About Personal Coaching

How often do you have a conversation that really makes a difference to how you think and feel, to what you do and how well you do it?

When you engage a skilled personal coach you can be sure of having this sort of conversation regularly.

When you engage the right personal coach, you are getting somebody who is trained and skilled in helping people like you create positive change in your life.

Your initial focus with the coach may be your professional life, or it may be your personal life, but the coaching is likely to have a positive effect on your whole life. After all, it’s the same brain in the same body wherever you are and whatever you’re doing.

The International Coach Federation defines Personal Coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. (source)

A Personal Coach IS NOT

  • not an expert in your line of work or the specific circumstances of your life
  • not going to give you orders and tell you what to do
  • not qualified to deal with clinical mental disorders

A good Personal Coach IS 

  • interested in finding out how you experience your life
  • skilled in helping you gain clarity
  • going to encourage you to turn insights into action
  • committed to you and your success on your terms

For an experience of thought-provoking Personal Coaching, get in touch.  In your first session (no charge) you will gain at least one insight of great value.


Positive Resilience

Positive Resilience is your capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of challenging situations. You probably know some people who bounce back from tough times, some who struggle and some who fall apart.

Is that just the luck of the draw? Is resilience something you’re born with or is it something you can learn? Is resilience nature or nurture?

The answer is it’s both nature and nurture. Whatever your “natural” level of resilience, you can improve it.

Think of Positive Resilience as deliberately honing two parts that need each other to work together. One of them is knowing the right thoughts and actions to apply. And the other is cultivating the reserves of mental/emotional energy to apply them.

The more you apply the right thoughts and actions in everyday life, the more you build up reserves of energy. And the bigger your energy reserves the more you can apply them. It’s a virtuous circle.

To start becoming more resilient, get in touch.  In the first session (no charge) you will learn at least one useful technique.

Stuart Harris

Stuart Harris

At the age of 14 Stuart went on a French exchange stay with a family near Orléans, equipped with just the present tense and a willingness to listen and learn. Three weeks of intense immersion sharpened his listening skills and intuition, broadened his palate and established a life-long friendship.

Since then he has learned several other languages and his career path has taken him through journalism, translation, market research, advertising and most recently, writing commissioned “think pieces”.

His interest in personal development and change work was sparked by a series of international workshops based on the work of Carl Rogers, a major figure in Humanistic Psychology. He was subsequently involved in Bioenergetic Analysis (a form of body psychotherapy), Transactional Analysis, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy.

Key points

  • NLP Master Practitioner (ITS, London, 2001) and Certified NLP Trainer (Neuro-Energetics, California, 2001)
  • Certified NLP Coach (2002) with ITS in London
  • Trained in NLP-based coaching 2002-2005 in the Netherlands and the United States with John Overdurf
  • Gained an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology in 2014
  • Has lived in France, Italy, Malaysia and the Netherlands – now lives in the UK
  • Speaks English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish and German
  • Started running in 2009, achieved a cumulative target of 1,600 km in 2014 and is on course for 2,000 in 2015
  • Plays with a community samba drumming band
Caroline Annesley

Caroline Annesley

As a graduate in French in her early 20s, Caroline had the unique experience of living above a bar for two years in the provincial Japanese city of Shizuoka. She was in Japan teaching English on the prestigious JET programme. With no native English-speakers to distract her, she learned to speak, read and write Japanese.

Following this formative experience Caroline worked in Paris before joining a consumer research agency in London and then moving on to specialise in pharamaceutical and health care market research.

As a mature student Caroline won a place on a Graduate Entry Programme to study medicine at St. George’s University Medical School  in London and subequently a place in General Practice training. Alongside looking after people medically in General Practice, Caroline enjoys supporting people through coaching.

Key points

  • Graduated MA in French from the University of Edinburgh
  • NLP Master Practitioner (2001) and Certified NLP Coach (2002) with ITS in London
  • Earned a diploma in sociology from the Open University (2003)
  • Graduated St George’s University Medical School, now a practicing GP
  • Has lived in France, Japan, Malaysia and the Netherlands – now lives in the UK
  • Speaks English, French, Dutch and Japanese