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Life Coaching

Whatever your challenges I'll work with you and help you gain clarity and momentum to act on your ideas. Don't wait for 'some day" take a first step 'today'.

What beliefs underpin my coaching?

I believe that everyone can change, as long as there is a true will to do so. You already have the ability to change whatever you want, coaching will help you gain the belief, skills or knowledge to make that change successful.

What is the experience of being coached by me like?

My goal is to help you think differently about the situation you want to change. This is done through precise questioning and NLP techniques. I am here to support but also challenge your thinking. It’s not about being friends; changing the way we think and act can be uncomfortable; my role is to create a trusting and secure coaching environment where you feel safe enough to change.

What therapeutic approach do I use?

My approach is based on the principles underpinning NLP.

  1. Rapport – the connection between you and me; and the connection between your mind and your physiology.

  2. Outcome oriented – always start with the end in mind. Being clear on what you want and don’t want.

  3. Sensory Acuity – understanding how you represent your internal world to the outside and vice versa.

  4. Behavioural Flexibility – adapting, testing and changing. Understanding what you do well and do more of it.


How do I know if I am doing a good job?

I know this when a client is making changes and there’s a connection between myself and the client. I also know when I hear clients using sentences like “I haven’t thought about that before”; it lets me know I’m asking the right questions.

What is my professional background?

I have around 1000 hours of coaching experience. Three quarters of these were with private life coaching clients; the rest with Directors and business leaders.

I’ve hence coached a wide variety of topics from wellbeing, confidence and trauma to redundancy, retirement and career development.

I first trained in counselling when I worked within Further Education. From there I wanted to be able to support people to take more proactive action which led me to coaching and NLP.

I offer not-for-profit virtual/online video coaching.  All fees go straight to CARA the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse Essex

Complete the form at the bottom of the page to book a session; or of course feel free to simply give a donation by clicking the Donate Now button below.

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"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adams


Virtual sessions

All my coaching is offered virtually via Skype, Facetime or Whatsapp.


Life Coaching costs are £40 per 50 min virtual coaching session.

All payments will be paid ahead of sessions directly through my coaching Virgin Money page where the money goes directly to CARA.

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High Value Communications Manager at NSPCC

Neil coached me for a period of a month or so and helped me develop vital time management skills and navigate a number of tricky situations. His coaching style was very subtle and felt much less like obvious coaching ( which I personally can find a bit frustrating). His knowledge of different techniques for time management and prioritization was vast and allowed me to develop a methodology that worked for me. It gave me a number of options that could adapt to different demands and situations. Everyone I work with at Cancer Research UK found Neil's coaching skills exceptional and extremely valuable.


Brilliant coach! Tick all the boxes. Excellent techniques with a real human approach. I feel lucky that Neil was my coach for several months. His support helped me to look at performance and goals in a different way so I could improve my personal achievements. Thank you Neil!


Head of Prospect Development at London Business School

I worked closely with Neil as a trainer and coach and can recommend him wholeheartedly as both. His natural honesty, compassion and insight make him extremely effective at helping others reach their full potential. After working with him, I felt more confident in myself and more able to capitalise on my strengths; he also helped me develop a fresh perspective on the areas we focussed on.  As a trainer, Neil is authentic, sincere and engaging - his sessions are thought provoking and effective. As a mentor, he excels at close, active listening and his advice is well-tailored not just to the situation but the individual. He is unfailingly generous with his time and his approach to what he does. I really hope to work with him again someday.

J. Wood, Essex

Neil is an exceptional coach. I spent several days shopping around for the right person to help. It happened to be the weekend when I contacted Neil. He got back to me despite it being a Saturday. I appreciated this ever so much because when you are desperate for change, you do hope for help imminently. 

We talked the next day… a Sunday… for an introductory discussion. He spent more time than any other coaches understanding my situation and already I felt like he had helped me. It was so thorough that I thought maybe I would be charged for the time we talked but it was free. I was so impressed already and the rapport was excellent. 


The sessions exceeded what I had hoped for. Neil gets straight to the root of the problem and works quickly to help you. I gained so much from each session. I learned skills that I can carry around with me forever. Neil was without a doubt, the best coach for me.


At first I was a bit apprehensive about working over Skype. I thought I needed to work with someone one-to-one but actually working remotely was not a problem at all. It made it more affordable and saved time and money on travel. 


When I was first looking for a coach, my problems seemed insurmountable. But I only needed three sessions with Neil to gain equilibrium again and see the positive changes I wanted. If I ever needed any coaching in the future, I would contact Neil without hesitation. I was very lucky to find such a highly skilled coach and right on my doorstep. A coach of his calibre I thought you would only find in a metropolitan city. 


I can’t thank Neil enough for affecting my life so dramatically, positively and quickly. 

Joanne Wood

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