Danielle Barbereau
Anna Addison

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Yorkshire expert launches new business offering post-divorce retreats

Yorkshire’s leading divorce and relationship coach is developing her business faster than anticipated thanks to a successful first year.

Danielle Barbereau, from Sheffield, runs Personal Crisis which helps people from a variety of backgrounds overcome issues following a divorce, separation and periods of stress.

Thanks to Danielle’s reputation and skills in her field, Personal Crisis now works with a network of solicitors across Sheffield, Doncaster, Leeds and Chesterfield who refer clients that may need Danielle’s help. Danielle is also an associate of Dovetail Divorce, providing coaching in South Yorkshire within the collaborative law framework.

As a result of her success in the last year and client feedback, Danielle has now started writing her first book and is launching ‘Renew Yourself’, a company that organises dedicated retreats in rural locations for small groups of four people to take part in exclusive, short breaks to assist in recovery following divorce, separation or periods of stress, often related to work.

The high quality breaks will take place at Hayfield Upper House, in the Peak District National Park with easy access from Yorkshire and Manchester, and will offer a range of activities and experts in areas such as anxiety and relaxation, nutrition and alternative therapies, all delivered by practitioners with many years’ experience in the sector.

There will also be one-to-one coaching with Danielle and free time to enjoy the outstanding facilities and the local area of Hayfield Upper House which is at the foot of Kinder Scout, the highest peak in the Peak District National Park. The luxury retreat is a former hunting lodge which has been restored to the highest standards and is set in 30 acres of woodland, offering tranquillity and privacy.

The first retreats will take place in January as the affects of divorce and separation can peak at this time of year. Bookings are now being taken and each retreat takes no more than four guests.

As well as helping people to deal with specific issues, Danielle works with clients to help them save time and money as her sessions aim to control and manage emotions and remain reasonable in meetings. Danielle’s coaching also assists with minimising the impact of divorce on children, helping to maintain relationships with any wider family, helping clients to communicate effectively and- ultimately- making sure they recover more quickly and move forwards confidently.

Danielle, from Endcliffe in Sheffield, has undertaken numerous qualifications and has been personally coaching people affected by issues such as divorce, redundancy, retirement and business-related stress and anxiety since 2009. Danielle trained with Barefoot Coaching, renowned for providing university-accredited coaching qualifications which are approved by the National Council of Psychotherapists, the International Coaching Federation and the Accredited Coach Training Programme.

Danielle is also a member of the Association for Coaching, a top professional body promoting best practice in the coaching sector.

Before becoming a coach, 56-year-old Danielle, who moved to the UK from France almost 30 years ago, worked for universities around the UK. At the University of West Scotland, Danielle developed and later managed a commercial language centre and also worked with clients such as IBM, BP and the Law Society of Scotland. She then moved to Sheffield University where she became the director of their language teaching centre.

Speaking about the success of Personal Crisis and the launch of Renew Yourself, Danielle said: “Renew Yourself was a natural progression for my business and I now have some superb experts on board for these retreats- there’s nothing else like them in the country. We offer a specialist approach to go to the root of the problem and which can have a profound and lasting effect.

“I work with a wide range of people going through periods of intense stress caused by work, divorce and separation, many of whom may also be in industries where there are high incidences of stress, as well as emotional and psychological issues. I deal with aspects that might be affecting confidence and help manage fear and anxiety levels so that they can get on with their lives and start afresh.

“So many clients have said that they would love to be able to take a break away with likeminded people, following a break-up, hence the retreats have been organised to provide the ideal place for people to relax and benefit from expert help as well as time to themselves in a beautiful location.”

Prices for the three night breaks start from £2495 and include all therapies, one-to-one coaching, meals and exclusive use of all facilities.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Anna Addison .

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