Dr Hanna Eklund-White

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BA (Hons), Pg. Psych. Dip, PhD. Certified Life Coach
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Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire, MK17
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About me

Hello! My names is Hanna and I set up “Hanna White Coaching” in 2016 following 13 years of working in clinical and research roles within inpatient and outpatient services (including brain injury rehabilitation wards, national outpatient mental health services) and world-leading teaching universities. Having completed my PhD research and clinical work at the Adult ADHD Clinic at the Maudsley in London I was acutely aware of the lack of support for adolescents and adults with ADHD and ASD and this propelled me to set up my own service for anyone, including those with ADHD and ASD diagnoses, who wanted to maximise their well-being, attention and problem-solving.

How I work: 

I begin every coaching programme with assessing a person's current life situation. Once a clear picture of where the person is in their life right now and where they want to be has been achieved, I use a variety of techniques, including neuro-linguistic exercises to uncover the, sometimes hidden, obstacles that are preventing the person from achieving their desired goals. For example, sometimes it is helpful for clients to become more aware of their own limiting, and usually unconscious, beliefs and how these play a role in blocking their success and enjoyment of life. I support clients in not only becoming more aware of their sub-conscious beliefs but in developing more supportive and highly empowering beliefs that will serve to propel them towards action and fulfilling their ambitions. 

During each session, I work with the individual to identify steps to move the individual forward to where they want to be (as well as experience more enjoyment in their lives right now). These are often highly practical steps that must be completed before the next session but may also involve practicing skills leading to increased confidence and an improvement in quality of life. These may involve strategies for improving attention, planning or motivation or any other skill that the client would like to develop. My approach is to always adapt to the needs of the client and then skilfully tailor the coaching by providing the most effective evidence-based solutions for each client. I draw from the fields of medicine, neuroscience and psychology in my search for the most effective evidence-based solutions. 

Work with me is conducted in an honest, non-judgmental and confidential manner. Key for me is the creation of a space in which clients feel they are listened to, respected and understood and in which clients can get the encouragement they need to move forward in the fastest and most empowering way. 

​Benefits of life coaching

There are many benefits to embarking on a coaching programme. Some of the most common are:

  • An increased confidence and self-belief.
  • A clearer picture and understanding of your needs and priorities.
  • Freedom from self-imposed limiting beliefs.
  • Clarity on your options.
  • Clarity on what steps you need to take to achieve personal goals.
  • Improved strategies for decision making.
  • Improved strategies for focus for planning and focus.
  • Improved work/life balance.
  • Encouragement from a life coach who sees the best in you.
  • More enjoyment in your life.
  • Increased peace of mind. 

Coaching is offered online with sessions via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and phone, or face-to-face from my clinic near Milton Keynes. 

I offer a complimentary 15 min chat over the phone, Zoom/Skype (or in person). This is a friendly chat to discuss your needs and any questions you have about life coaching, designed to help you decide if you would like to go ahead with coaching with me. Please send me an email in the first instance to discuss. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Life Coaching with Distinction (Blackford Centre for Life Coaching). 
  • Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Health and Medicine (King's College London, University of London).
  • Postgraduate Diploma In Psychology with Distinction (London Metropolitan University). 
  • BA (Hons) History (King's College London, University of London).
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Facilitator (Adult ADHD Service, Maudsley Hospital, London)
  • Experienced in administering diagnostic assessments with children and adults with ADHD.
  • Certificate in 'ADHD and ASD: Co-morbidities and Treatments' (Institute of Psychiatry)
  • Certificate in 'Safeguarding Adults' (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Certificate in 'Safeguarding Children' (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
  • A member of the Association for Coaching UK.
  • A member of INSAR (International Society for Autism Research)
  • A member of UKAAN (The UK Adult ADHD Network)

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



£125.00 per session

Additional information

The fee includes VAT and reading material/session handout

Further information

As a Post-Doctoral Researcher, Hanna was responsible for the day-to-day management of a large National Institute for Health Research funded project investigating the needs, clinical service use and transition from child to adult health services among people with neurodevelopmental disorders. Her research highlighted the lack of support for adolescents and young adults with ADHD and ASD and emphasised the need for more investment in services for adults with neurodevelopmental disorders.  

​Today Hanna is a visiting Honorary Researcher at the Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science at the IoPPN in London and continues to author research publications in some of the world's most renowned medical and psychiatry journals (see selective list of publications, published under Hanna's maiden).

Murphy D, Glaser K, Hayward H, Eklund H, Cadman T, Findon J, et al. 2018. Crossing the divide: a longitudinal study of effective treatments for people with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder across the lifespan. Programme Grants Applied Research;6(2). ​https://doi.org/10.3310/pgfar06020

Hayward H, Cadman T, Eklund H*, Findon  J, Gillan N, Asherson P, Beecham  J, Murphy D, Glaser K. 2018. Service use as people with Autism Spectrum Disorder transition into adolescence and adulthood (in press).

Eklund H*, Findon J, Cadman T, Hayward H, Asherson P, Murphy D, Glaser K, Xenitidis K. 2018. Needs of adolescents and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders: comparisons of young people and parent perspectives. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, September 11; 1-9.

Eklund H*, Cadman T, Findon J, Hayward H, Howley D, Beecham J, Xenitidis K, Murphy D, Asherson P, Glaser K. 2016. Clinical service use as people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder transition into adolescence and adulthood: a prospective longitudinal study, BMC Health Services Research, July 11; 16: 248.

Cadman T, Findon J, Eklund H*, Hayward H, Howley D, Cheung C, Kuntsi J, Glaser K, Murphy D, Asherson P. 2016. Six-year follow-up study of combined type ADHD from childhood to young adulthood: Predictors of functional impairment and comorbid symptoms. European Psychiatry, May; 35:47-54.

Ashwood KL, Gillan N, Horder J, Hayward H, Woodhouse E, McEwen FS, Findon J, Eklund H*, Spain D, Wilson CE, Cadman T, Young S, Stoencheva V, Murphy CM, Robertson D, Charman T, Bolton P, Glaser K, Asherson P, Simonoff E, Murphy DG. 2016. Predicting the diagnosis of autism in adults using the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) questionnaire. Psychological Medicine, September; 46(12):2595-604.

Findon J, Cadman T, Stewart CS, Woodhouse E, Eklund H*, Hayward H, De Le Harpe Golden D, Chaplin E, Glaser K, Simonoff E, Murphy D, Bolton PF, McEwen FS. 2016. Screening for co-occurring conditions in adults with autism spectrum disorder using the strengths and difficulties questionnaire: A pilot study. Autism Research. March 28.

Murray ML, Hsia Y, Glaser K, Simonoff E, Murphy DG, Asherson PJ, Eklund H*, Wong IC. 2014. Pharmacological treatments prescribed to people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in primary health care. Psychopharmacology, March; 231(6):1011-21.

Cadman T, Eklund H*, Howley D, Hayward H, Clarke H, Findon J, Xenitidis K, Murphy D, Asherson P, Glaser K. 2012. Caregiver burden as people with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder transition into adolescence and adulthood in the United Kingdom. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2012, September; 51(9):879-88.

Eversholt, Milton Keynes, Central Bedfordshire, MK17

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Dr Hanna Eklund-White
Dr Hanna Eklund-White