I am a coach and I also lead Radical Honesty workshops throughout Europe. Before I began this work, I held leadership positions for two decades at international, non-profit organizations that are concerned with social and environmental justice issues. I'm a native of Finland and have lived in Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada.
I am one of the few certified Radical Honesty trainers practicing in Europe, having trained under the guidance of RH’s founder, Dr. Brad Blanton, and RH Master Trainer, Taber Shadburne. I'm a graduate of the four-year Human-to-Human Coaching and Therapy Program in Finland and am certified as a Divorce seminar leader by Dr. Bruce Fisher’s Rebuilding method. I'm an NLP Certified Practitioner and have also done additional trainings in Anger Work, the Landmark Forum and Conflict Management. I earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Tampere and have a 15-year-old son.
I grew up in a dysfunctional family where expressing feelings of any kind (both negative and positive) was frowned upon. I became passionate about self-expression and self-awareness, and learned the importance of me setting my boundaries and of me speaking up. Most important, I learned the power of honesty, which I am now passionate about passing on to my son, to those around me and to those in my workshops. My life’s mission is to help create more love and connection between people through honest sharing and by expressing all feelings and without a need to change oneself or others.
I’ve changed my life for the better by practicing Radical Honesty. I have more loving, honest and evolving relationships in my life (especially those with my son, my parents and my partner). I say what is important to me. I express my anger and my appreciation in the moment most of time. And though I still sometimes catch myself withholding, I try to be loving towards myself when I get it wrong. Unlike how I used to act, I now rarely make others responsible for my own feelings. Best of all, I have learned to ask for what I want—and to my great joy, many times I even get it!
Dr. Brad Blanton--founder of Radical Honesty--says this about me:
“Tuulia Syvänen is a very focused and committed achiever. Once she gets her teeth into something, she doesn’t let go until she has digested it! We have been trying to teach her to be more of a slob and a little less intellectually aggressive but without much luck. She has, however, a most redeeming quality. She has a heart. She has a big heart.
“Tuulia wants to help others learn to love without too much interference from their minds, and maybe even just a little bit of help from their minds, just as she has been doing in her personal life, which is the fundamental authority of a Radical Honesty Trainer. Taber and I are proud of her and happy with her.”
“If you do a workshop with Tuulia, it’ll change your life.”
This is what some attendees of my workshops say about me:
“I went to my first Radical Honesty workshop with Tuulia in October 2015. I can honestly say it impacted my life tremendously. During the workshop, I saw my patterns and learned a lot from honest feedback of others. It gave me a mirror to see myself through the eyes of others, something that I had never experienced before. Literally eye opening! Within a year I went from totally breakdown crying all day long to a radiant, super confident, happy woman who knows what she wants and how to make it happen. I haven't felt better in 15 years and my energy levels and stamina are still growing every day.” --Marja
“I learned how to express my anger and hear other people’s anger for the first time in my life. The self-image I had created about me being a shy and introverted guy got a lot cracks. I experienced how just being myself is the best way to connect to people. I felt relief and happiness in a way I had not experienced before. Throughout the entire retreat, I felt very safe and guided by Tuulia’s compassion and wisdom.” --Jakob
“After my first Radical Honesty weekend workshop, I was scared to attend the 9-day workshop. I had feared being resented by others and sharing my deepest thoughts with the group. Also, I thought being in a group for nine days wouldn’t give me enough “alone time.” Turns out I got enough time for myself during the afternoon breaks and I survived being resented. Sharing my innermost feelings with the group helped set me free and I created moments of deep connection with some of the participants. Tuulia challenged me to be a bit daring and to ask for what I want. I found the nine days provided space for everyone, gave me a multitude of learning opportunities and created the required momentum for me to apply these new skills in my everyday life.” --Caroline