Here are letters sent to us by past clients. Posted below are unsolicited messages from couples who attended a retreat with Hazal.
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“My husband and I miserably lived in a ‘hole’ for many years. Individual and couples therapy did nothing but give us more of a chance to blame and label each other. I was desperate for an intensive and in depth solution.
“I researched and telephone interviewed several options. When I spoke with John Grey on the phone, I knew he was the one. He was booked out for a couple months and I was desperate for an earlier date. He suggested Hazal, and reassured me that she could help us.
“As we did our prep work, we both grew excited knowing our relationship would be forever changed for the better.
“My excitement turned to nervous anxiety a few hours before the first session. Hazal quickly made us both feel at ease. She quietly allowed us to each blame the other for about 15 minutes and then we stopped as she began to work her magic. The first three hours went by so easily as we began to learn a new productive and loving way of communicating. My tears overflowed.
“Over the course of the next two days, our old ways had flipped for the better and for the first time in years, I trust and feel protected by my husband. I even crave him sexually which I haven’t done in I don’t know how long.
“I looked at Hazal several times throughout our few days and told her, ‘Hazal you are SO GOOD.’ She is a master of teaching change and how to express true fears and feelings. Her voice and mannerisms are so soothing. Her technique and exercises are eye opening.
“My husband and I are now feeling like two different people with a new loving and healthy relationship. Our children, employees, friends, and even pets are for sure going to notice the huge difference in us!!”
“Allow us to express our gratitude for helping us with what matters the most in our lives. We are holding the wisdom you’ve shared with us very close to our hearts, as it has been guiding us.
“We have been very supportive of each other and have effectively put in practice your tools. Many things have happened as a result. We realize our partner is there to support us. We find what we need in our partner.
“We are quite surprised by how deep your teachings have touched us, allowing us to feel safe together, calming our fears at the very moment in which they are triggered — or as soon as it becomes possible.
“A big, sincere ‘Thank You!'”
—H and M
“We originally signed up to come to do a group retreat but it got canceled due to the pandemic. We got an email saying that the retreat was converted to virtual.
“I first thought ‘I don’t want to do it virtually. I need the person right in front of me.’ I thought I wouldn’t get as much out of it doing it online.
“But now I can say that it was life-changing. Just the couple of days have really opened our eyes and our hearts. It was a very informative process.
“Doing it online was actually much better for us. To experience Hazal being 100% tuned in to us while in the comfort of our own home was amazing.
“We are very happy with the results and with Hazal. She has made a big difference in our life.”
“She was the most intuitive and positive healing therapist I’ve ever encountered in my life.
“I now feel truly healed from years of hurt, and I now feel like we have real, practical, holistic solutions to use in our day-to-day marriage problems.
“I highly recommend Hazal.”
“Our online virtual retreat was a great experience. We came such a long way.
“I didn’t know if I would like online work because I had never done it before. But it felt phenomenal.
“Being in our own house helped a lot. The safety of our home made us more open to the process, which went deep and was healing for us.
“Not having you in the room, it was easier to be truthful and access emotions. The little bit of distance felt really good, that we as a couple were a unit.”
“I was very skeptical of this whole retreat process. It was a lot of money. Was it going to be worth it?
“But I now see that it was totally worth it. I didn’t know that you were going to have so much beneficial information.
“I learned a lot about my wife that I didn’t know. And I learned how to really listen.
“And she is telling me she loves me, after so many years.
“I am thankful we had this opportunity to learn new ways to communicate. To learn new ways to address triggers and conflicts.
“I know we will stumble again. But now I feel confident that we can work through whatever comes up.”
“She had a great healing energy and strong instinct about each of our personalities and needs.
“Thank you so much for giving us renewed connection in our marriage.”
“Without the retreat we would have never been able to get through the highly traumatizing events we are experiencing now. Despite COVID, health problems, and a death in the family, we are connected more than ever.
“We now know that our biggest and most important resource is our relationship. We are each other’s best friends.
“A year ago we would have never been able to feel this way. We would never have made it through this difficult time.
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
“I can’t believe how much has changed in two days. Complete turn around!
“These tools are just what we needed. I can see clearly now. I know that for years I needed something but I couldnt tell what.
“I needed this. My heart is melting. This is amazing. You have been amazing.
“This program is just what we needed. We will refer our family and friends to you. We are so grateful.”
“Our online intensive with Hazal was awesome! We are so glad we signed up for a retreat with her.
“It went by remarkably fast. The content and the process of working with her was very rich.
“And doing the retreat on Zoom was totally fine… if not better. Being in our own space made us feel very comfortable.
“This was the perfect gift for our anniversary!”
“At the end of the first day I told my wife that this is the first time I felt this good in many years. And she said, ‘Me too!’ We didn’t speak further, not to jinx it.
“This has been amazing. Doing it over Zoom was totally fine. Being in our own turf made everything feel safer. We felt like a team right off the bat.
