s a gem.
Martha Beck, “O” Magazine columnist, life coach and best seller author of “Finding Your Own North Star” and “Steering By Starlight”
Diane has managed to turn a life filled with unique and dynamic challenges into a cherished foundation for helping others to lead more successful lives. Her clear, warm hearted, wise, and incredibly humble personality puts everyone around her at ease. She is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met and I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with her as an equus coach.
Koelle Simpson, Life Coach, Horse Whisperer and Equus Coach Mentor
I was in a wooden cart careening down a steep hill heading towards a cliff and Diane called out the instructions on how I could apply some brakes. In the first coaching session with Diane, I was experiencing intense anxiety, fear, anger and sadness regarding a very important family relationship and I was even directing a lot of negative energy towards an old friend. In the very first session, she helped me understand how to feel my body compass and to know that I can only control my thoughts and actions. I was able to save and chanel my own energy towards implementing a new and improved style of communication with my family. Diane is one in a million. I feel so fortunate to have her in my life.
You are a lighthouse sharing and spreading the guiding light.
Janene Axt, Washington
Diane’s energy, compassion, and wisdom are priceless – her honesty with her own experience and her intuition about what is at the root of a problem is uncanny! Working with Diane made it possible for me to get to the underlying issue that needed to be addressed in my life. I highly recommend working with Diane, when you are ready to make the changes that you most need to make.
Nona Jordan, Business owner and mother
It is amazing that a simple change in language accompanied by full acknowledgement of having a choice can make such a major difference in one’s attitude about a situation. This is exactly what happened during my very first coaching session with Diane Hunter. As she was guiding me through some thinking exercises and discussing how the feelings flowed or changed, I understood in an instant how I trapped myself with language and how that language affected my thoughts and feelings. The tools presented to foster change are straightforward and easy to remember. Already I feel that I am more satisfied with the progress made on projects that are most important to me. It is with great anticipation that I wait for future sessions with Diane. She is enthusiastic about sharing the set of techniques and tools that she has already put into practice. I love that I can gain from her experience as I learn them myself!
Gay Hunter, Museum Curator, Olympic National Park
I just wanted to mention again how much I love and learn from your personal stories. The conflicts you mention are so illustrative of our daily lives. The way you think through the problems and the techniques you use to do this and to arrive at a solution are wonderful gifts to me. They are vivid examples that I am able to use immediately and to generalize to similar events. Your sharing makes the techniques listed on the page come alive. (testimonial for Listen Beyond Words Telecourse)
La Donna Ford, Mother
I’m a small business owner, wife, and mother of 2 children under 8 years. I’m currently retraining with the goal to open a new and completely different business. Throughout this transitional time, Diane has been a constant, grounded and inspirational hand along the way. She listens with wisdom, care, and support while guiding me to find my absolute best self. Her intuition and energy-savvy way to find the truth behind my thoughts and words is mind-expanding and her approach is always warm and loving, providing a safe sand pit to build my new life structure. Diane is an absolute pleasure to work with and if you’re ready to meet your best self and feel free in your world then hire Diane – she’s phenomenal!
Helen Samson-Mullen, Ph.D., business owner and parent
Intelligent, articulate and perceptive are the first words that come to mind when I think of Diane. She helped me to question my limiting beliefs, focus on the problem at hand and actively work toward resolving it. Her coaching leads to effective results a she brings her exceptional coaching skills and commitment to the process of helping you find your own answers.
Judi Schorr, Calgary, Canada
I dreaded teaching my 5th period class. They were disruptive and inattentive. Diane helped me see the issue was not my students rather it was my own boredom with my teaching techniques. If I was bored how could I expect them to be motivated? By changing my thoughts about the students and myself I discovered I have all the power to transform the classroom dynamic. Diane taught me how to be aware of the non-verbal feedback my student’s provided and I now have the tools to evaluate what works and inspires them and what ideas need shelving or adjustments. I no longer view my students as a group of problems but as gages to my own enthusiasm for the subject. Thank you, Diane for helping me see a new perspective that has empowered me to teach with more energy and joy.
Karen Hillis, High School Math Teacher and parent
Diane did a phenomenal job teaching me to pay attention and understand my body compass. The concept was completely foreign to me before talking to Diane. The really great thing is that she was able to demonstrate and train me on how to listen to my body in two brief sessions. As a mother of 3 with a full time job, I really appreciated how she worked efficiently to help me enhance my daily life. My body has a lot to say! I’m so glad I’m listening to not just the big stuff but the little messages I’m physically sending to myself. It positively impacts how I interact with my children in those harried evenings hours between activities, homework, dinner and such. It has also confirmed that I really do enjoy my job! The bubbly energy is always present at varying degrees while I’m at work and, I’m sure, would be sorely missed if I were to walk away from the high demands of the job. This is all good information to know and understand as I continue my quest to live my life to the fullest. I can’t wait to learn more about myself with the help of Diane!
Krista Jones, Mother of three and Sales Executive
I recently experienced a major life change, everything I knew and was comfortable with changed. Basically, my life had been turned “upside-down.” After talking with Diane I realized that my life was not in fact in shambles but had been turned in a new and exciting direction. She helped me to realize that change is not undesirable but a catalyst for new and thrilling opportunities. Diane is filled with wisdom and experience that she portrays elegantly with grace and eloquence. Her advice and input has helped me to be open to the amazing things that life has to offer when you release control and open yourself to opportunities you never thought existed.
Genevieve Kaplan, Collage Graduate from Santa Clara University, CA
The teaching you did yesterday in the round pen was deep and profound. I am impressed and encouraged for our planet that you are doing the work that you are.
