"Compassion is a deep desire to see others relieved of suffering; love is the other facet, a strong wish to see others happy" - The Dalai Lama
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I met Robert thirteen years ago when I was at a cross-roads in my life. I was 22 and had just left a job as an office manager in a small company. Whilst I believe I was very good at the job I had no passion for it.
My parents gave me a part-time job in the family sandwich shop so I could think about what I wanted to do. I appreciated this, but my parent’s expectation was the best I could hope for was to marry someone with money. I started to seriously think about where I was going to be in ten years time and realised that I had no goals in life or any self-belief that I could be any more than I was; and that wasn’t a happy person.
I also had a number of addictions so I began a search for alternatives. Attending several seminars I sort of just kept bumping into Rob. It was definitely the best thing I had done and completely transformed my life.
Instead of thinking about limitations I started to dream about what I could do with my life and dramatically changed my belief system. I had always wanted something where I could directly work with people but never thought I was intelligent enough to get qualifications; so had given up before I began.
By lifting my goals and believing I could achieve them, I enrolled in a diploma in professional counselling and activated a whole new life. I went on to complete an additional five year advanced diploma program with Rob, something I would never even have considered in the past.
Today, I have two wonderful children and a husband that I met at one of Rob’s programs. I am still growing academically by completing a Bachelor of Psychology. I have my own fulfilling business with a small number of great clients where I can structure my workload around my own passions and family time.
I have set new goals and I am moving clearly towards them. New opportunities are attracted to me and I make the choice whether or not I want to fit them into my lifestyle. In fact, even if I don’t work, it doesn’t affect my long term goals.
I would say that without experiencing Robert’s programs I would probably now be working successfully; but in an unfulfilling and mediocre job that I had no interest in. In fact, I would probably be depressed.
I highly recommend Robert’s programs to anyone wanting serious change in their life. It has given me the belief that I can do anything I want and that the world is my oyster.
Robert Kirby has been a part of a major change in my personal life which has ultimately impacted on positive changes in my work life.
When you have reached a high level of management within a company it is not often that you are inspired by training and coaching techniques that have major changes in both your personal and work life. Through Robert Kirby’s techniques I have been fortunate enough to unravel issues that I did not even know that I have kept deep inside me from many years in the past.
By focusing on these issues and understanding the different types of people that we are surrounded with in our day to day life I have been able to increase my productivity and also increase productivity of my team.
Understanding people and their needs assists in creating a positive work environment which equates to reduction in sick leave. Working with people’s attributes and understanding their insecurities creates a workplace where staff genuinely cares about the company success.
The bottom line is that company profits are related to the environment at work and Robert Kirby has the tools to make positive change in organisations.
International Hotel Services
I met Robert Kirby in early 2010. My initial meeting, referred by a friend, was for personal reasons. I was fed up with living and I had lost interest in everything I was doing. I was depressed!
A significant shift took place for me after a two day Workshop. My energy was flowing through me once again. It was a good feeling after six to seven years of feeling sorry for myself. Somehow I had found more time to enjoy life.
I noticed changes in dynamics between myself and my wife and family. Communication between all of us was more open and unchallenged. Health wise my own back pain was a thing of the past!
This of course has also carried into my business. Not so long ago it was a real chore, working 60 + hours a week, spending time I didn’t have fixing problems, not enough work, too much work, irate customers, unhappy staff.
Now I work just four days a week. The staff looks after the problems [if we have any] for me and are happy to do so. The work flow is just right and I enjoy what I do. Opportunities seem to present themselves to me and I am much clearer on making the right decision from within and moving with it rather than missing out as I had done in the past.
The processes and “tools” Robert supplies you with are actions you can use every day to improve yourself. They take just a few minutes a day; just like a regular fitness program.
Financially, decisions I have made over the last six to eight months will pay off for myself and the family. I know they are the future. Nothing can stop me now.
“When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease I became angry, resentful, and fell deeply into victimhood. After finding and working with Robert Kirby I was able to own and experience the many ways my painful childhood had settled in my gut and I had closed off my heart. I was filled with trauma from the past that hadn’t been addressed or acknowledged. Robert used techniques that led me to release beliefs, emotions, and feelings that were at the core of my illness. With his help I healed from a disease that I had been told repeatedly was incurable. I am eternally grateful for Robert’s wisdom and his determination for me to recognize and listen to the language of my body and live from my heart.”
