• KAS on senior team development

    The Happinessence team facilitated a workshop for my senior staff (22 attendees). As a business we were stuck in a rut, and our people were disjointed and possibly even a little dysfunctional at times. I'd heard Happinessence were unique in their approach to getting the best out of teams, and I wanted to see my team move forward, communicate effectively and see the best in each challenging situation. I could tell everyone was uneasy when they stepped through the door to the workshop, and I was a little nervous how things would go! Within half an hour, Sam had everyone at ease, laughing AND taking notes. I sat quietly in the corner and watched my team come alive. Before I knew it, they were split into groups to problem solve the challenges I had provided, working together and coming up with some great ideas. The day was a complete success, everyone left energised, engaged and ready to take on the world. I recommend Happinessence to anyone who wants their teams to be the best they can be.

  • Campbell Tyson on staff productivity

    We send staff to Happinessence to help get their work / life balance and happiness into sync. Sam uses a range of techniques to uncover the root cause of the issue – and what the person needs to do to change their habits. It's great to see the reaction from our staff when they have the 'ah-ha' moment, realise what was causing the issue and what they needed to do to restore their overall energy and happiness. It is well worth us using Sam, as after all happy people make for productive staff members!

  • Auckland Deaf Society on team diversity

    Happinessence has organised a number of projects that have benefited our organisation. Recently she conducted a wellbeing seminar for staff of Auckland Deaf Society. The workshop was thoughtful, personalised and informative and it met the diverse needs of hearing and deaf staff. Sam is always prepared, punctual and professional in her delivery. She caters for all learning styles with plenty of practical and interactive activities to reinforce learning.

  • Potters Park Events Centre on EAP support

    Sam always delivers a professional and personalised service to her clients. In her work for one of the staff at Potters Park Events Centre, she provided a holistic support structure enabling this person to develop and realise their potential. From a business perspective, this has led to an increase in productivity and improved our sales and revenue results. Happinessence continues to deliver the support framework for our staff wellbeing and professional development.

  • Picturebook Interiors on staff relations

    We were in a rut, the business was not progressing, communication was not great and the team was not harmonious. At our workshop, Sam was able to get everyone to talk openly about how they felt, discussing where they thought we were doing well and where they thought we were falling down. We learnt a lot about each other, plus new ways to tackle problems which focus on resolutions and putting things into perspective. We set achievable goals to improve the business and our working relationships. Sam kept us on track, but also pushed us towards change. We now have the tools to work through any issues, and make sure we recognise the good stuff plus how far we have come. Change doesn’t happen overnight but we are getting there and we are seeing the benefits within the business.

  • Common Thread on team insight

    Prior to working with Sam, my team and I had experienced a year of success and grand achievements! We're a new business and a young team, and for the most part everything was ticking along nicely, with only mundane issues from time to time. Sam created a completely tailored workshop for us. She made it creative, inspiring and gave us all something we could both relate to and aspire towards. We focused mainly on ways to avoid complacency and arrogance due to our success, and instead to strive for a better customer experience, personal growth and confidence. Since the workshop, Sam has carried out one-on-one's with staff members who need a little extra assistance. Their confidence is growing, and thus their place within the business is becoming clearer to them. Sam is so approachable. She gives insight into so many areas, without judgment. Sam's involvement with my whole team has been critical to the start of the year. Now, we all have a clear understanding on where the business is going and the roles we each play to get it there. I cannot recommend Sam enough!!!

  • Liz on releasing emotion

  • Shannon on confidence

  • Linda on quitting smoking

  • Steve on depression

    I had an episode where I nosedived from nowhere and was in a bad place mentally. I never ever thought this would happen to me. I didn’t care about job, family and I especially didn’t care about myself. I eventually went to see a doctor who said I had depression. I didn’t really want to spend money taking to someone, but with my marriage on the line and my sanity in pieces I decided to go. As soon as I settled down and started to talk, I immediately realised that I had made a wise decision and over the weeks Samantha rescued me from destroying everything I had. I owe her more than money and thanks, as I have no doubt without her help I would have self destructed. I now feel so positive, I don’t lose my temper and I have never felt better.

  • Chanelle on grief

    I lost my Dad suddenly to a heart attack. One day he was here and the next day gone. He was only 64 and we had no warning. I spent my 30th birthday at my Dad's funeral. After the shock wore off and life started to return to normal for everyone around us, I found I wasn’t coping. I cried all the time, couldn’t concentrate and I felt really angry and sad....not only for my loss, but what my Dad wasn’t going to get to enjoy in life by departing too early. I felt a lot calmer by the end of my work with Sam and I hardly cry even to this day, three years later. Don’t get me wrong, I still miss my Dad very much and I think of him every single day, but I now feel I am equipped with healthier tools to manage this sadness.

