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Welcome to the Coaching Lab Vault. Since Lab #3 we've been recording our sessions and the conversations/Q&A that follow. Coach and client have a week following each session to give their consent, ask for edits or veto its publication, which means that not all Labs are online.
Members of the Lab have access to all available sessions. Ticket holders have access to the session they purchased as well as the previous one.
If you are not a member and you'd like to become one, you can sign up at bit.ly/CoachingLabMembership or reaching out to gemma@existentialcoaching.net
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Christian van Nieuwerburgh
Christian van Nieuwerburgh -Not recordedAwaiting lab reportBio & Approach:
Prof. Christian van Nieuwerburgh is the Global Director of Growth Coaching International, Professor of Coaching and Positive Psychology at the Centre for Positive Psychology and Health of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Wellbeing Science of the University of Melbourne (Australia). He is the best-selling author ofAn Introduction to Coaching Skills: A Practical Guide (now in its third edition) and the editor of Coaching in Education: Getting Better Results for Students, Educators and Parents and Coaching in Professional Contexts. He has written The Principles and Practice of Coaching in Islamic Culture (with Raja Allaho) and Advanced Coaching Practice (with David Love). His forthcoming book (with Paige Williams) is called From Surviving to Thriving: A Student’s Guide to Feeling and Doing Well at University. Christian defines himself as an engaged academic practitioner, committed to the useful interplay of theory, research and practice. Students, delegates, clients and peers describe him as an inspirational educator and empowering coach. He rides a Harley Davidson (Instagram: @coachonamotorcycle) and enjoys time with family, travelling and being by the sea.
Christian likes to take a respectful, facilitative stance as a coach. He believes that greater alignment is an important outcome of coaching conversations.
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Martin StellarHelping nice people sell more - Martin helps an introverted coach reframe what "selling" means to her to open the doors into how to get more clients. https://youtu.be/WRa3fWKnPXQhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1wMx-zPCI5wtQRqioc-CKmKA6BeWmd511/viewBio & Approach:
Martin is a coach, a former monk, a coach for ethical sales & business growth, and a lifelong psychology fanatic.
In his 20's, his eagerness to understand psychology, human nature and himself, caused him to join a monastery. He never really got to the point of fully understanding himself while there - but he did pick up a few useful lessons along the way, in terms of how to communicate, and how to relate to other people.

Fast-forward a few decades, and he teaches, consults, and coaches business owners on how to grow their venture, while staying true to their values and integrity. Hence his strapline "I help nice people sell more".
According to Martin, it just won't do that coaches with aggressive or unethical sales practices land clients, while good people get left behind, struggling to create clients or earn a decent living. That's why his mission is to show business owners who operate with heart and compassion how to attract, engage, and enrol buyers - and still sleep at night. Because nice people? Nice people should finish first.

So in Martin's approach, there's no "5 Steps to close the sale" or "12 Ways to handle buyer objections", or any of the cookie-cutter hacks and tactics that so many sales coaches teach. Instead, Martin helps coaches see how "selling" (or: trading things of value with other people) is a natural and fundamental part of human nature, and how it's something we all do, all the time. (Hint: and most of us are naturally good at it!)

This Coaching Lab session mixes coaching, consulting and teaching, and shows you a different way of looking at the enrolment process.
Watch as Martin applies his decades of studying psychology and communication and business, to help the client overcome the same doubts, apprehensions and misconceptions, that prevent so many highly skilled coaches from landing clients.

After all, humans are hard-wired for making connections and finding ways to move forward together - and in the end, "selling" is nothing more than that: Figuring out a way for the both of you to move forward, together, eagerly.

