love all of Gary Direnfelds work. In my opinion in today's changing world we
need a life coach to help us understand these changes. I am proud to say Gary is
my life coach and I am learning so much. As a very strong minded woman it takes
a lot to admit he gets it. I would recommend Gary in any situation concerning
family work situations ..basically real life. You will be rewarded with feeling
you are being helped to be the best person you can be. Being happy with who you
are is the best gift you can give yourself. ..thank you for helping me see there
is a different way instead of having tunnel vision."
just wanted to express to new people who are thinking of using your services…
Gary is truly a gift from God as it relates to understanding complex
relationships , being able teach people why relationships are where there at
& provide healthy sustainable outcomes if participatants truly wish to work
at positive long term outcomes."
"Gary has passion for life and cares deeply and that deep caring attitude
resonates in everyone of our sessions when we dealt with our children’s
issues, my wife’s parental geriatric issues and our committed relationship…
The sessions seem very quick but you will always leave knowing Gary’s
position. He is 100% honest and does not sugar coat. I feel if you want to truly
be a better person with the intent to grow spiritually with depth and
accountability in the sense of understanding who you are, why your at a certain
point in your life and you want to move forward positively in your life…..
husband and I met with you last year and I wanted to send you a note just
thanking you for that three hour session. You helped me tremendously and I
wanted to follow up and thank you for the experience of seeing how truly blessed
we are and helping me to understand myself and our relationship more clearly."
highly engaging and intelligent articles, blogs, commentaries, radio and
television interviews set him apart as a real game-changer in a field that is
definitely not for the faint of heart. His body of work reflects the kind of
empathy and insight that is so needed to support and assist children and
families struggling with major life transitions and challenges. Gary really gets
is a prolific writer and is able to get to the heart of many hard to deal with
issues. He writes about difficult and complicated issues and get to the heart of
the matter, simplifying and clarifying the underlying point. He is a beacon of
light and understanding in the very tough arena of family law and the problems
it presents for families, children and parents."
am pleased to recommend Gary Direnfeld as a highly competent and knowledgeable
Social Worker, particularly in the areas of child custody and access
assessments, parenting support, and contributions to our profession. As a
professional colleague I have both trained and consulted with Gary over the
years and have routinely found him to be up to date in all key areas, excellent
at articulating his views and the reasons for them, and committed to the overall
best interests of families. I have never hesitated in putting Gary's name
forward to clients as a referral option when the need arises."
you for the session. You synthesized information so quickly and put so many
things into perspective. I am feeling much more at peace than I have ever felt.
You clarified for me the "why's" and consequences of my experiences
and also nudged me forward with strategies and language that can move
relationships forward with our children.
an update regarding the transition of my 4 year old granddaughter and her
mother. I did take your advice and gradually
reintroduced her mother. It has worked out much better then expected. My
granddaughter now asks for her mother more then me, and they spend time alone
playing without my husband and I. My granddaughter still wants me around, but
has accepted that I do have things to do and that she can rely on her mother.
Thank you once again for your advice.
I split with my husband we came to see you. I had had an affair and was in the
wrong. Somehow you convinced him to let it go and to this day we have a
completely cordial relationship almost bordering on friendship. So important for
our son. Thank you Gary.
was so fortunate my ex was willing to see the situation for what it was. You
helped us with that. Thank you. We saw you for couples counselling as well but
we were not meant for each other. We both have the utmost respect for you.
Direnfeld, was my previous Manager when I was employed at the Centre for
Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation 20 years ago (20 years Gary?! WOW!). He is
a thoughtful, wise and compassionate Social Worker... and IMO an all around good
guy! Gary shares advice regarding relationships, be it with parents, children,
spouse, family in general and friends. His knowledge, care and support cover a
variety of interpersonal relationships, some extremely serious. Gary also shares
his insight in regards to current local and world events. I respect him
greatly... and I consider him my friend. If interested, I highly recommend that
you take a moment and have a peek at his page... and do 'Like' it as well! Gary
is very responsive when it comes to messages he receives and/or comments posted
on his page... he's just respectful that way... yet another reason I am fond of
him! Thank you Gary... for all you do... and for being.. you!
You truly have such great talent.
We saw you a couple of months ago regarding issues with our son. Your advice
has made such a big difference in how we interact with him, our other children
and each other . We are forever thankful grateful for your ongoing support
though personal appointments, your column and your ongoing posts. Thank you for
helping us to be the best parents we can be! .
At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I wanted to share that our
experiences in your workshops learning this exact advice has changed our
lives. Myself and my husband cannot express how grateful we are for
these tips as well as the ongoing articles reminding us to have
perspective and focus on the aspects of parenting that we can control.
Thank you, Gary
I was at the MIP this evening at the court house and I enjoyed listening to you
speak! I've been following your page
for the last year and it's really helped. Just wanted to thank you for that.
you so much for seeing me and my husband. We both got a lot out of our
time with you and took your feedback to heart. As you had suggested, my
husband followed up with his doctor about his anxiety and has been
taking medication for the past few weeks. It has made a huge difference
in terms of reducing his feelings of being overwhelmed. He's feeling a
lot better now, and combined with my efforts to chill out, be flexible,
and accept the normal chaos of our lives (again, as you had suggested),
we're doing much better. Your feedback that we are lovely people with a
great family and a lot of strengths in our relationship was
tremendously reassuring to hear. It's been helping me to cope on days
when the kids (and I) are tired, cranky, under the weather, or just
feeling whiny and miserable. I remind myself that life is messy and
mine is ultimately pretty awesome, so take a deep breath and lighten
Many thanks. I really appreciate what you have done for us.
Thank you so much, Gary for you wisdom, expertise, and care in helping us find a
way forward in the midst of such an emotional and difficult life experience. You
were a pleasure to work with and I really can't thank you enough how you helped.