I was recommended to Robert Kirby over ten years ago through a work colleague. At the time, I was frustrated in my profession. Although I had very high merits I was being passed over for promotions and couldn’t really understand why. Eventually, I was taken aside by a manager and told it wasn’t the results I was getting but the way I was going about my work. I was dispirited and unhappy.
At first, I was resistant to doing anything with Robert. Having a very rigid upbringing in the north of England, I didn’t really consider that I needed what Robert was offering. I didn’t even feel that this type of work was something that was appropriate for men, let alone a stiff engineer like me. But armed with my protective shield of a business suit and with some fear I decided to try Robert out.
The work with Robert just blew me away. It lifted a veil for areas I had never even seen before and made me realise that my professional life had been a series of jobs working with unhappy, and in some cases, angry and dysfunctional bosses and colleagues. I saw there was a pattern I needed to break, of moving from one unfulfilling job to another, and Robert as the means to getting there.
Within six months I was promoted and was feeling happier in the workplace than I ever had before. My relationships with my wife and family also improved, even though that was something which I didn’t have planned.
Ten years on and I have moved up the corporate ladder; now with another company and everything about my work is different. I have a positive outlook and find work much easier to complete and with far less stress; in fact, all the business ‘metrics’ have improved significantly.
My relationships with colleagues are excellent and I am attracting fantastic and enthusiastic people to work with. We are the envy of many others who question how we operate without the normal office politics and back-biting.
The work with Robert has transformed my life and I would recommend anyone in an unfulfilling or unhappy work environment to look at his programs.
Robert Kirby is a highly experienced, committed and passionate facilitator, counsellor, psychotherapist, teacher & leader.Robert Kirby is a highly experienced, committed and passionate facilitator, counsellor, psychotherapist, teacher & leader.
He is creative, enthusiastic, deeply insightful and honest.
His knowledge & wisdom on spirituality, consciousness, body pyschotherapy, healing the mind, body and spirit are expansive & comprehensive. He works with both individuals & groups with skill & mastery. His approach is compassionate, empathetic, loving, as well as challenging, light hearted & humorous!!
He applies his unique talents to tune into his client’s issues and challenges with creative precision, always having their best interests at heart & in spirit.
He sees the truth in people, the human struggle & greatness. This enables his clients to see, feel and experience their own truth, beauty, energy, awareness, and inner strength – thus providing a path for their emotional & spiritual development.
It continues to be an inspiration to witness this transformation in people, their growth, maturity and improved quality of life.
I have known and worked closely with Robert Kirby for over five years - as my teacher, therapist, mentor and now colleague. I have found him to be both professional & honest in his conduct, with me, his students & clients, in all areas of his practice including one on one sessions, group work, live-in retreats, workshops & Heart Energetics Training modules.
Robert is also a loving, committed & compassionate father.
Enjoy your journey!
With love & compassion,
Dr John Stellios
Counsellor & Pyschotherapist
Dip. HE C, Adv. Dip. HE Pysc,
Post Grad. Dip. HE Pysc
“My eight year old son was dangerously walking in his sleep, almost nightly. I had an opportunity to take him for a session with Robert Kirby and can only begin to tell you how much this one hour changed our lives. My son was adopted at two years old by my husband and he hadn’t seen his genetic father since. but never displayed any signs of care or concern. We spoke about it and it was a non-issue, at least on the outside. Robert discovered trauma and a string of abandonment patterns throughout my son’s body that I suspect would have ended up in illness if it had not been addressed. My son was unknowingly acting out his fear and pain at night, unable to look it in the eye in the light of day. My son didn’t know he was sleepwalking. I watched as Robert invited him to open up his energy points and release the pain that was directing him unconsciously. That experience was loving and brilliant as Robert guided him to see how his outside was merely acting out what he was denying on the inside. I watched his little heart open and begin to feel and release the pain he had stored. My son transformed, became free, and the sparkle in his eyes came from the deepest part of his heart. He never sleepwalked again.”