You'll walk away with a different view on what selling is, what your buyers need from you during an initial consultation - and how you can have conversations about buying and money and commitment that aren't icky or uncomfortable, but instead cause your buyer to voluntarily step into a coaching relationship with you.
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Sid HamidResonance based Coaching - What happens when you meet a client with pure presence and awareness, sharing what's arising in your body and mind as an approach to coaching, and to see what resonates with the client. Find out!https://youtu.be/xCuaOgKcn0chttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZoWQglfQPlW86ojBhY8xA9-FnE6Xi-M4/view?usp=sharingBio & Approach:
Sid's 15 years of experience as a holistic occupational therapist, business networking leader, social impact start-up founder plus tending & befriending his trauma, has grounded him to coach with compassion. He’s also known as the radically inclusive ‘chameleon’ coach who has accompanied diverse people (including those who identify as neurodivergent) to bring their whole selves to life for sustainable change & growth.
Presently, Sid is an internationally sought-after coach with people at all levels across various cultures, industries and organisations such as HSBC, The Coca Cola Company, SCB, A+E Networks etc.
Sid offers a psychologically safe partnering that explores “whole self, whole systems” and stretches people to true transformation. He believes, harnessing the power of ‘resonance’ in ourselves and with others, results in fresh, enduring solutions with forward momentum flowing in and through us and the relationship systems that we’re nested in.
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Sasha Van Deurzen-Smith
Coaching Neurodiversity from an existential perspective - A coaching session exploring the lived experience of a mother whose son was recently diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and coming to terms with her own experience of being on the spectrum.Retracted by Clienthttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1vNjQ_Ek42-5EO0z1uF0cJJxbpJ9HgRns/view?usp=sharingBio & Approach:
Sasha is an existential coach, specialising in neurodiversity, LGBTQ+ issues, self esteem and creativity. Having graduated from the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling with an MA in Existential Coaching, they are now the course leader for the same programme. Sasha regularly runs workshops on existential coaching, gender fluidity and working with autism, and co facilitates a support group for LGBTQ+ adults with an autism spectrum condition. Sasha is currently working on their first book, a self-help title on how to be your own existential coach which will translate existential ideas into accessible life practices. They have published several articles in the Journal for the Society of Existential Analysis, and a chapter on existential coaching in Du Plock’s Case Studies in Existential Therapy. Speaking experience includes the first world congress for existential therapy, the philosophy now conference and the weekend university. In their spare time, Sasha is a drag artist, small-time political activist and big-time animal enthusiast. Sasha is openly autistic, LGBTQ+ and an unashamed Nietzsche fan. www.sashasmithcoaching.com
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Georgie NightingallA deep coaching conversation exploring the client's re-integration into their life after travelling the world and experiencing spiritual growth, not wanting to slip back into normaility but instead establish a life of purpose and meaning.

