“Insight to Wellbeing assist the women in developing resilience. Many of the women incarcerated have suffered some form of trauma in their life time, building resiliency and self-efficacy is a vital key toward positive behavior change in their lives. Insight to Wellbeing allows the women in custody to regain self awareness by understanding how their own thoughts impacts their view and experience of life. The women who have taken the class have reported a higher level of understanding of themselves, their life goals and a vision by which that might be achieved. They have reported having an awakening of the person they want to be, a transformation. Without Anna and Insight to Wellbeing, the unique characteristics of her class do not exist.”
Elizabeth LaCarney – Correctional Rehabilitation Manager at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility
It has helped me to understand that I experience toe world from the inside not the outside. I started to judge myself less and realize that my feelings are a reflection of my thoughts. It has helped me to get out of my head quicker when I’m feeling low. It has helped me to mentor other youth on the unit I live on. Insight Alliance is kick ass. We should have this program offered to all facilities.
Ezequiel – MacLaren Youth Facility (graduate)
This course has impacted my relationship with my thoughts and feelings by knowing my thoughts don’t always deserve a reaction. Something I learned that is very helpful to my life is that I am good no matter what I have going on.
De’von – MacLaren Youth Facility (graduate)
This class has changed the way I experience life. My whole life I’ve felt a lot of anxiety, but I haven’t since taking this course. I have a better understanding and control; of my thoughts. I feel more love, understanding and positivity towards everyone.
Blue – MacLaren Youth Facility (graduate)
This program has helped me realise I don’t need to act on every thought. I can let them pass like clouds in the sky. I feel less shame and more in touch with who I really am. This program is a game changer that should be taught everywhere. I wish I had learned these things in childhood.
Mike – Columbia River Correctional Institution (graduate)
“Anna Debenham is incredibly intuitive, objective and supportive, and was able to help me get over blocks I had been stumbling with for ages. Together we formed an action plan, which has already helped me to make a career change, to help me return to work.”
Sarah Wright – Graphic Designer, UK
I realise now I don’t have to wallow in my pity. I can be a third party observer of my thoughts. Chasing chickens is a messy busy! It has allowed me to find balance and clear my head leaving room for rational responses instead of reactions. I feel like my heart and my head are in sync and no longer in conflict. This program has had a really positive impact on my relationships. I feel like this experience should be shared in elementary school for everyone.
Kyle – Columbia River Correctional Institution (graduate)
“We were honored to be fiscal sponsor for The Insight Alliance. The approach taught by Anna is proven in its capacity to give people the understanding of their internal and external lives, and to restore the creative, generous, open nature with which we are all born. That in turn will help us accomplish our mission: eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.”
Susan Stoltenberg – Executive Director YWCA