Testimonials

Here you will find testimonials and feedback from June’s mentees, clients and readers.

A Girl Called Tim

It is the handling of living with an ‘eating disorder’ from age 11, and the candid analysis of anorexia nervosa, bulimia and food obsession as a means of control, via her crafted diaries that makes this genuine autobiography a ‘must-read’.

~ Hazel Edwards
Australian author

I am blown away by A Girl Called Tim, I feel a sense of understanding…I don’t feel so alone – this 10-11 year “battle” I’m going through seems liked nobody could understand and now as I read your words I feel hope.

~ Lizzie

This book is hard to put down. Non-fiction, it spans half a lifetime of gruelling illness. June, a tomboy farm child becomes a teenage girl who is good at everything, popular and hard working, but sick with anorexia.
June never gave in to her illness, she fought it every day for 21 years of her life and she won. She lived. This is an inspiring story.

~ Anna Warwick

Of all the books I have perused pertaining to eating disorders, yours is the one I relate to best.
All of my adult life, I have been plagued by the debilitating practice of gorging and purging — incidents of excessive and compulsive overeating, followed by extreme purging, fasting and dieting.

~ Linda

I am cheering for June. Her book, which I finished last night, brought me through time and two continents. Through anorexia and bulimia as they went from unseen, to misunderstood, and then overcome. What is most amazing to me is June’s ability to re-frame the past with such compassion – when her illness showed her none and often the world around her was unable to show her anything but confusion.

~ Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

I heard you on the ABC on Bush Telegraph and subsequently borrowed your book from my local library. I am not a reader but read it in two nights which should indicate to you how good it is. I am now in the process of going back over it again. I cried a lot during my reading of your story. I too have suffered from this illness during my life and although my story is different in some key respects there are some striking similarities.

~ Anne

I congratulate you on your honesty and forthright approach. I am 68 years young and my beautiful lady is 63, she has had anorexia all of her life and to this day is unable to find a health practitioner who even recognises that her anxiety and depressions are as a result of her anorexia. Thank you once again for your wonderful book, it gives me hope for my loved one and my future.

~ Rick

Your message of hope for total recovery – even for long-term sufferers – means more to me than I can tell you.

~ 'PJ'

I have just finished your memoirs – I got so involved that I forgot the cup of tea sitting on my bedside table! Had to drink it cold!

~ Sue

Your book let me look from the outside and inside. I’m lucky that I found it and able to read it!

~ Mareike

Knowing the hideous nature of anorexia, I can only be amazed at your strength in surviving and recovering in times when not much was known about the disease and we didn’t have people like yourself to educate and inspire us. I truly appreciate your kindness.

~ Cathy

June provides us with not only a personal journey of discovery, learning and recovery. She also provides the societal and professional history and evolution from ignorance and misunderstanding of eating disorders.
She creates the picture so clearly that I felt I was there with her, agonizing as she stumbled and wanting to help her up, cheering as she made steps in progress to recovery.

~ Claire Diffey

June, A Girl Called Tim arrived this morning, I started reading after lunch, and six hours later put it down, the last page turned. I KNOW your story, your courage and determination will be an inspiration and motivation to many people as they seek their own recovery.

~ Susan Ringwood

Thank you for an extraordinary read of your book A Girl Called Tim. I bought the book and read it in two days. It is the only book ever I have read so fast and delved into every detail that you were describing. … I felt really sad for you that your mother used to call you Tim, and Toby when she was cross. I could not understand why she just didn’t call you June. To me right from the start it sounds like you were living like a boy. And it sounded like you were being that son for approval because that’s how you were identified.
… While family is not to blame for having an eating disorder, I believe family can contribute in some cases to the disorder and I think your family did contribute to it. You sound like a beautiful woman who was just not pointed in the right direction from the start and I commend your strength to keep healing. I cried when I read your letter in the book to your children.

~ Julia

Down Memory Lane at Yarram

A two-day Down Memory Lane workshop at Yarram, Gippsland, Victoria, produced a social history book rich in stories now preserved for families and the district in generations to come. Here participants, aged 65 to 88, share their experience:

I enjoyed the whole lot. The infection enthuisasm that June has passed on its great and I reallly appreciate her support during the writing of my story. This short workshop has made me want to write more about my life.

~ Marg

June’s knowledge is exceptional and she has a clear way of conveying information. I have learned much in ‘how to get started’ and the workshop has given me much to work on. I’ll continue writing as a lot of the discussion between the participants has awakened long forgotten memories.

~ Wendy

Interaction with June the instructor and participants – sharing the memories has been great. The feedback from June was extremely helpful and will help me with further writing of my memoirs.

~ Faye

I never thought I would be able to write, as much as I wanted to. Now I want to add more to my life’s story.

~ Margaret

I enjoyed being part of a group, learning more about others’ lives and taking another path myself. The workshop has been enjoyable, fun and has given me pointers to writing the ‘whole’ story SOON!

~ Jacqui

Give me a spanner to a pen any day, but I’ve got there (in writing my story) and enjoyed the experience.

~ Malcolm

I have enjoyed the comradeship which has developed between our group, and the variety of stories that has been written.

