David Cotterill

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David Cotterill Dip HypPsych MAC NLP 3PGC Personal Mentoring
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Colchester CO3 & Manningtree CO11
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I qualified as a psychotherapist in 2007 and I've been providing personal and business coaching professionally for fifteen years. As I reach my late 60's I've decided to focus on providing personal life mentoring because I can genuinely give guidance and leadership from my lived experience. 

Why is this important and how could life mentoring be a better option for you?

In the realm of guidance, the distinction between mentoring and coaching lies in the mentor's firsthand experience. Unlike coaching, where the focus is often on skill development and goal attainment, mentoring involves a guide who has traversed the very challenges their clients face.

I bring a wealth of personal experience to the table. My mentoring extends to various facets of life, including navigating career transitions, addressing physical and mental health struggles, and guiding individuals through the complexities of love relationship breakdowns and recovery.

Drawing from my own journey, I offer insights, empathy, and practical strategies to those seeking assistance. This dynamic of shared experience creates a unique bond between mentor and mentee, fostering a profound understanding that goes beyond theoretical knowledge.

In essence, my mentoring approach is rooted in a genuine connection forged through having walked the path of transformation and recovery.

Also, as a 3 Principles- based practitioner, my approach is grounded in a natural but advanced understanding of how the mind operates to create our personal experience and within this framework we find our innate well-being which enables us to drop unwanted anxiety and focus on creating exciting and sustainable life changes.

Here are some of the comments I've received from clients. I always work in total confidence so I don't give names. None of these statements are requested by me, they have come unsolicited from the clients by email following their coaching.

Client SC, Retired former law firm owner, following his 'Discovery Session' "David thank you for yesterday, it was awesome!"

Client TB, "Compared with the mindset I had at our first meeting to where I am now is amazing"

Client AB, following three sessions of coaching: "I think that our sessions have been a huge help for me in order to boost my self confidence and get me to where I am now". The penny is definitely starting to drop now....I felt like I couldn't get out of the thinking pattern, that the thoughts were me and I was acting on every emotion and being pulled around. I now get an emotion but then watch and question."

Client C, Senior NHS Consultant: "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."

Client MW, self employed: "Today was great, Dave, relly feel like I've got some great things from our chat today."

Client CE, ex-offender: "Change the thought, cancel the feeling!"

Mentoring is for life! Let's make it happen.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy (CCTS, London)
  • Master NLP Practitioner (NLP Life and Paul McKenna Training)
  • Certified Three Principles Coach & Facilitator/Trainer (Clarity)
  • 15 Years practical experience working with individuals and groups,
  • Private, personal and corporate coaching available.

As well as working with hundreds of personal clients, I have provided Psychological Training, Coaching, Therapy and Mindfulness Sessions for the following organisations/well-being centres:

  • Anxiety Workshops and life consultancy at Thurrock Council, Essex.
  • Stress Management Training for Fundraisers and volunteers at Havens Hospices Essex
  • Life Coaching at Nest rehab centre Clacton on Sea
  • Life coaching at Kingsland Community Church Centre, Colchester
  • Life coaching for residents of Housing Dilemmas CIC Chelmsford Essex
  • Business Transformation for The Home Partnership Estate Agency
  • Business Transformation for EIG (Estates Insurance Group) London
  • Stress Management and Coaching for Business Owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs at Business Referral Network (BRN) Essex
  • Life and Business Coaching for Network Members of EBN, Essex
  • Mind and Thought Training for Engineers at Ford Motor Company Dunton Essex UK
  • 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
  • Stress reduction course for Staff at Palmers Solicitors Essex
  • Therapeutic Coaching Personal clients at Exeter Mind and Body Clinic
  • Therapeutic Coaching for Personal clients at Holmedale 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 Life coaching for PJ Naylor Docklands London UK

I have authored two books, "Stress Reprogrammed" which is an NLP guide to overcoming stress and anxiety, and "An Inside-out Revelation" which is a 3 Principles guide based on Bible teaching.

Member organisations

Association for Coaching (AC)

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The Association has a Code of Ethics & Good Practice and a Complaints Procedure.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Spiritual Development, renewal and re-focusing
  • Divorce and breakups
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Overwhelm & overthinking
  • Confidence
  • Self-confidence
  • Self esteem
  • Stress
  • Identity after leaving corporate employment
  • Clarity for career change
  • Consciousness & self awareness
  • Confidence
  • Personal Change
  • Motivation
  • Purpose & meaning

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£75.00 - £300.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information


At our first contact, I provide a discovery call or meeting at no cost to you.

If we agree to work together, I prefer a 3, 6 or 12 month mentoring programme (which I call a term agreement). The term agreement commits us both to the process and enables us to experience the changes together in real time and adjust strategy as necessary. You can cancel or change a tem agreement after the first month but no refunds.

Within a term agreement the weekly mentoring fee is £75 or £300 per month and that includes one personal session per week with support through text or email and expert guidance and recommendations for YouTube and reading options that will enhance your transitional experience. If I need to travel to meet you, my expenses are 50p per mile.

Any additional sessions or ad hoc coaching/mentoring is charged at £1 per minute but with a minimum of £75.


I prefer pre-payment. If you are on the term agreement I will send you a secure link to pay online or you can set up a standing order for the first month prior to our first session.

For ad-hoc sessions I would also appreciate pre-payment but if we in a term agreement I'll add it to the fees at the end of the relevant month.

For corporate and business clients (other than self employed single leaders) I can provide group or personal mentoring at fees to be agreed.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Online coaching via Zoom or Teams is available at most reasonable times. Please contact via Email/Phone/Text.

I work face to face in Manningtree, Colchester, Ipswich & Chelmsford from 11am.

Further information

I have a friendly, conversational style and I'm always putting you first - you are the focus, not me.

Mentoring is different from coaching.  I have been a coach for many years and have recently found that due to my life experience in the areas I specialise, mentoring is a much more satisfying approach for most clients.

As for face to face meetings, we can start at a coffee shop or cafe which is a safe public space and then once we have rapport and trust we can meet privately in a safe space such as a therapy/counselling room, your home or my office.

On Mondays I work at a location in Manningtree. 

Colchester, Essex, CO3

Horsley Cross, Manningtree, Essex, CO11

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I also work on the phone or online so we can talk any convenient time.

Online platforms

Google Meet