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Joanne Forristal. Confidence, Resilience Coach (MAC). OCD awareness campaigner.

Oldham OL4 & Macclesfield SK10
07456 488 200
Oldham OL4 & Macclesfield SK10

About me

To see if coaching is right for you I offer a free, no obligation coaching session.  This can be booked online at dovestonecoaching.appointlet.com/. Alternatively email or phone me to book your free session.

Have you reached a point in your life where you are thinking, "This isn't what I wanted from my career"?  Do you feel like time is ticking away and if you don't make a move now, then you never will?  Maybe you don't know what you want from your career or are struggling with the confidence to make that leap.

I specialise in working with people in their 30's and 40's wanting to make a career move.  Often people know what they don't want from their career but are not always clear on what they do want. I can help you to consider the values that are important in your life and find clarity.  Making a career change in line with these values will allow you to feel fulfilled and motivated.  I can assist you in developing the confidence to take the first steps towards a successful transition and the achievement of your goals.

I also have experience in working with people who are in the process of recovery from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety.  I help clients find purpose and start living life again. Having and managing my own OCD I understand the concerns and difficulties associated with setting goals. In a non-judgemental and completely confidential environment you will feel safe to be honest about your OCD themes therefore increasing your success.

I also conduct OCD Awareness workshops to help people understand the impact of OCD.  OCD is not all about hand washing.  Do you know about religious OCD? Harm OCD or Magical Thinking OCD?  People that attend my workshops comment on how many types (themes) of OCD they were unaware of; what the full impact is on the individual and their families and how a lack of awareness is stigmatising the disorder.  These workshops are great for health professionals, therapists, mental health first-aiders, teachers, social workers, HR departments and anyone who has an interest in mental well being.

I am passionate about coaching and helping others to enhance their lives. With enthusiasm I empower people to believe in themselves, to achieve their dreams and lead the life they desire.  Despite my OCD I set and achieve my goals and consider myself to be a happy and positive person.

Don't forget to book your free session online at dovestonecoaching.appointlet.com/ . Alternatively email or phone me.

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Training, qualifications & experience

  • Distinction Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy (One of the leading UK training providers for coaching).
  • NCEF qualification in Fitness Instruction.
  • Personal Fitness Trainer with ACE examination.
  • BSc Hons Degree in Podiatry.
  • 20 years experience of Obsessional Compulsive Disorder.
  • 10 years of experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention Therapy.


"I was facing challenges at work as well as direction over my career, often holding back and not standing up for myself due to a lack of confidence.  Jo helped me identify my strengths, gain control over my time, build confidence and deal with the challenges I was having within my workplace.  I found Jo approachable, helpful and supportive.  By overcoming the challenges I faced at work I managed to secure a promotion and a significant pay rise which I was able to do thanks mainly to the work and support of Jo".  (Jackie Hogan).

"I am enjoying my life more as I feel more confident and I am finally able to do the things that I want to do. I have the tools and the positive attitude to carry on with the changes I have put in place.  I know that everything I am doing is because I want to do it and it is going to improve my life and my family's life in some way.  All the old limiting beliefs are going and I am looking forward to the future, I cannot thank Joanne enough."  (Andy Freeman, Director of FUNtastic).

"Joanne is a fantastic coach who focuses on achieving goals.  Her style and approach are both professional, person centred as well as results/outcome focused.  Thank you Joanne for being my coach last year and helping me through a tough workplace challenge - you really made a difference to my thought process, how I felt about it and my overall confidence in facing and dealing with the challenge".  (Sarah Heaton).

Member organisations


Association for Coaching

The Association for Coaching is one of the leading professional bodies for Coaches and Organisations.

The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Acceptance and Commitment Coaching.
  • Coaching for people recovering from OCD and anxiety who want to set goals and move on with their life.
  • OCD awareness.
  • Emotional Awareness coaching.
  • Behaviour Awareness coaching.
  • Resilience Coaching.
  • Responding more effectively to negative and limiting thoughts and emotions.
  • Rapport building.
  • Increasing client base and retention for health and fitness instructors.
  • Psychological Flexibility.

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Would you buy a car without a test drive? I offer a free of charge, no obligation consultation so you can find out about coaching and ask any questions.

Workplace coaching and workshops- prices are available on request.

You may qualify for reduced or free of charge coaching if you are a charity. Please contact me for further details.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

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Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the life coach to discuss the options available.

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Wheelchair user access


Monday - Friday 9am-8pm. Saturday 9am-1pm.


Joanne Forristal. Confidence, Resilience Coach (MAC). OCD awareness campaigner.

Joanne Forristal. Confidence, Resilience Coach (MAC). OCD awareness campaigner.

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