Please do read the letter below to understand the context for this news update.
My intention when I wrote earlier about leaving LifeWorks was to inform you all of the untenable differences in management style since the takeover by the new business partner. My inability to endorse practices that were at such odds with the ethos and management style I operated under meant that I had to leave suddenly.
I have patiently waited for many months now for the takeover of my business to be made right. On many occasions the current management have stated this was under way and will be resolved but sadly, after many months of negotiations, this has still not come to pass, and I am embarrassed for them of the current outcome.
I also apologise for the bombardment of emails and marketing from them which so many of you have complained about and for which I have had no control. I am sorry that so many of you feel your confidentiality has been breached in this way.
Let's continue to hope and trust that matters will be resolved for the good of all concerned.
There is good news too as so many of you are aware.
I will be forever grateful for your support and understanding, for the endless messages of encouragement that I have and continue to receive and for the ways you have so faithfully shown your care and support.
Because of this, the last few months have been rich and full as my team and I have launched our new business, MindfulME, and we have flourished.
Thank you all so much for this.
It means everything to us and has shown us all the power of standing by what we believe in. The MindfulME team so look forward to continuing with the programmes and care we have established here in the UAE and beyond, to enjoying the wonderful Mindful community we have established together, and to welcoming you to participate on our MindfulME retreats.
Please see our contact details here and read all about MindfulMe on our website.
Warmest best to you all,
Warmest greetings to you all.
This announcement will come as a surprise to many of you I am sure. I am so sad to share that I have had to take a decision to leave the Centre. The decision earlier this year to bring investors into LifeWorks has not gone as I had hoped and expected and my decision to extricate myself from the very difficult situation is based on a fundamental disagreement on the basics of how to operate a centre such as this. I can no longer see myself continuing with the current approach.
When the LifeWorks Centre was founded, our intention was to be a home in our community where people would feel safe, welcomed and cared for where our philosophy of compassion, authenticity and mindful awareness could grow and take fruit, a place people would want to come back to time and again. Sadly for us all, a severe clash of management styles has occurred such that it is no longer possible for me to sanction the current approach or to be a part of this happening under the LifeWorks brand.
As valued clients, I want you to know that I am not a part of and do not endorse in any way the newly opened Holistic Counselling Centre, currently operating under the LifeWorks brand. The values, ethos, methodologies, and philosophies that for so long have been the hallmark of the LifeWorks approach are not reflected in the running of the new Holistic Counselling Centre. It is for the same reason that it has become impossible for me to continue at the Personal Development Training Centre.
This means that I will no longer be working in the Personal Development Training Centre as I work towards wrapping up the business relationship between myself and the investors. If you have appointments pending in the next few weeks and months, or are on the waiting list, you can be sure that you will be contacted personally to ensure that your needs are taken care of.
So whats next?
You can trust that I will be in touch with you and will let you know what arrives for us on this wonderful and ever changing journey. Whatever will happen next will be revealed. I look forward to sharing that with you and want to take this opportunity to thank you for the support, loyalty and love I have experienced since LifeWorks opened in 2010 and prior to that when operating as Counselling Dubai.
Warmest best to you all,
Thank you for all your responses to the above newsletter - for all the wonderful emails and messages of care and understanding during this very difficult time for our staff and clients. Many of you have been with us from the beginning and together we have forged a strong and confident path...
I will use these words from a client as they describe perfectly the messages and responses we have received.
I read your email with sadness...
As I can only imagine how difficult it is when you plant a tree and nurture it with all the wonderful natural food and light ... And suddenly someone starts pouring chemical fertilizers on it!
The tree will produce beautiful colored flowers and people will be drawn to it by the look of it, not understanding that the roots and inner core may be about to rot....
Well, although it's devastating to know that tree cannot be saved ... I have no doubts you will plant so many more!
And I look forward to visiting you in your "forest" :-)
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