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About me

Hi, I'm James, a highly qualified and accredited trauma-aware wellbeing coach and positive psychologist.  The pandemic has shown us that non-one is immune from the potential impact of trauma .

I work with clients in a future focused and solution orientated way to help them achieve things that are important to them.

We explore what the good life, what a flourishing life might look like for them and harness that motivation to work through the obstacles that come with trauma like the inner critic, self-blaming, self-judgement, fear and avoidance, anxiety, depression, intense and confusing emotions.

I also use the science of positive psychology to support this, focusing on building awareness and use of strengths. I use various evidence-based interventions and activities to support health and wellness. Many people say that sounds difficult, but I love it.

My Coaching Approach 

I believe in helping you build your strengths and look to capitalise on your abilities and expertise. With my curiosity and asking the right questions, I trust you to find what you're looking for within.

With my innate ability to motivate people, I connect and engage with authenticity. You're stretched toward greater self-awareness, finding new and different perspectives, and with a better understand of what's really happening with you, you're able to move forward, one step at a time.

Coaching is a process of self-discovery, and I provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to experience this. You identify, investigate, and overcome barriers that prevent you from making the necessary changes to reach your potential. My coaching helps you understand what is really important to you and supports you in creating a fulfilling life for yourself.

My coaching has many of the important qualities of counselling like safety, non-judgement, kindness, high quality listening, and understanding... and this is combined with elements of the more action orientated coaching psychology. My clients have often done significant work on the "why", and now, supported by that self-knowledge and experience, they're ready to focus on what's next. 

If you've seen many therapists and are beginning to wonder, how it might feel to try a different approach... One where the focus isn't exploring the difficulty and it's causes in detail, but rather in honouring that difficulty while looking at where you're going to, and how you might get there, then perhaps my trauma-informed wellbeing coaching might be a good fit for you. 

This can be in addition to working with your therapist or something you move on to post-therapy. The topic and goals of coaching come from you. Coaching is focused on achieving the results that you want, not what others may want for you! 

About me
Alongside my coaching practice, I've been creating and running on-line businesses for over a decade which continue to grow. One, wisegoals.com, supports over 100,000 visitors a year in working out what they truly want and maintaining motivation while moving toward it.

This experience supports my clients during one to one coaching because a significant part of our relationship is gradually facilitating awareness of the future they want and the confidence they can create it. Taken alongside my deep awareness of trauma's impact, this provides you with a uniquely compassionate and positive coaching experience. 

I've been involved with the Morris Centre, a charity supporting adults who suffered child abuse, for many years. I currently facilitate support groups for them. I bring into the coaching space this deep familiarity and personal experience with the world of trauma, which makes me naturally understanding and hopeful. 

I also support you with the fascinating science of wellbeing, a combination of things including achievement, mastery, personal growth, freedom, meaning, positive emotions, positive relationships, and engagement. 

To find out how we will work together - get in touch.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology
  • EMCC Global Individual Accreditation at the level of practitioner 
  • BSc in Sport and Exercise Science 

Member organisations


European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)

EMCC UK is part of the Europe-wide European Mentoring & Coaching Council.

Together their aim is to promote good practice and the expectation of good practice in mentoring and coaching across Europe.

EMCC is an independent, impartial and non-profit making organisation.

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From £60.00 to £120.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer a complimentary 1 hour introduction session to allow us to explore what you would like from coaching.

I charge £60 p/h for individuals and charities. ..

and £120 p/h for corporate clients. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work varying hours each week. Please message me and I'll send you a link to my live client calendar to book a free initial consultation. 

Further information


"James’ calm and kind approach combined with an ability to listen deeply and ask insightful questions makes for an enjoyable and powerful coaching experience. James’ coaching has helped me to successfully reach my career goal and also goals that emerged through coaching in different areas of my life, including well-being goals. I have no hesitation in recommending James and I am very grateful that he is my coach" - P

"James’ caring, attentive, focused, and listening way of being in the moment has enabled me to have fun, laugh, relax, and experience novel sides within me at the same time as discovering sensitive and vulnerable parts of myself. As a human and as a coach James has provided me space to uncover new potentials within me and break through unhelpful patterns. ” - S

"I really enjoyed my coaching journey with James. He was very professional, and asked interesting questions allowing me to unlock my vision of what I really want. James helped me to focus on solutions so I could get closer to my goals with each session. He is also a very nice person with a warm and compassionate approach. I finally made the move to working for myself in my dream role and now have more clients than I know what to do with. Highly recommend him as a coach!" - F

"James made me feel very safe and comfortable and able to reflect on some deep questions during a time of loss. He gently guided me, over time, to focus on some things that were important to me and the reasons I wanted to pursue them. James has a warm, caring approach. I found him to be an excellent listener and gentle in his way of guiding our sessions. I found the perfect role for me and have also developed my side-business to be more profitable. Very grateful." - B

"James' coaching was challenging for me but it was just what I needed. I was struggling with procrastination and confidence as well. Through our sessions I connected with my value and what I have to offer and made great progress." - P

Darlington, DL1

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I offer online and telephone coaching

Additional languages

Basic Japanese

Online platforms