https://youtu.be/rkAsWGTBU1I
https://drive.google.com/file/d/12u3LY44_KZKmiZcd9-hE3VrQ-LhrVLLk/view?usp=sharingBio & Approach:
Georgie Nightingall is an ICF-accredited coach, trainer, facilitator and entrepreneur as the Founder of Trigger Conversations, a London based human connection organisation. Bored with every conversation beginning with the question ‘What do you do?’ in 2016, she decided to go on a mission to find the formula for engineering deep meaningful conversations, human connection and community and has since facilitated experiences, delivered training and consulted for individuals, universities, non-profit and for profit organisations and global networks. As a lifelong learner, her next step will be starting a PhD in Design Engineering for human connectivity at Imperial College in late 2021.
She is addicted to exploring and understanding what it means to be human, and has explored a number of modalities which she integrates into her coaching practice: Philosophy (MA Hons: Edinburgh), Applied Linguistics and Psychology (MSc: UCLAN), Forensic Emotion Awareness (PG Cert), Transformational Life Coaching (Diploma, ICF accredited), Mediation (London School of Mediation) NLP, Authentic Relating, Gestalt, Existential Coaching, Constellations, Vipassana meditation and Somatic Coaching. She coaches clients on a range of areas including: career change, entrepreneurship, wellbeing, habits, relationships & identity. She is regularly featured in the press; her ideas have been featured at TEDx, The BBC, The Times, The Telegraph, The Week, City AM, Daily Mail, NBC News, The Huffington Post.
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Rosie PeacockCoaching and Psychelics - A coaching session to help the client further integrate a psychedelic experience while holding the boundaries between therapy and coaching well and working with literature prompts and poems)
https://youtu.be/e5QPUVBvlQo
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iwD_qj_NOZG-QIUk_35IotH2jKKQwQxR/view?usp=sharingBio & Approach:
Rosie Peacock is a Psychedelic Integration Coach and Holistic Positive Psychologist. Rosie’s coaching aims to holistically support clients as they work towards making sense of psychedelic experiences and move towards a deeper sense of wellbeing and self-awareness.
Rosie’s approach is itself integrative, her style of coaching interweaves the scientific and the spiritual, both eastern and the western philosophical stances, the practical and the existential, with a focus on the positive psychological aspects of a client’s life whilst also embracing aspects of the shadow that can emerge to be integrated within psychedelic states.
Rosie's work draws heavily on positive psychology and coaching psychology from her postgraduate studies at UEL. As well as incorporating a scientific understanding of psychedelics from the latest research around psychedelics, she also has a shamanic understanding of psychedelic plant medicines (learned under a master ayahuascero of the Secoya lineage in the jungle of Costa Rica). Her work also incorporates a philosophical awareness through existential coaching (as studied with Yannick) and yogic philosophy and psychology (as studied in the YogaPoint Ashram in India).
The talking aspect of Rosie's coaching is integrated with a range of practical tools from applied positive psychology and other holistic modalities in which she is qualified including yoga, meditation, mindfulness, nutritional therapy.
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Linda AspeyCoaching with the Earth in mind - A thinking environment (a la Nancy Kline) to help a climate activist reflect to avoid and understand burnout.
https://youtu.be/ER4zSw7lg4Q
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dzzl-ffRucrlMmeC_-ZwwALIFMfbpEIw/view?usp=sharingBio & Approach:
Linda is a coach, facilitator, therapist & speaker working on culture, climate change and environment with progressive leaders, teams and coaches, supporting them in facing the challenges that a changing world brings. She helps people to generate new thinking and insight, build stronger relationships, and grow in courage to take action, in highly collaborative ways. She’s alumna of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Oxford School of Climate Change, a trained facilitator in "The Work that Reconnects" (aka "Active Hope") and delivers workshops and keynotes on understanding our responses to climate change, climate coaching & climate leadership. Her systemic framework, “With the Earth in Mind” - for facilitating conversations about our relationship with the wider world - is available as a free resource from www.aspey.com
She is also a member of Extinction Rebellion, delivering public talks and trainings on the climate crisis and non-violent activism. A founding member of the Climate Coaching Alliance, Linda is a global faculty member of Time to Think, a registered member and fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP/FBACP), and was founding Chair of BACP Coaching.
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Dr Joel Vos Meaning and Purpose interventions for a client who struggled with covid anxiety (featuring a fair bit of normalising the client's feelings, as well as some teaching).
https://youtu.be/18PUll0FFUg
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Joël is chartered psychologist and philosopher. He works as Acting Leader of the Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. He is also researcher at the Metanoia Institute.
Joël has published over 70 research articles on the experience and effectiveness of psychological therapies. His recent research focuses on how to live a meaningful life in difficult life situations, such as during COVID-19, unemployment, and chronic or life-threatening disease. Joel has developed and validated psychotherapies to help individuals live a meaningful and satisfying life despite life’s challenges. He published his experiences in his book ‘Meaning in Life: an evidence-based handbook for practitioners’. On the basis of this, he published a self-help book for the general public entitled: ‘Fifty pictures of living a meaningful life’. His other books include ‘Mental Health in Crisis’ and ‘The economics of meaning in life’.
Joel has done his training in the Netherlands, such as the MSc Clinical Psychology, PhD Psychology, MA Philosophy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Contextual Family & Relationship Therapy and Existential Psychotherapy. Joel has much experience in helping clients with a broad range of questions.
Joel also organises the IMEC International Meaning Conferences: www.meaning.org.uk
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Oriana Tickell#PositiveActivist and PCC supporting a young mother to get back into work after a break
https://youtu.be/0mTES12CLcE
N/ABio & Approach: Oriana lives between Mexico and the UK. In the UK she heads the areas of Coaching Programs and Science of Happiness at Work for the iOpener Institute. In Mexico she provides coaching services through Metamorphoria and teaches Positive Leadership at the Tecmilenio University. #positiveactivist describes Oriana. Through her work in coaching, in business schools, and in corporations she aims to make a positive difference, particularly with inspired entrepreneurs who also want to make the world a better place. She has a Master’s degree is in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of East London, and is accredited by both ICF and EMCC.
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Dr D. Ivan YoungICF MCC style coaching with one of the US's leading relationship experts
https://youtu.be/PqVm3cLN2DY
N/AD. Ivan Young, Ph.D., MCC, NBC-HWC, CPDC has dedicated his life to helping people create positive, lasting change in their lives. Dr. Young is a two-time recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions as an inspirational thought leader and life coach. He was named “Life Coach of the Year” in 2017 by the National Black Life Coaches Network and was elected to the Forbes Coaches Council in 2021. He's Co-Lead for Council on Race, Equity & Inclusion at The Institute of Coaching McLean, an affiliate of the Harvard University Medical School. Dr. Young is the author of two books: Another Chance...Where Would You Be Without One?, Break Up, Don't Break Down. He is a TEDx speaker with more than 2.7 million views. Dr. D has been featured by Forbes.com, CNN, MSNBC, 20/20 Investigates, The Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, ABC, NBC, CBS Radio, iHeartRadio, and Access Hollywood. He has been a recurring expert on TV One's Fatal Attraction & Justice by Any Means and the Oxygen Network's program Snapped - Killer Couples. His new work, "Accurate Empathy, the Key to Transformational Coaching and Leadership," will release in the fall of 2021.
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Freya BlomHigh Impact Coaching
(breaking some of the traditional rules of coaching and owning it. Plus the client loved it!)
https://youtu.be/kWpQ5MXolhQ
N/AFreya is one of our Coaching Cabinet facilitators. She's an experienced High Impact Coach, Coach Supervisor, Hypnotherapist and NLP practitioner specialising in supporting High Achievers to ditch burnout and say yes to sustainable freedom. Her approach is highly integrative: pragmatic, practical, intuitive and psycho-educative, using goals as a direction rather than a destination, and dealing with what emerges as the coaching relationship and experience unfolds. She often draws on her past experience as a couples coach and her work with startups and business owners, and existential, psychodynamic, TA and systemic lenses. She sees coaching as a means to reflect back and magnify people's inherent brilliance, share life changing tools and perspectives, and enable freer flowing love, creativity and self expression so her clients can expand beyond their conditioning, experience life as fully and meaningfully as possible, solve problems in ways they can be truly proud of and make maximum positive social impact in the world. Learn more about Freya at https://www.freyablom.com/
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Robert StephensonNarrative Coaching
(but not the way you think)
https://youtu.be/yKV3o51A2oU
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Robert Stephenson is the Centre Director at Animas Centre for Coaching, the UK's largest coaching school, and he supports the Leadership Team across the globe. With a background that has roots in performance and theatre, Robert's journey to life coaching has taken him along a path of varied experience and learning and has forged his coaching style in the Narrative realm.

