Be At Your Best

with INNER LEARNING FIRST

Training, Coaching & Therapy to
Inspire Personal & Organisational Growth

Lucy Holbrook

lucy holbrook inner learning first

Your Trainer, Body Mind Coach & Therapist

Benefits

How I can help you

You At Your Best

This starts with understanding yourself - you have to do your inner learning first. The foundation for this is self-awareness, which leads to:

  • Increased capacity to regulate your emotions
  • Greater clarity about what you say yes and no to

  • More nourishing relationships
  • Increased energy & confidence
  • Feeling at ease in yourself
  • A sense of aliveness and joy

Organisations At Their Best

This happens when organisations understand themselves – they have to do their inner learning too. Increasing individual and collective self-awareness leads to:

  • A culture that proactively supports good mental health & wellbeing
  • Improved communication through greater shared meaning & clarity
  • Staff understanding better who & what they are responsible for & to

  • More effective problem solving & increased productivity
  • Alignment between desired operational & performance outcomes and “the way we do things round here”

“In my experience being at our best starts with understanding ourself… we have to do our inner learning first.”

As an experienced and skilled trainer, Body Mind coach and therapist I facilitate embodied personal change that enables

  • people to be at their best and feel comfortable in their own skin
  • organisations to be at their best through staff being at their best individually and collectively.

My experience has taught me that being at our best starts with understanding ourselves. We have to do our inner learning first. So, the focus in my work is to help you develop the internal resources you already have but may not recognise, whether this is in your personal life or at work.

My approach is rooted in the current understanding that our neurology, psychology and biology are intertwined. To be at our best we have to be willing to build a fuller understanding of how these aspects of ourselves interconnect and impact each other creating our experiences and relationships in the process.

It is only by uncovering and understanding our habitual patterns of feeling, thinking and behaviour do we give ourselves the opportunity to get back into the driving seat of our lives and live the life we really want. Self-awareness is key to this process. Without it, we can end up a passive passenger watching our lives go by as we look out of the car window; being driven by our unconscious habits of feeling, thinking and behaviour. We now know that for all of us feeling safe - physically, emotionally & physiologically underpins our ability to function and so my approach focusses on the link between our feelings and thoughts and the effect these have on our behaviour choices.

I work in a relational & collaborative manner through facilitation rather than prescription. Drawing on current research and thinking I use a wide range of both body and mind knowledge and tools to help you explore those aspects of your experience and habits which are not working for you in some way.

I have an enhanced DBS Certificate on the Update Service.

I spent the first 10 years of my working life working in the private sector for a stockbroker and merger broker in the City of London and finally a training company delivering a wide range of business skills courses throughout the UK. While this gave me a good business grounding, I came to realise I wanted an opportunity to use more of my skills in an environment that supported people directly.

This resulted in my move north to Merseyside and into the voluntary sector where I spent the next 10 years running a small independent charity supporting women with complex needs in an area with high levels of deprivation. As anyone familiar with the Third Sector knows, it requires resourcefulness, flexibility and resilience by the bucket load, so working at the Women’s Centre in Birkenhead was both rewarding and challenging. I certainly got to use more of my skills and developed lots more besides.

It was also during my time at the Women’s Centre that I got more interested in personal development in relation to myself as well as the women we were supporting. I was able to combine this growing interest with delivering workshops and courses to the Centre’s volunteers and service users. By the time I left the Centre it was a natural progression for me to become a freelance trainer. This allowed me to follow my curiosity and fascination about the connection between our mind and body and deepen my knowledge looking for answers to questions such as:

  • What is it that really makes change sustainable?
  • How can I be more effective at setting goals and achieving them?
  • How do I “marry up” what really goes on inside me and how I am “out in the world” without splitting-off parts of myself?

My four-year Deep Body Work and Postural Integration therapy training introduced me to the world of working with the body. This training gave me an invaluable understanding of the interconnection between our body and mind and a different toolkit that I use to enhance my training programmes as well as in my coaching and therapy work.

The explosion of research into the brain over my working life has transformed our understanding of how the human brain works and what happens when it doesn’t. This knowledge is also reshaping our understanding and practice in many other fields, from psychology and biology to economics and education; and of course organisational development, leadership, team working and individual employee effectiveness.

I love delving into this growing body of knowledge and finding ways to use it to help me be at my best more of the time and sharing what I learn to help you be at your best more of the time.

I have worked in both the private and voluntary sectors and for the last 12 years as an independent trainer and Body Mind coach and therapist. During this period I have also delivered my training programmes within the education and public social care sectors. Here are some of the clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with, supporting their staff or service-users to be at their best.

next chapter logoWirral MindChester universityLiverpool John Moores universityChamps public health collaborativeStudioNew Leaf a torus foundation serviceWirral Spider Projectwest kirby primary schooltomorrows women wirralstoryhouse logo chesterHM Prison Service Liverpoolthe contact company

I am committed to my own professional and personal development and attend relevant workshops and training regularly.

• Soma, Soul & Self - internal Family Systems (4 days) 2021

• The Neurobiology of Feeling Safe: Working with Boundaries Inside & Out (15 hours onine) 2021

• IMotivational Interviewing - Foundational  2021

• Intensive Trauma Treatment Course with Bessel van der Kolk (19 hours online CPD) 2019

• Trauma Informed Care in the Counselling Professions Workshop 2019

• Mental Health First Aid (2 days) 2019

• ACE Recovery Toolkit Train the Trainer Training 2018

• Connect 5 Train the Trainer Training 2018

• Rhythmic Movement Training Level 1 & 11 2016

• Certificate in Personal Coaching 2016

• Moaiku: Attachment & Arousal Regulation in the Healing of Trauma 2014

• Moaiku: Hidden Choices – Focussing on the Teenage Phase 2014

• Moaiku: Attachment and Trauma 2013

• Philosophy for Children (P4C) Level 1 Certificate 2013

• Moaiku: The Hidden Challenges in Coping with Stress 2012

• The Mind & Body of Safer Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild 2012

• Attendance at 4 days of EABP 13th International Congress 2012

• Massage in Schools Instructor 2011

• Bodywork Group Dynamics 2009

• Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) 2009

• Bodies and Boundaries 2008

• Deep Bodywork Diploma with Entelia Institute for Creative Bodywork 2009 (4 year training)

• Accredited Postural Integrator with ICRI & ICPIT 2009 (4 year training) - learn more

• Accredited Protective Behaviours Trainer 2006 (2 year training)

• Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills 1996

• Certificate in Training & Development (IPD) 1996 (1 year training)

• BA Honors Law Degree – University of Kent at Canterbury 1982

  • European Association of Body Psychotherapists - Candidate Member
  • Protective Behaviours Training Partnership
  • Protective Behaviours Association
  • Independent Practitioners Network
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development - Associate Member
  • Massage in Schools Association

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