“Thank you for the great work, for the great program and all the tools. We now know how to move forward.”
“Our online sessions with Hazal, equally as good as being with her in person, have been nothing short of revealing in terms of personal development and, subsequently, unifying for our marriage. Sessions with Hazal have also helped me realize that in a marriage your partner can help you heal and filter out the behaviors that no longer serve you (just one of the many, many lessons from Hazal). In other words, your connection to your partner is intricately linked to your healing and beyond that can elevate you to a higher vibe.
“I found an unexpected bonus in our work with Hazal and that is the layers of cultural diversity her own personal experiences afford; she has an innate grasp of factors that perhaps a monocultural therapist might not be able to offer. That additional richness of understanding, along with her amazing ability to weave you and your partner toward healing — artfully providing what you need when you need it — it might even make you wonder if she is clairvoyant (joking!).
“In all seriousness, Hazal skillfully guides you through your current phase of ‘awareness’, extending what you need, when you need it, all while raising you to levels of understanding you never imagined possible for you and your partner. I honestly cannot emphasize this enough, if you are hesitating, take the leap and work with Hazal. I am beyond grateful for her, she helped me to arrive to realizations that assisted me in saving myself and starting a new phase in my 25-year marriage.
“I would recommend her for all stages of marriage; actually my hope is, when the time comes, to gift each of my sons a 3 day retreat so they learn the keys of communication to establishing their best possible life in their marriage, with an understanding of themselves and how to securely function with their partner.”
“I now have hope for our marriage, our future, and it’s all because I have the tools and the step-by-step process to repair and prevent upsets.
“I highly recommend this retreat to couples that have tried everything and failed.”
“My wife and I are married 25 years and started couple therapy with Hazal since last year, our marriage has not only been renewed but has changed in significant ways. Hazal has shown us diverse, practical, and simple tools which we use today to elevate our partnership and which have helped us become conscious of situations that we let happen for many years, uncomfortable ‘stones’ that obstructed a balanced communication, leading me to make serious errors with my wife that could have brought us to separate. Since we met Hazal, she has helped us find a path of understanding, respect, and emotional balance in our relationship. Personally, I feel I am a better partner, with the energy and enthusiasm of when we were newly married, with a lot of renewed hope of having a happy life by my wife’s side. Many thanks to Hazal for all the help; I completely recommend her to any couple seeking total happiness in their marriage, independent of the time they have been married.”
“But we are both so glad we came because now we’re feeling hopeful again and back in love with each other. And we have learned the tools to stay connected.
“This has changed how we view each other, and I even experienced a shift in me in how I view myself, which is so positive.”
“You don’t know what you don’t know”, a thought I contemplated and repeated often since attending the Healing Couples week-end retreat in the face of infidelity in our 24-year marriage. The retreat included couples of varying ages & years together, the surface issues differed, but we all were guided to the realization that the deep heart work and couple connection needed to become our new focus. With decades of experience assisting married couples, Hazal and John gently directed us to understanding that our true essence could flourish, and we could achieve that bond which we so deeply long for and need in a marriage.
“After the realization, the next question is how? John and Hazal facilitated numerous exercises to work on communication and establishing that genuine connection. The beauty of the ‘tool box’ is the variety; we were provided with many options, being able to pick and choose those which resonated with our specific personalities.
“To share a bit more on our personal situation, prior to the retreat neither myself nor my husband had ever been to therapy. This was not based on resistance but more, as I mentioned at the outset, we hadn’t been cognizant of the gravity of our disconnection. In hindsight, I only wish we had recognized sooner that we had been merely living as ‘roommates’ — raising a family & working in our business, rather than functioning as a deeply connected couple, which is really what both of us want and need.
“The option of post-retreat sessions is key because it is human nature to fall into old patterns. In our case, we also needed deeper work to heal trust issues & past traumas. Regarding my experience, Hazal expertly guided me to the realization that my old coping tactics, particularly those centered on ‘pulling up your bootstraps and moving on’, were no longer serving me. I honestly physically feel that constant weight on my chest lifted; new manners of clear and open communication, in turn, have also helped me in my relationships with others, too.
“My husband and I have continued to work with Hazal online now for over a year, I cannot speak highly enough to her professionalism, expertise, and truly innate ability to guide couples toward a quality marriage, and subsequently towards true happiness. Is the work easy? Not always. Is it worth it? 100%. Do you and your partner deserve the results of your work with Hazal? — expanded love along with huge leaps in personal & couple development — absolutely.”
“Hazal guided us in a very intuitive flow, and we came away with a much better understanding of what is really going on, and give us some practical tools to keep working on this.
“Thank you for your wisdom and guidance. You have a unique approach that compliments perfectly. Thank you!”
“I’m grateful to have had the opportunity; my wife and I are very optimistic about our future together. Thank you for your wisdom!”
“I came in mad, hurt and not liking my partner. Doubtful a weekend would change much….
“How wrong I was! I see the man I loved and a new person to care for! Thank you for the love medicine.”