JO O'DONOVAN - LIFE AND RELATIONSHIP COACH
Jo is passionate about relationships, whether romantic, within a family or with work colleagues. She has worked extensively with single people looking for love and couples who want to work on staying in a healthy, loving and intimate relationship.
Before moving to full-time coaching, Jo's background includes over 15 years in Educational leadership. She has extensive experience of working with students from diverse backgrounds in the use of Mindfulness, positive self-talk and working on building resilience. She has played a significant role in establishing a curriculum in experimental play and Inquiry within the outer suburbs of Melbourne.
She has completed a course in Coaching at Monash University, the highly acclaimed 'Critical Conversations' Training and learned Life Coaching at Robbins-Madanes Training under the teachers Tony Robbins, Cloe Madanes, Mark Peysha, and Magali Peysha.
"I don't think of myself as a relationship expert, but I have had my share of heartache and am pleased to say finally found love and harmony with those that surround me!
Like most of you, I began 'dating' various guys from around the age of 15...had a brief brush with an abusive relationship, which luckily didn't get too involved, continued dating and met my husband at the tender age of 21 whilst studying at Liverpool University in the UK. We weren't exactly love's young dream, but we got along well and within months...were pregnant!
We committed to 'giving it a go'. We soon had another child, and by the age of 25, I had two small children. My husband - now ex - was a great father, but the romantic love was less and less over the years. We fell into the trap of awesome parents but lousy partners! To top it all, he was a casual alcoholic - not roaring drunk, but always drinking. Funnily, our disconnect really started when he stopped drinking as it highlighted how much we used that time as our bond.
After 15 years and two wonderful kids, we just couldn't accept that 'this is it'. My then-husband took the brave step that I couldn't and called it a day. We divorced.
I came from a divorced family, and thought it would be fine...but divorce IS HARD and mostly on the kids! Nobody gets out unscathed!
So after about 12 months of singleton life - and desperate to meet someone who would be a true romantic partner - I was at a school trivia night (yep...it was fun times!) where I met a couple who had found each other online.
This was the start of my journey into online dating!
I had a couple of really good, but not quite right relationships. To be truthful, they were exactly what I needed at the time and taught me a lot about myself and my wants and needs in a partner!
Then...after being single again and 'searching for love' for about 7 months - I met him! I met the man of not only my dreams but the man I needed, who complemented me in every way! I genuinely believe he is my soul mate.
And, I met him on the internet... on a dating site! It truly happens.
That was 4 years ago now, and since then I have become more and more convinced that there is someone out there for everyone who wants it - we just need to know how to look! By understanding ourselves more, we can understand others and really make fulfiling connections. The work I do with my clients is to understand how to have better relationships with everyone in your life, so you and they are happier. This is everything from overbearing parents, teenage rebellion, work colleagues and so on. It's through our relationships we give and gain the greatest joy."