AND Self-Love!

"…I'm falling in love with myself, it’s a fabulous feeling. I just don't think I would have ever reached any of these places without Barbara's program” -Elaine

ARE YOU..... ?

  • Sick and tired of your NEGATIVE SELF-TALK

  • Completely worn out by STRESS and anxiety

  • Frustrated with your habit of OVERTHINKING EVERYTHING

  • DONE with your own NEGLECT of self-care…

You DON'T Have to Live This Way!

Doing too much, caring too much, and/or working too much is EXHAUSTING. Holding ourselves to unreasonable standards is exhausting and UNSUSTAINABLE. Continually criticizing ourselves zaps all the joy out of our lives.

It's time for you to step out of anxiety and self-criticism and into the happiness you deserve

in this program you will:

  • Create an actionable plan to achieve the life you desire

  • Rewire your brain to let go of patterns that are holding you back

  • Learn and practice effective tools to dramatically reduce needless worry and anxiety

  • Develop natural, authentic confidence and self esteem

  • HEAL your negative core beliefs

  • Develop or strengthen a meaningful meditation practice

Testimonials from Past Participants of Roadmap to Joy:

What's Included:

  • A Step by Step 6 Month Program

  • Access to Private Course Site and Course Material For The Lifetime of the Program

  • Pre-recorded Videos and A Workbook To Guide You Through the Entire Program

  • Actionable Steps to Move Forward in Alignment with Your Vision of An Ideal Life

  • Guidance for A Deep Mindfulness Meditation Practice

  • Private Facebook Group for Group Support and to Deepen Your Understanding through Group Discussion

  • The Four Pillars of Joy: Mindfulness Meditation, Healthy Boundaries, Transforming Your Negative Core Beliefs and Deep Self-Knowledge/Self-Compassion


Teresa talks about participating in the coaching program with me, how we drilled into identifying her negative core belief and how this helped her develop authentic confidence

"The course to me has been priceless...Authentic confidence, that is exactly where, 5 months into this, that is exactly where I am and I expect that to continue to grow.  When we remove the obstacles and we uncover the beauty of who we all are... when we start peeling away the layers that interfere with that and we have these successful experiences and we discover more joy...authentic confidence is just a natural outgrowth. And that's where I want to live!

Self-Study Program

Pay in full: $397

this program is not for you if you are suffering with severe depression, unable to function in one of the main areas of your life, and/or struggling with addiction.

this program does not provide psychotherapeutic or medical help for mental illness. this program is not a substitute for psychotherapy.

Testimonials from Past Participants of Roadmap to Joy:

Value of a Peaceful Brain: Priceless


Roadmap to Joy and Authentic Confidence is unlike any other program out there:

Comprehensive blending of two powerful wisdom traditions, psychotherapy and buddhist philosophy.  

Coaching techniques to ensure practicality and actionability.

Provides you with tools you can use the rest of your life.

A deep dive into the internal change needed to accomplish what you desire.

The Four Pillars of Joy. Over the last 20 years of working with people, I have developed an understanding of the components required for a joyful life.  These pillars are the focus for this program:  Mindfulness Meditation, Healthy Boundaries, Transforming Your Negative Core Beliefs and Deep Self-Knowledge/Self-Compassion.  Identifying your core values and your vision for your ideal life is part of all of these, and in particular is developed with deep self-knowledge.  

Joy lives within each of us. It can get covered over by stress, societal expectations, trauma, hardships, interpersonal wounds.  But it is there.  It just needs to be uncovered and activated and this program will show you how.



Barbara Heffernan

Barbara Heffernan, LCSW, is the founder of the Awaken Joy online coaching programs to help people transform their lives without spending years in aimless, amorphous therapy.

Barbara's 27 years of experience with meditation and Buddhism and her 17 years as a private practice psychotherapist give her unique positioning in the online life coaching world.

Because of her first career in investment banking, she's also unusual in her deep understanding of professionals in the corporate, financial and entrepreneurial world. Further, as a mother of three children, she has profound experience with the challenges of balancing career, home life and relationship with significant other.

Barbara has a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MSW from Southern Connecticut State University.

Accountability Coach

Jessica Nolan-Bruinsma

Jessica Bruinsma is the Online Business Manager and Accountability Coach for Awaken Joy. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a non-profit manager and business professional to this role. Jessica is also currently a Regional Coordinator for a chain of non-profit thrift centers. She oversees store operations for four thrift centers with income totaling over $2.3 million dollars annually. She works with the volunteers and leadership to continually improve processes, procedures and resources increasing income by 10% in 2019 alone. She played a leading role overseeing the entire start-up process of numerous centers, including securing a location, designing the layout and sales space, and training the entirely volunteer staff. Jessica has embraced the challenge of working with an unpaid staff by leading by example, finding ways to connect volunteers to the mission and using metrics and education to motivate for results. Jessica continues to use her skills for leadership, organization and motivation in her work with Awaken Joy. She is the behind the scenes, detail-oriented, administrative professional for the Awaken Joy team. Jessica has worked within her community as a PTA member and president, director and board member of Sioux Center Hockey Association as well as several leadership roles within her church community. She is married with three children and a Husky named Kiki.

move forward in alignment with your values, desires & vision 

  • from negative self-talk to a positive, encouraging internal voice
  • from destructive core beliefs to self-compassion
  • from worry and overthinking to confidence and a peaceful brain

develop an inspiring, dynamic plan for the life you truly want to be living

Clear intentions, aligned with values and visioning, is the first step in manifesting the life you desire.  Clearing out the internal obstacles allows you take action.

go beyond mindset training to true healing

Positive mindset tools can be super helpful, and we will discuss them regularly in this program. However, if they are not combined with healing from destructive childhood and societal programming, they are unlikely to stick and lead to true change.  

the time is now

Why waste more years feeling badly about yourself, constantly worried about the future and unhappy? You can retrain your brain towards joy.  You can be your own best friend, develop self-compassion and improve all your relationships at the same time!

More Testimonials

Working With Barbara

  • Barbara's approach is nothing less than revolutionary in the field of personal growth! It is a very empowering & inspirational message. I am applying the practical actions & methods she taught us. THANK YOU to Barbara & those of you working with her! Your generosity & talents will help to change the world! Namaste! -- Teresa Haugen

  • Barbara’s skillsets are unique, and I feel, very critical to her success with making these approaches to enhancing life and happiness so valuable. I come from a legal background, and have trained as a monastic, (now still in my profession and training in clinical pastoral work) and so for personal reasons find true resonance with Barbara's approach. Like the old parable of finding a gem hidden in the seam of a robe, I am glad to have found Barbara.

  • If you aren't working with Barbara, you're doing it wrong! -Barry G.

  • Barbara offers unique insights and perspective that can be used in actionable ways. She has a way of helping people explore their lives and possibilities, so what comes out of an interaction with Barbara is deeper and more personally meaningful than most experiences I've had in the past with counseling and therapy. She has great frameworks for helping people think through life situations and goals. I participated in her online workshop but got more out of that participation than I ever anticipated. I didn't get lost in details, like I do in therapy sessions... I moved forward and got excited about where I can go from here. She is very compassionate and insightful. --Heather Jacoby

Healing Your Negative Core Beliefs Will Change Everything

positive self-talk, self-compassion, healthy relationships