All quotes are included with permission.
For reasons of client confidentiality, names are omitted.
Faith in My Ability
"John, I truly can't thank you enough for bringing back the confidence and fortitude I once displayed. Faith in my ability to handle challenges has re-entered my spirit.
"Thought provoking conversations with you to delve into the authenticity of my intentions showed me that my chosen direction is what I want, because I know I can shine like a rising star.
"John, I cherish the immense encouragement your supportive environ provided. In that space, I felt safe to explore my true deepest intentions, and once I know unequivocally that I want something, there is no stopping me. In every sense of the words, thank you. "
"John integrates objectivity with a deep spiritual understanding and trustworthiness.
"He gently creates a space wherein life's 'ordiinary' experiences reveal themselves as unexpectedly relevant lessons."
Thank You Very Much
"It seems like the car accident is a far away memory now. When I have caught myself trying to remember, I think, "nah, I don't want to go there anymore."
"So, thank you very much and I hope to be able to work with you again in the future."
One of The Best
"Working with John was one of the best things I have done for myself in my life. I felt more validated by his 'sponsorship' than by any other self-help method or person in my life.
"He is amazingly compassionate and had more faith in me than I had in myself. We also seem to have similar senses of humor, so working with him was quite delightful at times.
"Thank you, John, for all you gave me."
Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
"I chose John for his technique and personality. As a client, I recommend him for his method and excellent results.
"By the time we got the to the third item on my list of changes I hoped to make, I could no longer remember why I had any of the items on my list. I could not even imagine that they were ever problems.
"John guided me through some major shifts in perception which have had positive and cascading effects. Respectful and Diligent are two other attributes I would use to describe John. I felt that he cared for me throughout the therapeutic experience.
"His top qualities are: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity."
The Most Rewarding Thing
"This is the most important and rewarding thing I've ever done."
Beneficial and Stable
"Just so you know, everything we talked about has been holding in place and working! So, awesome stuff! :)
"The changes are beneficial and stable.
"Thanks so much."
I Sound Different - Calmer
"I was talking to a girlfriend yesterday and she told me I sound different - calmer. Thanks so much for helping me with all of this boundary setting. The results are excellent. I am pleased."
He Truly Cares About His Clients
"John is an incredibly gifted and results oriented NLP coach. He truly cares about his clients and has a style that inspires trust and candor. The methods he uses are innovative, powerful and effective. I truly enjoy working with John and deeply appreciate his humor and insightful perspective."
A Holiday Season in France
“I wanted to let you know that my daughter and I spent this past holiday season in FRANCE! That was an 11-hour plane ride and I was fine. I am still so grateful to you for helping me, it wouldn't have been possible before working with you. I wouldn't even take a 45 minute flight to San Francisco!”
Opening New Perspectives
"My sessions with John opened new perspectives of the highest value for me."
Reaping the Rewards
"John Hoag is a masterful guide who identified a forceful limitation I had held for years and helped me rediscover a powerful sense of spirituality I had been missing, the positive effects of which continue to spread like dominoes.
"He increased exponentially the effectiveness of communication between my husband and me, and we use our new skills as if they are second nature to us and reap the rewards daily."
The Best and Brightest
"I hope you can share with future clients my pleasure and satisfaction for having worked with you. You entered completely into my life story and helped me recreate it in a way that was positive and nurturing for everybody in it, past and present, especially me.
"I found NLP to be a low stress but high impact kind of work, different from psychodynamic therapy in not seeking to relive and expose my lowest lows, but focused on identifying and achieving my highest good.
"In effect you asked me, 'What is best, brightest and most beautiful in you, so that you can live it out starting right now?'
"And I CAN! "
An Excellent Coach
"John is an excellent coach. He is very insightful and has a lot of great tools for helping people 'get off it' and move forward with whatever it is they need to do. I could not recommend him highly enough."