Having originally trained as an actor and mime-artist, physical theatre was a big part of Robert's early work where he specialised in theatre and education within schools. This can be seen in his curiosity in the “client as character” within their own Narrative, enabled to re-write narratives/lives as they choose through deep exploration, openness and honesty with the self.

Robert has been on an incredible journey of self-development and consistently expanded both his training and coaching skill set. Initially training as an NLP Practitioner and hypnotherapist, Robert went on to pass his Diploma in Transformational Coaching, before adding a number of other accredited coach training courses to his toolkit, including David Drake's Narrative Coaching, and Simon Western's Analytic Network Coaching.

You can learn more about Animas Centre for Coaching and their range offerings to coaches at https://www.animascoaching.com/
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Dr. Magdalena Bak-MaierFinding love through heart-mind integration
(a wonderfully present and mindful session, solutions-focused, yet deep and powerful)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ffpyl1HdYck&list=PLEK9UENWT66C59hOtQfNlKXWtqurk4wIq&index=1
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Some people have a special ability to see people. This month we welcome one of those people to the Lab: Dr. Magdalena Bak-Maier. I've met Magdalena through our work at the Association for Integrative Coach-Therapy Practitioners and it didn't take her 5 minutes of what I thought was a casual chat to pick up on aspects of my character that took even close friends years to get their head around. Ever since I wanted to see her in action with a client and so I very much look forward to this session.

Magdalena says:
"There’s a way of being that is all head and little heart. Being this way can produce short-term results, but sustaining them can be a struggle. In fact, overlooking human need for connection harms relationships, hampers success and crushes life. It makes people spend time doing things they don’t care about with people they don’t like. But there’s another way. The alternative involves learning wisdom, compassion, love and curiosity.

What I know for sure is that learning to connect heart and mind stands to transforms how we act and live. On a personal level, living with more heart changes how you experience and approach life and your ability to influence the world around you.

