Matt Barnes-Smith

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Coach & Mentor for Boys & Young Men (ICF ACC)
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Coach & Mentor for boys and young men:

MY AIM is to provide a space that affirms my clients choices, decisions and beliefs about the world they occupy. I want to help build on and improve self belief, confidence, and an internal foundation that empowers identity and aspirations.

WHAT do you provide?

1:1 support for young men aged between 12-24:

  • A safe and confidential space to talk and express feelings, thoughts and beliefs: without fear of judgement, criticism or ridicule.
  • To encourage personal development whilst also providing an outlet for any worries or concerns.
  • To support building empowering tools and resources to improve overall health & wellbeing.

HOW are session ran?

  • FIRST CONSULTATION SESSION IS FREE, WITH NO OBLIGATION TO CONTINUE: Conducted over phone, online or face to face
  • Package sessions of 6, 9 or 12 sessions
  • Session time of 60 or 90 minutes
  • On a weekly or bi-weekly basis
  • Based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, with sessions conducted from multiple convenient professional locations.
  • Online session available on Zoom or as preferred. 


  • What are your costs?

I offer a free, no obligation, consultation meeting before any decision to work together is made. After this meeting, I can send you details of my packages & pricing structures.

Please feel free to call or email me to enquire first before making the initial consultation call. I am happy to explain as much as a can to you first. 

  • Are your services confidential?

Yes, 100%. The contracted relationship is between the coach & mentor and the client. Anything that is discussed during sessions stays between the two individuals, and is not reported back to parents. If parents wish to be involved in the sessions this needs to be agreed between all parties before an agreement to work together is finalised.

  • Do you offer therapy services?

I do not offer traumatic therapy or counselling services. I am happy to direct you in the right direction if this is you preferred service.

  • What subjects can you help with?

Here are some examples of areas I can work with;

  • Anger
  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Anxiety
  • ADD / ADHD
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-belief
  • Confidence
  • Goal, dreams, next steps
  • Body Image
  • Heath & Wellbeing
  • Masculinity
  • Fitness & Exercise
  • School & Education
  • Exams
  • Careers
  • Communication
  • Hobbies
  • Friendships & Relationships
  • Bullying
  • Phobias
  • Understanding others
  • Choices & decisions
  • Happiness
  • Identity
  • Values & beliefs
  • Habits - breaking and forming
  • Embarrassment
  • State Management

For any other specific areas that are not listed above, please call to discuss.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified, accredited, DBS checked and insured Coach and NLP Practitioner.

  • ICF ACC - International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach
  • Life Coaching & Personal Performance Diploma - Coaching Academy, accredited by the ICF and CPD standards office
  • NLP Practitioner Diploma - Coaching Academy, accredited by ANLP
  • Trained Youth Worker
  • Certificate Neuroscience & Coaching
  • Professional and Public Liability Insurance
  • ANLP (Association for NLP) Professional NLP and Coach Member


"Working with Matt has been absolutely life changing, he has a huge talent for connecting with people no matter what their background is and has a fresh outlook on the world and the society we live in. He has helped me step out of my comfort zone and given me the confidence and self belief to achieve my dreams, and doing what I love has made me happier than I have ever been. He is a wonderful coach and I would recommend him to anyone." B Brown

"Matt has a wonderful enthusiasm and positive approach to life coupled with the ability to really understand the pressures of today’s society which makes him an ideal person to help young people. He has helped my son grow in confidence, shown  him how to manage  his emotions, how to present himself and communicate more effectively with people and how to overcome challenging issue that he finds worrying. He has provided  an environment  for him to be able to discuss his anxieties and problems without embarrassment or judgement. As a result of the sessions he now believes he can achieve his ambitions and dreams and has put into place the necessary building blocks to fulfil these both on a vocational and social level. As a parent I would recommend Matt without hesitation." S Brown

"I had found myself stuck in a rut and it was getting harder to change my ways. I booked some sessions, and am so pleased I did. His kind, calm manner and patience to listen, no matter how big or small my obstacles were was comforting. His methods and phrases will stay with me for years to come. Will 100% recommend to anyone." J Gorman

"Being coached has been such a valuable experience. From day one we built great rapport and trust. Matt is neutral and free of judgement, professional, and positively challenging – keeping me on track and helping me learn and develop. This meant I felt comfortable disclosing very personal insights and thoughts that I have not verbalised to other close friends and family." C Moore

"My sessions were an exceptional experience, taking me to new levels of thinking and confidence that I never knew existed. Matt used clever and imaginative ideas to help me find ideas and ways of how I can overcome my obstacles. He was patient, kind and unassuming." H Griffiths

"Matt really helped me to open up new possibilities that I had never considered. I feel much closer to my goals and have a definite action plan that I know I am capable of following." J Devonshire

"Matt helped me with various concerns I had in my life that were causing anxiety. I found his style and method to be very effective and he worked with me and tailored his approach to get the best participation from me. I often got frustrated that I couldn’t explain how I was feeling but Matt was always patient and listened to what I was saying before coming back with a question that helped me to open up and get the best out of our sessions." K Heasman

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Parent Coaching & Mentoring

I can also be here to listen and support you in your concerns and worries as a parent. We can work together to help you develop an understanding of what your son may be currently going through, and how to develop the right communication that will create a better quality of relationship between you both.

This can be conducted online or face to face. These can be done on a weekly, bi-weekly or to suit your diary. I offer this as 3, 6, 9 or 12 package option.

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Additional information

Please see FAQ

When I work

Available at various times of the day Monday - Friday - please call to discuss further.

Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access
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.

Appointments that required wheelchair accessibility will be based at The Yoga Shed in Hitchin.

Online platforms

Google Meet


Matt Barnes-Smith
Matt Barnes-Smith