Testimonials

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Working with Gillian has really helped me re-evaluate my life, and find a sense of clarity and direction that I was missing in everyday busyness. She is patient and intuitive and while she asks difficult and challenging questions, she manages to do that in a way that feels supportive rather than threatening. Her sessions and follow-ups leave space for thought, discovery and self development, there are no ‘must do’s or rigid ‘how to’s which allowed me to really focus on what worked for me in all aspects of my life. She has helped me reframe my role of mother / professional, striking a much better balance. That alone has transformed my home life, strengthen my relationship with my young son and brought so much joy into my life.

I have worked with professional coaches in the past but have generally found their methods too rigid so the effects were short lived, Gillian’s approach is quite different and I would recommend her to anyone.
Louise Andrew, Scotland
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My coaching sessions flew by and I cannot explain how much more positive my outlook is on life.  Gillian helped me through some really tough personal issues, and I have managed to come out of the other side with a smile on my face.  Taking a step back and looking to the future, made me focus on what is really important and gave me a focal point of where I wanted to be.  Cannot thank Gillian enough.
Karen, Scotland

Gillian worked with me on a one-to-one basis using OldPain2Go and NLP techniques for anxiety. The session itself was lovely, and at times emotional. Gillian was compassionate and held the space whilst I worked through the emotions that were coming up for me. We ended the session with a technique, which was really relaxing. As it was a session for anxiety, it was difficult to know immediately if there was an impact. However, later that week I was faced with a situation that typically would cause me to react – and I found myself in control of the situation. I felt empowered! We had a follow-up session more recently, and as part of this we worked through a pyramid exercise.

Gillian’s questioning was so powerful, and I felt like we really got some answers from my subconscious around my values and purpose. Thank you so much Gillian for sharing your skills and knowledge with me; the sessions were wonderful.
Sarah, Scotland
Gillian knows how to lead a fantastic session. She encourages you to think for yourself and allows your needs to guide her advice and guidance. She provides a comfortable and inviting atmosphere to allow you to engage fully, and she was great at knowing the opportunities for her to listen and speak to enable you to gain the full personal experience and begin your journey of self-discovery and remediation. She provides sound advice and guidance that enables you to feel the confidence to go forward and challenge yourself comfortably to improve your mindset and wellbeing to exactly where you aim to be. I could not recommend Gillian more highly! ( Walk & Talk session )
Stuart, Scotland
As ever Gillian’s empathy & compassion shine through each session & make me feel supported & heard. I felt that the session was useful to me & consequently felt ‘lighter’ at the end – as if a weight had lifted. Gillian is always very encouraging & good at reflecting back positively & the achievements that I might otherwise overlook or take for granted.
Pam, Scotland
I always feel Gillian really listens and asks questions to understand specific feelings and situations, and I appreciate that so much. Gillian always helps me to identify small achievable goals that make me feel I’m progressing and making positive change.
Emma, Scotland
After listening to Gillian’s talks for a few weeks and taking some time to reflect on myself, I realised that I needed to make some changes and decided to work with with Gillian.
After the relentless impact on retail over the past 2 and a half years, I found my confidence to be at an all time low and found myself questioning my own abilities and feeling isolated and not sure which direction was forwards. This had also started to impact my personal life as well.
Over the weeks I worked with Gillian, I found that Gillian was able to help connect me to my deeper purpose through some challenging coaching sessions and really made me think about myself on a deeper level, Gillian asked a number of thought-provoking questions and continued to establish my true views/feelings/thoughts through this. I found the sessions to be a mixture of everything Gillian’s talk about in her weekly presentations and the constant notes taken which Gillian promotes, as well as the practice tools provides a reference point for when I feel I may be sliding back to previous mindset. I had found over the weeks with Gillian that I managed to grow my confidence back and also come with a fresh new perspective on both my professional and personal life.
I have a new focus and determination and have found my confidence and self-belief again. Myself (and Jo) can’t thank Gillian enough for our sessions and the outcome. I can confidently say I would not be in the place I was today without Gillian’s fantastic sessions.
This testimonial cannot do the incredible work of Gillian justice enough and I could talk for much longer about the positive impact Gillian has had.  I would have no hesitation in recommending Gillian, and would happily to talk to anyone about the profound impact Gillian has had on my life.
Iain Morrison, IWM Communications
When I started working with Gillian of Usana Mindset. I was lacking in confidence, stressed and overwhelmed due to some personal issues and business challenges. We spoke about where I might want to be in terms of confidence in the future, setting one particular goal of me speaking at a business networking meeting. I must admit even speaking about the goal made me uncomfortable and I actually thought I probably wouldn’t ever get to that point. After working with Gillian – I stood up in a room full of business owners and spoke confidently, for me this was a massive step forward given just how difficult I viewed this challenge before, just one example of how Gillian’s sessions have helped me.
Not only has Gillian helped me gain confidence she has given me strategies I can apply in both business and my personal life to cope with anxiety, shift my mindset and to move forward from some very challenging personal issues. I can’t thank Gillian enough for how much she has helped me heal and grow over the past few months.
Ruth, Bio Clinic, Scotland
Gillian helped to restore my positive mindset, and has given me the desire and drive to continue my journey, but have a lot more positive energy within myself.

