Martin Armitage-Smith

Martin Armitage-Smith

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About me

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.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Post Grad Diploma in Life Coaching from the Institute of Psychosynthesis in London and a MA in Psychosynthesis Organisational Leadership 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'm currently training up for a Diploma in providing therapy for those suffering from boarding school issues.

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 53 and am married with 3 children aged between 13 and 21 and a large extended family.

Thanks to my trans-cultural marriage and family life, I am also very engaged with the experiences of BME diaspora or first/second generation British citizens in relation to issues of identity, resilience and belonging. I have just finished my thesis on a related topic. The thesis contains a study on trans-cultural identity, in which I interviewed 6 BME British people on their experiences of identity.

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 £80 per hour in C London and The City, and £70 in SW16.

While I do some coaching over Skype, I have a strong preference for being in the same physical space as my clients.

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 attuning to a wider range of experience - and I believe it keeps me grounded.

Further information

I work usually with individuals but also work with couples, for which I receive specialist supervision from a couples and relationship therapist.

In addition to supervision for my coaching clients, I am required through my training to be in therapy myself for 40 hours a year. This is a very valuable means of support, which not all coaches choose or are required to have.

London, SW16

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: No
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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.