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Acceptance and Commitment Coaching Practitioner (MAC)

About me

MY GOAL SETTING APP is free to all clients during the coaching process and for 6 months afterwards! You can set and record your goals, message me in between sessions and complete coaching exercises all from your phone or tablet.   The App helps with motivation and accountability increasing the likelihood that you will take action and achieve your goals (please note this is an optional tool and I can still work with you if you would prefer not to use the App).

Do you want more meaningful experiences in your life?  Do you feel life is passing you by and you can't engage in it fully?  Do unpleasant thoughts and feelings intrude into your mind so you can't be present in the moment?  Is there something you want to do but unpleasant thoughts stop you, keeping you 'stuck'?

To see if coaching is right for you I offer a free, no obligation coaching session.

If goal setting was easy you would already have achieved your goals, but those niggling, interfering thoughts stop you moving forward,

"I can't because......Everyone will laugh at me......I don't have the confidence..... I'll fail......I don't have the will power......I'm too lazy.......I don't have the time........"

This was me. I have had anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for twenty years. OCD is a disorder that is characterised by distressing, intrusive thoughts.  So as you can imagine I understand how unpleasant thoughts and feelings can impact your life.  Acceptance and Commitment Coaching has been a life saver helping me to accept these intrusive thoughts and create a meaningful life.

In light of this I started incorporating Acceptance and Commitment techniques into my coaching and found that it is great at helping clients stuck in a loop of unpleasant thoughts and feelings. By helping clients 'unhook' from unhelpful thoughts they can overcome barriers, that for years, have stopped them living the life they want.

I'm the coach for you if:

  • You want to lead a full and meaningful life.
  • You want to respond more effectively to unpleasant thoughts, feelings and self talk.
  • You want to be able to 'unhook' from unhelpful thoughts.
  • You want to step out of your comfort zone but your inner critic stops you.
  • You want to engage more in your life.
  • You want a better understanding of your values, priorities and where your focus needs to be.
  • You want to take committed action towards value based goals.
  • You want a coach who is LGBTQ+ friendly.

So if you find you have tried and failed to think positive; If you want to stop struggling with your thoughts and start accepting them; If you want to start appreciating and living your life in a meaningful way, then contact me for a free coaching consultation.

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. Despite my OCD I set and achieve my values based goals and lead a full and meaningful life.

Don't forget to see what events I am currently running or book your free session online at or you can contact me by email.

Warm wishes,  Jo x

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Distinction Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with The Coaching Academy.
  • Training in Acceptance and Commitment Coaching.
  • Training in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.
  • Self Compassion Coaching.
  • Self Esteem Coaching.
  • 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.
  • 10 years of experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and 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

  • Acceptance and Commitment Coaching.
  • Self-Compassion Coaching.
  • Coaching for people recovering from OCD and anxiety who want to set goals and move on with their life.
  • OCD awareness.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching.
  • 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.


From £25.00 to £65.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

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.

When I work

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

Oldham, Lancashire, OL4

Macclesfield, SK10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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Joanne Forristal

Joanne Forristal