I started seeing Dana about a year ago. I have never in my life been in such a deep, dark place. I spent days on my bathroom floor crying. I took pills just so that I could sleep away the days and turn off my racing thoughts. I was crying so much that I was missing work and I couldn’t function with everyday tasks. I literally had no hope and didn’t want to be here anymore. I had been going to a therapist when a friend of mine suggested that I see Dana. My therapist was clearly not helping in the way that I needed to be helped and I was willing to do whatever I had to so that I didn’t hurt so much.
Long story (very) short - I was in a “relationship” with a con artist/narcissist. I loved him, so much that I gave up my world for 3 years while he was in prison. I waited for him to come home so that we could start our life, as he promised. During that time, I did everything I could in order to help him be more comfortable (food, clothes, visits, phone calls, etc.) I also spent a great deal of time working with the State to get him released. By the time he came home, I had ruined my credit and emptied my 401K. He left me 2 months later for a girl half his age and never looked back. It was so unbelievably cruel and hurtful. He was mean, selfish and not at all the person that I thought that I knew.
Because of this, I fell apart. I almost lost my job. I couldn’t pay any of my bills and had to get help from my parents. The person who I was planning on starting a life with had left me with no remorse. I was sobbing every day, had to be taken to an outpatient psych program at a hospital, and lost and gained 40 pounds within a matter of months.
There is no other word to more accurately describe Dana than “Angel.” She literally saved my life. I have no doubt that I would not have made it through this without her. She came into my life at the exact right time. She too has been through so much in so many areas of her life and has come out stronger for it! Because of her I know that I am worthy again. I know that I deserve better than what I accept for myself. And it is because of Dana that I would like to follow in her footsteps and help to council others one day. She is kind, honest, smart and giving. I don’t have the words to give all of the praise that she deserves. I highly recommend Dana (and I have) to anyone who needs help or guidance in their lives. She is the BEST.
Customer Development Specialist
I have been struggling with putting into words what Dana Hamman and Foundation Coaching Group means to me. How do you describe a life changing experience as great as this? Well, I will do my best! I met Dana at the Life Enrichment Boot Camp 2 ½ years ago. I was truly impressed with Dana and her ability to work with people and help them conquer their struggles. When she offered a free session with her at Foundation Coaching I thought, “Why not? It’s free and I don’t have to go back.” Well little did I know what that one session would lead to! Yes I went back again and again! Dana approaches life’s situations from a totally different perspective than I have ever experienced. In the past I sat with a counselor and moaned, groaned, and got nowhere. Well not with Dana! We identified the situations or baggage as we call it, and spent very little time mulling over the negative. She took it a step further; she guided me to become a stronger happier person that left the baggage behind! She gave me guidelines to refer back to when I found myself slipping back into my old thoughts and habits. She truly played a very important part in changing my life! Dana, I will never be able to thank you enough for guiding me on this new path! You are a true blessing!
Billing Compliance Auditor
I first met Dana through my then, ex-husband, Dominic who had been through her Life Enrichment Boot Camp. He was so touched and inspired by what he learned about himself by going through the Boot Camp, that he began going to see Dana as a life coach. At this time, we had been divorced for two years, and he began to pursue me and desire reconciliation. He strongly encouraged us to go through the Marriage Boot Camp together, to which I agreed. It is at Marriage Boot Camp that I was first introduced to Dana, and immediately knew she was someone that would be a major influence in our life. She is so easy to talk to and has such a warm and friendly personality. We began going to see Dana together and separately for counseling in 2012. She coached us through some really difficult times! She laughed with us and cried with us. She was able to break through our very stubborn and selfish ways to get us to see how we could begin to work together in love and harmony and to break down the walls we had built up against each other over the many years of hurt. We had been to numerous other counselors over the years and, I admit, it was really hard to put my trust, my heart, and our story out there once again. But, we were able to find the best coach, friend, and mentor in Dana. She changed our lives and was the only one who could break through to us and coach us to victory, reconciliation, and reunion. We were just remarried this July 2014 and were able to bring our family back together again!! We learned what we needed and used the tools that Dana taught us to have a successful relationship. LOVE WINS! We could not have done this without you Dana!!
