About

I am one of the UK’s leading Accredited Executive Coaches and a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist. 

I’m also a former lawyer and banker, as well as a successful entrepreneur. 

Most importantly, I quickly and effectively help my clients achieve success on their own terms.

I believe that change is always possible.

Each of us can be happy at work, feel our best and create a life we love. My entire career is dedicated to helping you to understand how the beliefs you hold and the environments in which you operate can trigger behaviour that may hold you back. Through simple and practical coaching and an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating clinical hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, I then help you to implement and sustain positive change.

As a coach, I specialise in helping you to find your purpose in a career change, grow your business authentically and lead with emotional intelligence. 

As a hypnotherapist, I treat a wide range of suitable issues but specialise in anxiety, low confidence and work-related stress, including burnout, imposter syndrome, public speaking and writer’s block.

Above all, I blend expertise, experience and natural warmth to help you create real change in your work, life or perhaps both.

A highly experienced Accredited Executive Coach (Association for Coaching) and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register and National Council of Psychotherapists, I passionately believe that everyone has the right and the ability to feel successful, happy, confident and calm with a little support. I understand the challenges you face: I’ve been a corporate lawyer and fund manager, before successfully starting and then selling my start-up – the game-changing careers platform, The Step Up Club – alongside having three children. 

My practical experience (I have coached hundreds of people to find success over the last ten years) is backed up by my Masters in Organisational Behaviour (Career Management and Coaching) from Birkbeck, University of London (Merit) and my Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, one of the world’s leading hypnotherapy training schools accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy, the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), the Register for Evidence-Based Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy and approved by the British Psychological Society. I am also an Accredited MBTI and NEO PI-R practitioner. My book, Step Up: Confidence, Success and Your Stellar Career in 10 Minutes a Day was published by Ebury (Random House) in 2016. 

I am registered with the GHR, the AoC, the National Council of Psychotherapists and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and adhere to the strictest ethical standards as well as engaging in regular supervision and CPD.

I have extensive media experience, as a commentator and columnist across many of the UK’s broadsheets and glossies. I have hosted a successful podcast – The Success Revolution – and appeared as a guest on numerous podcasts and radio shows.

Before qualifying as a coach and hypnotherapist, I worked as an international finance lawyer in London and New York. I then moved to become a fund manager on JPMorgan’s flagship European Equity Fund desk, passing all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. My first degree was in Modern Languages (French and German) from Oriel College, Oxford. I am a bilingual French and English speaker, able to deliver coaching in both languages.

Me at a glance

  • Accredited Executive Coach with The Association for Coaching.
  • Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.
  • Masters in Organisational Behaviour (Career Management and Counselling) from Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy from the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.
  • Successful start-up Founder, recently exited The Step Up Club.
  • City background as an Equity Fund Manager at JPMorgan and Finance Lawyer at Slaughter & May and Linklaters.
  • Best-selling Author of Step Up (Random House, 2016).
  • Highly experienced keynote and event speaker.
  • Deep expertise in leadership, performance and success coaching with well over 500 coaching hours.
  • Oxford University Graduate.
  • Bilingual French speaker able to coach and train in both English and French.

what clients say

Success stories

“Phanella has a wonderful approach to coaching and my sessions with her have radically changed the way I think about myself and my career… She seemed to have an almost magical ability to read my mind and completely understood the challenges I was facing in my industry at the time. She helped me identify what I really wanted from current and future jobs and injected a necessary amount of perspective into the options on the table. Thanks to Phanella I have a compass of strengths, values and priorities that I can turn to at any future fork in the road. I would heartily recommend her as a coach.”

Maggie Lakin, Lawyer

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