Joanne Forristal. Life Coach. OCD Awareness Campaigner and Speaker.

Joanne Forristal. Life Coach. OCD Awareness Campaigner and Speaker.

Greater Manchester


07456 488 200

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About me


If you could alter anything in your life what would that be?

I have helped clients change to a career they love; develop their business; become more confident, resilient and happy; improve their health and achieve their dreams. I conduct personal coaching, workshops and events.

I specialise 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.

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

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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).

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • 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.
  • Post Kids coaching.
  • Rapport building.
  • Increasing client base and retention for health and fitness instructors.

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  • Why choose me as your coach.
  • Qualification
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  • OCDUK Member


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.

Oldham, OL4
Macclesfield, SK10

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


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