Author of Allowing, A portrait of forgiving and letting life love you.
As a visiting international Core Energetics teacher at Robert Kirby's Heart Energetics Institute, I am impressed by his unwavering commitment to his clients and students, his inspiring enthusiasm as a body-mind educator, and the exceptional quality and maturity of the students and graduates I have met! For me, his program offers a perfect mix of personal transformation experiences that are so essential for becoming a good therapist and the intellectual understanding that is the backbone of good and responsible body-centered counselling. Robert's training programs are grounded in the latest counselling technologies, as well as in current neuro-science, New Biology and even Quantum Physics. In our field, Robert is a a true visionary with a big and generous heart, and a champion of anybody who desires to grow to become a whole and fully empowered person!"
Kuno Bachbauer, MD is a senior member of the Faculty of the Institute of Core Energetics, in New York, USA. He also teaches Core Energetics in Brazil and Australia.
“Robert Kirby is the most trustworthy, truthful and honest man i have ever known,he has the ability to hold a safe & loving space for all people who want to heal their lives.
He is able to give his undivided attention & support to all his clients,students or workshop attendees,i believe he can do this because he has done" the hard yards himself ",many many years of deep self work which has allowed him to have a true connection to himself and to God.
He has an amazing ability to work on many different levels of consciousness with people, their minds, their bodies and their souls,with a deep understanding of people and many years of experience he has been my teacher for the past 5 years,and has helped transform my ordinary safe life into a extraordinary exciting one, one of much more expanded consciousness , which has allowed me to feel deep gratitude with all i have in my life,and helped me find myself and my faith.
R.K. is a man of great integrity.
I wholeheartedly encourage you to go forward in your life and if you have an opportunity to be around Robert, grab it with both hands
and hang on for the ride of your life, i did and i feel so grateful to have had the experience.”
Core /Heart Energetics Therapist
Registered Nurse, midwife
I regard Robert Kirby as being one of the world's leading visionaries within the field of human transformation. His depth of insight and knowledge relating to the bodymind is considerable, more importantly however, is his ability to facilitate awareness and healing through the use of Core Energetics. I have personally experienced considerable personal gain from his work, I highly recommend Robert and his workshops"
Dr Mark Atkinson, Holistic medical physician, Founder of the Whole Body Healing Centre, London, UK www.drmarkatkinson.com
“Robert Kirby was an extraordinary guest facilitator for Core Energetics Los Angeles. I have never witnessed someone "reading" the human body before. His uncanny accuracy was astonishing.
“Robert immediately made me feel comfortable when he took over as the leader of our group. It took some measure of courage to lead our first year group. Because we are a new group that have trust issues, having a "guest" leader touched a nerve with some members and they let him know it. He faced it with compassion and humility. He also revealed a vulnerable side to himself which touched me as I personally didn't need any convincing of his sincerity and authenticity as a very capable man of experience.”
When it was time to conclude our training, because he'd won our hearts, it was difficult to say goodbye to such a tender hearted and inspiring natural leader.”
Core Energetics Participant
Robert Kirby is a knowledgeable and energetic group leader and therapist. His very astute observations lead people to take the next steps on the path toward health and happiness. His spiritual connections and caring heart are tremendous assets in his work with people. He has an ability to teach and inform in an absolutely fascinating manner.
Karyne B. Wilner, PSYD, Licensed Psycholgist, Director: Integratd Psycholgical Services Center, Assistant Director: Institute of Core Energetics,
“My name is Lynn Wood, 63 year old female. I am a student of Radical Aliveness Core Energetics in Southern California, USA and I would like to recommend Robert Kirby as a gifted intuitive therapist. I had just met this man and within several minutes I was guided toward a cathartic release of blocked energy held in my body. I have done much similar work. The difference with Robert's guidance was his ability to see right into the heart of the matter guiding me into this release along with some physical manipulation and safe support around me. Releasing this energy that I have held for so long was the start of a major transformation in my life.”
