Below you'll find testimonials about Damion's work in mindfulness, coaching and coach supervision.
“I recently completed a mindfulness programme with Damion. Throughout the sessions I found him to be highly knowledgeable in this area as well as open about his own practice and the impact for him personally. I appreciated his abundant patience in allowing me space to think through the underpinning principles as well as my own experiential application and reflection. Damion takes a very practical stance which suits those who may be less interested in the theoretical, even spiritual, underpinnings as well as engaging those, like myself, who are.” - Occupational Psychologist and Executive Coach
“I attended Damion's 8-week course. I found his encouragement, support and wisdom invaluable. He skillfully holds a space where insights and learning can occur. Each week he introduced a new mindfulness practice, which at the end of the training I appreciate as it gives me greater choice in my practice. The list of benefits of regular mindfulness are too many to list here, however, for me I found the expansiveness in my thinking and the stillness I experience have supported me both in my work as a coach and in my life overall.” - Executive Coach and Trainer
“I worked with Damion as one of the participants on an 8-week mindfulness programme. I found his style to be very pragmatic and at the same time insightful and inspiring. The mindfulness exercises we worked with were varied and enabled me to generate enhanced personal insight and a sense of wellbeing and resilience. I believe my mindfulness journey has begun again and I am very grateful to Damion for how he has made a difference.” - Managing Partner, Professional Services
“I’ve had the great privilege of having Damion as my mindfulness guide and coach / trainer. He has been a guiding force in allowing me to elevate how I use and benefit from mindfulness. Mindfulness is not just about sitting in a quiet place. As you become more practiced and experienced of ‘being’ mindful, it extends naturally to all parts of your working and social life. Through his excellent direction and insight, Damion has provided growth and space which helps me best understand, experience and live mindfulness.”- Independent Coach and Consultant
"Since completing the MBSR course with Damion I've had a number of significant life shifts. I've noticed that the space between me experiencing something difficult and my reaction has lengthened, where I'm able to step back from it and start to process it in a different way than before. I've taken up a more regular yoga practice also, as a result of finding peace in the mindful movement practices particularly. I've also noticed that I've experienced no significant pain episodes, where previously these would be more regular. These are outcomes I hadn't expected and are very welcome.
Damion has a wonderful presence and holds the space for the group with ease. His calming and gently inquiring nature provides an ideal backdrop for your own learning and development as the course progresses. I'm very grateful to him and the course for the time we had together and so pleased I decided to sign up." - Independent Coach
"I recently completed the 8 week virtual MBSR programme with Damion at Catalyst 14. My experience has been transformational; I know this is often a misused word and I have reflected before using it. I am sticking with the word that surfaced for me - one of the many things I have learnt working with Damion is to trust what arises.
My experience of working with Catalyst 14 has been easy from start to finish - all logistical details arrive in a clear and timely fashion, the website and supporting materials are of a very high standard and the actual sessions food for the soul. I have grown my self-awareness about my relationship with stress and being busy and have a range of practices that I now choose from on a daily basis. My mindfulness practice has developed and I am noticing that I am keeping my practice going beyond the programme.
My initial reason for the programme was a part of my journey to become a mindfulness practitioner within my coaching work, it turned out to be so much more. I can't recommend the team at Catalyst 14 enough." - Independent Coach
“I have received coaching from Damion intermittently over the last 3 years. During this time my skills as a senior leader have developed my leadership style and improved my levels of communication with all areas of my life. This includes my ability to listen at a much deeper level, converse in a more productive manner. I have moved from a ‘fix it’ approach to leadership to holding people more accountable and encourage them to think for themselves. The excellent results within my professional environment have been commented on by all who work with me. I’m frequently asked to mentor new colleagues within the company. My emotional intelligence has also developed where I have a greater awareness of my own drivers and allows me to make choices rather than react to environments.