I still remember Dana's words from our first session years ago. "If you want someone to cry to about what happened to you when you were 4, I'm not your girl. But if you want someone to help you focus on what you want in life and sometimes even give you a kick in the butt to keep going after it, I'm your coach." And that is EXACTLY what I have needed, someone to coach me through the hard parts of life & inspire me to always be the best me. When I went through the darkest period of my life, Dana walked with me through making the hardest decisions in such a way that I was always proud of who I was, at peace & confident I was making right decisions for right reasons, instead of emotional decisions for wrong reasons. Her Foundation Coaching has done exactly that. It has helped me establish a very firm foundation in life. The skills & lessons she has taught me have helped guide me on a much happier path in life & in relationships. Living my best life! I'm forever grateful. My life is richer for knowing Dana Hamman.
High School Teacher
Dana Heartman is a leader in the field of Life Coaching; a dynamic public speaker, facilitator and gifted writer. Her energy is infectious as she refocuses individuals and couples in crisis, breaking through barriers and bringing clarity and resolution.
Dr. M. Shear
Dana Heartman is an outstanding Speaker and Life Coach. She knows how to get things done and group experiences flow under her leadership. She is a gifted speaker who has a dynamic personality that will make you think about your life and motivations. She is not afraid to get down and dirty if it means she can help another person.
She is a fascinating storyteller, not afraid to be upfront, and is truthful all while having a great sense of humor and a humble delivery. Dana’s life purpose is to help others grow and reach their full potential and you need not be in her presence long to understand how much she loves what she does and is gifted like very few others. To that end, there is no personal life experience, which she is unwilling to share if it would help another person grow or have hope. She relates well to people of all ages and is a charming, talented, honest and charismatic coach/woman. With her help, I have become the woman I always longed to be.
Carla has been very helpful to me with her coaching services. She has been able to help me get focused on what is important to me now and what I see in my future. By working with Carla I was able to set some short term and long term goals for myself. Talking with a coach has proved to be a very positive experience and I am happy to recommend Carla and her coaching services.
Dana helped me tremendously understand that I was subconsciously reliving the same scenarios in my relationships. Her expertise and methods helped me get out of auto pilot and into a place where I was in control and making decisions in my relationships. Since then the drama has decreased and the fulfillment in my close relationships has increased. Professionally, Dana has helped me organize my thoughts and time into helping me remain objective and effective. She knows how to help people "find the cheese" when it's moved. I have recommended her to my employees and seen great results. Her background in sales and marketing makes her well qualified to help anyone get out of a professional slump.
Dana Heartman is a powerful and creative force who empowers her clients to view the challenges they face as opportunities. She is strong and assertive enough to help her clients develop a clear view of their realities. She is also empathetic and able to meet clients where they are instead of where they want to be. Dana demonstrates uncanny intuition in helping clients to identify where they struggle. She provides clear and actionable paths to create continuous improvement in the lives of her clients. Be prepared to look in the mirror, be honest and most of all, be prepared to grow beyond the obstacles that have held you back.
Cannot say enough great things, definitely helped me in my times of need when my world was falling apart! Helped to give me direction and new hope! Would highly recommend to anyone!
I feel God sent me a guardian angel in my life coach Carla McGowan. Her coaching is helping making so many positive changes in my life. I have self-worth and self-esteem again. I am able to set and maintain healthy boundaries for the first time in my life. I am healing years of wounds and pain and forgiving those responsible. She seems just to know what I need when I need it, when to push me and when to lift me up with her words of encouragement and scriptures. At times it is hard emotional work but it is worth every tear I have cried. My sessions with Carla are by far the best investment I have ever made with the biggest rewards. I wish I had done this for myself many, many years ago. Thank you Carla and God bless you for giving of your time, your wisdom, your genuine caring heart and your love of God. You have changed my life.
This past year I became emotionally crippled, frozen with a floundering business, acceptance of my Mother’s new Alzheimer’s diagnosis and new role as head-of-family fiscal planner. This didn’t even account for my existing baggage in tow. Dana helped me ‘uncork’ the stories I have been carrying with me since childhood so I could tackle new obstacles without those childhood filters that were holding me back. Throughout my work with Dana, I've found the understanding and acceptance, insight and compassion that I needed to surround me during this difficult juncture. She is one of the few people whom I trust today and while the journey is not an easy one, I have found her techniques, feedback, skills and overall whole-hearted-compassion for what she is doing to be comforting and reassuring. She is sure to make a safe haven for you to express your pain, hurt, thoughts and desires. If you're ready to take the steps needed to initiate your journey, take solace in knowing your partnership with Dana during the process is in very competent, open and trustworthy hands. She will stand in your corner beside you.