Empowered, Free and At Ease
"When I contacted you for sessions, I was spinning in negativity and confusion. I was desperate for some sort of a breakthrough shift. Despite the fact that I had studied NLP and believed that great positive shifts are possible for other people using NLP, I wasn’t convinced that life could hold promise for me.
"I was aware of specific life challenges, however I was paralyzed, and spinning deeper into panic and overwhelm. I was oppressed and depressed by my own brain!
"With the distinctions that NLP offers, you attempted to go where no person had gone before – into the structure of my reality, to understand how I was operating.
"With great respect and empathy, you received and safely held the reality that I presented, even when it seemed to be surreal and overwhelming to me. Skillfully, you identified some troublesome thinking patterns. Masterfully, you gently and curiously engaged me at a different level, so that I could discover for myself how I was perpetuating my own suffering. This distinguished our work from traditional therapy.
"In our exploration, you guided me to create immediate change in the structure of my experience, respecting all the aspects that make up “me” and “my life.”
"Today, I am empowered with new ways of being, thinking, and perceiving. There is a consistent and unqualified spaciousness in my life. Before, I was oppressed by perceived and imagined limitations.
"Now, I am so much more at ease. I can move at a natural pace, no longer feeling pressured by time. I am noticing that old insecurities are not there anymore!
"I am open to possibilities. I feel more at choice. Possibility is real for me, too, and I am free to step forward!
"In deep gratitude..."
"As an experienced scuba diver, I didn't expect to have panic attacks in deep water, but they started happening. A panic attack in deep water is dangerous because there is no safe way to surface quickly. When I contacted John, it was two days before a scheduled deep water dive expedition, and I was anxious.
"I want to thank John for his help. He scheduled me quickly and we only had time for two sessions. Then I was off to Australia for the dives.
"My first deep water attempt after our sessions was a bit challenging as it was VERY bad weather (just my luck), and I had gotten sea-sick (along with most everybody else on that boat) prior to the dive, and I had somewhat strained an ankle. It was hard to get down under the water because of my ankle, but I was able to regardless and once I was down things started to settle. The dive went ok after that. My second, third, and fourth dives were divine! -- once with the Dolphins.
"I regained my confidence and never had another panic attack.
"John helped me tremendously by bringing the fun back into my diving hobby."
A Turning Point
"I was in a crisis with my only son. I love him dearly. He was diagnosed with an incurable disease. I started having similar symptoms, although I don't have his disease, and our relationship was strained for many years.
"John worked with me on improving my relationship and releasing my emotional enmeshment. It was a turning point for me. I stopped having symptoms and our relationship began improving in a matter of weeks.
"It is five months later and my son's health is now improving too. He has a more positive attitude because I, his mother, was able to let him go emotionally to be his own person. Now he is taking responsibility and is growing, and I am growing too.
"I am deeply appreciative of John's unique NLP Coaching."
A Purer Version of Myself
"As a result of my work with John, I experienced a general improvement in my attitude and mood, and I also noticed that specific habitual ways of experiencing life shifted or had been reframed.
"I began to sense that much of my past urgency for and effort toward change had been motivated by a potent need to escape or avoid the feeling of shame. While that was a positive intent on one level, it wasn't leading me toward my passion. As long as I was stuck in a sense of shame and inadequacy, I functioned with an underlying (often less than conscious) assumption that there must be something wrong with me.
"Since my NLP sessions with John, my experiences have not been filtered through, nor have my actions been motivated by, a sense of shame and inadequacy. As a result, I'm experiencing many things differently. For instance...
"I realized that for a quite a long time I'd held myself back from really, truly being myself. (Primarily because I was concerned about other people's judgment, or overly concerned about their preferences and desires). Since my work with John, though, I feel like I've become a 'purer' version of myself -- less 'contaminated' (for lack of a better way to put it) by inappropriate considerations and unhelpful views of myself.
"I've been much more comfortable saying how I really feel, and doing what is right for me to do. My considerations toward others have adjusted to a more balanced, appropriate level. I also reconnected with a couple of my old passions that I didn't know I still had (surprise, surprise).
