Barbara J Harvey
Life Coach & Stress Consultant
Specialist in Stress Management
I think I am no different to the majority of the population. Before I even knew what Coaching was I had had a variety of life experienced that were not all good. I had had rows with my parents, I had not achieved much and I had just gone through a marriage break up. I was looking for something new.
Just like a lot of people my education had not been encouraged and in fact had been limited by my parents needs for me to go to work. I was a very good designer dressmaker but didn’t want to travel into London and do the long hours that would have been needed to work my way up, so I settled for office work, which I hated and wasn’t very good at.
When the children came along I was then able to start my own Dressmaking business from home, but when my marriage ended I realised I would have to work full time and more to pay the bills. I could not see myself doing that until I retired so I looked for something else.
I found Therapies! I became qualified in Reflexology, Indian Head and Body Massage and Aromatherapy. I also did a Stress Consultant course where one of the modules focused on Hypnotherapy. I was fascinated. I found a recognised course for Hypnotherapy and which also included NLP and Life Coaching. I signed up for the Hypnotherapy but soon realised that NLP was my forte. At the start of the course I had no idea what a Life Coach did as I had only heard of Sports Coaches. I found that NLP was amazing and had got a totally wrong reputation from the British Press. It is powerful yet nurtured the client. It was fast and easy and the client did not have to pay for years of sessions. The largest number of sessions I have ever had to sell a client was 6 and that was over a two year period.
I became a Master Practitioner and then a Tutor at the College in London and still have contact with some of my students now even though I have left. My students were training to become Practitioners so the training had to cover every aspect of safety as well as every process available. This is one piece of feedback I received from one of my Norwegian students.
During my one-year course in NLP and Hypnotherapy, meeting real clients was an essential part of the training. Among various lessons learned, meeting clients‘ personal experiences and needs was essential. Supporting the client while they built trust and rapport with me was also required. This practice was unique and highly informative. I learned to use all the acquired knowledge directly with clients and accomplished firsthand experience of the surprising power and often immediate successful outcomes of NLP and hypnotherapy techniques.
An experienced tutor always lead the practical part of our training, and it was in this way I first met Barbara as one of the tutors. She led the training in a very qualified, informative and reassuring way that increased my abilities and knowledge of how to care for the clients’ individual needs and reach their positive outcomes.
Barbara is extraordinarily knowledgeable, experienced, creative and open minded in selecting therapeutic approaches that gave beneficial outcomes for our clients.
With personal thanks to Barbara and the training, I eventually developed a strong respect for clients‘ wellbeing, focusing on individual therapy with the best possible outcome in mind. After graduation, I started up my own clinic and began accepting clients. The start of a career as a therapist is challenging in many ways and also critical with respect to building a sustainable practice.
A newly graduated therapist can have a limited window in time for making success and assure that one’s therapeutic reputation is growing. It is particularly valuable to ensure that a client gets the best possible help and support they can, possibly they deserve more than you can provide at that moment in your career. This may be essential in building trust with the client and provide a successful outcome. The need to have a mentor to seek guidance from became obvious and Barbara was my first choice which proved to be remarkably successful.
Barbara was my guiding mentor through the first six months after the start of my practice, where she shared her vast knowledge and experience and made me feel safe and secure when practicing NLP and Hypnotherapy with my clients. I am truly grateful for her generous and excellent mentoring and guidance. I encourage all graduates who read this to get their personal mentor, and I’ll recommend Barbara as an excellent NLP mentor for newly graduated coaches.
I hope this helps with your decision making when the time is right for you to look for help.
I hope to see you soon.