  • Pam on emotional abuse

    Over the last 2 years I've made major changes in my life...I left a 30yr+ marriage, a beautiful 5-bed house and a financially secure life. As I stretched my wings, I found I was still tethered to a number of bad experiences, times when my father and my husband had made me feel worthless and incapable. Though I'd escaped the environment, I had only to think back to these incidents and the feelings would rush back in to swamp me, as if it was happening all over again. No matter how much I looked forward, the past was dragging me back. I was totally at a loss how to move on, I couldn’t break through these powerful and debilitating memories. Working with Sam drew on memories and feelings I'd completely forgotten. It was emotional and confronting, but SO powerful. The next day, when I woke up and tried to think back, there'd been a huge shift. There were no longer any emotional black holes to suck me back to my past. The incidents were just parts of a story. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t recreate the horrific feelings I had endured for so long. It may sound dramatic, but it really did change my life.

  • Lynda on stage fright

    After looking longingly at my piano for too many years and not being able to play unless I was totally alone, I'd had enough. So I asked if Sam could help me to get over what I thought was stage fright. There was no magic wand, I didn’t suddenly become a concert pianist (that was never my goal) but I did feel more confident, and I was able to play knowing that my partner was out in the paddocks somewhere. 24 hours after my second session, I sat at my piano and played with my partner down the hallway. He heard me and came into the room. He stood behind me with tears in his eyes, it was the first time he had heard me play in the 10 years we have been together.

  • Jaydene on despair

    When my Dad passed away suddenly, we realised he had been sick for some time, yet no-one connected the dots. It hit me really hard, as I was super close with my Dad and in the weeks following I had this feeling of complete despair. It was so surreal to be dealing with that and yet, the world carried on. I told a friend about a horrible session I had with a counselor when trying to get help and she recommended Sam. I wasn't really sure how to feel when going to Sam the first time, not sure what I wanted, not sure what was going to happen, not even sure how I was going to get over losing Dad. Sam took me through an emotional release process which is hard to describe, yet afterwards I felt so much stronger and clear headed. We also looked at other things going on in my life and Sam helped me work through scenarios to prepare and practice what I was going to say. I found Sam to be welcoming, real, calming and a genuine, caring person. I could share my story and not feel judged. The biggest benefit I have found since working with Sam is how I now deal with things. It's only ever later on when I think back on how I reacted (or didn't react), what I said (or didn't say), that I feel surprised how it all happened without a real conscious thought from me. Sam has been a huge help and I do love how she is just a phone call away!

  • Tony on phobia

    For many years I have had a fear of flying which has crippled my ability to enjoy what most people do, ie. travel overseas. Recently I was referred to Sam, with the person who gave me her name saying "she is the one person who will help you overcome the issue". I had 5 sessions with Sam which have been life changing. She has instilled a new confidence in me over flying through positive reinforcement, encouraging me to experience the moment and approach matters head on but with clear logic. Whilst it is within everyone's reach to do these things alone, it takes a special someone to lift those to the surface and Sam has been that catalyst for me.

  • Anthony on knuckle-cracking

    Sam at Happinessence is in equal parts highly effective and absolutely delightful to deal with. I had compulsively cracked my knuckles for more than eight years, and exhausted several alternative ‘fixes’. Having no belief in subconscious suggestion or hypnotherapy I was hesitant, but still made significant progress from just a single appointment. After only three meetings I am now at a place where my habit no longer negatively affects my life, or the sanity of those around me.

  • Jacqui on entrepreneurship

    I engaged Sam on the recommendation of a friend, and after just 2 months working together, I won Harcourt’s Top Residential Real Estate award! Sam’s talent lies in her ability to ask exactly the right question at the most pertinent moment, and she also provides an excellent sounding board for the exploration of new options. Knowing that I can call on Sam has immeasurably boosted my confidence, and the results that followed have stunned everyone. I started in real estate as a PA, learning the job from the ground up. I’m now on an equal playing field, competing with some who have been in the industry for years. Sam has ensured my feet are firmly on the ground, but my sights are set high. It’s a compelling mix!

  • Toni on mental blocks

    If you want to change something in your life, I highly recommend Happinessence. In just one session, Sam helped me lift a long-standing financial block – pretty much instantly. The same week I saw Sam, we received our first seven figure deal and ever since, work has been coming in left, right and centre. It's so exciting, especially as we’re doing just what we love.