I have chronic fatigue syndrome. Tom taught me how to give both my body and myself lots of compassion and understanding, and no one I worked with before had ever done that. As a result, I am far less anxious and a lot happier than I was before. And I have been reaching out to and supporting others with chronic illnesses. Thank you Tom!
Tom, what you taught me in my introductory session has made an amazing difference in the way I deal with my chronic illness. I’ve been able to keep doing it on my own, and the feeling is wonderful. Thank you so much.
I was skeptical that there would be benefits for me from working with a chronic illness coach. I've had lupus (SLE) since birth, so I've had plenty of experience dealing with the ups and downs of my illness. I have a good relationship with my doctor and know I am a good manager of my health. What I didn't realize is how much all the other aspects of my life, including my relationships and career, were being adversely affected by lupus and my anticipation of my next lupus flare or health problem.
Tom Robinson's coaching goes much further than just health management. He motivated and guided me, in a practical, down to earth manner with enjoyable verbal exercises, to reinvent myself, let go of my fears, and become the person I wanted to be. Tom always goes for the heart and spirit of the matter, and makes it clear that through good planning and support you can live a more meaningful and rewarding life. I can't imagine anyone feeling they didn't get their money's worth from Tom's coaching.
I would most certainly recommend Tom to my friends & family and everyone. He is compassionate, wise, and truly has a gift for helping others overcome many challenging issues including health issues, depression and anxiety. He also has some useful techniques to help improve one's self-esteem, relieve anxiety and to help make a change when needed.
Tom listens to you, validates you, and then goes on to help you get a handle on every problem you might have. He does this with complete compassion for you and he teaches you to have compassion for yourself, and that is something no doctor, therapist or parent has ever taught me to do. That has made a huge difference. He coaches you by giving you the tools you need to get through all situations. It's on the spot treatment, and Tom always provides a plan of attack to get you through the day, the week or even the hour.
Time spent talking to Tom is very valuable to me. He has a true gift of healing, and anyone who can muster up the courage to make that first call to Tom will be doing themself a huge favor. It would be the first step towards a better, happier life. After a coaching session with Tom, I feel hope, gratitude and inspired!
Toms River, New Jersey
I really like my counselor, but he doesn't relate to me the way you do. I've been seeing him for years, but I've gained more insight from you than I dreamed possible.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
My coaching sessions with Tom over the last several weeks have brought me a level of peace, understanding and acceptance about living with a chronic illness that I never envisioned was possible. ... You do the hard work, gently and compassionately guided by Tom, and before you know it you have opened yourself up to see beyond your condition to all that you still have to offer. For the first time in a very long time, I look forward to each day with joyful expectations. Thank you Tom for holding up the mirror for me to see me in all my fullness.
I was initially skeptical about speaking with a total stranger about the intense struggles with my disability, but I was feeling so desperate I was willing to try anything. Tom's demeanor was so warm and accepting, and after speaking for just a few moments I felt completely at ease. It was clear that he understood my difficulties even though our disabilities are different. As our conversation continued it turned towards devastating abuse that happened in my childhood. I had never made the connection that those past wounds affected how I cope with my current ones. If Tom hadn't helped me see that, I would not have been able to identify what was holding me back from learning to live with my illness.
I know I have a long way to go before I am able to accept my illness as a part of my life and not something that defines me. The difference now is that I finally have hope that my life will be normal - my normal. I did a lot of crying while we were on the phone, but it was very cleansing. When we hung up I felt empowered. ... I couldn't be more grateful to him for sharing his time, experience, wisdom and knowledge, and kind spirit to help me move forward.
My ulcerative colitis had me living a life of chaos and pain and the feeling that I was always having to swim upstream with "medical hell" cement on my feet. Working with Tom has cut the cement loose and provided a rowboat. I still have the stream to tackle, but Tom is helping me row the boat and sometimes we even take breaks along the shore to just relax and enjoy life. If you want someone to provide a gentle, steady, safe and supportive environment to tackle your medical issues, then I highly recommend Tom and his services.
Julia Ferguson, Coach and Author
I can't say enough about how Tom's coaching has helped me since I started working with him in September of 2011. I have familial amyloidosis, which is an inherited, incurable disease. ...
What sets Tom apart from the therapists and other people I've sought out for help is that he cares deeply about me, in a special way that has shown me how and made it possible for me to care deeply about myself. My ability to do that has continued to grow, and as it has, my life has become better than I thought possible, even though my symptoms have gotten worse.
