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Psychosynthesis Coaching: Coming Home to Yourself.

What do I mean by ‘coming home’?

Simply that it is all too easy nowadays for us to become disconnected from ourselves, whether this be due to stress of one kind or another, challenging relationship dynamics or the daily requirement to wear the corporate mask. ‘Coming home’ is about realigning with who you really are. This brings new clarity and energy to focus on what you really want in your life.

The deep coaching I offer is likely to be of value to those who are looking to make significant changes in their lives (which could include a new enterprise or relationship) and need experienced help to ensure these changes become embedded. I am very supportive of people who are courageous enough to 'acknowledge what is' and who really want to do something about it.

The coaching alliance thrives on co-creating a safe, interactive and confidential space in which your history and presenting issues can be spoken and heard; then together we ensure that the goals you set (whether personal or professional) are fully aligned with your identity, your purpose and values. I see my role as helping you reconnect to the fullness of who you are, so you can then express your potential more happily and effectively in your personal life, your work-place or out in the world.

The training I have is very broad and includes the psychological, somatic and energetic dimensions. Very often issues that are presented in the coaching alliance cannot be solved at the cognitive level i.e. by just thinking about them and analysing them even more. This is why it really helps to be able to work at whatever level is needed by the client in order to achieve the outcome sought.

I offer a free 1 hour consultation which gives both parties the chance to assess the prospects for working together. Thereafter I usually work with clients in sets of 6 sessions of 1 hour over a 6-8 week period. This creates a purposeful container into which practical ways forward can emerge; this also allows time for the changes you seek to take effect.

The 'Transpersonal' in psychosynthesis psychology is that part of ourselves which is beyond the everyday. We may experience it in times of extreme joy or grief, love or loss, creativity or depression. We can become estranged from it for long periods, which tends to being stress, disharmony and frustration. I am also able to help those who have had awakening or peak experiences to integrate these safely and rewardingly into their everyday lives.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post Grad Diploma in Life Coaching from the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London and a MA in Psychosynthesis Coaching from Middlesex University.

I have a 1st class degree from Cambridge University (1986) in Arabic & Islamic Studies. I have studied, lived and worked in North and East Africa.

I'm a member of the Holistic Healers Association, the Scientific and Medical Network and am a graduate of Waveform Energetics.

I have a Diploma in providing specialist therapy for those suffering from boarding school issues.

I am also co-founder of a Men's Group, working with the Sacred Masculine & Feminine.

I have worked in many fields including finance, social entrepreneurialism, new energy technology, music events and artist management, and am a director of 3 companies in these fields. I am a co-founder of unifyingfields.org

I am 56 and am married with 3 children aged between 16 and 24 and a large extended family.

I have been engaged in the psychological side of anti-racism for some years now, and have a book coming out this year, 2020, which examines the history and workings of the Western psyche.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

The impact on identity, visibility and confidence from encountering microaggressions and intersectional oppression. My recently completed MA thesis (Impacts on Colonialism - a psychosynthesis view) speaks to this subject.


I charge £85/90 per hour in C London and The City (depending on the venue), and £75 in SW16.

While I have a preference for being in the same physical space as my clients, the reality is that we all lead busy lives. I have used Skype for international clients for some years and coaching this way can work really well too.

Since end-2014 I have allocated 10% of my coaching hours to those on low or no income, including students. I see this as an important way of ensuring I remain in touch with a broad range of clients.

Further information

I work with individuals and couples.

Although this is not a requirement for a coach, I choose to have regular, high-quality supervision for all the work I do, and believe this adds considerably to the client experience.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a life coach's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the life coach to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I will always do my best to accommodate clients, so am happy to make myself available in the evenings and for part of the week-end.


Martin Armitage-Smith

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