I’m Mark Nicholson.
From the age of 7, I was always fascinating with what makes people ‘tick’.
I think this was because I was an extremely self-conscious and sensitive child,
who although sociable, was moderately shy and was finding it difficult to
come to terms with how to manage my emotions.
Although, I cannot say I suffered from any overt bullying at school, my
vulnerability meant I was easily hurt by words when I was a child. I could
never understand that old saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words
will never hurt me”, as, for me, it wasn’t true!
Nevertheless, I had a happy childhood, and I learned to live with my ‘affliction’
(because that’s what I thought it was – I didn’t think anyone else might be
going through the same struggle).
It wasn’t until the age of 17 that I really started to ‘come out of my shell’ so
to speak, and found that I could make people laugh and developed an intuition and
understanding of others. I was still mightily introspective and this has
stayed with me to the present day.
In my early 20’s I suppose I developed my empathy toward people, and I found that
others seemed to be able to open up to me and found me approachable enough to
talk to me about their problems.
By then I hadn’t had any formal training in coaching and therapy; that would come
I graduated from college in 2001 with a degree in Human Ecology, a multi-disciplinary
subject which included within it a behavioural sciences major. I was introduced to
the theories of some of the founders of psychology and sociology, including
Eric Byrne’s transactional analysis.
Most of my employment since graduating has involved managing people in a number of
sectors; residential care for dementia clients, distribution, and mostly in
food production (where I have managed teams from 30 to 500 employees).
In my mid 20’s I worked in a particularly stressful situation, and decided to learn
how to do transcendental meditation. I had wanted to do this since my teens, as I was
fascinated by it because of The Beatles. This was a major breakthrough for me in my
I think it was this, that spurred me on to pursue knowledge in the so-called
‘personal development’, ‘human potential’, and ‘self-help’ fields.
The shelves in my office are still heaving with books on these subjects, despite
carrying out several book culls over the years!
I have read hundreds of such books.
My formal training in therapy and coaching began in my late 30’s. Over the ten years
or so, since then I have become a reiki master, an NLP master practitioner/trainer specialising
in coaching, a cognitive hypnotherapist, a PSYCH-K practitioner, an EFT Practitioner, and
a BC (Broadband Conscious) coach.
I have been on numerous short-courses in the field, and I have been trained by some of
the best, for example Tony Robbins, Joseph McClendon III, John Seymour, Dr Susi Strang,
Topher Morrison, Tom Silver, Ormond McGill, Peter Thomson, and last, but not least,
Richard Wilkins and Liz Ivory.
My NLP coaching and therapy practice has been going for 14 years, both on
a full-time and part-time basis.
I have helped hundreds of people be the best they can be over this time, coaching both for
individuals and businesses. I have plenty of experience advising small to medium-sized
businesses at the sharp end, as a Business Adviser with the former Business Link.
I also help people to overcome bad habits, phobias, weight issues, smoking, alcohol problems, low self esteem/confidence,
stress, and anxiety.
Why not contact me to see how I can help you?
Mark Nicholson MSc. DipCogHyp, MPNLP
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