was born in Congresbury in Somerset, and grew up in Weston-super-Mare. From the
age of eleven I taught students at my father's sailing school and after I left
school studied educational psychology and trained as a teacher. On a parallel
course I indulged my passion for music and went on to become a professional musician
and song-writer. The name 'Smith and Friends' actually came from a series on HTV
where I played all the instruments and appeared as the whole 'band'.
a session musician in Europe and America I recorded and performed with such people
as Eric Clapton, ELP, Bob Weir, Al Stewart and Cat Stevens. Later on I began again
to pursue my interest in applied psychology, accelerated learning and personal
Time of Change
I had begun to notice was that although I was 'successful' in my chosen career
it didn't seem to be making me happy. I kept thinking, 'when I get to the next
phase, then I'll feel that I've made it' (whatever' it' was). I finally moved
on to another career in business and found myself the co-owner of a small company
in Los Angeles. Before this happened I can clearly remember looking at the former
owners of this company and thinking 'Yes, this is what I want' and yet when I
was eventually in this position it still didn't give me the satisfaction I wanted.
to the U.K. I started to explore my own personal development. I became more and
more immersed in NLP and related disciplines and began to experience how it could
affect my sense of who I am and what I can do. Before long I noticed a massive
shift in my perception of the world around me. From then on I was hooked and started
training in earnest. I'm happy to say I'm still just as keen to learn and I show
no signs of slowing down.
I am a Master Practitioner of NLP and a Hypnotherapist.. I have also trained in
Symbolic Modelling and Grovian Metaphor Therapy. I have appeared on radio and
TV talking about phobia cures, having developed a new technique that works from
the anxiety state. I appeared on one BBC TV show with a client who had been phobic
from age 12. She succeeded in overcoming her phobia in just one session. My
current speed record for helping a client to stop doing her phobia is seven minutes.
As a lecturer
I have taught pure NLP at Birkbeck College, University of London, and applied
NLP at the Eastman Institute, UCL, where I run postgraduate trainings in Anxiety
Prevention for dentists. I have been a committee member of the Psychotherapy and
Counselling Section of the British Association for NLP and of the Experiential
Constructivist section of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
work has been as a coach, trainer and instructional designer with Dr. Gina Sanders'
organisation, ACTS Ltd., until her retirement in1999. Since then I've been an
associate of Excel Communications (HRD) Ltd., the UK's most prominent international
provider of NLP - based business training and performance coaching.
& Friends is part of my decision to travel less, having spent too many hours in
cars, trains and planes. I am encouraging enquiries from individuals and organisations
in Cornwall and the South West.
specialise in helping people break bad habits like smoking.
Coaching is convenient and time-saving. I offer this service as well as coaching
by phone. The two can be combined.
still play and write music and enjoy it more than I ever thought possible. My
album Calmtime, a relaxation CD for pain relief, stress, sleep problems
and mother and baby, is now available. You can purchase it in CD form or
downloads online from www.calmtime.co.uk.