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About me

I'm passionate about helping people to resolve problems and achieve goals. This coaching will help you to clarify what you want and resolve any problems that interfere with your pursuit and achievement of your goals.

The main approaches used include Relearning Experience Process (REP), a brief, solution-focused approach that identifies and resolves the origins of problems; NLP, a solution-focused model based on the work of Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and others; and energy kinesiology, combining ideas from Western chiropractic and osteopathy with traditional Chinese medicine. Kinesiology, involving muscle testing, enables you to identify precisely what and where the difficulties are located, and the best way to address them. I also use EMDR, hypnosis and TAT. 

I have 24 years' experience helping individuals achieve goals and overcome problems in personal and professional contexts, including assertiveness, confidence, success in sport at all levels,  and relationship issues. I also have particular satisfaction helping individuals overcome trauma (PTSD), certain 'learning difficulties' (dyslexia), addiction, anxiety, allergies, stress, need for approval, self-esteem and personal dignity issues, depression, ADHD and OCD. 

As well as working with individuals, I also love helping couples to re-establish intimacy and connection and resolve accumulated resentments - uniquely achieved with REP.

I have a background in education and have been involved in education and emotional health for over 30 years. I have two grown up sons and two growing daughters. I have worked with traumatized villagers in India following the Asian tsunami, and young people from South African townships.

Training, qualifications & experience

Coach and therapist since 1998, Covent Garden and Brondesbury Villas, London. I'm now based in Stourbridge and also work remotely with people worldwide.

  • Creator and trainer of Relearning Experience Process (REP), and author of the book Relearning Experience (2019).
  • NLP Master Practitioner (with Robert Dilts at NLPU, Santa Cruz, CA), 2001.
  • Touch for Health Trainer (2003), former elected director of Kinesiology Federation, and author of the book The Therapist Within You (2009).
  • EFT Trainer (2002).
  • Hypnotherapy practitioner (Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy), 1998.
  • Counselling (Certificate in Counselling Skills), 1989.
  • Therapist to villagers in India affected by tsunami, 2005.
  • Therapist at Rehab in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa (2012).
  • Therapist and trainer at Chrysallis Academy, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014-15.
  • Student Adviser at Cedar House School, Cape Town, 2015-16.
  • Counsellor at Ruskin Mill Trust (from January 2021).
  • MSc Psychology (Coventry University), 2019.
  • PGCE English (Oxford University), 1991.
  • MA Critical Theory (UC, Cardiff), 1985.
  • BA (Hons) English (Sussex University), 1981.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

  • Trauma (PTSD), such as resulting from accidents, assault
  • Assertiveness (personal and professional)
  • OCD and intrusive thoughts
  • Addictions
  • Eating issues, including anorexia and bulimia
  • Separation and divorce
  • Issues relating to autism
  • Childhood abuse (sexual and physical) and neglect
  • Self-confidence for public speaking

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From £70.00 to £90.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Individuals £70 (75 minutes)

Couples £90 (95 minutes)

When I work

Weekdays, evenings and Saturdays.

Further information


As creator of Relearning Experience Process (REP) (, I believe that this is the most effective and economical method for most issues and for most people. For trauma, however, I use the brilliant Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also use muscle testing and techniques from energy kinesiology (Touch for Health, Three in One Concepts, TAT); hypnosis, for example to open up creative channels; and my work is informed by Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP). 


I work with individuals, including children and young people, and couples. I have a passion for diversity and enjoy working with people of any background, race, gender and orientation. 

Couples coaching 

Lasting around 90 minutes, using REP and influenced by Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication and NLP, this work will help both partners to listen to each other attentively, express their own and understand each other's needs, communicate effectively without triggering defensiveness, and appreciate and heal the antecedents of their present difficulties. This enables the couple to reconnect and regain closeness and intimacy or, on occasion, find the most favourable way of separating. 

When applied to couples coaching, REP is groundbreaking – achieving something that, to our knowledge, no other method can achieve with couples. Delivered within a couples consultation REP provides a powerful therapeutic intervention where the partners can together relearn the past to heal and let go of resentments and past occurrences that have inhibited intimacy and connection.

Coaching or therapy?

Coaching and therapy are different sides of the same coin, having different emphases. The emphasis of coaching is on goals, and the emphasis of therapy is on problems. However, challenging goals involve problems, and you can't have a problem unless there's something you want. For this reason, I have always described my work as both coaching and therapy. 


These are some unsolicited comments from clients:

'​I’ve realized how much happened in therapy. No more childhood hate and loneliness. Thank you for everything and your belief in me.'  B.

'Thank you for today's session. It really helped me. The techniques you use are so amazing to be on the receiving end as a patient.'  T.

'All has been good. (No hayfever, amazing.)'  D.

'Last session I really travelled a long way. Today I feel happier than I've felt since I was nine. Thank you.'  M.

'I have thoroughly enjoyed our therapy sessions Jonathan, and even belatedly, the ones where I experienced sadness and tears, because I can feel the change in every pore of my being, and I thank you most sincerely for that.' P. 

'I came for a one hour session (quit smoking) 6 years ago, when 5 months pregnant. I haven't smoked ever since that day. Thank you very much.'  D. 

'I’ve lost a stone, and had no chocolate since the session. I’m the envy of my friends. I’ve been spreading the word. It's all down to you.'  T. 

More information

For more information or to book a consultation, please contact me (07951 260446 or email), and visit my website, I look forward to working with you.

Elysia Therapy Centre, 52 Bowling Green Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 3RZ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

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