"I have known Bill for almost 15 years. He is a highly skilled therapist with tremendous depth, intensity and insight. He has always been as committed to his own growth and learning as he has been passionate about his work. He possesses a calm and open-hearted presence and brings to Life Coaching not only his wisdom and years of experience, but a focused intellect and emotional maturity that is a precious and rare combination. "
Shawn Katz, Ph.D., Psychotherapist, Hove, UK
"Bill is a highly skilled psychologist with a vast experience. I would highly recommend Bill to anybody who needs guidance because he will go straight to what really matters with gentle and unique insight, compassion, and a sense of humour."
Alix Whittal, Homeopath, Tokyo
"I’ve had an incredible 9 months working with Bill. He is an incisive coach and a brilliant spiritual mentor, with acute bullshit detector. Specifically, he’s helped me to work through (and sometimes overcome) some deep relationship patterns, focus and tune my business / work / life direction to a more soul-sastisfying direction, and ultimately coached me into a much deeper relationship with my heart. The latter manifest in a much more enjoyable, heart centered day to day experience of life. We’ve also deeply explored a form of practical spirituality - being right here, right now, in the heart… that feels dogma-free, fresh and real. I’m excited about taking the work further and deeper with him. He’s a deeply grounded, loving, and very focused ally to have on my side as I adventure through life."
Jeremy de Tolly, composer, singer, guitarist, pianist and producer, Cape Town.
"We were recommended Bill for couple counselling around 4 years ago by a close friend and he has been our most consistent and trusted support ever since.
Bill is incredibly thorough and precise at listening to and understanding the subtleties of us as individuals and our different emotions and needs as a man and woman. He has shown and taught us how to best work our relationship as a couple. His help has got us through many life changes and milestones. Made us stronger together as a partnership but also as individuals. He is highly skilled and passionate in his profession."
Rebecca and Sam Talbot, Yoga Teacher and Director/Producer respectively, London.
"Bill is one of the finest people we have had the pleasure to know. We consider him to be a personal teacher...He will always occupy a special place in our history."
Steven Foster & Meredith Little, Founders - School of Lost Borders, California
"There are few people I know who have such profound insight, compassion and understanding."
Natalia Baker, Metaphysical Teacher, Author, Retreat & Workshop Facilitator,
Cape Town, South Africa
"The broad scope of Bill's experience informs his practice in a unique and comprehensive way. Any interactions with him leaves you feeling you have walked away with something tremendously valuable. I cannot recommend him highly enough."
Paul Carter, Behavioural Neuropsychologist, Wales
"Bill has been a fantastic anchor during a time of considerable change in my life."
Andrew Newman, Author, Healer, Cape Town, South Africa
"Bill Petrie is one of the most skilful and insightful psychotherapists I have come across. He holds a very grounded spiritual perspective and he creates a very safe, non-judgmental and loving space where difficulties can be explored and one's goals achieved. I will highly recommend him to anybody! I feel truly privileged having known and worked with him!"
Theodore Kyriakos, Psychotherapy/Supervision/Course Facilitator, Healer, USA
"Having successfully sold a business I realised that the success had come at significant expense in terms of my personal wellbeing. Bill’s guidance allowed me to identify what truly makes me happy. I would highly recommend Bill to anyone who wishes to achieve meaningful success while enjoying the journey."
Ryan Morison, Digital Publishing Entrepreneur, UK
"Bill combines psychotherapy and spirituality in a fluid and dynamic way, that creates a path for heart-centred change, and I thoroughly recommend his work to all who are interested in transformation."
Elizabeth Heren, Psychotherapist, Sesame Practitioner, Facilitator & Supervisor, UK
"Bill is an amazing person with outstanding insight. He has an uncanny ability to identify issues and then to resolve them in a creative way. He is truly gifted at his work and I can highly recommend him."
David de Waal, Founder of Steeple Low-Commission Estate Agents, Cape Town
"Bill is a wonderful healer. He provides a clear and grounded sense of what is going on in a person's life. He always held a strong and secure spiritual space of peace for me. It is always exciting working with Bill, as his wisdom and experience is so profound, his credibility through years of practice shines through. Highly recommended, and I'm always grateful for our meeting."