I can only thank Gillian and would say that you do not know what people are thinking sometimes, but if your family & friends are needing that guidance or encouragement to see where they are or how they could become more positive, and really value themselves, then I could not recommend Gillian & Usana Mindset highly enough.
Bruce Milne, Forfar, Scotland
I feel enlightened, empowered and already welcoming the positive change that is bringing me closer and closer to what I want in life. Thank you so much, I wouldn’t even haven known where to start, but furthermore, the techniques I have learnt are literally life-changing. I now believe I can achieve what I want!
Lynn, England
I had a discussion with Gillian around issues related to self-confidence and imposter syndrome. Gillian took me through a visualisation technique designed to address these issues, and as a result I feel much better equipped to take a more self-confident approach in my future interactions. Gillian’s story is inspirational, and her approach is personalised and personable. I would definitely recommend Gillian to anyone who is looking to improve their levels of self-confidence and develop mechanisms to enable them to be more positive in their outlook.
Mark McDonald, Scotland
I scheduled in a session with Gillian as I felt I needed help with anxiety and a more positive outlook. Gillian was welcoming and made me feel at ease. She explained the process and how important it was that I felt comfortable. Before the session I was feeling slightly stressed and was also feeling nervous. I definitely was not feeling positive regarding lots of thing that I have going on in my life.

The session began and it wasn’t long before I felt relaxed and could visualise where I want to be. Gillian helped me to create a positive image of my future and dispel any negative anxieties I was previously having. After my sessions I felt really well. I wasn’t overthinking anymore and I felt more confident and felt much more in control of my feelings. So for me these session was very much needed.
Carolyn, England
I was really struggling with boundaries in my professional life – I wasn’t happy with where I had ended up, but I wasn’t really sure how I got there or what to do about it. The boundaries masterclass came at such a fortuitous time for me. In the space of a single hour, via some simple but thought-provoking exercises, Gillian was able to demonstrate that I didn’t have to just put up with feeling stuck. I wasn’t powerless and positive change was not only possible, but necessary. I literally took action that same week to start re-addressing my boundaries within my working life and although I have a long way to go, I couldn’t have even taken the first step without Gillian’s support and guidance.
Lisa, Scotland
I suffer from extreme anxiety, triggered mainly from exam / test environment. I can’t think straight, I panic and I just cannot get through the event. I so want to stop my anxiety dictating and ruling outcomes, so reached out to Gillian for NLP to help overcome this. And wow, my normal anxiety levels are 10/10, even just thinking about exams make me go to that level. Gillian’s approach and carefully chosen techniques saw me manage to reduce anxiety to 4/10. I can’t remember ever feeling having so much control. The same day, I purposely went and did an oral exam as I felt so good – and sailed through! Thank you!
Libby, England
A great session and very eye-opening! Reflecting, I noticed communication was a big factor in a few of my boundaries that need to establish … but that it also was / has been a barrier outwardly for me as often I’m not saying how I feel I’m either anticipating being let down or hurt. So interesting. Thank you so much.
Leanne, Scotland
Gillian leads fantastic sessions, she REALLY listens. Her calming influence puts everyone at ease and makes for a positive experience. Great advice and tools given. Thoroughly recommend!
(Build Strong Foundations workshop)
Anne, Scotland
I attended Gillian’s class on Creating Boundaries and I found the session to be fantastic.

