Joanne Forristal

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Imposter Syndrome Specialist I ACT & CBT Coach.
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Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Do you sometimes find yourself grappling with feelings of being an imposter in your own life? Do you ever feel like a fake, as though the people around you haven't truly seen the real you? Does the fear of criticism, exposure, or being found out weigh heavily on your mind? And do these experiences of imposter syndrome lead to anxiety, stress, and limitations in your actions, perhaps even causing you to avoid certain opportunities?

If any of these resonate with you, rest assured that you're not alone. Many individuals struggle with imposter syndrome, and I'm here to help you overcome it.  As an Imposter Syndrome coach, I offer guidance and support to navigate through these challenges and reclaim your authentic self.

I understand first hand the impact of imposter syndrome, as I've personally grappled with similar feelings. This shared experience allows me to provide empathetic support tailored to your unique journey. By incorporating specialized techniques and strategies, we will address the root causes of imposter syndrome and develop practical tools to manage its impact effectively.

Imagine breaking free from the grips of self-doubt and embracing your true capabilities. Picture a life where you can confidently pursue your goals and aspirations, unburdened by the fear of being exposed as a fraud. Together, we can work towards unraveling the layers of imposter syndrome and empower you to step into your full potential.

Here's how you'll know if I'm the right coach for you:

  • You're want to break free from the grip of Imposter Syndrome and reclaim your sense of self-worth.
  • You want to develop effective strategies to navigate the challenges posed by intrusive thoughts, self-doubt, and fear of exposure.
  • You're eager to learn how to detach from unhelpful thoughts and beliefs that keep you feeling stuck and limited.
  • Your inner critic frequently hinders you from stepping outside of your comfort zone and pursuing your true potential.
  • You yearn to fully engage in your life, embracing opportunities and experiencing personal and professional growth.
  • You're ready to take committed action towards value-based goals and make tangible progress in your personal and professional life.
  • You want a LGBTQ+ friendly coach who understands and respects your unique experiences and identity.

To explore how coaching can make a difference in your life, I invite you to schedule a complimentary session with me. This session carries no obligations and serves as an opportunity for us to connect and determine if coaching is the right fit for you. To book your free coaching session, simply visit or contact me via email.

I integrate the following methodologies into my coaching.  By combining these principles I offer a comprehensive and well-rounded approach tailored to addressing Imposter Syndrome. 

Acceptance and Commitment techniques: This approach has proven highly effective for clients trapped in a cycle of unpleasant thoughts and emotions. By helping individuals "unhook" from unhelpful thoughts, they can overcome the barriers that have hindered them from living the life they truly desire.

Cognitive Behavioral Coaching: By utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques, I help clients identify and challenge unhelpful thought patterns and beliefs that contribute to Imposter Syndrome. Through this process, individuals can develop more empowering and realistic perspectives, leading to improved self-confidence and self-belief.

Exposure Coaching: I assist clients in gradually and safely facing their fears and stepping outside of their comfort zones. This process builds resilience, enhances self-assurance, and helps individuals realize their true capabilities.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Coaching: In my coaching sessions, I incorporate mindfulness-based techniques to help clients develop greater self-compassion, reduce self-judgment, and navigate challenging situations with a more centered and grounded mindset.

Critical Thinking Techniques: Imposter Syndrome often involves distorted thinking patterns and a tendency to discount one's achievements. By employing critical thinking techniques, I guide clients in examining their self-perceptions, identifying cognitive biases, and cultivating a more accurate and balanced assessment of their skills and accomplishments.

My goal is to empower you to challenge your self-doubts, develop a helpful self-image, and embrace your true potential.

Don't let imposter syndrome hold you back any longer. Together, we will create a safe and nurturing space where you can challenge unhelpful self-perceptions; acknowledge your worth; embrace your strengths, and build the confidence to take that first step towards a more fulfilling and authentic life.

As an added bonus, all my clients receive a FREE downloadable Weekly Planner printable to support their progress.

Exciting developments are underway as well!  I'm currently creating my first online, video-on-demand course. To stay updated on this, I invite you to visit my website and sign up for my newsletter.

If you're ready to break free from the shackles of imposter syndrome and live a life of authenticity and fulfillment, I invite you to visit my website and book your free coaching session today. To book your free coaching session, simply visit or contact me via email.

Take the leap and empower yourself to overcome imposter syndrome, one step at a time. Let's embark on this transformative journey together!

Warm wishes, Jo.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Distinction Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy.
  • Training in Managing Imposter Syndrome.
  • Training in Acceptance and Commitment Coaching.
  • Training in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.
  • Training in Compassion Focused Coaching.
  • Training in Self Esteem Coaching.
  • Training in Resilience, Saying 'no' and People Pleasing.
  • Level 2 Person Centred Counselling.
  • NCEF qualification in Fitness Instruction.
  • Personal Fitness Trainer with ACE examination.
  • BSc Hons Degree in Podiatry.
  • 20 years experience of Obsessional Compulsive Disorder.
  • Experience of Exposure Response Prevention Therapy.


“I came to Jo with trouble making a big life decision and wanted someone impartial to talk to about it. We ended up covering so much more than just this one aspect of my life, in just a few sessions. The techniques she taught me are hugely helpful in dealing with, not just uncertainty, but all emotions. I particularly liked how flexible she was as my situation and goals changed, and also how warm, friendly and honest she was every time we spoke. I'm thrilled that after a few sessions I managed to achieve a goal I thought might be impossible! I know the sessions with Jo and techniques she taught me were part of my success. Thank you, Jo!”  (Alice, Plymouth).

"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

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Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Imposter Syndrome Coaching
  • Acceptance and Commitment Coaching.
  • Compassion Focused Coaching.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.
  • Emotional Awareness coaching.
  • Behaviour Awareness coaching.
  • Exposure Response Prevention Coaching.
  • Resilience Coaching.
  • Rapport building.
  • Psychological Flexibility.
  • Mindfulness Coaching.
  • Stress Reduction Coaching.


£50.00 - £70.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

Discover the power of coaching with a complimentary, no-obligation consultation - because making informed decisions is essential, just like test driving a car. This is your chance to explore coaching, ask any questions you have, and get a feel for how it can benefit you.

I also offer tailored workplace coaching and workshops designed to empower individuals and teams. For pricing details, please reach out to me directly.

Additionally, if you represent a charity, you may qualify for reduced or even free coaching services. I'm passionate about supporting charitable organizations, and I would be delighted to provide further details upon contact.

Take that first step by scheduling your complimentary consultation today. Let's explore the possibilities together.

When I work

I enjoy a good work-Life Balance and work flexible hours, so contact me and I'll be in touch at the earliest opportunity.

Ashton-Under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, OL6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet


Joanne Forristal
Joanne Forristal