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Vicki French

Vicki has been very successful in enabling clients to take back control of their lives, to get unstuck and out of their comfort zones. If you are in a place where you know something is not right, or you want change, but fear is holding you back, then coaching with Vicki is your answer. As an accredited NLP Master Coach and Professional and Personal Life coach, she will use techniques that are fast, effective and that will allow you to release past emotions and teach you how to move forward. You will also take away with you, the tools that will prevent you from ever sliding backwards.

http://www.vickifrench.com
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Sherilyn Shackell

Sherilyn is the Founder and CEO of The Marketing Academy, a unique non-profit organisation dedicated to the development of leadership talent in the world of marketing & advertising. She launched the Academy in the UK in 2010 and in Australia in 2014. She is a Director of Plant for Peace and Trustee of its Foundation, a global organisation bringing peace, food security and sustainable income to post conflict countries such as Afghanistan through the creation of horticultural cooperatives. Sherilyn spent 25 years in Executive Search and Talent Management and is the former owner and CEO of Highfield Human Solutions of which she remains a Non Exec. She also served 8 years on the Global Board of IMD International Search Group. She is driven by the single belief that ‘every person has the ability to achieve something truly exceptional’.

http://www.themarketingacademy.org.uk
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Salma El-Shurafa

Salma El-Shurafa is an experienced Executive Coach and founder of The Pathway Project. She is a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program.

http://pathwayproject.ae
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Pat Hayden

Pat trained with the Institute of Leadership and Management and was awarded the ILM level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching. She is registered with the Life Coach Directory, as well as being a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), the recognised professional body for business coaches. Pat specialises in career and work life balance issues. She is a volunteer at the Shaw Trust / Careers development Group (CDG) and provides coaching to long-term unemployed job seekers, helping them to improve their confidence and motivation, their CV's and interview skills. Pat has an IDeA Certificate in Leadership and regularly attends the London Coaching Network which helps her to remain up to date with developments in the coaching world.

http://www.pathayden.co.uk
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Nicole Wehden

Nicole Wehden is a professionally qualified, senior life and business coach who works with individuals, couples and executives to create happier, healthier, successful lives. She has worked with hundreds of women from all walks of life to help them develop aspirational goals, overcome challenges, and achieve true fulfillment in their lives.

http://www.joyoflife.co.uk
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Natalie Dee

With over 10 years experience as a professional life coach, Natalie Dee works worldwide with both personal life coaching and executive life coaching clients. Formally trained in High Performance Coaching, Master Practitioner of NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming, Advanced EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique, and Hypnotherapy. Natalie’s clients benefit from her additional extensive training in a wide range of areas relating to personal development. Natalie’s clients are professional people who are committed to making positive and effective life changes, to achieve what they truly want for themselves. Natalie knows that the smallest shift in your thought and behavioural patterns can bring about exponential changes in your life! Just like the tiniest tweak in how you hold your golf club or tennis racquet can completely change your game! Based in London, coaching sessions are mostly by phone, Skype and face-to-face.

http://www.natalie-dee.com
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Margaret De Petro

Margaret is a leading life coach, existential psychotherapist, Reiki Master, NLP and hypnotherapist. She is the founder of Celtic Heritage Healing and is the author of 5 accredited teaching books, and 31 CD’s and is a sought after tutor in the UK. Her passion is the facilitation of self-excellence in her students and clients. She is a prolific and successful master teacher of healing therapies in the UK and Europe with over 1000 students and 25 years teaching experience.

http://www.margaretdepetro.com
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Madeline Corr

The belief that I can create my reality enabled me to turn my life around and move towards creating amazing relationships, a lovely home, my ideal body, a fulfilling career and thriving business. Having raised a family and worked in business for over thirty years I decided to combine life experiences, research and knowledge of the Law of Attraction and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) to help others bridge the gap between where they are and where they want to be.

http://www.corrcoaching.com
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Louise Marr

Louise Marr is a 38 year old, Neuro Linguistics life coach, who specialises in coaching people to achieve their true potential or to overcome obstacles that are holding them back. After ten years of travelling around the world in her late teens, experiencing life, reflecting and discovering a lot about herself, she began to question why people are the way they are and why they act the way they do. On returning to the United Kingdom She spent the next seven years answering those questions, by gaining a degree in psychology and training in many different forms of counselling and therapy. Her shift into life coaching was ignited through her training in neuro linguistics, which gave her the skills and tools to use amazing techniques and resources to teach other people to reach their full potential, overcome difficulties, fears and anxieties and to break old patterns of recurring behaviour that are holding them back. She has since settled in Whitby, North Yorkshire with her husband and two children, continuing with her fulfilling job as a full time life coach.

