How it all works
My Coaching style is a delicious blend of Life Coaching, NLP, Hypnotherapy and EFT. When I work with clients, I'm guided by the individual and their challenges, rather than offering one technique and trying to get everyone to fit into one way of working. I adore variety in my life so that's reflected in my work.
Here's a brief summary of each of the areas...
Life coaching is probably more well-known these days. It involves finding out where you are in your life, what you want, coaching you though the things that are blocking you and working out how to move forwards. Often it involves conversation, practical strategies and goal setting.
NLP (which stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming – don’t be afraid, it’s not as robotic as it sounds) is basically a fantastic way to understand how you experience things in the world. Because no two people are the same, this means that how you think, see, hear and feel will be completely different to how someone else thinks, sees, hears and feels. How you deal with or experience a problem will be unique to you. NLP is a way to understand how you specifically respond to various things and to use that to figure out how to create a change.
Hypnotherapy does not in any way involve putting you under a spell and taking away your free will. Sorry to disappoint! Hypnosis is basically about changing your state, often into one of deep relaxation, to bring attention to things that you’re not usually aware of in everyday life. Our conscious mind can only be aware of around 7 items at any one time. This means that we have to store the rest in the unconscious part of the mind, to access later when needed. Hypnosis is about accessing those unconscious parts, to get to the underlying causes of our challenges. You remain in control at all times and it's a lovely, relaxing way to work.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as "tapping") and is a blend of ancient healing techniques and modern psychology. It's often likened to acupuncture but without the needles! The technique is based on the body having certain acupressure points on the head, upper body and hands. It involves a person gently tapping on these points while stating specific phrases related to the issue they are trying to overcome. The aim is to release emotional or physical pain and restore balance to your mind, body and emotions.
This is most certainly a weird looking technique! I was extremely sceptical about EFT when I first came across it. But I can honestly say from personal and professional experience that it is a seriously effective way to work and can produce some really incredible results. EFT is now being used within parts of the NHS due to its recognised effectiveness.
Combining Life Coaching, NLP, Hypnotherapy and EFT
Each of these four areas work really well when combined together at various times. It's like a cocktail - a blend of this and a drop of that makes a beautiful drink and can be adjusted according to taste!
The beauty of being able to use a mixture of approaches is that it allows us to really dig deep when needed and tackle your challenges thoroughly. The one method approach can have its limitations. For example:
What are coaching sessions like?
All sessions are 1:1 and we ideally meet in person, at either the Windmill Studio near to Ruislip Manor tube station or in a more central location in Mayfair, right next to Bond Street tube station. If you're outside London or can't travel, that’s not an issue as we can still work together over Skype or phone.
Individual sessions are usually an hour. Details of different ways of working with me can be found on the 'offerings' page.
As in life, you can never quite tell what will come up during our time together, but I can confirm:
What I won’t do
What I will do
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