Executive Product Director
This is a no-nonsense woman with a rare gift of seeing straight to the heart of the issue. Dana has incredible insight and is a talented and dynamic speaker, coach, leader and mediator. I have known Dana since 2005 and have had the pleasure of working with her at both Foundation Coaching and the Life Enrichment and Marriage Enrichment Boot Camps. Her ability to deliver tough truths can help change your business and personal relationships. I count it a privilege to have trained under Dana at Foundation Coaching Group and to have collaborated with her on various Life Coaching initiatives.
When I first met Carla at The Life Enrichment Boot Camp, I felt she was a special person with a gift of genuine tenderness and wisdom. As I share with her a previous hurt from my life, I can actually see the compassion for me on her face. Within the first 2 weeks of individual coaching, she guided me to some real truths; where I was making decisions based on false assumptions. This knowledge that I applied made an immediate wonderful change in my marriage. I am so thankful for Carla and the ability to meet with her weekly as I search for that ultimate joy that I want back in my life.
Dana Heartman is one of those people that is immediately genuine and quietly important. She exudes vitality and compassion, leadership by example (at its best), and is always someone you can trust to give it to you straight. She is a change agent, facilitating understanding and effective communication. Dana is a gifted speaker and coach and she is not only a pioneer of her industry but a credit to her profession.
Having a Life Coach is not an option. None of us have reached the potential God made us to be. Having a Coach to direct you and hold you accountable to reach your full potential. Lining up your gifts with who you are takes a life coach to get you there or get you there faster. Foundation Coaching has helped me as well as challenge me to become.
I am a client of Carla McGowan. When I first heard about personal coaching, I couldn't imagine that there was much to it. After going through several coaching sessions, I was amazed. Carla’s coaching helped me to see myself in every area of my life and focused in on the areas where I needed help. Through coaching, she helped me to come up with a realistic plan and time frame to work on and fix the problem areas. I was also able to reach some goals and dreams that I had left sitting on a shelf somewhere in the future. My whole experience was like looking through a pair of binoculars where everything was in the distance and quite fuzzy. The coaching brought my life up closer and into focus so I could see my way clearly to change. Carla was a pleasure to work with and I am sure we will be working together many more times.
Dana is committed to partnering with people toward self-discovery and life purpose. She supports her clients to get “unstuck” and move forward in their lives with passion and clarity. I am continually inspired by Dana's deep insightful understanding and compassion while working with clients navigating through divorce or difficult life transitions. She has a natural ability to create a safe and trusting environment where you can just be the TRUE YOU. Her calm guidance will lead you to a new confidence and a love for yourself as you discover the life you've dreamed of living.
Product Development Manager
Dana and the entire Foundation team are amazing! They helped us all the way from the time we decided to go through the Marriage Boot Camp, to the point that we determined an amicable divorce was going to be our path and it was time to split up peacefully and maturely.
Dana worked with us through the entire process. The mediation, while challenging and emotional at times, went smoothly and efficiently. With passion comes emotion but the main focus was always what was best for everyone involved and Dana kept us on task and moving forward. She helped us part ways without hating each other or having the usual animosity that couples do during and after divorce. Though divorce is unfortunate and painful, if it becomes inevitable, then this process is truly the way they should all go. With the help of Dana and Rick, we were able to file our own paperwork rather than spending our hard earned money fighting through attorneys.
Now that it's behind us, we can focus on co-parenting our daughter as a team with the tools we need to handle whatever conflicts may come. We both continue to see Dana for coaching and she is our parenting facilitator should we come upon any problems we can't resolve on our own.
Dana Toney Heartman has the strength and the skills to accomplish any goal she sets her mind to. Her wisdom and insight are enhanced by her sharp and effective ability to communication directly to the heart of the matter. Her compassion and passion are delivered with her unique flair and her wonderful and incredible personality. She is a delightful and caring person and I recommend her at the highest level.