Heart and Mind connection is my Talent, Skill and On-going Practice". Some people refer to me as the “Physician of the Soul”, a good number call me an “Angel”. All I can say is that I have simply learned to practice heart and mind connection and this is what I’m inviting others to experience and practice."

Magdalena is a change maker committed to making our world a better place. She does this by teaching people how to operate with more ‘heart’. Connecting heart and mind is what she sees as the biggest challenge and opportunity for a better world, effective leadership and good self-management. Her work and research shows that developing the skill of balance and connection is vital for personal wellbeing, for individual and workplace productivity, for fulfilling relationships, for ending conflict, and for effective education. Her approach focuses on integration and working with the whole person. The evidence for the power of greater wholeness and balance is truly overwhelming and yet our mechanistic world seems rigged to make us act like machines instead of celebrating our humanity. Magdalena is on a mission to change this. She is also author of three books in the area of personal productivity, wellbeing and healing.

Learn more about Magdalena and her work at https://www.maketimecount.com
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Dr. Natalie LancerFast-paced coaching to tackle stuckness and inertia on BIG projects (in this case a PhD)
(existentially-grounded but with little time to think, amazing rapport with this existing client, and lots to talk about after)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-25ETHM3cA
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Natalie is a fellow existential coach, has been teaching coaching skills at Masters level and she's co-authored the 2nd edition of Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring together with coaching heavy-weights David Clutterbuck and David Megginson. She now specialises in coaching PhD students and other clients with BIG projects on their hands. I've been running into Natalie at various conferences over the years and am excited to get to see her coach up close and personal today.

NATALIE SAYS:
"I am an existential coach and an accredited member of the Association for Coaching. I started my professional career as a secondary school teacher and worked in schools with diverse students in deprived areas with children who had various emotional and behavioural difficulties. I now coach people using an existential approach. My client groups are mainly young people between the ages of 16 and 25 and a diverse range of people who feel stuck on their big projects (such as PhDs!).

My latest book focuses on coaching techniques: Lancer, N., Clutterbuck, D. and Megginson, D. (2016). Techniques for coaching and mentoring (2nd edn). Oxford: Routledge and I have published widely, most recently (2018) in the BPS International Coaching Psychology Review: ‘One-to-one coaching as a catalyst for personal development: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of coaching undergraduates at a UK university’.

I am the Honorary Secretary of the BPS Special Group in Coaching Psychology. My PhD research explored how undergraduates experience personal growth at university whilst having coaching sessions throughout one or two academic years. I supervise Master’s and PhD students at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling."
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Dr. Nash PopovicPersonal Consultancy (Nash's signature approach to Coach-Counselling Integration)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2BN6A9sHto
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Nash's unique approach to the integration of coaching and counselling has resulted in the book Personal Consultancy and the subsequent ground-breaking (and extremely popular) MSc in Integrative Coaching and Counselling at the University of East London. Today we'll see the approach in action and you get to ask Nash anything you like.

Dr Nash Popovic is a senior lecturer at the University of East London and the founder as well as programme leader of the MSc in Integrative Counselling and Coaching, the first programme of its kind in the world. Nash is also a counselor in private practice and an educational consultant with 20 years of experience.

He received his Ph.D. from the Institute of Education, London, for developing the Personal Synthesis programme for young people. This programme has been implemented in a number of educational institutions and other organizations in the UK and abroad. He is also a co-founder of the Personal Well-being Centre, a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to promoting the well-being and growth of individuals, organisations, and communities.

Nash runs numerous personal development programmes and courses mostly with disadvantaged groups (refugees, people living with HIV, single parents with disabled children, young offenders etc.). He also presents at conferences and seminars nationally and internationally and was a consultant for the BBC2 series, Happiness Formula (2006).
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William PenningtonHealth Coaching
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD__QKiu-nE
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For years I worked alongside William as part of the faculty of the MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP). Today I'll finally get to see him run a full length coaching session with a client.

William is a Health and Wellbeing Coach with over 16 years of professional experience working with clients to make them healthier, to develop their career or business or work to enhance their leadership capabilities.

He is certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) and accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), he has Masters degrees in Coaching & Neuro Linguistic Psychology and Health Sciences. William is studying for a doctorate with Warwick Medical School and he's a senior lecturer at the University of East London's popular MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology.

