David Cotterill

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Experienced and affordable Life Coaching & Mentoring for all
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Colchester CO3 & Manningtree CO11
Available for new clients
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About me

Hello, I expect you're reading my profile because you're at a stuck place in your life circumstances right now and you need someone you can trust to guide and help you.

Maybe you're grappling with low self esteem, strained relationships, frustration at work or perhaps even all of these, but you've been hesitant to start making the changes that you know deep down have got to happen.

If this resonates with you, you're not alone - I've been there. I specialise in unpacking and reordering any life that's gone a bit off track.

You've maybe already spent time and money on self-help books (keeping your local Amazon courier in work) or perhaps you're meditating like mad and trying those yoga retreats, even hypnosis, yet you still find yourself asking, "Why am I stuck in this mental and emotional prison?

The good news is that as an experienced professional life coach and psychotherapist I can help you break out of that prison and by integrating coaching with solution-focused therapy. I offer a comprehensive holistic approach to guide you toward achieving your personal and professional goals with mental and emotional clarity.

I've been there, done that so I can save you time and money by providing life-lived guidance through whatever you're stuck with right now.

Just imagine the transformative impact on your life once you overcome those challenges!  What remarkable and positive changes could you experience?

Life coaching and mentoring has the potential to be truly life-changing, unlocking some of the most fulfilling experiences for you as you grow in confidence and reclaim control.

Here are some of the comments I've received from my clients. (I always work in confidence so I don't give out full names).

Client MW, Colchester, Thanks again for everything, Dave because I truly believe with your guidance I've changed into such a good man and I can't thank you enough".

Client SC, Essex UK, 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, really feel like I've got some great things from our chat today."

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

Please get in touch, one call, text or email to sample what it's like to see your world differently.

Career Coaching; Business; Anxiety; Burnout: Business coaching; confidence; creative coaching; executive coaching; freelance; mentoring; retirement; spiritual; executive; self-esteem; work-life balance; spiritual development.

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.

Professional membership

Member organisations

Association for Coaching (AC)

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The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member (AMAC), Member (MAC), Accredited Member (AC Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

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


£60.00 - £90.00
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.

I like to be affordable so I try to keep fees at the lower end of the range so I base sessions on £1 per minute i.e. £60 per hour, £75 for and hour and a quarter and so on.

I send your a secure link for you to pay through Squareup.

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.

The first quick win for you is getting a grip on what has been stopping you achieving the change you want and equipping you to start on the pathway to recognise the unlimited power and capability you have to create and sustain the next chapter of your personal development in life, career and relationships.

So whether its life coaching, career coaching, relationship or spiritual development, you know you will be with someone who has lived a life of change, sometimes imposed, sometimes by choice but always with an attitude of adventure and a sense of fun.

How is mentoring different from coaching?  It's more a relationship of mutual respect. I have been a life coach for many years but 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 our face to face meetings, we can meet up 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 but most clients choose to work with me online now.

Colchester, Essex, CO3

Horsley Cross, Manningtree, Essex, CO11

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Online platforms

Google Meet
Microsoft Teams