I hold a Level 5 Diploma in Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
I am a Master Life Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, and Master Clinical Hypnotherapist.
I am passionate about continuing personal development and believe in constant improvement through ongoing study in the fields of coaching, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, depression, anxiety, fears & phobias, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Psychology, and Philosophy.
I've spent many years as a senior leader in the financial services sector, completing a number of management and leadership programs where the emphasis was on how to motivate, communicate effectively, engage with and influence others, as well as optimising my own performance to achieve goals and objectives.
I studied Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies at University, which incorporated elements of sociology and psychology, and built upon my interest in what influences and motivates individuals and groups of people to do what they do.
I am a fan of Stoic philosophy with many of the principles of Stoicism offering us practical ways to manage our lives effectively and achieve greater emotional freedom. I also like to follow a 10-15 meditation at the start of each day as a way of training the mind for clarity.
I've always had a passion for sport and physical training having played football, tennis, cricket, rugby and golf over the years and understand how important some form of exercise or activity is as part of a lifestyle that supports optimal mental wellbeing.
I enjoy variety in my physical training each week with weight training, HIIT training, kettlebell training, kickboxing and yoga.
I started running for around 18 months back in 2017, completing Leeds 10k twice, Leeds Half Marathon twice, the Vale of York Half Marathon, and finally the 2018 London Marathon, raising over £10,000 for the mental health charity Mind in the process.
I've learnt and studied the impact upon our physical and mental wellbeing of such things as sleep, caffeine intake, alcohol consumption, nicotine use, diet and relaxation and encourage a review of each of these areas with all of my clients.
As many people find, it was a period of personal challenge and adversity that created a huge change of perspective within me, and this is what led me to create Leeds Life Coaching Practice.
Back in 2016 my fiancée and I were planning our wedding for April 2017, and we were excited to start a family shortly after. During the course of the year, she started showing symptoms of depression, which became more severe over the course of a few months, and led her to begin a course of medication and therapy. She had been signed off work for two separate spells and had been in crisis on a number of occasions but things appeared to be improving at Christmas 2016. One evening a few days after Christmas, we returned home from a family meal and she popped out with our dog for his last walk of the day. When she didn't return home, I went out to look for her, only when I found her she had taken her own life. Life was turned upside down in what felt like the blink of an eye.
The initial days, weeks and months were the worst period of my life. I was grieving, in a deep depression, I felt a lack of purpose or meaning and a sense of hopelessness. I was ill-equipped to process the trauma that I had experienced. I had to find a way of turning life around, of taking care of myself, and of finding purpose and meaning again. The initial 18 months following the death of my fiancee taught me a huge amount about the importance of self-care, of mindset, of setting goals and of contributing to a greater cause. Perhaps most important of all, I learnt the profound changes we can create in our lives by using our minds effectively, and that our true potential is much greater than most of us believe.
One of my key principles in life is to treat the mind and body as one. We have to look after both in order to perform at our best. If you want to be mentally well, focused, and have clarity of mind then aspects of your lifestyle such as exercise, diet, sleep, alcohol use, and relaxation play their part. Similarly, your mindset contributes to how much energy you feel each day, and if you're mentally or emotionally unwell, then it will affect your physical wellbeing due to the impact of altered behaviours, lethargy, disrupted sleep, and the damage done by stress hormones.
Our lives are the result of our thoughts. That's not to say I believe in the law of attraction. Quite the opposite - I believe in taking action to achieve your goals, not hoping that positive thoughts will bring things to you! What I mean is, our thoughts generate feelings and emotions, which result in us acting in a manner consistent with how we feel, and the way we act determines the results we get. When we start with our thoughts, or our mindset, we can create a domino effect that spreads through our lives. When we're positive, open minded and confident, we'll try new things, seize opportunities, find ways of overcoming challenges and give ourselves a much greater chance of achieving our goals.
You will be amazed by the power of getting a really clear goal, developing an action plan, overcoming any limiting beliefs and then taking small actions every day or every week. Just imagine what you could achieve if you spent 30 mins working on your number 1 goal each day for a year! Once you begin taking action, you develop momentum and before you know it you've created an upward spiral. You goals aren't as far out of each as you think and you can become the person you want to be by tapping into your own resources and realising your true potential!
The opportunity to coach people through the process of changing their lives, seeing them flourish and move forward with a greater sense of purpose, fulfilment, and wellbeing is what's most rewarding to me. If you want to take charge of your life now and set a new direction then get in touch with me so we can talk about how to get started.
As a certified CAM Coach, my focus is on helping my clients create lasting changes in their lives and fulfil their potential. I help people reach their goals, while also ensuring they achieve and maintain optimum physical and mental wellbeing through an assessment of their diet, nutrition, sleep, exercise and relaxation needs.
As an accredited member of the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors Coaches Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) you can be confident in my qualifications, skills, continuing professional development and adherence to professional standards and ethics.