From Stressed to Submitted:
An Easy to Follow Approach

Are you part-way through your doctorate and feeling the overwhelm?  

Are you falling out of love with your topic because you’ve lost your direction?

Do you need some simple, easily actionable steps to get you moving forward again?










Doing a doctorate can be rewarding, fun and self-actualising.  I believe it should be.

Unfortunately, for many candidates, the reality of their experience is confusion, delay and endless rabbit-holes of dead ends.  Extension of submission dates.  Loss of participants.  Change of focus and frameworks, methods even.


And then you have to actually write the thing up.  Where to even start?

But wait!

What if you had a simple process to follow?  One that would walk you through creating the ideal structure for your thesis, from identifying your topic to preparing for completion, using an easy-to-follow process and easily digestible worksheets and templates?

What if you could work through that process with the guidance of an experienced and approachable supervisor and mentor, in a couple of hours a day for a week?

How would that feel?

Amazing, right?  Can you feel your shoulders relax as you think about it?  Imagine the sense of calm when you know exactly how to structure your own thesis, from introduction to conclusion.  When you have a sure-fire plan to follow which will move you forward.  When you know exactly what you need to write next to keep your doctorate moving toward completion.

Imagine – if you could make the best use of every single moment you have to work on your doctorate – because you always knew the next thing to work on.

Imagine – if you had total clarity on what your whole thesis should look like – how much confidence would you gain from that? How would it feel to know where everything should go and what to do with all the ‘bits’ you currently have?

Imagine – having the roadmap in front of you, instead of feeling that you are going round in circles, or being caught in a maze with no idea where the exit is.

Introducing… From Stressed to Submitted

This brand-new course teaches you an innovative method to use what works in your field to create clarity for your own thesis in 4 simple steps. Simplify your trajectory so that you can quickly move forward towards completion with no frustration.

From Stressed to Submitted will help you to:

  • PUnderstand the structure of a good thesis in your field
  • PUse other people's success to springboard your progress
  • PBuild your confidence by making a clear plan
  • PNail your next steps with easy-to-implement strategies
  • PIdentify your own clear and straightforward roadmap to completion

From Stressed to Submitted is delivered online, so you can work through it at your own pace. Four modules – each less than 20 minutes long, but bursting at the seams with sanity-saving help – will take you, well, from stressed to preparing for submission.

No … I’m not promising you’ll be finished in a weekend. Sorry! But you will know what you have to do to get there. We’ll demystify the journey and equip you with templates, workbooks and exercises to complement the support you get from your university.

How will you feel when you know what to do, step by step?

  • Will you sleep well again?
  • Will you be looking forward to the next promotion, instead of dreading every day at work?
  • Will you be planning that hobby you’re desperate to get back to?


Run, don’t walk to grab this life-changing, complete guide to creating your thesis without the stress for only £197!

Accelerate your progress – imagine what you’ll do with the time you’ll save from not going down endless rabbit-holes of ‘let’s just try this’. You could be finished months earlier!

Wait… who even are you?

Hi, I’m Dr. Gina Holmes!

I’m the doctoral mentor for busy women who want to get their Doctorate and keep their sanity intact.

Over more than two decades in Higher Education, I have worked with dozens of doctoral candidates and hundreds (maybe more) of Master’s students, supporting them to complete theses they are proud of and which enable them to move on in their careers.

My own journey through my PhD was long, stressful and – frankly – pretty unpleasant. Now I’m on a mission to help other women achieve their doctoral goals without the unpleasantness.

I have created this simple, low-stress system to help more women make progress fast with their thesis whilst juggling all the balls in their lives.

I’m mum to two little people, wife to Ben and when I’m not working, you’ll find me walking the dog or standing poolside or on the touchline.


The support is invaluable … it keeps me making small steps towards the completion of my thesis.


A few months ago I was seriously considering quitting my PhD! The amount of work remaining felt too overwhelming and unachievable (plus working full-time and a family). I joined the Doctorate Success Circle at the beginning of June and attended almost all of the co-working sessions. This enabled me to complete my self-imposed goal of initial coding for all 30 of my interview participants…

Dawn - part 1

… I have not felt progress like this in months and I really feel as though I can do this! As well as providing a safe space to work with others in similar situations, Gina is also extremely good at helping you to break down any barriers that you might be facing. I really can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s burning bright!!!

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“Working with Gina is easy and fun as she is encouraging but realistic.  It is a secret superpower to have Gina on your side.”

IK, Doctoral Student

From Stressed to Submitted – Self paced course

The button below will take you to the registration page – you’ll be inside in just a couple of minutes!


You’ve got Q’s; I’ve got A’s!

What's the Take Action Week?

A whole week where you get my support to implement the lessons in this Programme.

Through the week, you’ll work on the lessons with others who sign up.

We’ll have 2 Q&A sessions for you to chat to Gina about your findings, resistances and uncertainties so you can push forward with your study like never before.

These weeks work like magic for implementation and progress-making – so jump in now!

How do you know what should be in my thesis?


Well, actually, experience.  This course won’t tell you ‘what to write’; you’ve got a brain, your own knowledge and your supervisory team for that.  

What it will do, though, is help you create a framework – or structure – that you can use to guide your progress, even from day one of your study.

Suprisingly, most doctoral thesis – no matter their subject or their size (they vary considerably!) – are structured in very similar ways.  From Stressed to Submitted will teach you how to use this little known fact to your advantage. That will shorten the time it takes you to finish, and reduce the stress levels as you get to the finish line.

Is it too early / too late for me to do this course?

Realistically, the earlier you start to follow this approach, the more benefit you will get from it.  However, I use the framework with my 1:1 clients who are in the final stages of writing up too, so it’s proven to help however far along you are.

Do you understand my topic / question / study?

As you’re asking, my background is in the social sciences:  business and human resource management to be exact.  But over the last 20+ years, I’ve come across many studies, talked to very many people about their studies, studied lots myself and learned about supporting people.

Your topic is your responsibility.  Am I a hard scientist?  No.  But the outcomes of doctoral studies are remarkably similar, no matter what the topic.  And I can ask the questions to help you get unstuck, regardless of your topic.

So yes, I understand your topic / question / study!

What am I committing to here?

It’s a self-paced course.  When you complete the form on the next page, and make your payment, you’ll get immediate access to the course.

If you decide on the split payment option over two months, you are committing to make both the payments.

Beyond that, it’s up to you to do the work (but see the paragraph on the Take Action  Week for extra support!).

I am always happy to support you – my contact details are in the course pages, so reach out to me if you need help!

I need to ask a different question

Then drop me an email at or click on the messaging box at the bottom right of this screen.  I’ll happily answer if I can!