Dr. Harold Jules Hoyle, Santa Clara University Lecturer
Even though I had heard people rave about working with the horses, I was very skeptical before I attended Diane’s workshop because my academic training in computer science taught me to always test theories and seek proof. Happily my experience was completely different from what I expected, and my work with clients and leading groups has improved immensely as a result. My experiences in the round pen, as well as watching others, was deeply transforming as I learned how to accept feedback and become open in a way that is more powerful than I ever imagined. Diane has a remarkable gift for recognizing what people need and when they need it. Her compassion for me when I was struggled was healing and empowering at the same time. And the horses… well, they are probably the best teachers I’ve ever met: patient, responsive, and penultimately clear. Working with Diane and the horses is an opportunity that I wish I had had much earlier in my life and my career!
Laurie Foley, Ph.D., Brand Strategist
Getting into the round pen with the horses was a revelation. Elements of my life that had been problematic – elements that I KNEW I wanted to change, became crystal clear through my interaction with the horse. To have a horse show you exactly where you are “stuck” is like seeing your innermost dialogue put on a stage. Two weeks later, I’m still experiencing insights and shifts related to my brief time in the pen and the coaching. Thank you for offering this powerful work — life changing hardly covers it.
Nona Jordan, The Business Yogini
I loved every minute of it and am so grateful for your generosity and that my schedule worked out so that I could be there! All through my sessions yesterday and today I’ve been thinking about “leading” from the third space that transcends the seduction/overpower polarity – a great lesson.
Mary Rentschler, Educational Kinesiloogy
It was fate and a true leap of faith which led me to attend a private workshop with Diane in San Jose, CA. I arrived with no expectations, no experience in this area and no agenda, just a whole lot of self judgement and a ton of limiting beliefs! Diane’s gentle and encouraging nature facilitated unbelievable transformations within me, as I experienced shift after shift within my mindset. I discovered more about myself during those 5 hours than I ever have, living inside my 39 year old self!! I was literally ‘buzzing’ for months after my experience with the horses and Diane. I have since returned to Australia, and consider Diane a lifelong friend. She has had such a significant influence in my life, providing me with the skills and strategies to effectively create a more authentic me! I’m now more in tune to my heart and aligned with my core purpose and that simply is : to live, to love and to grow. So inspirational was her energy and work, that I recently enrolled in a Certificate IV in Life Coaching course!
Clare-Ann Taylor, mother of two, Sydney, Australia
I have been flying all day from my short encounter with the horses and your beautiful work. What true teachers they are. I have shared my experience with four of the most important people in my life…I was moved to say the least .
Jasmine Jasmine Van Driessche, Owner & Co-Creator JACARA – Therapeutic Skin Care
Apparently I had no idea what boundaries even were before going to an Equus Workshop with Diane. I really wouldn’t have said boundaries were even an issue for me – but since my experience with the horses – I totally see how my lack of boundaries has undercut my natural leadership skills. Now I can feel, in my body, what it feels like to have my boundaries violated and I know it’s safe to give feedback to let people know when something doesn’t feel good. I also know setting boundaries is an essential component to leadership. (Previously I thought it was either optional or unrelated.) This work is ridiculously transformational. If you are on the fence about this one, just find a credit card and sign up. I promise you will not regret it! I can’t wait to go back for a second helping!
Angela Lauria www.BooksforLifeCoaches.com
I came to the workshop feeling secretly overwhelmed, isolated, and disconnected from my children, while projecting a very different image to the outside world. As a parent of two children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, I recognized that I needed help and strategies, but also knew that my usual stress relievers, exercise and verbal venting, made me feel temporarily better but not better equipped to parent and create the relationships I wanted long-term. This experience working with horses was truly transformative for me. By working with the horses, I immediately understood that my energy, body language, physical communication, and underlying emotional state affected my ability to lead and gain the horse’s trust. I could instantly connect what was happening in the pen to my experience parenting my children, and also identify how my feelings of “failure”, were overriding when I truly had the ability to make adjustments and create a different reality. I also began to identify, and clearly see that my non-verbal child is communicating with me all the time. While this was a “non-verbal” experience, I cannot stop talking about it now because I have never, in my life, processed on such a deep level. I am profoundly changed and forever grateful to have had the opportunity.
Mardi Wooster, mother to three, two children with autism, and Special Education Teacher
The experience working with Diane and the horses was an eye-opener to an inner experience and gave me a reference point to work with moving forward. The potency and power of the interaction with the horses provided a magnifying glass and Diane helped with the fine details. She is very wise and warm. No therapy session will bring you closer to this inner junction.
Ilana Nachoum, Physical Therapist, Feldenkrais Teacher and parent
You were amazing today. After I got off the call with you, I allowed myself to take a nap. I JUST WOKE UP! My body was screaming for rest and you helped me get to the state of relaxation enough to do so. Thank you thank you! I now feel like I can handle some much needed exercise.
Chrissy Weathersby Ball, Stuntwoman, Actress, Life Coach
I found Diane after moving to a new city in the midst of major changes in both my career and relationship that were causing me a great deal of stress and anxiety. In our very first conversation, Diane provided insights helping me identify the negative thoughts and assumptions at the root of my stress. Because of this work, I was able to finally understand and release several damaging “stories” I had created that have been undermining my confidence for years. Diane also taught me powerful, specific exercises to relieve anxiety that have improved my relationships and helped me face challenges in my career. Thanks to her help I have gained a greater understanding of myself and am able to alleviate my anxiety when it arises. I would highly recommend mind-body coaching and Diane in particular!