~ Nancy

Mentor Services Feedback

Working with June has been by far the easiest part of writing my book. June is professional, compassionate and always willing to help. She has a passion for her work that is infectious and she takes the stress out of the process. When you don’t know where to turn, June’s mentoring offers peace of mind and the end result is perfect.

~ Loretta Wellard

I love the gentle introduction to using writing as therapy and a safe way to navigate through deeper work.

~ Carlie

Enjoyed everything, the great insight into the very many benefits of life writing. Even enjoyed the terrifying experience of writing (and reading!) my own work. June is a perceptive and encouraging teacher.

~ Janet

Thank you for suggestions on how to organise my computer files in the most efficient way to assist the interacting process while you are writing my story.

~ David

Talking over things with you has awakened long forgotten memories that I can write about.

~ George

I find your ideas and presentation very stimulating. Now I want like to learn to write myself into my life! To undo the trauma and joy of my life.

~ Karyn

I feel encouraged to just write for myself and not worry about what others might think, and not to worry about what I might do with what I have written. Thanks for encouraging me to find my voice.

~ James

I have lived a very public and social life yet, until writing my book, had never shared my best kept secret – a battle with a mental illness. The outcome of my book release has been truly extraordinary.

~ Theresa

Writing my story and sharing it with the world has been exhilarating. I never knew the joy and satisfaction I would feel from writing my memoir.

~ Laura

For two years I worked on my book every chance I could. Many times I wanted to give up because I did know if my writing was good enough to tell a powerful story. Then June became my mentor. My advice to anyone who has ever desired to write your story … DO IT. Do not doubt it. You never know how many people you will touch through your story

~ Holly

The Diary Healer Feedback

Though eating disorders hide in shame, secrets and silence my experience has been that they’re actually quite noisy and chaotic. Journaling served first as a way to process through the eating disorder thought and emotions and then my own gender dysphoria once the eating disorder started to quiet down. I’m excited that June Alexander is creating a space for people to share their writings, arts, experiences and other healthy forms of self expression.

~ Athena (James) Rogers
participant in The Diary Healer

June combines her dual experience of someone with a lived experience of an eating disorder and trained in clear reflective expression to help people recover from an eating disorder.

~ Janet Treasure OBE, PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych
Psychiatrist and Professor, Kings College London  Clinician, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

As a diary-keeper and a member of the international eating disorder community I welcome this exploration of writing, especially for communicating with our own selves as a life skill as well as a therapeutic one. Writing is the slowing down and careful observation of our thinking: the content and the process. Through our diaries we become literate in our own consciousness and our unique selves. Thank you to June Alexander and The Diary Healer project!

~ Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh
Executive Director and Founder of feast-ed.org

June Alexander’s exquisite work fills an important gap in the eating disorder book shelf. I just wish she could have written her books earlier. I know that June’s words would have helped me a lot in my own recovery!

~ Jenni Schaefer
Author of Goodbye Ed, Hello Me; Life Without Ed; and Almost Anorexic.

“The Diary Healer” is a long-overdue and very welcome addition to our knowledge base in the recovery field. I will never forget staring down at the huge brown box of old diaries in my parents’ attic – realizing there was a whole precious life-in-progress in that box – MY life. With “The Diary Healer”, June brings to light all of the power, the potential, the self-respect that keeping a diary has to offer each of us, whether we are recovering, recovered, a carer, a loved one, a professional, all of the above or none of the above. Someone needed to do it, and June stepped forward and said “I will do it. I will tackle the huge task of writing “The Diary Healer.”’ And she has done so – beautifully.

~ Shannon Cutts

Writing Workshop Feedback

The chatter today has been about how good your workshop was and how we can make use of the diary and the skills… so you have left us all with good memories and lots of tools to support our work people who use the service…I have discovered that one of our patient participants has taken to diary writing like a duck to water and is using it daily to support her recovery…

~ Dr. Ciarán Newell
Consultant Nurse Eating Disorders/Facilitator Research and Development at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

I am so happy you were able to facilitate our workshop! It was a very informative and engaging event. I know we each left the workshop with wonderful confidence in the process and excited to start keeping a journal. What a gift you have shared with us.

~ Michelle Morales
Parent Peer Mentor, Western New York Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders

The chatter today has been about how good your workshop was and how we can make use of the diary and the skills.

~ Kieran

I am so happy you were able to facilitate our workshop! It was a very informative and engaging event. I know we each left the workshop with wonderful confidence in the process and excited to start keeping a journal. What a gift you have shared with us.

~ Anne

English is my second language and yet I totally understood June’s messages and I am taking home a lot of information to share with others.

~ Veronique

The workshop sessions re-invigorated my interest in writing and writing tasks; I like the creative alternatives to “old faithful” activities.

~ Monica

I really enjoyed the chance to write something. I had no idea I would write about my football scarf until I started, and it has triggered a whole lot of things I want to say. Thanks June, your workshop was great.

~ Steve

I have learnt a lot and enjoyed the company. I would like to attend further workshops so that I can expand my life story.

~ Melva

Friendly, relaxed, conducive to further work. I am interested in further workshops as I want to learn more.

~ Lawrie