A life coach, sometimes called a transformation coach, uses NLP and other subconscious and energy therapies combined with the art of coaching to help you to see your life from a new perspective and make transformational changes to how you think, feel and live.
I specialise in life coaching because I believe it really helps people to see a holistic view of their life. Sometimes we are fighting the wrong battles, or we have conflicting subconscious blocks which is helpful to deal with first.
This approach is particularly useful if you are feeling under pressure to change something, feel stuck or overwhelmed. You may also be experiencing low self-worth, fatigue, anxiety or conflict about the changes you are trying to make. Once this is understood and dealt with, change becomes much easier to deal with and you are free to transform all areas of your life.
There are many different types of coach.
Every coach has a different style, and some specialise in helping you achieve success in more specific areas of your life such as career/business, relationship or health.
You need to find a coach who resonates with you in some way. If you feel uncomfortable with your coach, then you will not get the best results.
The best coach for you will be someone you like and trust and offers you something you want to achieve. This does not mean that everything they say will be easy to hear, but it does mean you will trust that they are there for you to learn and grow through change and have your success at the heart of their coaching.
Life coaching is not a regulated therapy in the UK (yet!)
However professional life coaches should have proof of training by a recognised training academy and can only be insured to practice with the correct certification.
I am a certified NLP Practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist and life coach through the Life Coaching Academy.
I am a member of the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists)
New therapies are emerging all the time and I am committed to continuing my professional development to gain maximum results for my clients.
Life coaching and counselling are both talking therapies. Both are professional services which form a safe collaborative space and agreements between the client and the professional.
Counselling has been around for much longer and is a recognised regulated therapy by the NHS. Life coaching is an emerging self-regulated industry which is becoming more popular.
Both aim to help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behaviour change and optimal mental health.
Counsellors work mainly with the conscious mind and focus on understanding how the past has impacted on current client emotions and behaviours.
Life coaches focus on who you are today and use mindset techniques which adjust the subconscious mind to align with the conscious mind so that you can breakthrough any barriers to future success. You generally only need 1 or 2 sessions to make the initial transformation.
The other important differential is that life coaches believe that your past does not have to equal your future and they use this belief to help you to create outcomes that may seem impossible at first.
Ultimately the choice is with the client on who they prefer to work with and what is important to them.
NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming
Neuro – is about the way the conscious and subconscious brain works to process and store the experiences and information that it absorbs.
Linguistic – is about the way we use language, verbal and nonverbal to express ourselves and what we need.
Programming – is the way we are programmed to respond to new experiences through learned patterns of thinking and behaviour. This programming builds beliefs and values in our subconscious mind. As we age, these deep-set beliefs and values, initially there to protect and serve us, can cause inner conflict, emotional distress and stress which causes discomfort and can ultimately manifest in the body as disease.
An NLP practitioner holds certain beliefs about themselves and people as they have studied and understand how the brain processes and stores information and experiences. They use their knowledge of NLP to help people break away from limiting fears, behaviours and beliefs to find a new level of comfort and harmony within. This then transforms peoples lives as they are free to live in a way that feels right for them.
Clinical hypnosis is a natural deep state of relaxation where the subconscious mind can be questioned and given different instruction to change deep set limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviours. The change work is led by the client and is only ever done at that client’s pace and what they believe they need. It can be done without the therapist ever knowing what the client wants to change.
It may include some visualisation and affirmations agreed previously with the client in the conscious state. This re programmes the brain to create a different response when something new is experienced or for habit breaking.
I use hypnotherapy if a client requests it as a part of their experience. However, I believe in having the breakthrough session first, as hypnotherapy is not suitable for everybody and there are many other forms of subconscious therapy through NLP which can be helpful.