Damion has a natural presence and calmness that has enabled me to be more open and honest with my thought processes, fears and challenges within the coaching sessions. I never feel judged or reluctant to share. He manages to hold an environment that is warm, interested and curious without it intruding in to my space. Damion brings a dynamic that is positive, energetic and challenging when required. It never feels the questions or conversation is about his interests, always in service of stretching me.” - Regional Director, Service Industry
“The personal insight and progress I have made from my coaching experience with you have been very beneficial. We have explored in depth issues and beliefs that I have had since childhood. Your skills in ‘peeling the onion’ and challenging me to disclose personal information has really helped me to move on. I have quickly built up a trusted relationship with you and find your engaging and open approach very easy to derive benefit from. You allow sufficient time to really explore an issue enabling me to really understand it and identify changes that back up my belief that I’ve worked around a particular problem. Your patience and skill in getting to the small nuggets of evidence really help me to believe that permanent changes have been made. You encourage change and review the results!” - IT Business Manager, Aviation
“Having had 6 Executive coaching sessions with Damion I have been able to effectively explore a number of issues including 'imposter syndrome', role transition, mindfulness, personal impact and leadership. The work that I have done with Damion has had a material impact on my successful application for an interim role as well as the substantive appointment to my current role. Damion’s non-assuming and soft yet challenging style has enabled me to work through a number of issues, both as part of my Director development programme and in my transition to a new and highly sought after, if challenging role, and a role that I am delighted to be occupying.” - Exec Member, Healthcare
“The coaching allowed me time to step back and have some thinking time about my personal brand and how I can develop in a number of other areas such as credibility, emotional intelligence including empathy and my leadership style. It also helped me with some tools to structure my thinking and techniques I could use to help my team perform effectively too.
Damion was excellent, he explained how the coaching would work, understood my challenges really quickly and helped me with my thought process around how I could overcome these. He was always available when I needed him and exceeded my expectations around the supporting materials he provided. I exceeded all my goals for the programme and transitioned successfully into my senior leadership role.” - Senior Leader, Financial Services
“Damion is an experienced and insightful coach. I find his calmness excellent for slowing down my thinking and for helping to me to focus on what is important. He follows my thoughts and his questioning focuses my thinking when it is muddled, allowing clarity to emerge. What I most appreciate about Damion is the strength of his presence. He makes me appreciate the qualities I have that I am overlooking. His supportive presence encourages me to believe in myself. He holds the coaching space with compassion creating a safe space where I can be open. He manages the edge between our relationship and challenge so I feel accountable and he always pushes my learning edge. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and I always leave with insights.” - Managing Partner, Professional Services
“Damion creates a climate of openness and trust with ease and really meets a client where they are, helping them to build without ever stepping in or on. He holds a safe and bright supervision space in which others are able to really look at themselves and their practice. He does this by being incredibly present, calm, curious, non-judgemental and expansive. He has a wonderful ability to connect with a person and what they are feeling. Some of the standout movements in our work together have come from his sharing what he was picking up, feeling or seeing by way of a metaphor, which really resonated with me and helped me to articulate something unspoken.
His ability to hold things lightly, and bring them together where appropriate is great. He also always holds an eye on the unspoken and parts of the system that have not been named, which is incredibly insightful.
We have worked together almost since I started coaching and have been on the journey with me, matching my need and giving me space to realise how and where I have grown. I can imagine him working with coaches of any level of experience and adding extreme value because of his ability to see and work with what is already there, as well as what is not and needs developing.“ - Internal Coach, Professional Services
“I had the pleasure of being introduced into the world of coaching by Damion in 2010. Mostly as a participant of his training courses - e.g. the ILM 7 and the MSc in Coaching and Development (the latter being one of the most transformative experiences I have had). My most recent experience of Damion has been his group coach supervision sessions for our internal coaches, and it is this experience that drives me to highly recommend him. Damion holds the group space in a way that supports each member to engage at a level that they can truly BE with their supervision topic. Damion is at peace with himself and this invites the group to be at peace with themselves too. His creative approach enlivens the supervision experience and one finds themselves tapping into their own inner wisdom and gaining insight in a most profound, yet uncomplicated way. Again an exceptionally transformative process that I highly recommend you experience!” - Internal Coach, NHS
“Damion has particularly helped me to take a systemic view of some of my coaching work. I really enjoy working in this way and it is particularly helpful to me as I am often coaching a number of people from the same team. He has helped me see when boundaries might be being crossed or challenged and to hold my integrity in coaching in these complex contexts.