http://www.nlp-iemt.co.uk/
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Lilliana Gibbs

Lilliana Gibbs is an experienced counsellor and a life coach with a practice in London and in East Sussex. Her work is all about relationship– our relationship to ourselves, our relations with others, and our love relationships. With an extensive tool kit for working with individuals, couples and groups, Lilliana offers Systemic Constellation and workshops on Developing Self-confidence, Using Time more Effectively and Good Communication Skills. She has devised a 5-month coaching programme specifically for small groups of women. A powerful and affordable process, Group Coaching supports women to work towards goals and shift out-dated patterns – it is an invitation to connect with one’s deepest values and find the passion and confidence to be more effective and fulfilled in work and life. In addition to seeing clients over time, Lilliana offers intensive sessions for couples in crisis or those poised to change themselves and their partnership dynamic. She also runs couple workshops in the UK, and couple retreats in beautiful places for partners wanting to create a stronger intimate relationship. Lilliana has a weekly Better Relationships Blog, The Red Couch, and is passionate in her belief that focussing on being a better partner is the path to a richer and more meaningful relationship, and that everyone benefits by increasing their self-awareness and their relating skills.

http://www.theredcouch.co.uk
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Kate Darbyshire Evans

Kate is passionate about working with women who want to make lasting and significant changes. As a qualified Personal and Business Coach, Kate is a Licentiate Member of the National Council of Psychotherapists. She holds a Degree in Fashion and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business and Personal Coaching, with over 20 years’ experience in the fashion industry, coaching and developing individuals and teams. Kate’s passion for building resiliencies as a result of having personally experienced major life-changing events and understands we all need support from time to time to meet the challenges life sometimes throws our way. Kate offers coaching for individuals and businesses and holds workshops for personal development and training as well as writing articles and speaking at events about her story and her passion for building resilience.

http://www.fabinside.co.uk
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Katalin Swann

Katalin is a transformation Empowerment Coach with background in psychology, specialising in self-empowerment, self-confidence and self-esteem building. She focuses on helping people to remove their psychological barriers that stand in their way of having a happier, healthier and more fulfilled life. Katalin practices a powerful blend of coaching that combines cognitive behavioural coaching, life coaching and positive psychology. This combination enables her clients to make both psychological and practical changes and empowers them to move forward in their lives. Katalin works with her clients in a one to one setting, face to face, via the Phone and via Skype.

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Karen Conway

Back in 2002 Karen joined The School of Coaching as a Project Manager, working closely with the founder Myles Downey. It was participating in the schools’ flagship programme that got her hooked on the world of coaching. She took some time to gain more life experience in Australia and London before embarking on her exciting journey as a fully-fledged coach a few years later in 2008. She is now an independent Personal Clarity Coach & Creative Facilitator with her business Kourou Coaching where she works with both individuals and groups – helping them to gain more confidence, clarity and balance. Her clients range from classical conductors and musicians, to lawyers, teachers and creative entrepreneurs, she loves the diversity! She leads a Meetup group in London for Professional Procrastinators and she volunteers as a Personal Development Worker, providing 1:1 coaching as well as designing and facilitating workshops for young people to improve their self-confidence. She has also volunteered as a Careers Coach with the Careers Development Group supporting long-term jobseekers get into employment. She has designed and facilitated Introduction to Coaching Skills workshops for University Careers Advisers and Career Development workshops for students at King’s College London – where she has been a member of the Staff Coaching Support Service.

http://www.kouroucoaching.com
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Jennifer Boon

Jennifer Boon is a Professional Certified Co-Active Coach trained through the industry-leading Coaches Training Institute. She has over 5 years experience and specialises in Confidence Coaching and working with women to overcome their fears. Specifically confidence in work and confidence in being single and getting into relationships. Having changed paths from a successful marketing career, she gets what it’s like to feel stuck in life and importantly how to get out of it. Jennifer is happily married, but that wasn’t always the case! She struggled to find love, and now uses her experiences to help women improve their relationships and be self confident along the way. Jennifer is passionate about coaching women to really make the most of the life they have, as well as working with them on the future they dream of.

http://www.booncoaching.com
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Jane Minton

