I came to London from Ireland over 30 years ago, worked in the business side of the NHS for a while then decided to train as a Massage Therapist. Following a year of travelling in India and Australia I moved to Brighton where I studied Nutritional Therapy. It was practicing this that I realised I needed to learn to use coaching techniques to be truly able to help my clients as it seemed a lot of issues around food and nutrition were actually deeply rooted in emotional issues from other areas of life. I was already an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner but I felt I needed more.
I went on to study a Diploma in Life Coaching from the Association of Natural Medicine with further training in Effective Brief Psychotherapy, Guided Imagery and Visualisation for Therapeutic Change and How to Lift Depression from the Human Givens Institute. www.hgi.org.uk I continue to read, attend courses and develop myself as a Coach and Wellbeing Practitioner with particular interest in how the brain and our thoughts and emotions affect us. My personal practice is a never ending process as I work to understand my own body and mind. I believe if I'm authentically practicing it I can authentically preach it!
My learning and working more on an emotional level with clients led me to discover that my true passion lies in working as a Behaviour Change Coach - motivating people to smash the barriers that hold them back from loving their life.
This is my passion because I'm interested in people. I like to get to know people. As a Behaviour Change Coach I can help people to reconnect with who they really are and help them to have a better understanding of what really makes them tick and thrive. And the key to this is to discover and Smash the barriers that are in the way.
I moved to Cornwall in 2011 and set up my own company The Smash it! Coach https://thesmashitcoach.com/testimonials I have been a coach for Cornwall Council on a variety of their community projects over the years, the latest being their Village Works, Barrier Busting Programme, working with economically excluded, unemployed and disengaged residents in rural coastal villages in Cornwall. https://inclusioncornwall.co.uk/meet-sandra-one-of-our-coaches/
When face to face coaching is possible I work with the lovely team at Clarence House Therapy rooms in Penzance. www.clarencehousetherapycentre.co.uk
If being indoors is not an option, I offer Walk It Out Coaching, a walk and talk coaching experience in nature. www.thesmashitcoach.com/walkitoutcoaching
Online coaching is also available via a variety of platforms so it really doesn't matter where you are, there's always a solution!
In 2019 I qualified with www.falmouthyogaspace.co.uk as a 250 hour level 1 Vinyasa Yoga Teacher undertaking in-depth study into asana, pranayama, meditation, anatomy and yoga philosophy. I followed this with 80 hours Restorative Yoga teacher training with Amanda Brown, also at Falmouth Yoga Space. In 2022 I completed a total of 100 hours of Yin Yoga Teacher Training with www.gracetempany.com.
Visit my yoga page here https://thesmashitcoach.com/yoga
My values of caring, connection, open mindedness, health and fun means you are guaranteed a unique, warm, non judgemental experience, focused on achieving the results you want.
I'm registered on the UK Life Coach Directory:
I'm a member of Yoga Alliance Professionals