Energy Healing and Conscious Movement
"I live in Los Angeles and have access to every possible therapist, guru, healer you could ever want or need in a lifetime. And I have been to many of them. Yet, none of them compares to Robert Kirby. I had the pleasure of working with him just one time, and he told me things about myself and gave me a plan of attack that I still use every day."
"Within meeting me in a short period of time, he put words to struggles I have been battling my entire life. Robert gave me real hope as the techniques he teaches are so practical and they take the guess work out of personal growth. I wish I had met him a decade ago when I first started therapy. I'd have saved a lot of money."
Craig Bergman, Writer, Los Angeles June 2010
“Robert Kirby is a brilliant facilitator. I loved working with him and watching him work with others. He is a deeply intuitive healer with unique and powerful skills. He will help you see things about yourself and about the world that can allow you to live a deeper more fully realized life.”
Core Energetics Training
It was a really wonderful experience connecting with you during our last training module in Los Angeles. The energy and passion that you brought into the room was something I really welcomed--there was an assertiveness and a gentleness about you that made me feel safe about exploring ideas and emotions with you and within the group. I felt that I was in the presence of someone extraordinarily gifted at looking and listening. I felt like you brought something new into the equation and I am not able to articulate what that is, but for lack of better words, it was a thick, vibrant energy that felt sturdy and confident, but in a way that was perfectly appropriate--not boastful not ostentatious, just genuine and empowering. I was moved by your generosity to give each of us your full attention and to continue to work through lunches and breaks in order to serve the group.
“What to say about Robert Kirby? The first thing that comes to me is creativity and passion. When I first came to Australia to teach in his school I was blown away by the energy of the place. His students were on fire, inspired by Robert's teaching and the heart behind his knowledge. When he came to teach at my school I saw again how much he knows, how deeply he cares about what he is doing, and the unique style with which he brings forth his knowledge. He is exciting and steeped in his subject, and he touches all he meets with his gifts. Don't miss a meeting with Robert, you will most certainly be changed by it.”
Director Core Energetics Institute
I have been witness to Robert Kirby’s work as a psychotherapist, teacher and mentor on many occasions. Each time, he has remained present, focused and committed to his clients’ needs and aspirations. His breadth of experience, and years of training in various modalities, has clearly afforded him the ability to creatively, safely and effectively work experientially with numerous presenting complaints both acute and chronic. Robert’s knowledge, intuition and passion as an integrative body-mind psychotherapist has remained palpable throughout my time as his student. He has always been demonstrably supportive of the client and, notwithstanding this support, still actively challenges one to slowly but safely step deeper into a core issue. Robert’s ability to hold such a space for the client remains one of his greatest attributes that, when combined with his awareness of both mainstream and alternative modalities, allows for a diversity of therapeutic options hard to find amongst his contemporaries.
Given this range, he has remained dynamic in his various approaches to treating presenting issues that find their way into his consulting and training rooms. This has proven to be useful for those clients already well versed in the healing arts. This eclectic skill set of Robert’s also transfers uniquely into the corporate sector as it allows for him to bring, through a process-driven approach, a fresh set of ideas and problem solving strategies. As a result, organisations are provided with opportunities to laterally improve workplace dynamics and increase productivity. I would have no hesitation in recommending Robert for anyone, or any company, who is looking for a dynamic agent of therapeutic change that is action-oriented, experiential and intuitively driven.
“It was such an honor and a pleasure to meet Robert Kirby a few months ago, when he visited Los Angeles as a guest faculty member at the Radical Aliveness/Core Energetics Institute of Southern California. His enthusiasm and dedication to his work, his technical knowledge and mastery of his subject matter, and his keen acumen, as well as his ability to connect deeply and rather quickly with me and others he encountered during his visit seemed over-the-top and boundless to me. He is not only passionate but also personable in the way he projects himself onto the world and shares his knowledge and skills with others.”
Paul M. Allen, M.D., M.H.A., M.P.H., Sc.D. /ABD, F.A.C.O.G., C.S.B.
“Robert Kirby, as a true professional & founder, presented the final Heart Energetics training with great inspirational vision, guidance & presence. He demonstrated excellence in process after process, incorporating new techniques, building confidence in the graduates with active engagement. This truly showed us the possibilities of real transformation that can be achieved with Heart Energetics Body- Psychotherapy work. It was inspirational and indeed an honour to be part of this unique and professional four year group.”
