Coaching in Bristol

Massage, hypnotherapy, NLP

Agata Palmer



Coaching in Bristol at the Chiron Centre – with NLP and Vision Boards

NLP stands for Neuro Linguistic Programming. It was created in the 1970s as a collaboration between psychologist Richard Bandler and psychologist and linguist John Grinder, who modelled successful therapists in their fields.  They created their techniques specifically from studying the specific methods and techniques used by Virginia Satir, a renowned psychotherapist at the time. Her greatest skill was her ability to truly listen to her patients. Other strong influences on NLP come from the Fritz Perls,  the founder of Gestalt therapy, and eminent figure in American psychiatry and hypnosis, Milton Erickson. NLP is ever evolving and although it offers specific techniques, no two sessions will be the same.

The techniques and the results of applying them with NLP  are fast and often immediate. The gentle interventions, are based on asking specific questions, modelling certain techniques and working with the unconscious mind, often having fun with a new tool kit in order to achieve greater mental plasticity.  All of this is done, of course, with the client’s permission and the client is always left feeling in charge of their process throughout the  guidance. It is amazing how NLP works effectively and swiftly even with issues that could be labelled as ‘heavy’.

Let me give you a few imaginary examples so that you may you chose which one resonates with you:

  •  NLP is a bit like using language as mental tweezers to remove the thorn that gets in the way of you being the best version of yourself, of walking your walk and talking your talk.
  •  NLP can be a bit like rewiring a house (hence Neurology in the name – nerves in the body work like wiring, conducting sensations and information back and forth to the brain). We are merely testing the cables, fuses and switches, to see what makes the system trip. We can also fit a new switch which can make all the difference and give that lightbulb moment of choice to the client.  And you might find that you don’t need to blow your fuse, like you used to.

    This can be vaguely compared to a TENS machine, which basically provides a new stimulus to override an existing sensation of pain in the body. Interestingly, despite no robust scientific proof of this, TENS machines are widely used and provided by the NHS as an option in treatment of  pain.

  •  NLP is a bit like weeding an overgrown garden. We take a thorough overview of the landscape of your personal garden, your mental landscape,  focusing on what is currently there in the now (so no need to know a history of each plant and  what used to grow there before). I help you clear the weeds so that it is fits with your intention you have for your garden. I help you weed the space, clear out and plant some new plants. In doing so, the goal is to set up a new sustainable ecosystem in the present and for the future.


Why Transformational Coaching with NLP? What will you get out of it?

 I believe in the human capacity for transformation, do you?

I have seen transformation in others and I have lived it myself. Fundamental shifts that bring changes in your outlook, your direction of life, creating a new, lasting flow. That’s why I do what I do and love it!

I believe resolutely in the human capacity for transformation. I have experienced in my own life and with countless clients.  I have lived it and been witness to profound shifts over many years.

Transformational coaching is both a form of Confidence Coaching and Stress Coaching. Ultimately, if something is not working, I believe a change in approach is required. I work with the underlying strategy and process you use in approaching your life. These models of doing or thinking can be changed to create a lasting shift. The results of this work can include:

Being able to live well, free of phobias, anxiety and other crippling reactions to people, things and situations

  • Being able to do something in the future that you can’t do right now. For example, enjoy public speaking,  go for a job interview or manage social situations that used to baffle you.
  • Being able to think clearly when before you could not. This can be useful for panic attacks and managing generalised anxiety disorders.
  • Being able to communicate from the place of choice and alignment with your core values and beliefs. This is useful in both the workplace and personal relationships.
  • Having the confidence to ask for what you want and need, be it financial, emotional or physical gains.
  • Being able to choose and manage your thoughts, moods and behaviours
  • Being able to shed unwanted weight and break habits you don’t want anymore, like stopping smoking
  • Being able to break free of negative thought patterns and spirals of depressive thinking.
  • Being able to experience more freedom of thought and action on a daily basis.

I believe that transformation happens when a powerful combination of being entirely ready and finding the right guide for the journey occurs.  Often, when we are ready, the way opens up and the ‘right’ people or ‘therapy’ gets our attention.  There is no one single correct therapy, or one right person to work with, in my opinion. Things are fit for purpose as and when we need them. Skiing boots won’t be any good for a diving holiday. A woolly coat might be superb for a season in life, but become too tight, or worn out long term.  I always encourage the client to be fully ready for change.

Change is good. It’s how we react to it that can be hard. This is why, I believe, we require a guide.

Even at a cellular level, we change all the time, our body cells dying and being replaced with new ones. It is  the natural order of things! The challenge is how to stomach life’s up and downs without indigestion, so that we can feel good butterflies in the stomach at the thought of a challenge, rather than feel gutted, overwhelmed and dispirited. It is possible to embrace change with an excited and open spirit and I am committed to helping my clients make this profound shift in attitude.

If and when you are ready you will have a sense of making the right choice. You will want a deep shift in your life and will therefore be on the path of finding all you need to make it happen. I know all the resources you need to change are available to you, even if you don’t know it yet yourself!


Vision Boards

Vision Board sessions to create individual Maps to Thriving

Why Vision Boards?

Pictures are a powerful vehicle for self motivation. Notice all the billboards and the visual advertising around us, on the TV and social media. Years of research has gone into how to manipulate human mind with visuals.

Creating own Vision Board is a way of taking charge and choosing what you want to envisage, where you want to head towards, what you want to achieve, attract and focus on in  your life. In the process, we let go of the intrusion of outer influences which tell us what we should be and do. This is a highly personal journey.

Whatever your professional rank and income, if your heart is not in it, it simply won’t sustain you or work on the deeper levels. How can it? You are less likely to feel fulfilled and happy with your life if you are not aligned with your true desires and wishes.

I offer Map of Thriving, Map of Intention & Direction, Illustration of Life Goals, Business Plan with Visuals,  Desire Map, Prayer in Picture,  etc. You can call it and make it whatever you wish, as long as it represents the most important things for the next exciting phase of your life journey.

I facilitate your filtering process so that you will have created a complete Vision Board to take home with you.

Sometimes the nuggets of gold are the discoveries of the deeper truths, of what really makes you tick and once you have found these, it is  much easier to steer towards your dreams.

From start to finish, individual session takes a couple of hours. All materials provided. You will be asked to bring a photo of yourself to include in the Vision Board.

Why me?

Initially, spontaneous Vision Boarding helped me navigate through life storms.  Since then I have trained and developed a powerful and heartfelt facilitation of people’s vision board creations.

Through trial and error, I found out about the power of intention, choice and focus. What we focus on consumes our attention, so it seems to grow in gravitas and through attraction.

Vision Boards are one of the most powerful and fun tools I know of implementing change and tuning our filter of perception.


Therapy Duration Cost
Coaching with NLP Up to 2 hours £85
Vision Board Up to 2 hours £85