Lara Schachat, Administrative Business Partner / Google | YouTube, London, UK
"Bill is a compassionate, wise and a genuinely kind human being, who knows the landscape of the souls journey and is willing to walk beside you as you explore this rich terrain. He has wealth of professional and personal experience, this mixed with his hearty sense of humour, makes for a wonderful guide through life."
Jo Bartholomew, Registered Psychotherapist & Personal Lifestyle Coach, New Zealand
"Bill is an insightful, subtle and humble Man who has a rare ability of addressing underlying issues and hidden internal structures which cause numerous external and chaotic symptoms in our lives. My work with Bill allowed me to gain a unique perspective about myself and my personal choice of direction and purpose in life. He truly is an inspirational guide."
Abigail Iquo Isuo Peters, Psychotherapist, Harley Street, London, UK
"It is very rare to meet as realistic, competent, intuitive and clinically experienced a professional as he is. I can recommend Bill Petrie without any reservation."
Oliver Schubbe, Trauma Specialist, Germany
"I have known Bill Petrie for several years, as a friend, co-teacher of meditation and personal growth, and therapist. I have valued several aspects of my time with him. Firstly, his integrity, honestly and humility on the journey of self-exploration. So I trust him. Secondly his extensive experience as a therapist which enable him to be an effective support when travelling the often rocky road of personal and spiritual growth. Third, his broad experience in different spiritual systems of the world, which gives him a perspective and range of approaches well beyond traditional western therapy and spirituality that can be extremely valuable. I think anyone who is working with him is actually very lucky"
Mark Borchers, Director Sustainable Energy Africa, Director Kagyu Samye Dzong Buddhist Centre, Cape Town
"You helped me greatly,
I have never forgotten the work we did."
"With your safe space and wisdom. You have saved my life twice. There is no better Therapist that covers every facet of life. The known and unknown. You are a true blessing to planet earth. I thank you from the very depth of my being. "
"Bill is grounded, present, listens deeply and has a broad knowledge of therapeutic approaches. He has been a valuable and sound support helping me to keep true to my values through devastating times. His gentle and insightful skills allowed me to find meaning and restore hope again in the ashes of a family disaster. He has also taught me some energy clearing and alignment practices that I use often when I need to gather myself into focus and when facing formidable challenges in life. While Bill is able to relate to some of the stranger realms of the psyche, sessions with him are always practical as well."
Gayle Kent, Cape Town.
"I am eternally grateful for the input that you had on my life in 2014 and 2015 when I was going through a particularly dark patch and I needed your wisdom and counselling. I thought that you would appreciate that the best recognition of your work is to have the understanding that I have met and conquered my demons."
Brett Susan, Cape Town.
So many others have given testimonials but prefer to remain anonymous.
Here are a few of their comments:
“Bill guided me through a particularly tumultuous time in my professional life which involved being asked to join the family business to implement an agreed succession plan. Needless to say the plan was met with resistance and sabotage which resulted in a lengthy period of disharmony and dysfunction within the family, impacting my personal life. During this time Bill patiently and gently guided closer to an understanding of what really matters in my life. After seven years in the family business I was finally able to gather the resolve to walk away from an unhealthy environment"
“After a short period of time working with Bill I have experienced both increased effectiveness and productivity and a marked difference in my day-to-day positivity and energy. Bill is very much a coach for those who are distrustful of coaching. He is free of pretension and illusion, approaches problems practically, and seems dedicated to applying resources and techniques that work for you as an individual. Most importantly for me, Bill has pathos and humor and I always felt that he understood without judgment, and cared deeply about his clients. I arrived at the coaching in a roundabout way, being initially skeptical of the process, but have now enthusiastically referred several close friends to Bill which is the best endorsement I can give.”
“For over a year now, Bill has been my supervisor as I have gone about establishing my practice as a counsellor. I have found that Bill has drawn on his extensive experience as a psychotherapist and wide range of knowledge of different approaches, helping me connect with my own style and approach. Through this transition of establishing my practice in the market place, Bill has been a mentor, supporting me as I have addressed the issues of self-doubt, lack of clarity and life’s purpose, ensuring that I am integrating the essence of who I am into my work environment. For this I am deeply grateful.”