Gillian was hugely engaging and struck the right tone between presenting information and getting us to be active and involved which is amazing over zoom. The exercises were fun and engaging and also a little bit of a giggler (I’m never winning awards for my stick men). Gillian was thought provoking and the course had a clear purpose in that it left me with a few thoughts and clear actions to take away and work on. I would happily recommend Gillian and her creating boundaries masterclass course to anyone. Thanks again for the course, Gillian
Iain, Scotland
I recently attended Gillian’s Creating Boundaries masterclass and found it really beneficial. Gillian was great and the workshop was very interactive, and got us thinking about our current boundaries and identifying ways to move forward in a helpful and non-daunting way. I would not hesitate to recommended Gillian’s workshops to friends.
Ailish Smith, Scotland
Gillian’s knowledge in her field is second to none and it’s great to be able to step outside the box and see things from a different perspective.  Mindset is so important to how we perform on a day to day basis and Gillian is passionate about helping individuals to reach their full potential and be the best versions of themselves. I would highly recommend Gillian.
Kerry Smith, T28 Transformation
I reached out to Gillian at Usana Mindset as I struggled with anxiety and confidence due to lots of changes in my life. Gillian really helped me change the way I approach things and create boundaries. Gillian is very kind, caring and so knowledgeable at what she does. I cannot thank her enough for all her help. I am in a much happier place in life now and feel I can accomplish anything!
Amy Tait, Scotland
What an amazing experience!  My first Hill Walk and I was doubting that I would be able to keep up but Gillian made sure that we were all going at our own pace with time for rest and reflection.  I came away from the walk with lots to think about and a potential solution to where I want to go with my next business venture.
Thanks Gillian!
Tracy Franz, SmartPA
Gillian is an inspiration and the wellness walks with Usana Mindset are an absolute must!!

Having not climbed a Munro since the birth of my third child and trying to find more time for me and look after my wellbeing, I knew I was in safe hands when I signed up for this amazing adventure. Our walk up Lochnagar ticked every box I could imagine, the laughter, support, confidence building and most of all the smiles and sense of achievement made this a very memorable day and I look forward to many more.

Thank you Gillian & Usana Mindset.
Laura Mearns, Northwood Aberdeen
I drove up from Liverpool to attended one of Gillian’s mindset retreat weekends and I can say it was definitely worth the trip!

Day 1, we started the day off with a beautiful river walk which I can say was a great way of meeting the rest of the group, followed by a day of breathing meditations and setting values and beliefs which enabled me to discover my true authentic self. I felt really comfortable speaking my truth as I knew I was in a safe space. I took a lot away from the day which has allowed me to review and reflect on which path I need to take to move forward.
Day 2 we headed out for the hills for a walk and talk, which for myself was a challenge. However the weather was kind and I enjoyed a beautiful scenic walk at Lochnagar with some amazing people. We shared our stories and encouraged each other along the way so was definitely worth it after all. 

So thank you Gillian for a fabulous weekend xxx 😊🌄
Carolyn, England
I recently went on one of Gillian’s ‘walk & talk’ hill walks. 
What a brilliant way to step back from the day-to-day business (and busyness!) and gain some quiet reflective time as well as have a lot of fun and laughs!

At what was nearing the end of a very busy, challenging and progressive year in business, the walk was particularly timely, providing me with a much-needed opportunity to SLOW down.  As I walked and talked up a lovely snowy Kerloch hill, I was able to reflect, gain some clarity and celebrate some wins as well as enjoy the friendly company and beautiful scenery.

I love the outdoors, and walking with Gillian not only provides a safe and nurturing environment to talk and share what’s on my mind, but also the benefit of exploring hills and walks I’ve never been on (even when they’re on my own doorstep!) and wouldn’t be confident doing on my own, but would now have the knowledge and confidence to go out and enjoy again!
 
Thank you for the beautiful guided experience, Gillian.
Debbie Rennie, Instinct Marketing & PR
The last few years have been challenging. I lost who I was, I also lost my relationship, and the career route I thought would always be there.

I felt isolated, mental health was badly effected and I just couldn’t see how I could turn things around. That’s why I reached out and even during what you call a discovery call, I immediately felt safe and there was hope.

My sincere thanks for your patience, support and being there over the months.

My mindset is one that now helps not hinders. My life is far happier, with amazing positive changes that I didn’t even think was possible.

Thank you for all your help Gillian,
Sam, England
After hearing a couple of personal testimonials given to Gillian, I decided that I, too, needed to reach out to Gillian for help.

I was the type of person who wouldn’t open up but also dwelled on the past, so much so, that it was affecting most aspects of my life, especially at home. 

To me, reaching out to Gillian, was deal breaker.

She has an engaging, relaxed manner that draws out of you what you previously wouldn’t let go of. Coming from someone that doesn’t let go, that’s saying something.

She has taught me to look and move forward and to accept the past, you can’t change it. So much so that, yes there is a light at the end of the tunnel but now, it isn’t a train hurtling towards me.

Gillian, I can’t thank you enough.
Steven, Scotland
I wanted to thank you for our recent Walk & Talk over the Lairig Ghru.
 