William has designed and works with clients on a year long approach to achieve a healthy life and optimum weight, which is also being converted into an EHealth app and the subject of his research.
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Caroline StrawsonTrauma and narcissisitc abuse-focused coach-therapy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H36t5yxr6bc
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award-winning coach & therapist Caroline Strawson. I've met Caroline when she did her Masters in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology and ever since her work went from strength to strength. I'm particularly interested in her approach to working with trauma combining elements of coaching and therapy to help people overcome adversity and narcissistic abuse. Fascinating stuff and I can't wait to see her in action.

BIO & APPROACH
Here's an excerpt from Caroline's website https://www.carolinestrawson.com/about/​

"My name is Caroline Strawson, and I am a no.1 bestselling author, international and multi-award-winning therapist, and coach in my field of trauma transformation specialising in PTSD, complex PTSD, narcissistic and domestic abuse.
I help you move from post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth achieving higher-level living BECAUSE of your trauma.
I have a medical background and I am obsessed with how trauma affects the brain, mind and the body and I use a unique integration of the latest therapies such as EMDR, Polyvagal and ego state therapy, Rapid Transformational Therapy and Positive Psychology to heal at a somatic and psychological level to help people achieve post-traumatic growth after narcissistic abuse.
I have been personally trained by world leaders in their field and spoken on stages to over 3000 people inspiring hope that you can live a more joyful and connected life free from your past.
I am widely regarded as an expert in my area and have appeared on the national news, BBC radio, national newspapers, and magazines and appeared on multiple global podcasts."
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Liz GoodchildPerson-centred, Life coaching for people who give a shit (Liz is abit of a legend in the Animas community and I just love her style)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcZlNlRD25Y
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I've loved Liz's authentic, warm, reflective and person-centred style from the moment I met her. I also love that she swears a fair bit! :) Her writing has inspired me and she's also really smashed the business side of coaching. I can't wait to get an insight into Liz's coaching style in action and really look forward to the session.

BIO & APPROACH
Here's an excerpt from Liz's website https://www.lizgoodchild.co.uk
"From feeling less stuck to making decisions that feel good, it’s all about doing the things you think you can’t—with me by your side and new confidence in your shiny red sidecar.
After all, I know what your nagging little whispers say, speaking up in the back of your mind when the world goes quiet. “I need to change something. It’s time to show up. But where do I start? Can I start? Should I? I mean, things are fine. And fine is fine. Right? Juuuuuuust fine.”
The mediocrity is sucking out your damn life force (likely with a bendy straw.)
But through life coaching, I’ve learned how the heck to turn fine into fantastic.

I’ve been a certified coach since 2013, running a full-time coaching practice via Skype. I’ve worked with hundreds of people over this time, from all walks of life, helping them to shake their lives up and feel more bolder, excited, confident and content. I get frustrated that we live in a world where asking for help, or admitting we haven’t got it all figured out, is seen as self-indulgent or fucked up, when in fact, I know the exact opposite to be true. And it’s this belief that forms the foundation of my writing and coaching approach. I’m honest and say it as it is. With kindness and a dash of kick-up-the-ass.

I work with both women and men. I’m a certified coach, and yet beyond the qualifications nailed to my wall, I’ve learned how to help other people lead better lives through the lessons I’ve learned by living my own. From wanting to stick pencils in my eyes while sitting at the desk of my 9-5 in a corporate career that stifled me, to running ultra-marathons, to moving to a country I didn’t speak the language of—with a 4 month old baby in tow—I know that daily life can be fucking hard. But I also know that we can do hard things. My mum died when I was 18. She chose to end her life and her death was a huge wake-up call for me. It hit me—square in the heart—that we all get to choose who we are and how we live. As for me? I choose to live simply and brave, gravitating towards everything that nudges me towards personal and physical growth, and most importantly, that lets me just be me."
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Ross NicholsA clean ICF-PPC Coaching Session
(difficult to watch but served the client well and very much aligned with the ICF model, but in a sort-of military fashion)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdT12cYd_xY
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I love how Ross includes the shadow in his coaching work and we've had many an existential conversation in our days (though this is not that kind of session as it turned out). Ross is also an experienced Coach Mentor and for this Lab I've asked him to deliver a clean PCC session so we can talk about it.