My sessions with Damion help me to notice when I may be holding a particular desire around outcomes for the coachee and may be in danger of taking too much responsibility. There have also been times when I have been able to unpack my own emotional responses to something that has arisen in a coaching session, which has always enabled me to find more helpful ways forward with that coachee.
I have been coaching for over 15 years and have always had a supervisor. I would say that Damion’s particular skill is his ability to create a lot of space to allow me to work through things, often giving me some process, doing a lot of deep listening, asking questions that keep me noticing what I am thinking or feeling as I talk, and offering some insightful observations or sharing what he is experiencing and noticing. He works somatically a lot and I find this really helpful, staying with embodied experience and not getting into too much immediate analysis.” - Independent Coach
“The supervision conversations we've had really have given me a safe, confidential, reflective space to be honest and open, and work through some of the challenges and dilemmas I have come across. It’s also allowed me a space to normalise some of the experiences I have had and see them from a different viewpoint. Damion's style and approach always leaves responsibility with me to use the data he helps me access, and he allows me to direct the conversation to the areas that are important to me. He really helps me to get underneath what is really going on. I really enjoy and look forward to my supervision sessions as I have learnt a great deal and try and put this into my own coaching practice. His use of mindfulness and grounding exercises at the beginning of sessions have often really helped me to get into much more of a present state to be ready for learning. The feedback he gives is always given with the intention of raising my awareness and he leaves choice with me as to what I do next. I particularly like the use of systemic methods when we have worked this way. He is a great role model and uses his coaching and supervision skills with great compassion and ease.” - Internal Coach, NHS
"Damion has been, and continues to be, a critical support for me and my coaching practice. His training and supervision capabilities are outstanding due to his breadth of experience, integrity and overarching commitment to mindfulness which underpins his entire professional practice. I feel lucky to have met and been guided by Damion." - Independent Coach
"The faculty is brilliant, and the course engaging and easy to follow. The live demonstrations between them were a mini master class and extremely helpful. Overall a terrific and exciting experience. I feel I am very much in “the right place” in terms of the professional learning; huge respect for the faculty and feel privileged to have been learning there."
"I really enjoyed the Introduction to the Fundamentals of Coaching workshop. The course was run at a perfect pace, with a good mix of practical work, information sharing and discussion."
"The faculty is fabulous – so knowledgeable and such masters in their fields. It was like an art watching them doing the practical sessions for us to observe. They were also incredibly approachable - so forthcoming and helpful with advice and support. I am so delighted I booked onto the Catalyst 14 programme."
"The course was brilliant. I thought the structure and pace was perfect and we covered such a huge amount of content over the two days. I thought the emphasis on experiential learning was great as it forced us to apply the models and framework we were learning about. I really feel confident now that I have the foundations with regards to my coaching toolkit."
"Many thanks for the really stimulating and enjoyable course, it was my first real exposure to coaching and I learnt many valuable skills which I can incorporate into my work."
"We learnt so many brilliant tools and from the experiential learning side, we were able to experience first hand the power and impact. It is always fascinating watching the demonstrations of the techniques - giving us an excellent understanding and appreciation of what we are working towards."
“Great balance of practice, information and models, delivered with helpful examples and clever exercises to engage with the content.”
“Fantastic diversity of participants. Would recommend this to others and I'm looking forward to the next module and practicing my developing skill.”
"This was an excellent two days. I really enjoyed the pace and content of the workshop. There was time for reflection and great content and feedback."
"The energy between Damion and Janie was great. They both have different facilitative styles and approaches but these compliment each other and bring a nice dynamic to the workshop."
"I found the workshop so informative. I went in not knowing what to expect and learned so much in a very safe and supportive environment"
"The content was just right, the pace was perfect and the experience with the group was incredible! The way that Janie and Damion work together was wonderful to be a part of"