I recommend him for anyone struggling with a chronic illness.
Syosset, New York
I am presently struggling with the pain, fatigue
and often frustrating limitations brought on by Multiple Sclerosis.
I’ve known Tom Robinson for a long time, and working
with him has really made a difference in how I think about
the challenges I face and the approaches I take to make the most of my
Our sessions are productive, and always
relevant to whatever I’m working toward at
Tom is compassionate, caring, and he is gifted
at focusing his concern in ways that aren’t just tired old formulas;
they make an immediate difference to me in my life.
His examples and suggestions are always informed by his
knowledge of my particular illness and my hopes for living beyond it. Tom
truly understands the challenges of chronic pain and illness,
and he combines compassion and knowledge into understandable, workable,
and effective approaches.
Working with Tom Robinson has helped me
Glen Ellen, California
Here are the changes I see in Susan as a result of her
work with you... There is a calming in her approach to daily
life. The highs and lows have become more level.
Susan looks forward to working with you and seems to have a greater
sense of perspective after talking to you. Her 'to-do' list is
shrinking as she completes more tasks that were weighing her down by
their ‘undone-ness,’ freeing her energy for other things. As you know,
this has been a very hard time for her. Her mother's cancer, her own
various health challenges: dental, medical, loss of balance, physical
endurance, depression, all have been taking their toll. However,
I can truly see in Susan a new resolve that is more sure than ever.
Thanks for what you do.
Ben (Susan’s husband)
Glen Ellen, California
From the closely pressing despair of never having the strength or energy to do what I want or to complete the endless list of things that need to be done, came this quiet and understanding voice, across the Pacific Ocean, to the small cool island where I live. I spoke my despair into his quiet, listening ear. I spoke of the work I do with humanitarian refugees ? of how hard it was for them to be exiled from home by war and atrocity and how they struggled to make a new home in a foreign country ? learning a new language, accommodating a new culture, learning strange ways; and how compelled I felt to assist them, despite my health issues.
He commented that my attempts to support these traumatized new arrivals demonstrated compassion and understanding and he suggested I think of myself in the same way ? as a person exiled from my home place of vibrant health, having arrived bewildered and disoriented into the foreign land of chronic ill health and in need of compassionate understanding and help. That I consider my own needs and support myself as I learned the strange ways of this new country I now occupied.
Such a simple, quietly expressed suggestion. So lucid. So liberating. No suggestion of weakness or giving in, just an acceptance that things are different now. Just a gentle reminder to look around and see where I am, what can be done, and to support and praise my own efforts at adjustment, my own small gains.
Thank you Tom for this wise and compassionate advice. I felt heard, honoured, assisted, supported in a difficult migration I was struggling to make.
I strongly recommend coaching sessions with Tom Robinson for all those struggling with adjustment to chronic illness, in finding or regaining the joy and meaning in their lives.
Thank you once again,
Dr Terry Anne Whitebeach
My life is difficult. For many years I have had a meningioma brain tumor. Several years ago, I had a stroke after surgery I had to treat it. I lost my balance and my mobility from the same surgery. Then recently, for reasons outside of my control, I had to sell my home and am now searching for a new place to live.
In my introductory session, Tom was very compassionate and gave me more understanding than I?ve gotten in a long time and he gave me ideas to help me with my situation. But more than that, he gave me some new ways to take care of myself that will help me for the rest of my life. Thank you, Tom!
I am grateful to Tom for listening to me when I would not listen to myself, feeding back to me what he so clearly perceived me to be thinking, saying, feeling so that I could see myself more clearly and take much needed new actions in my life.
Santa Barbara, California
Before working with Tom I was feeling very overwhelmed with all the challenges I face having lupus, fibromyalgia, and Sjogren?s syndrome. I was sick a lot of the time and didn't feel like doing much when I wasn't sick. Tom's coaching helped me start making good use of the time I was well. It also helped me begin to take care of myself better so that I can have more "good time" every day. I highly recommend Tom to people with chronic illnesses.
Santa Barbara, California
I have chronic fatigue syndrome. Tom works with the roots of an issue, which allows healing to begin. During my introductory session, my experience of my illness, myself, and my life shifted in a major and very positive way.
My coaching sessions with Tom were wonderful and very helpful for me with my arthritis and other health challenges. I found him to be gentle, non-invasive, compassionate, understanding, insightful, and supportive. He gave me very practical suggestions for dealing with my main concern, which was the surgery I was facing. I recommend him highly.
Santa Barbara, California
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