Jane’s a qualified Coach and NLP practitioner, with a particular interest in the science of happiness and positive emotion. Feeling stuck and lost your direction? Maybe the life you’re living isn’t the one you long for? Let Jane help you to explore what needs to change, embrace the new challenges and focus on your goals. She’ll be a trusted guide and supportive confidante, with more than 20 years of experience in counselling and supporting women in crisis. Jane has lived in Italy and now divides her time between the UK and France, working with women wherever they are via Skype or phone.

http://www.wednesdayteatime.co.uk
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Hilbre Johnson

Hilbre Johnson is a Certified Professional Life Coach from the industry-leading Coaches Training Institute, a licensed Firework Career Coach and a member of the International Coach Federation abiding by their Code of Ethics, as well as recently qualifying as a Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Having an Industrial Psychology and Industrial Sociology Degree from the University of Cape Town and 11 years experience in Investment Banking in London has helped her to understand many of the challenges women face during their late 20’s and into their 40’s. ‘When I had the opportunity to leave banking at aged 35 I had no hesitation setting up my coaching business as I had always had a passion for change and a real interest in understanding human behavior. I knew I wanted to specifically work with women to improve their lives’. Hilbre’s particular passion lies in helping busy women, whether they are unfulfilled in their career or struggling to balance the demands of motherhood or being too busy to take care of their health. "It is all about realising your self worth and getting back in the driving seat - life it to short to not be true to yourself". Her mission is for clients to gain clarity and leave their sessions feeling refocused and energized, ready to embrace whatever life has in store for them.

http://www.transformlifecoaching.co.uk
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Hazel Rowell Peverley

Hazel’s coaching expertise is grounded in 20 years of experience and a National, Business and Life coaching client base. She works with solution focused techniques, and by exploring the challenges, sensitivities and tensions we develop and progress to achieve results. It is important for a relationship to know and trust that there is change and shift in progress. Shared session summaries, record progress and demonstrate evidence based track record, valued by both the individual and commercial business contracts. Her qualifications include specific counselling and coaching qualifications, and professional recognition from HR & coaching bodies. She quotes her client’s success as her real achievements.

http://www.fullcirclehrconsultancy.co.uk/
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Genevieve Boast

A life adventurer and insatiable optimist, Genevieve has always leapt off the cliffs that life has offered her into the potential of the unknown. Prior to running her own social enterprise Emergency Happiness, she spent 10 years working for Excel and BskyB in the fields of Continuous Improvement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership Development. For much of 2012 she acted as the Global Ambassador for Think Love, showing people how to lead lives of love and authenticity. An experienced leadership coach, facilitator and trainer, she is now the Founder of Beyond Human Stories, an organization that reminds people of their natural ability to live by their own rules and to write their own unique leadership stories.

http://www.beyondhumanstories.com
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Frances Weston

Frances is known for using transformational techniques and innovative strategies to help her clients transform their lives and move forward positively. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and professional journals, and she is regularly interviewed by BBC Radio Derby on issues around mental health and wellbeing. Frances is accredited by the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and adheres to their Code of Ethics and Practice. She is also a senior accredited member of the NCP (National Council of Psychotherapists); a founding member of the Coaching Division of the BACP; a member of BAPT (British Association of Play Therapists) and AAMET (Association of Meridian Energy Therapists)

http://www.brighterfuturespersonalgrowth.co.uk
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Ewa Balas

Ewa is passionate about assisting people in finding the truth in the cave of their hearts, in looking within so they can re-discover inner beauty, wisely. She is committed to becoming an ever more evolved and psychologically clear human being. Ewa has worked within varied environments including teaching and journalism until she developed a life coaching and mentoring career in 2010 and became a founder of Return to Sacredness in 2015. Qualifications: Certificate IV Life Coaching and Mentoring, Foundation Certificate in Humanistic Counselling Skills & Studies. Email Ewa at ewa@unitymail.com.au for fantastic free resources, such as 'Feeling is healing'.

http://...EMAIL..ewa@unitymail.com.au
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Estelle Dooley

Estelle Dooley is a Psychotherapist, Coach and Energy Healing Practitioner with many years experience in Mental Health, Abuse and Holistic therapy she is dedicated to the Empowerment of her client`s and has a private practice based in Liverpool. MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy Liverpool John Moore`s University Accred Life Coaching Cert - The Coaching Academy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Cert - CPCAB Post Grad Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - Liverpool John Moore`s University Solution Focused Certificate - CPTI Counselling Practitioners Training Institute Transactional Analysis (TA101) Cert - ITA Institute of Transactional Analysis Person Centred Counselling Cert - LCC BACP Member of the Accredited Register set up by the Department of Health for good practice. Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP.