"Since attending Robert Kirby's workshops, retreats and private sessions My life ~ personal relationships, health and business has vastly improved. I feel happier within myself, have more fun and attract better quality people to me. My business is steadily growing and I feel more grounded and in control. I also appreciate the authentic ongoing support of Robert and other people doing his transformational work."
Salsa Republic Dance School
Robert Kirby is an inspiring leader, teacher and a very effective group facilitator. He has a humble and honest approach, demonstrating broad and deep knowledge. Robert has high energy, amazing stamina and over the 6 years I have worked with him I have been most impressed by his personal integrity and his capacity to love others unconditionally. I continue to use Robert as a mentor and guide and he has challenged my thinking and empowered me to be the best person I can be. I trust Robert with my deepest emotions, trusting he can handle whatever I bring to him. I thoroughly recommend Robert to anyone who wants to live in truth and get the most out of life.
Cassandra Russell, Brisbane
“Robert is an amazing man, and an insightful healer. He has a great passion to transform and inspire others to unlock there true potential. I meet Robert 6 years ago when I had completely collapsed and was self destructing . He gave me his100% commitment to guide me to live in truth. I realised I had the choice to live or die. From that moment I have began to harness my true power as a woman. I have completely turned my life in a positive direction. I am so grateful for Robert’s skill and love. I am very blessed to have him in my life.”
I have known Robert since early 2003 when I attended a talk he gave in Sydney. His presentation that night was an intriguing mix of psychology, mysticism and the energy of the body. I was so impressed by his talk that I immediately enrolled in a 4-day residential retreat that he was running in early April 2003. At the retreat I saw approximately 28 people have individual processes facilitated by Robert and supported by the group. I also experienced my own individual process, which I would describe as life changing. As I watched Robert work on each individual that weekend I thought to myself ‘I don’t know what he is doing exactly, but he is a miracle worker’.
The experience of Robert’s retreat was sufficiently powerful for me to enrol in Robert’s 4-year government accredited Diploma of Body Psychotherapy. This was a course that Robert brought to Australia from the USA. He achieved government accreditation for the course in Australia and over a number of years put well over a hundred students through the 4-year psychotherapy training, and in many cases a 5th postgraduate year also. During my 4-year training I attended 11 residential retreats run by Robert and 12 blocks of 6-day residential psychotherapy training as well as countless one-day and two-day workshops. In all I would have experienced well over one thousand hours of Robert’s work. Over that time my respect for Robert’s skills as a group leader, course facilitator, teacher and gifted psychotherapist went up and up.
I have seen Robert provide therapy and healing to clients in deep distress and help them radically alter their lives for the better. Robert at all times approaches his clients and students with deep compassion and understanding and humour combined with extraordinary skills as a psychotherapist, body-worker and energy healer.
Robert has an amazing life force and I would urge anybody considering working with him to seize the moment and go for it. It will change your life.
Summary of my background:
- Company Director
- 15 years experience as Director of a private post-secondary Business School for international students
- Corporate Trainer, workplace trainer and teacher/lecturer in Business Studies
- Core Energetics Body Psychotherapist
- Professional Writer
Robert Kirby is one of finest business coaches and personal development experts in the world. Robert has a strong business background and has achieved great personal success in corporate structures. He is an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, and educator who has an unprecedented capacity to guide individuals and groups in confronting blind spots, and limitations, and in realizing their full potential. Robert’s understanding of interpersonal and group dynamics comes from his keen intellect and highly developed intuitive skills. His cutting edge presentations offer tools and information, which enable individuals to achieve excellence in all areas of life. I have had the opportunity to observe Robert work with individuals and groups since 1993, in both the United States and Australia. Time and time again I have witnessed his students step from the shadows of mediocrity into the brilliance of realizing their true potential. Robert is a gifted psychotherapist and educator he is dynamic, courageous and tireless in his commitment to supporting others in living their dream.
Donna Hamilton M.A. M.S. Marriage and Family Therapist