It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years, but my big hairy monsters had stopped me. I was worried:
 
•  I wasn’t flt enough
•  I’d slow everyone down
•  I’d get crippling blisters and not be able to finish it
 
It wasn’t easy – 21 miles is a long way, there were times I wished we were already at the mini bus and the next day I was sore.
 
But I did it!
 
•  I didn’t get airlifted off
•  I didn’t slow anyone down
•  I didn’t get blisters (well, OK, I did, but only a little one)
 
You showed me that sometimes we have to trust in our own abilities and go for it – whether that’s personal goals, business development or life changes.

My biggest take away from the Lairig Ghru? Those big hairy monsters aren’t as scary as they seem.

Thank you again for your support.
Diana Muzzall, Video Confidence Marketing
I always thought I had a handle on the business and personal aspects, but over the 18 months it became clear I needed to address what was happening. I knew I needed help, and why I engaged in Usana Mindset’s coaching.

It was not an easy process to open up on certain areas, but I also knew it was essential to get the most from my coaching and to get the full support from you. You have encouraged, guided and also held me accountable throughout the time, with each session showing demonstrable progress. My coaching with Usana Mindset has been pivotal to how I now manage my business and personal responsibilities, and I thank you for your professionalism and support. The changes are tangible. Thank you.
Anonymous
I don’t often share my fears publicly; however, one of them is doing long walks with groups of people. I signed up for this walk (Carnferg, June 2023), tried to pull out of it, and then told myself to get over myself and chatted with Gillian, who assured me I would be fine. Afterall ‘what is the worst that can happen?

Then the mind gets very busy with all the blah blahs
😨 will I hold everyone up
😨 I don’t like to be a bother
😨 what if I cannot make it
😨 what if the weather is horrible
😨 what if, what if, what if

But I committed, and I made it to the top and back down again. Granted, me and my mind had some long discussions on the way up. Not all good, and then it shifted as the cairn at the top became tangible, and I got there and overcame my first intentional hill walk. The way back down was a doddle and very enjoyable, with glorious sunshine, fun conversations and a sense of achievement.

I am still raving about it and looking to do more. It has given me a sense that I can do more, not just hill walking but sharing more of myself and our business Safety Collaborations here on LI.

Thank you, Gillian Fowler and Usana Mindset, for a fabulous day. Highly recommend Gillian and her Talk & Walks as a way to recharge and maybe overcome some fears. 👏
Karin Ovari, Safety Collaborations
I have now been on several walks and adventures with Gillian. They are always extremely well organised and great fun, filled with laughter and camaraderie. Often with knowledgeable hill guides.

The outings offer good value for money.

Gillian’s enthusiasm is infections and I share her love of the outdoors and the hills in particular.

Gillian’s attitude to mental and physical well-being is second to none and the teaching during the day retreat last year was enlightening and uplifting. Allowing time for introspection, self learning and reflection. I cannot recommend Usana Mindset to anyone wanting to enrich their lives more (both physically and mentally) highly enough. 
Niall, Scotland
Usana Mindset life coaching with Gillian is such an asset to any level of personal need.

Her kindness and gentle steering has helped me enormously. I am now making better choices in so many area of my life. This then has a virtuous circle in that other areas and emotions improve as a knock on effect.

Thank you, Gillian. Our coaching has meant so much to me.
Kathleen, Scotland
Gillian was very easy to talk to. She listened and validated what I was feeling. She’s a funny, cheery person who made me feel at ease and left me with a good feeling after every meeting. Her sessions helped me talk through past anxieties and gave me strategies to handle anxieties going forward. I would recommend her to anyone.
Katie M, Scotland
When I reached out to Usana mindset, in the driech that is grief, my life was like walking up a Munro that was permanently in cloud, not a view to be seen, just continuous uphill effort. 

Was this what it was going to be like forever? 

Each session Gillian helped me separate different aspects of my life, so that I could see small breaks in the cloud. From there, we gradually created what the views would be from the top of my Munro (my future). The best routes there (my goals) and what subsidiary tops I could achieve on the way. Discussing them made me feel more accountable for achieving them before each subsequent session. 

I loved Gillian’s style from the outset, cleverly small seeds were sown that would nudge my perceptions to a much needed different angle. But don’t be thinking each session is heavy going, far from it, much laughter was had. Our sessions where a blend of walks and online, which was perfect for me as my mind is more free when in fresh Scottish air (well wind, rain and occasionally sunshine)! 

So as I write this, some months on from our last session, I have achieved one of my Munro tops, completing my first Ultra marathon. It wasn’t about the running, nor the many miles, just increasing my belief that the clouds will part, the uphill effort will be worth it and the future may have a view. 
Thank you so much.
Caroline James, Scotland