http://www.estelledooley.com
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Clare Whalley

Clare has been running her coaching and training business working as a Life and Business Coach since 2007. Prior to that she was an unhappy, stressed out, unfulfilled manager in BT. Successfully resigning and retraining to follow her dreams and 8 years in she now works with career changers and business owners to identify their dream career and business and Make it Happen! With an NLP practitioner's qualification and an ILM Level 5 in Coaching and Mentoring she uses N.L.P (Neuro-linguistic Programming) and a wide variety of coaching techniques to help others achieve a more fun and profitable life.

http://meta4ltd.co.uk
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Clara Gibson

I have had a varied career as a registered nurse, research scientist, senior health authority advisor, specialist health visitor and much more. This enables me to offer a richness of experience and understanding to my clients. My interest in psychology and how people tick goes right back to early childhood where my personal experiences stirred me to search to understand and develop my own strategies for survival. It is with this passion that I work with my clients, who have been delighted with the difference that they make in their lives with my support and guidance. They have achieved promotions and better jobs, set up and established businesses, written and published first books and more. They have also all built their confidence and improved their relationships, health, energy, and love. I continuously engage in CPD (Continual Professional Development) to further develop my coaching skills, and abilities to become ever more effective in everything I do. I am an ICF (International Coaching Federation) accredited coach, (this year I hope to achieve Professional Certified Coach with the ICF as I am nearing the 750 hours of coaching required and am happy to jump through the other hoops to get the PCC ICF accreditation). I am also a master practitioner of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming). I have very strong life skills and health background – working with professionals and families across the spectrum of life issues including addiction, bereavement, disability, parenting, weight loss, professional support and mentoring.

http://makethatdifference.org
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Catherine Burbridge

Catherine is a full time Counsellor and Psychotherapist working in private practice Her work places the emphasis on the unique experience of her clients and tailors the therapeutic process to the individual, empowering clients to find their own resilience, recovery and sense of peace whatever their particular difficulties in life. Catherine had a varied career before finding her vocation. She originally graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Fine Art. As life moved on, she worked in various companies always finding herself drawn to helping people. Coaching, mentoring and listening. It wasn't until the birth of her son and subsequent severe Post Natal Depression that the significance of this ability was realised. As she recovered, she needed to help others find their way through this life changing illness. She founded and chaired a voluntary support group for women and their families affected by this illness for five years. Catherine began her Counselling training in 2008 completing her professional training at Salford University. Along the way, she volunteered for a leading Addiction charity working with clients in recovery and treatment before setting up My Therapy Partnership in 2013. She now works with clients experiencing all kinds of life difficulties but continues to specialise in addiction recovery work and post natal illness. She is also a very busy Mum who loves life and her work.

http://www.mytherapypartnership.co.uk
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Carrie Brooks

I am a woman who is living a varied and exciting life. I have successfully balanced bringing up a son as a single mother, with achieving my goals and ambitions. I started my career as a session musician where I toured with bands in both Europe and America. This not only allowed me to travel extensively with my work but also opened up the world of music and gained experience of the music industry. It was an exciting and fascinating time! While on tour I developed a passion for photography, and when I hung up my performing boots I turned to photography as my career. I have photographed extensively for 15 years culminating in a Film and Photography BA honours degree, which I achieved in 2006. It was while doing my degree that I developed my skill in research and article writing. I also worked for 8 years as the General Manager at Hot Bikram Yoga. This job gave me an insight into management, people skills and building a business, and of course the importance of wellbeing. It was at this time that I went to a Life Coach as I was searching for a new direction.This completely transformed my life. I am now a qualified coach with a thriving life coaching business. I work one-to-one with clients, hold workshops, and talk on all aspects concerning life-improvement and wellbeing. I am also very excited about the upcoming launch of my sister company Cherish Connect, which is an Internet dating consultancy with a difference.

http://www.carriebrooks.com
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Beverley Sandler

The road that directed me to becoming a counsellor/therapist happened many years ago. I was lucky enough to discover my passion for supporting people, to empower themselves, to feel good and engage in a positive life style. My love of learning has led me to engage in many physiological courses over the years. All of which have enabled me to have a good understanding of how the mind works, and can help relieve and calm any given situation, thus allowing the client to release negative thoughts. I feel I have endless energy to propel myself forward, always looking at the glass half full, instead of half empty. Life I believe is meant to be enjoyed not endured! Looking at the joy we can achieve each day. I always practice an attitude of gratitude for all the things I have in my life. Qualifications include: Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), 0CNW Young people’s counselling issue’s Level 2, Counselling Skill Level 2, Counselling Diploma Level 4, ABS Advanced Certificate of Therapeutic Hypnosis, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, ABC Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Hypnosis, Professional Development Inroads Training, Counselling victims with Stress and Anxiety, Professional Development Inroads Training, Counselling victims with Sexual abuse in Childhood, S.T.E.P.S. Personal Development Facilitator (The Pacific Institute), Certificate in Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Certificate level Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders, CBT Diploma (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), CBT Diploma Advance Level, NLP Certificate (Neuro Linguistic Programming), NLP Silver Member- Practitioner Coach.