BIO & APPROACH
After a 26 year career in the Army, Ross Nichols began mentoring business owners and directors for leadership; and coaching professionals for career transition, health and wellness, cancer, emotional intelligence and mindfulness. He is creative and intuitive. His coaching style is Transpersonal, working with values, energy, vitality and spirit. He is drawn to working with his clients’ shadow side, which is where he believes the learning and healing is to be found. He began writing poetry in 2018.

Ross is a member of 5 professional institutes and a contributing author to the IoD publication, The Growing Business Handbook (2015 and 2016 editions) on: coaching and mentoring; leadership for performance; and authentic leadership for growth. He published 2 e-books in 2019: Insights for the Coaching Journey; and Business Start-up Tips for Coaches.

Ross co-founded and leads the Wiltshire Business Mentoring Scheme and is a mentor to undergraduates at Solent University. He has been mentor-coaching other coaches for ICF credentials since 2015. He founded and leads the Salisbury Coaching Circle and is the organiser of Salisbury International Coaching Week, an annual event since 2016. He is a founder member of the Cancer Coaching Community. His purpose is to help others succeed.
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Clive LeachCoaching with Strengths and Positive Psychology (Clive brought a recorded session with a continuing client in Singapore centred around their strengthprofile assessment)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZthWsR8G8A
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For years Clive and I taught on the same programme (MAPPCP) at the University of East London. But we've never seen each other coach, so I'm excited to see him in action and get a chance to talk about his approach as a group.

BIO & APPROACH

Clive is an international organisational, executive, leadership and career coach working extensively within the Corporate & Public sectors. Drawing on his studies in Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology Clive applies coaching to enhance individual and team well-being engagement, leadership development, career transition and mental toughness. He is regularly told he brings great energy, he is good to work with and that he makes a positive difference.

Clive’s coaching clients are drawn from many parts of the world and a wide range of professional disciplines and include leaders within multinational organisations, international agencies and schools.

Clive keeps abreast of the latest evidence-based coaching approaches through attendance and participation at world’s leading conferences. He has spoken widely on issues relating to coaching psychology, coaching, leadership and organisational well-being at numerous global and regional events, most recently at the Australian Conference on Evidence-based Coaching 2020 and the World Congress on Positive Psychology 2019. Clive is published author featuring in highly regarded organisational coaching publications for Routeledge, Sage and in the International Journal of Evidence-based Coaching & Mentoring.

A former Education services leader in the UK, Clive studied at the University of Sydney Coaching Psychology Unit under Prof. Tony Grant and Dr. Suzy Green. He is currently a visiting lecturer teaching ‘Coaching in Professional Contexts’ and ‘Individual Perspectives in Wellbeing’ on the world’s first MSc Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology (MAPPCP) at the University of East London.
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Catherine BellCoaching with NLP and strengths (I love Catherine's style and presence. She's touching on a lot of techniques and questions in this inspiring session)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6JxGRB-IW0
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I've met Catherine at a meaning conference in Vancouver in 2018 and since been infatuated with her authentic, bubbly and highly professional being. I can't wait to see her coach!

BIO & APPROACH:
Since 2001, Catherine has dedicated her life towards helping others shine. After early career success in business, Catherine moved to Kyoto, Japan for a working holiday at 25. Quickly rising past English Teacher, Catherine became a Trainer & Coach for 750 international staff in a $3 million educational program, helping others tap into their unique strengths for better results at work and in life. Returning to Australia, Catherine worked in senior corporate HR roles before starting her business in 2010. Her style incorporates traditional Coaching, the science of Applied Positive Psychology, Strengths, NLP and HeartMath to serve the diverse needs of her government, NFP and corporate clients. A respected Coach Trainer, Catherine has trained over 1,000 new Coaches and currently serves on the ICF Australasia Leadership Team. Through her business giving partner B1G1 she has made over 100,000 impacts, supporting projects to fight poverty and create wellbeing for people around the world. With a special interest in EI, Resilience and Leadership, Catherine has presented her work at the INPM Global Summit (2018), the IPPA World Congress (2019) and the Victoria University Leadership Conference (2020). Catherine is positive, courageous and refreshingly down-to-earth - helping clients uncover their strengths, rise above challenges and embrace the adventure in their lives.
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Eric LarsonOntological Coaching by a coach with 10.000+ hours of experience (one of my favourtie Lab sessions to date)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUqy2F4zNbg
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Eric is a full-time coach and has been practicing since 2008. I love how Eric approaches coaching and appreciate his deep way of reflecting on his practice. I'm excited that he's agreed to showcase his way of working for us followed by what will surely be an inspiring discussion.

