I bring a wealth of both life and professional work experiences to my role as a transformational coach.
A childhood living both in the UK and overseas, attending a number of different schools, led me to attending Lancaster University - a thoroughly enjoyable phase of my life!
My career initially started in finance before moving into Adult and Further Education, where I had a variety of roles including setting up community based centres, teaching, and senior management positions.
After 10 years, I decided to take redundancy, sold my house and moved to Ambleside in Cumbria, with the dream of owning my own bookshop. Although I came close, it wasn’t to be, so I found myself living alone in a place where I didn’t know a soul. I found a job working in a leadership role for a charity and rural community council, which allowed me to connect extensively with communities across Cumbria, and their extraordinary achievements.
It was a role combining education and the charitable sector that led me to Harrogate, and ultimately to discovering both transformational and equine facilitated coaching. My lifelong love of horses was reignited, particularly through attending the Horse Behaviour Course and learning more about natural horsemanship.
From here, Nicki Eyre Transformational Coaching was born, and has since transformed in Conduct Coaching - visit to find out more!
My qualifications and training
ILM Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring
mBIT Certified Coach
Equine Facilitated Coaching Certificate
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
BA Hons Behaviour in Organisations
I am a member of EMCC and subscribe to EMCC’s Code of Ethics (see www.emccuk.org)
I am a certified mBIT coach (Multiple Brain Integration Techniques). Tools and techniques for communicating with, integrating and harnessing the power of your multiple brains (head, heart and gut brains)
Where I work
I am based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire and I am available to work across the North of England, although my work primarily takes place in Yorkshire. I currently deliver coaching sessions from premises in both the centre of Harrogate, and in North Leeds.
Coaching can also take place at your business premises, or a mutually agreed location.
I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your needs, for a maximum of 30 minutes. This could be by phone, or a face to face discussion in a mutually agreed location in the Harrogate, Leeds or York areas if preferred. The fees will depend on the programme that best suits your needs.
When I decided to train as a coach, I knew that I needed to find an approach that worked for me. I'd had coaching previously, and understood the benefits, so I wanted to make sure I could offer the best service possible. I chose a programme that allowed me to explore the impact of an in depth coaching process myself, with and without the horses! I had to challenge my own limiting beliefs and behaviours, raise my self awareness, and I was supported make the changes in myself that would allow me to work with others to achieve the highest outcomes possible. Here's the story of what I went through to reach the highest standards as a professional coach:
My own journey started when I was very unhappy in my job (again), and had become quite ill as a result (again). It was around that time that I discovered the Equine Facilitated Coaching programme. I attended a taster event, and immediately wanted to start a course. I needed it right then. It was going to solve everything for me. It was going to be my way out.
So, despite demanding a course immediately, it was nearly a year before I started on the full
course. In the meantime, I did a Warrior self development programme, when Rocky the Shetland pony showed me the joy that was missing in my life, and helped me acknowledge my fears. I was ready for change, and to live my life differently. So, what next?
When I finally found the courage to leave my job, I was determined not to go back to the same kind of role. However, I had no clear sense of direction for my future. Despite my intentions, I ended up becoming self employed, effectively doing the same type of work.
It’s fair to say that although I knew I wanted change, I had no real idea how to achieve it – or what “it” was going to look like.
I finally got to start the course to become a transformational coach, and an equine facilitated coach. It finally felt like I was on a path to a new beginning, and it felt right. I was heading off along this path, with no idea what was coming over the next few months. Everything seemed shiny and glowing. Guess what? You can’t always see where you're going when you’ve got the sun in your eyes. What an incredible journey of self development I experienced!
In the early stages of the course, I felt that I was gaining in confidence. I was learning so
much about myself. Then suddenly, I doubted myself and the direction I had chosen, and didn’t want to come back and continue. I felt so angry all the time.
I was lost. Very lost.
I had to choose now. Run away, and end up going back to what I knew, or be brave and
make changes? I was scared! I went back, and had a lesson from Sticky, a chestnut mare, about how to speak up and hold my space. She helped me back onto my path.
The first thing I had to do was walk away from anything not serving me well. It took me a huge amount of courage, but I acknowledged that continuing with the type of work I had done previously was contributing to my anger and starting to affect my health again. I then had to dig deeper to walk away from the work, and the finance that went with it. I had to leave myself open to change, and allow it to happen. I experienced a healthy way to remove myself from a situation that didn’t serve me well, without damaging a relationship.
If I was scared before, I was terrified now. Working on my values really brought my personal contract (to be true to myself) to life for me. If I didn’t prioritise my values, how could I possibly be true to myself? Living with conflicting values could have such an impact, and I realised how important freedom was to me – after living a life based around security! That was quite a revelation for me, and gave me the strength to follow through with making quite scary decisions about my future.
It was a tough few months….
I laughed as well as cried, and experienced every emotion in between, and beyond. I
made new friends, and learnt so much about myself. I know that I can always speak up and get the support – and challenge – that I need. I’m always going to remember the lessons that the horses brought for me too.
Right now, I’m embracing my new found freedom of choice in my life. I make choices that are right for me. I allow myself the freedom to escape into my imagination, and seek out my creativity again. I'm continuously learning and developing my skills as a coach and a business owner, with a great network to offer challenge and support when I need it. I'm enjoying the new learning that life continually brings me. Most of all, I’m still being true to myself.
The journey continues…