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Avril Allen

An expert in helping people resolve emotional matters, tough times and decisions in a warm, yet rational, deliberate way, I have the gift of conveying complex ideas simply. My areas of expertise include: relationship-building; stress-management, and career development. My style is light, yet incisive, organised and effective. I bring enthusiasm for sharing knowledge and fascination with how the mind works; many years’ experience as a psychologist and a high quality qualification with the rigorous Coach University. After many years of city life in London, I now coach clients, mainly by telephone and online, in my rural English seaside town along with meeting with clients in London. MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist Coach University CTP Master NLP practitioner CMI dip Management HPC (Health Professions Council) reg. Art Therapist. BIH Hypnotherapy & NLP dip (with distinction) BA (Hons 1st Class) Psychology

http://avrilallen.co.uk
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Angela Gordon

Angela Gordon is a Transformational Empowerment Coach, public speaker and the founder and director of Active Inspiration inspiring women and business for over 16 years After a major life challenge and having suffered with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and lacked confidence in key areas of her own life Angela began to take charge and spent a number of years studying counselling, coaching and participating on an intensive programme of self-awareness and self-empowerment. Angela is passionate about positive psychology and is an in-demand personal coach and inspirational teacher who inspires and communicates with great energy, passion, humour and grace, sharing her experience with breath taking openness and honesty. Angela practices what she teaches and is a dedicated source of inspiration who encourages all she meets to see the good in themselves and be the very best they can be. Specialising in Confidence and Empowerment Coaching Angela holds Certificate and Diploma in Life Coaching (NCFE), Introduction and Foundation in Counselling (NOCN) and Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB) and Diploma in Sociology.

http://www.iloveinspiring.com/
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Andrew Armes

Prior to co-founding the social enterprise The Spring Project in 2009, Andrew had thirteen years of large blue chip HR experience. His corporate roles included Vice President for Talent Management and HR Strategy for the engineering conglomerate Invensys and Head of Resourcing and Talent Management at AstraZeneca UK. He has also been a director at the Leadership Development charity Common Purpose, designing and delivering ground-breaking bespoke cross industry leadership development programmes. He is a multiple recruitment and employment branding award winner and spent several years overseas working on mergers and acquisitions and the cultural integration projects that sit behind them. He is a master practitioner in coaching, and has been voted twice in the top 100 most influential HR professionals by HR Magazine. His purpose as he understands it at this point in his life is to support others in recognising and bringing their brilliance to the world.

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Ali McCloskey

I have been a practicing NLP Coach for the last 10 years. Although men are welcome in my office my passion is supporting and empowering women to build a life on their own terms. I want Women to recognise they have many choices, not just the ones expected, or dictated by society and culture. After 15 years in the Banking Industry I faced a dilemma shared by many women, did I focus on work or family? The truth was I wanted both. I loved being a Mum but I also wanted to do something independent of my family. I used my love of health and fitness to build up a small business with many private clients. I learnt how much emotional support people need to attain their goals and went on to qualify as a Life Coach with Noble Manhattan in 2005 and immediately went on to study and qualify in NLP, Time Line Therapy and Hypnosis as a Master Practitioner in 2007. We become and achieve what we believe and focus on, so much of my work involves my NLP skills to help clients align their beliefs and values in a way that supports their goals. Although I have a wide and varied skill set, my field of expertise lies in the area of Relationship, whether that be parenting, our partner or ourselves. One cannot thrive if the others are out of balance. I founded Good Parents Getting Better and produced Workshops and CD’s to educate and support the child/parent relationship. I have studied Creative Couple work with The Centre for Gender Psychology in varying forms from 2010 - 2013 and offer Creative Couple Coaching. I also Studied Ways of Woman in 2013/14 an intensive Woman only program and offer regular Women’s groups aimed at aligning women with their true feminine power and authority.

http://www.alimccloskey.com