BIO & APPROACH:
Throughout his career Eric has helped thousands of clients - in more than 10,000 conversations - identify and free from themselves from internal and external barriers to create a life of greater purpose, fulfillment and meaning. As an advocate of excellence in the coaching profession, he also offers mentor coaching to executive, wellness and life coaches who are committed to improving their skills and/or pursuing ACC or PCC certification through the International Coaching Federation.


A message from Eric: "Fellow Coaches: I am eager to be with you all next month. For 20 years, I have traveled tirelessly through myriad internal and external worlds, in light and shadow, collecting philosophies, methods, techniques, tools, totems, metaphors, poems, songs - anything at all that might help people free themselves from suffering. I bring everything I am and everything I have into each coaching session. A splash of existential philosophy, here. A dash of Buddhist cosmology, there. Sprinkles of neurobiology, CBT, DBT, ACT, IFS, PERMA. Tears, laughter. A moment of silence - or a full hour. Together, in real time, the client and I co-create the context and the conversation. We humble ourselves and make use of whatever the moment demands of us. It’s jazz. Or maybe gardening. Clients grab their instrument, they get on stage, and we play. Or, they grab their packet of seeds, their watering can, and we get down in the dirt together, dig in and get growing. When it’s all over (although it’s never over-over) it’s hard to say what has happened, exactly. But something, something magical; for we are both transformed."
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Nathan BlairSomatic Coaching - working with the body (super interesting session where access to the somatic work proofed to be difficult. The true value of the session lies in the reflections)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cPUtXZrw34
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I'm very happy that Nathan has agreed to join us for this Lab as I've been following his work at the Somatic School since it was founded and I know how powerful working with the body can be.

BIO & APPROACH:
After working in Leadership Development and Talent Management at a successful Performance Consultancy, Nathan left the corporate environment to train as a Transformational Life Coach. Nathan later joined the team at Animas to head up the Centre for Professional Coach Development. As a coach, Nathan has worked extensively with clients to tap into their vast emotional and embodied intelligence. Working with the subtle messages of the body Nathan helps clients clarify their wants and needs, tune into their inner knowing to make better decisions and align themselves with their deepest desires.

His passion for somatics took him to California where he worked as a Connection & Intimacy Coach, facilitated weekly Men’s Groups and was a lead trainer for workshops on conscious sexuality and relationships. It was at the heart of this work that Nathan developed a deep understanding of relational embodiment and Intricate Tactile Sensitivity.

He has immersed himself in somatic practice over the last five years learning from the founding thinkers and practitioners in Somatic Psychology, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Body Psychotherapy. He is trained in Hakomi, Focusing and Authentic Movement and integrates these therapeutic techniques and similar modalities into a coaching context when working with clients and training coaches.

Nathan currently runs a private Couple’s Coaching practice back in London and is Founder of The Somatic School, the UK’s first ICF accredited school dedicated to training in process-oriented somatic practices and providing coaches with somatic and embodiment skills.
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Nick HatterLife Coaching with "one of the UK's leading life coaches"
(a suprising session which I'm still not sure has landed with the client, very interesting watch given the high profile of the coach)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD1xi1EuDUg
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Everybody who has googled "Life Coach" in the UK in the past 2 years will know Nick's name. He charges upwards of £500/hour for his services and gathered more than 50 five-star Google reviews, which in combination with his smashing SEO work sets him up for fame and success. Nick is constantly aquiring new skills via CPDs and online courses and his thirst for knowledge and experience seems unquenchable. I'm happy that he's agreed to come to the Lab so that I can finally see him in action with a client.

BIO:
Nick Hatter is one of the UK's leading life coaches and is one of the highest-rated in London on Google. He runs a six-figure life coaching practice in Notting Hill, London, and has appeared in Vogue, Forbes, The Guardian, The Telegraph, as well as on TV and national radio. His clientele includes celebrities, CEOs, ex-military, clinical psychologists and doctors. For more information see www.nickhatter.com

Nick's coaching approach is integrated and incorporates the Enneagram, Psychodynamics (exploration of unconscious motivations), Positive Psychology, Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), Human Givens Psychotherapy and Hypnosis.
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