"Also...I'm okay with the process of letting my life develop from where I am. I don't see anything as broken - I'm just where I am, and it's an evolving process--and the process is surprising me every day, which is something I enjoy."
Quick and Positive Results
"My work with John has been very successful and has created many positive changes in both my professional and personal lives.
"John won't just echo your concerns back to you--he will work with you to find comfortable, workable solutions. For me, this method produced quick and positive results."
Insight, Clarity and Humor
"John provides an environment of trust and adventure, of being in a caring spiritual place with insight, clarity and humor.
"During my work with John, I discovered a tremendous resource, one I'd never discovered before. I needed it badly. I hadn't located it or recognized it in myself before, though I knew I lacked something. Little did I know, it had been there inside of me the whole time, waiting to come out! John tapped right into that place as my guide, allowing me to find it in my own way, hold its space, and move it in powerful ways at the same time. It's difficult to express in words. I will never forget it. I found the strength, courage and action I needed to make a major change in my life."
"Last week was quite an experience for me! During the end of the session, I connected with what felt like my true spirit or energy. It was an indescribable, expansive moment, that continued as we debriefed - when I looked out the window it felt like I was connecting with the elementals and nature spirits. I could see all the energy out there and felt like the spirits were showing me their dance.
"The expansive experience reminded me of how big my spirit is - that I have little to fear and am truly safe in every moment. I had forgotten. Reconnecting with my energy or spirit in this way reminded me that I am part of a greater whole and one with everything."
A Better Way
"Awhile back, I was feeling needy, insecure, shameful, and dependent. When with a woman I cared about, I felt anxiety, fear, and confusion. I read many self-help books, and tried two therapists, with only minor success.
"Then I met John David Hoag. Right away in our sessions I knew it was different than anything I'd tried before. I felt better within minutes. John was able to give me a more resourceful perspective and frame of mind, so I could see choices I never saw before. And he gave me tools to help me access that resourceful state of mind any time. John helped me focus on my strengths, and re-envision my identity based on those strengths. I always left sessions feeling invigorated, and then watched as the benefits spread out into my everyday life.
"Since our sessions, I've noticed the positive change in my life. I feel much more solid now, more confident, happier. My energy is no longer tied up in feeling insecure - instead, I have a lot of energy for experiencing the world around me. I feel comfortable in my skin. I just started seeing a new woman, and we're having a great time enjoying each other. I don't feel dependent on others anymore, and so my relationships seem more meaningful, more real.
"Just shifting the way you think about things can improve the quality of your life more than you'd believe. If you're experiencing some kind of block in your life, I recommend meeting with John to find a better way."
To A Joyful Place
"Thank you for this afternoon's session. I haven't laughed like that in a long, long time.
"When I first saw you, I had been 'diagnosed' by several psychiatrist/psychologists as presenting with 'clinical depression.' I was out of work, engaged in unhealthy relationships, and hardly had the energy to get out of bed. I was at the end of the line, hopeless.
"By the end of our first month of work, I felt tremendous relief and my mood lifted considerably.
"It continued to improve as we worked together. My life seemed to have turned a corner. In the sixth month working with you, loneliness started to be a forgotten experience.
"God Bless you!
"I was enjoying more and more of my day to day. I was getting more and more done, feeling more and more in control of my life. I was even getting excited about my future. I could imagine better days to come.
"In six months you've helped me to go...:
"...From Self Depressing to Joyful & Grateful & Loved
...From Abused by 'friendships' to the next social chapter
...From Hopeless & Suicidal to Experiencing the Universe as Loving and Generous
...From Unable to look for work to Working a dream job
"You've helped take me to a place of amazement, a place of passion, purpose, excitement, joy, hope and gratitude.
"I owe you a ton of gratitude, John. As I told you this afternoon, you're easily worth ten times what you've charged me.
"Thank you ten times over for all of your help!"
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