“I had the privilege of attending a “What Really Matters” retreat run and facilitated by Bill. The experience re-opened conversations with myself I had thought were exhausted and re-ignited my interest in exploring new frontiers … Bill was key in providing independent, objective and compassionate feedback to both my personal and professional quests. The retreat will hold a special place in my heart and is definitely a ‘pin’ on the board charting my course through this life. What made the experience all the more special was Bill’s willingness as a facilitator to also share his experiences and journey ‘with’ the group. Bill touched my heart and I would absolutely recommend him as a skilled and heart-centered professional. “
“Bill is a very experienced and trusted coach and therapist. He has a wonderful mix of head and heart and has helped me and my husband through some difficult and challenging stages of my life. As a therapist and coach myself, I respect Bill immensely and couldn’t recommend him more to others.”
“Bill is a naturally gifted coach and mentor. He has a deep and holistic knowledge of those factors that affect us at this time, and which contribute to us feeling overwhelmed, experiencing a lack of purpose in life, feelings of stress, exhaustion and self-doubt, as well as feelings of being out of balance. Bill is passionate about his work and his role in assisting his clients in achieving their true potential in this life.
Bill skilfully guided me through a process of getting to know myself, and encouraged me to deeply experience any feelings that arose within this context, always reminding me not to hold any attachment to past events or emotions. In this way, I obtained invaluable support in the difficulties I was experiencing in integrating my work-life situation, and also with the integration of a spiritual life and a disciplined spiritual practice in a busy lifestyle.
Bill always displayed true compassion during our meetings – he is deeply supportive, whilst always respectful of my space and the truths that I needed to uncover for myself.
Through Bill’s guidance and support, significant shifts occurred in my life.
I cannot recommend Bill highly enough.”
“Bill has the kind of wisdom and generosity of presence, which leads one beyond the ‘overwhelm’ and stress of many insistent demands, into a wider perspective… One becomes aware of his profound knowledge of psychological issues which informs his approach; a context which is richly enhanced by his spiritual maturity.”
“I went to see Bill during a time of overwhelming stress and imminent loss (of our business). Family relationships were fractured due to legal and financial issues and the future looked bleak. Bill helped me clarify my values and discover practical ways live by them in the distress of that time. He showed me methods of listening deeply for inner wisdom and for strengthening my core. He was particularly insightful in interpreting a significant dream, thereby enabling me to find new life and hope arising out of the turmoil. Through this inner work in sessions with him, I have been able to step forwards into a refreshing, new chapter of my life”
“I found something within myself that I hadn’t realised I possessed and I am beginning to look at myself and my life with fresh eyes as a result.
“Thank you once again for your heartfelt care and encouragement”.“I just wanted to thank you for my amazing time…The universe showed up for me, and somehow now I have got to show up …I want you to know how pivotal you have been in this for me”.
“I would like to thank you for your caring support and wisdom. For me it was a great experience”
“Thank you so much for facilitating such an extraordinary experience for me”
I can’t thank you enough for creating such a safe space… it was just what I needed”
“It was more of an experience than I had dared hope for…For me, truly priceless”
“An extraordinarily profound experience for me”
“A catalyst for growth in an extremely powerful and profound way…I can think of many who would benefit…I can’t tell you how impressed I am.”
“I think what you have been doing is amazing and of huge value to those of us who benefit from your experience.”
“It feels like a door has not only been opened but been flung wide.”
“Four years on I still benefit … Life is slower and more peaceful. I am confident and am far happier and comfortable in my own company.”
“It was a truly life-changing experience and the start of my spiritual journey”
“It was by far one of the most meaningful experiences I have had in a long time and definitely fits in the category of peak experiences for me…”
“Bill is a great teacher and … I learned immensely from him.”
“Bill has guided us with insight, wisdom and maturity. We have all been impressed by his undisputed breadth of knowledge. He comes over as congruent, warm and challenging but not judgmental.
His particular wisdom comes from the crucible of his own suffering.”
“What I can however vouch for is the huge impact and influence Bill’s role as a psychologist, teacher and friend has had on my personal life – something that I will be grateful to him forever.”
“Bill has the vast breadth of knowledge and experience spanning both spiritual and psychological areas… how many individuals out there have this sort of background and experience. I trust and respect him as a leader and as an individual.”
Bill ” taught me that I can trust my own heart …”
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