Story Coaching Testimonials
on writing a personal narrative
"June has taken her passion for Jungian psychology and Joseph Campbell’s teachings on myth, the hero’s journey, and the inner landscape of the storyteller and story-listener, and has brought it to life in Truth and Illusion. Her willingness and ability to listen, to guide, and to co-create the storytelling experience are evidenced by the depth of awareness and acceptance that is experienced in her Truth and Illusion workshops. The workshop offers a warm space and place where going within and meeting the self is accepted and welcomed. June takes what is in the depths and gently brings it out so that new life - a new awareness of self - may be born."
Jennifer Phenix, Professor of Humanities, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sheridan
"Working with June Cupido in the creative process to explore unique ways of telling my story has been an incredible, game changing experience. I am a writer. Memoir is my genre which means I dig deep to unearth truths about my life. Truths that involve both childhood wonder, adventures, and lies. June has an amazing gift. In the most gentle way, she coaxes words and images from her students which she holds in her hand like precious stones. She saves your stones until the time is right to give them back, and when you accept them, you receive a liberating gift, even more precious. June’s ability to ask hard questions in a way that holds no intimidation or pressure, birthed new stories, new memories and new approaches to my work.
Working with June is an exciting adventure! She partners with you to find the truth and beauty and love that has been waiting for you to discover in those deep, dark and delicious chapters of your life."
Margaret Terry, Writer, Author, Public Speaker
'As an actor, portraying someone else's story is a challenge in itself. After working with June and seeing my own story come together on a page in front of me is an experience that has changed my life forever. Together we found a way to tell my story in a way that would make an audience laugh, cry, and feel personally connected. Our sessions together were deep, interesting conversations about experiences that have shaped me as a person and that I will use to become a better person tomorrow. Developing a personal narrative that flowed as cohesive and fluent seemed impossible before I started working with June."
Jason Wolff, is a singer, actor, dancer, writer, composer, director and is a current Sheridan Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance student.
"I was introduced to June Cupido's work through her presentation of “Truth and Illusion”, which I saw workshopped at Sheridan College. As a professional storyteller, I immediately resonated with the play's themes and deep exploration of the stories we tell ourselves and others. I was also impressed with her direction of the play and experience as a writer and performer. It was obvious to me that this was someone who had a deep appreciation and understanding of personal narratives and theatrical performance. On that basis, I contacted her to work with me.
My vision has been to write a memoir and to prepare an extract from it for solo performance. We have engaged in an ongoing process that involves a deep exploration of my inner landscape and my writing while engaging in conversation that at times explores archetypes and Jungian psychology. As a story coach, June Cupido creates a safe space for creative expression that engenders trust, vulnerability, and critical reflection. She is a compassionate listener but equally a coach who challenges you when needed. She is supportive, patient, and caring and I would recommend her highly to anyone who is willing to enter into that “deep, dark, and delicious” world of the self."
Dr. Michael Williams, Ph.D, Storyteller, Writer, Radio Host firstname.lastname@example.org
"I was fortunate to be asked to play a role in the original Truth & Illusion production as a story teller. June has amazing energy, passion and dedication that she brings to her work. It was June’s coaching, guidance and support that allowed me to dig deep and open-up in order to share my personal story. I have had quite the life journey, experiencing sadness, pain and depression in my life. I have been in transformation mode over the past 7 years and have healed (with a lot of help and support). June was inspirational in helping me tell my story in a manner that allowed me to be raw, authentic and real while maintaining the love I have for my new life.. grateful to have been part of the journey with this incredible initiative - Truth & Illusion… "
Dan Manns, Career Development Relationship Manager at McMaster University within the Faculty of Science, Life Coach - focusing on those in the GLBTQ community.
"Working with June is like chatting with an old friend. Upon first meeting her, I felt I had known her for years. Her presence is comforting, familiar, and above all else without judgement. Over our many writing sessions, she listened with empathy and neutrality as I answered her questions about my life experiences. Her questions were simple to start – about memories of people, childhood, school… yet with each response we discovered more memories that linked to more memories until we had a web of moments, all connected to a greater theme – a ‘golden nugget’ – my realisation – my truth at the centre of it all. Together, we collaboratively untangled the web, a process of clarifying and grounding the narrative in a central theme, so my personal journey would be clear to me, and to the audience.
There is a simple magic in being heard by someone. And there is an even greater magic in having one’s confessions reflected back in a beautiful, humorous, and powerful statement. This is a magic that June possesses. I couldn’t have foreseen how important telling my story to others would be, until she helped me discover it.
I feel stronger, braver, and more of a performer than ever before thanks to my experience with June. If you have the chance to work with her – take it! You can only benefit from feeling the effects of her magic."
Senn Gelinas, is a singer, actor, dancer, and is a current Sheridan Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance student.
"June provided the opportunity for an exploration and deeper dive into oral storytelling. Her coaching allowed me to be more vulnerable in my sharing of an extremely profound event. The process of weaving my ideas and experiences into a storytelling performance was incredible and allowed me to immerse completely into the art of storytelling.I will always be grateful to have been part of this beautiful event with other storytellers and to know that the evening contributed to an important cause. I look forward to more of June’s gifts to community and hope to have another opportunity to tell a story."
Sue Phillips, Critical Illness/End of Life Doula, Pronouns: she/her/hers
suephillips.ca 905-630-4193, Vice-President: End of Life Doula Association of Canada
Working with June was an extraordinarily creative experience! I felt comfortable in sharing my life story in June's presence. She was patient and attentive in shinning a light on the small details which really made my story come to life. June has a natural ability to weave stories in a way that really captures her audience and keeps them engaged. Thank you, June, for your energy, spirit and amazing talent that brought my “Some kind of Wonderful” story to the center stage.
I look forward to our work together in the future!
Melissa Truelove, Truelove Counselling RSW, Counsellor, 289-244-5889
From the very first time I met with June I knew that she was curious and compassionate. As our time together progressed I was reassured by June's ability to trust that a story, my story, the story that needed to be told would come to the surface. This safety provided the boundaries I needed to explore my inner world, to cry and make connections and ultimately celebrate my evolution as a person. Although the process was never introduced as therapy, there is no denying that it was very therapeutic. I learned to not only listen to my thoughts and feelings but to the messages my body was sending, the truth it was holding and waiting to release. June was a coach in the truest sense of the word. She was encouraging and held me to a standard of honesty, vulnerability and excellence.
Carmen Cooper, Stroyteller, Social Worker