David Cotterill Therapeutic Coach specialising in overcoming anxiety

David Cotterill Therapeutic Coach specialising in overcoming anxiety

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East Mersea

07841 437951

About me

I help my clients to achieve effective changes in their life, career, business and relationships by overcoming personal barriers caused by anxiety and low self-esteem.

What do I provide for clients?

  • A clear, common sense understanding of how anxiety and self-doubt arises in the mind and how to overcome this habitual way of thinking.
  • Understanding the role of self-awareness, which is how we 'see' ourselves in the world
  • How to use the unlimited personal power of thought properly and creatively

It is these three elements, also known as principles, that create and influence the way all of us experience life.

If we use them correctly we have clarity, happiness and contentment.

If we use them incorrectly we have anxiety, fear and insecurity.

Why is this approach so important?

When we're feeling low; discontented with life or isolated and alone, most of us choose to change our circumstances to get happier: new car, new job, new relationship, new house and so on.

These desires are symptoms of a deeper unrest and lack of contentment with our current life situation. Maybe we don't believe change is possible. But it is.

I work with clients to help them to see for themselves that all discontent comes from the way we innocently but erroneously think about ourselves and our situations.

When we are unhappy and unsettled we are simply mis-using the three elemental psychological principles, letting them run out of control, creating anxiety, worry and stress in our minds through over-use of our imagination.

Once we understand what these principles do and how to use them properly, we will discover that it is always the way that we perceive our circumstances that is the difference between contentment and dissatisfaction and in this understanding we find peace in our minds where we can be OK whatever our situation.

After this correction, we can set off again to play the game of life properly, without insecurity and fear but with confidence that we are living according to the psychological and spiritual principles that create all life in the first place.

Then if we still want a new car, new job, new house or different partner we can engage with the changes in good humour and confidence, and have fun and get it right.

Here are some of the changes I have been helping clients with recently:

Clarity of career direction and mental resilience (for a senior NHS consultant).
Career transition for a recruitment executive to a financial trader
Confidence and clarity to secure first job placement for a legal graduate
Transition from unexpected redundancy to a new executive role in London
Career transition from office administration worker to a full time creative artist
Overcoming worries about other people's opinions/social media for students
Managing job uncertainty / new direction for both husband and wife!

Coaching starts with a Discovery Session during which we map areas of negative influence and clients gain a clear understanding of how past memories can affect our thinking. Clients are equipped to put together a practical and timed plan to change their mindset from "I wish I could" into "I know I can!" and get on the road to creating the life they want, rather than the one they've been putting up with.

I can offer you an initial consultation either face to face or by phone/Skype.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy (CCTS, London)
  • Master NLP Practitioner (NLP Life and Paul McKenna Training)
  • Certified 3 Principles Coach and Facilitator/Trainer (Clarity - Jamie Smart Ltd)
  • Diploma in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (Centre of Excellence Online)
  • Certified in Understanding Human behaviour (Uncommon Knowledge)
  • Certificate in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Open Mind Life with Michael Chaskalson).
  • Mentored in 3 Principles facilitation by Dr Dicken Bettinger & Dr Mark Howard.
  • Member of the Association of Coaches International
  • Associate Member of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapists

Previous Client Case Studies & Client Comments:

Client SC, following his Discovery Session "David thank you for yesterday, it was awesome!"

Client CC, following the 3 month programme "I truly thank you for changing my perception on life.I think I will always worry, but it's probably halved"

Client AP, at completion of coaching programme "The sessions of coaching with David saw me through a difficult period of change in my personal and work life. It helped me move forward with a positive plan of action, which has made me feel stronger, happier and more confident in life. I would recommend David's life coaching to anyone going through difficult times or just seeking a change of directions in life".

Client C: "I wanted to let you know, David, that I am so happy compared to how I used to feel and that is all due to your help, support and therapy as I really am a different person now much stronger and more confident. I think the fact I have some clients now and I am also doing well in sales has been a massive step forward to me after the bullying and the mundane daily routine of the NHS. If it wasn't for you I really feel I would still be stuck there so thank you so much.”

Client, J "David provided a very relaxed but professional approach which made me feel at ease. His coaching helped me to think more clearly about critical decisions in my life and he taught me how to build my confidence and manage my emotions. He gave me the awareness and tools to think for myself. The balance was just right and he was able to adjust his methods to what was required at the time".

"SJ" a Skype client from London & Hong Kong:
"David taught me how to quickly relax and focus so I was able to deal with a recent break up and relocation. His techniques helped me to deal with acceptance and paved the way for a much clearer mindset - vital to ensure a successful relocation. His personal style of coaching helped me to realise my strengths and find a positive outcome that was right for me."

