Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Marie Johnson.
Amanda Marie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Since as early as I can remember, I have been interested in psychology, personal development, nutrition, and holistic healing. When I was 19, I became a massage therapist/holistic healing practitioner and later an esthetician. I quickly gained an appreciation for the mind-body connection as people were showing up with much deeper issues than body pain and skin problems and they benefited from the other therapies I was able to incorporate. I loved studying different healing modalities and became especially drawn to work involving emotional healing using tools that leveraged my education in trauma. I understood the importance of treating the “whole” person. I began holding small workshops that taught mindset principals and meditation. I was helping people (my passion), my clientele grew fast, and I was busier than ever.
With this success, I knew that I wanted to, and needed to, learn more…
Louise Hay, author, teacher and founder of Hay House Publishing was a mentor of mine. Her philosophy, based around the theory that your thoughts and words create your life experience, resonated with me. I enrolled in her programs to become a workshop facilitator and coach, but never with the intention of becoming a “coach” to others. I am not particularly fond of the title “life coach”, because it implies to me that I will be setting the example of how to live one’s life, and that has never been my goal. I believe that we are all so uniquely different, and each of our minds is as different as snowflakes when it comes to our life experiences and the thinking patterns that we have because of those experiences.
With my intense desire to continue my education, I dove into energy psychology with an emphasis on trauma-informed coaching. Emotional Freedom Technique (“EFT”), also referred to as “tapping”, changed my life. I studied it alongside classes about neuroplasticity, law of attraction and healing the nervous system after emotional trauma. New clients began booking time with me, without even picking a specific service or issue to focus on. I would ask them what the “problem” was and then I would use my new toolset to intuitively and strategically work with them. The sessions invariably included tapping to help uncover memories, troubling events and issues that they wanted relief from, which. surprisingly, was frequently not realized by the client. I also utilized an aspect of self-love and affirmation as well as touch and growth-work between sessions. I am a nurturer by nature and have always had a gift for helping people tap into their own infinite wisdom.
My continued education, practical experience and years of training allowed me to blend modalities, and my program, Thought Therapy Coaching, was born!
Today, my programs have broadened to be helpful to a wider variety of people. I am excited to be able to say that I now work with people throughout the United States, parts of Europe, the Caribbean and Australia. How wonderful it is to be able to help people throughout the world to feel better and lead happier lives.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I would say the process was not easy as I certainly was hit by roadblocks and heart blocks along the way. In the spring of 2017, I was faced with the opportunity to really practice what I preach when I lost my only son to incarceration. We were blindsided by a very unjust circumstance that nearly knocked the life out of me as a mother. The loss, grief and emotional pain was to this date, the most horrendous and uncomfortable situation I had ever been through. AND – I am still in it!
Our bodies do crazy things when they are on overload. I broke out in an eight-month, head-to-toe rash and my entire physical body was off balance. I had to reach deep into my own personal toolbox to pull myself back up. EFT was not only instrumental but critical, to my personal healing process. I am forever grateful for every part of my story, because, without this experience, I would not have been able to truly understand human suffering and PTSD in the ways that I do. Taking classes are great, but nothing educates a person like real-life experiences. Having lived the pain firsthand I am now graced with so much empathy, wisdom, and insight when it comes to helping others experiencing a difficult emotional situation.
The experience I gained from my son’s incarceration has opened my eyes to a new group of people in need. Parents of incarcerated children face a confusing, frustrating, costly and emotionally devastating situation. The secondary impacts can include social shunning, guilt, fear, anger, shame and many more negative emotions. I have started several pilot programs designed to help this group and am very excited by the results. I plan to launch a more formal program later this year but would welcome anyone with interest to reach out to me now.
My advice to young women is to first believe in themselves. Believe in your calling. Believe that small voice inside that speaks to you about your passions and ideas. Nurture it and Go for it! There is not another woman in the whole world who will have the same stories, experiences and gifts as you do. It is also important to care deeply. In today’s world, it seems that many “coaches” enter the market to make money – and results can take a second seat. I feel that my focus on helping people has led me to a successful business – a business that I am very proud of. Many people might want to share a similar message, but no one can share it the way that you can!
We’d love to hear more about Thought Therapy Coaching.
I help people find purpose in their pain and help them to move from that pain to create a life experience that feels good. Thought Therapy Coaching focuses on your issue, problem, pain point or, challenge first – often uncovering issues that were not recognized by the client but are important to the healing process. We work together and use EFT to address the energy in the body. The process is much like acupuncture but without the needles. (Think modern-day psychology mixed with ancient Chinese medicine). EFT is a process that can be learned by anyone and done anywhere, as it only involves yourself, your fingertips and your feelings. I simply guide people through the process. EFT is proven to be highly effective at treating anxiety and can be used to create long-lasting positive results for a multitude of issues, including stress, depression, weight loss, physical body problems, limiting beliefs, PTSD, and much more. EFT stops the natural fight-or-flight response that the brain activates in our bodies when faced with stress. Whether I am working one-on-one with someone, or teaching in a group setting, I guide my clients through their own personal process so that they can shift negative emotions out of their body and achieve a state of peace and balance.
Once this shift occurs (often within the first session), the fun begins!! We work together to identify and eliminate negative beliefs that are holding them back. We transform these negative beliefs into affirmations and a new life story which begins the process of rewiring the brain.
I use many processes and tools that can reach the unconscious mind and initiate healing. We work together to change the theme of their life into hope, possibility, playfulness and positive expectation!
I absolutely LOVE guiding people to their own inner wisdom. I have found that there is always a reward when we follow our inner guidance.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
I feel that with today’s technology, women have a great opportunity to be seen and to be heard. Women with a message and a passion to help others have an opportunity to reach people all over the world and help make the world a better place! How awesome is THAT!?!
- I work one on one with people in 4 or 6-week programs.
- I do group coaching/teaching
- public speaking events
- Website: www.ThoughtTherapyCoaching.com
- Phone: 760-583-2775
- Email: amanda@ThoughtTherapyCoaching.com
- Instagram: instagram/amandamariejohnson – missmandy11
- Facebook: Amanda Marie Johnson