(Please note that these case studies/testimonies are from genuine clients which is why I've kept the identity of the individuals confidential. I would be happy to discuss the principles used in these cases but will not divulge the client's identities as part of my professional duty of care to them).

Business Coaching Expansion Masterclass

The Masterclass was to encourage delegates to explore what holds them back from achieving their goals.  This event, specifically for therapists, held over a half day, allowed me to work one-to-one with each delegate whilst the other attendees were able to observe and learn my techniques to help them in their own practices.

Here is some of the feedback from the delegates:

“The event made me focus on my goals for success and looking five years ahead clarified what I had already begun visioning. I was familiar with some of the techniques but it was good to be challenged around the area of success “

“Helped to overcome social networking phobia".

"Gained confidence to attend future events to promote service and generate referrals".

"Effective relaxation technique for self and timeline work could be useful for developing short-term work with referrals”.

“I feel an emotional blockage was released that allows me another step now towards standing more in my power to attract increasing business and wealth”.

“It was very interesting for me to be asked how I see myself in the future and to try to observe very  honestly my own thought process to the asked questions, so it did help me to see what I really want out of life”.

Member organisations


Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Three Principles (Mind Consciousness & Thought)
  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Self-confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Stress
  • Career Coaching
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Business Coaching
  • Mid-life crisis
  • Mid-life course correction
  • Retirement planning
  • Identity following leaving corporate employment
  • Retirement
  • Marriage
  • Divorce
  • Dating
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Self-esteem
  • Separation
  • Love
  • Three principles
  • Clarity
  • Results
  • Consciousness
  • Awareness
  • Life
  • Real Estate
  • 3 Principles
  • Innate Health
  • Innate wellbeing
  • Confidence
  • Addiction
  • Personal Change

Photos & videos

  • Teaching the Principles behind Mindfulness to Business Leaders at Orsett Hall
  • Discussing NLP techniques with psychology students at Birkbeck University London


After our initial consultation, I find the quickest results are achieved by starting our coaching relationship with the Discovery Session. This is a relaxing and inspirational extended session, during which time I will guide you to discover what present influences are affecting your ability to achieve the changes you want and you will come away with a detailed psychological resume of the patterns that arise from your life experience to date, specifically aimed to help you break free of these patterns of thought and behaviour that can hinder your transition.

Following the Discovery Session, my standard coaching package fees are paid by monthly pre-paid instalments. You will know the costs before we begin because you will have selected either the 'Professional', 'Intermediate' or 'Quick Start' option so you can plan your finances.

As a guide, my fees are generally based on £60 per hour, that is also true for the Discovery Session

So these are the Programme Prices for Personal Coaching:

Quick Start Programme is £360

Intermediate Programme is £480

Professional Programme is £660

If required we can then add further sessions by agreement.

The Discovery Session can be at your home or office or one of several quality venues around North Essex, such as Five Lakes Golf and Country Club near Colchester.

I would also be able to discuss shorter sessional plans for specific issues, such as self-confidence, interview skills, big day nerves for driving tests or weddings.

Specific Three Principles coaching, training and mentoring also available.

Payment can be by bank transfer, credit/debit card or cash.

Further information

I have provided Psychological Training, Three Principles Coaching, Therapy and Mindfulness Sessions for the following organisations/well-being centres:

  • Anxiety Workshops and consultancy at Thurrock Council, Essex.
  • Mindfulness Training for Fundraisers and volunteers at Havens Hospices Essex
  • Mindfulness and Coaching for Business Owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs at Business Referral Network (BRN) Essex
  • Life and Business Coaching for Network Members of EBN, Essex
  • Mindfulness Training for Engineers at Ford Motor Company Dunton Essex UK
  • Three Principles Workshop for staff at Ashfords Solicitors London UK
  • NLP Coaching for Board members, Staff and Executives at CHP Chelmsford Essex UK
  • Training for Lawyers at CLT (Central Legal Training)
  • NLP Mentoring for Psychology students at Birkbeck University London
  • Mindfulness Based Stress reduction course for Staff at Palmers Solicitors Essex
  • Therapeutic Coaching Personal clients at Exeter Mind and Body Clinic
  • Therapeutic Three Principles Coaching for Personal clients at Holmdale Health Exeter
  • Training for Housing professionals at SDS Cranleigh Surrey UK
  • Training for Housing professionals at Women in Social Housing UK
  • Therapeutic Coaching for Personal clients at Glow Health & Beauty Upminster Essex
  • Personal Three Principles Life coaching for PJ Naylor Docklands London UK

Colchester, CO5

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


By appointment please. Email me at david.r.cotterill@gmail.com or text 07841 437951 and I'll get back to you.