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A note from our founder, Chris Dudley…


Hi, I’m Chris Dudley and I’m a Life Coach and founder of The Coach Collective.

We’re a team of Coaches brought together to specialise in mental health. Winston Churchill famously coined the term ‘the black dog’ when describing his own relationship with depression and I saw my own black dog as a problem worth solving. Using the tools of coaching and therapy, I personally overcame my battle with depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and now I support others to do the same.

My story was recently featured in Happiful magazine, an industry leading publication on mental well-being and I am currently in the process of writing my first book ‘A Better Life | Overcoming overwhelm and taking control’.

My journey started in 2015, when I decided to become a full-time Life Coach. Having experienced mental health challenges throughout my teenage years and twenties, I finally had my mental health under control and hadn’t experienced a period of depression for a few years.

I was ready to help others, and after 18 months as a full-time Life Coach, I had a huge realisation. Whilst I had overcome my depression and OCD using coaching and NLP therapy, I refused to market to clients with mental health challenges. I was scared to offer life coaching as a valid intervention to support a person’s mental health care. More than that, I wasn’t willing to share my story for the fear that others would think less of me. I knew I was turning my back on people I had the most potential to help, and I knew this was the final hurdle I needed to clear in order to achieve my goal of truly being me and owning my past, present and future.

The irony was that those clients who I was trying to avoid were finding me anyway, and I was supporting them to overcome their own difficulties. Therefore, I moved my focus to proactively supporting clients with mental health challenges including stress, anxiety and depression.

I have been fortunate to have spent over 500 hours coaching, and my clients have achieved the lives they desire and deserve. I was keen to extend my impact beyond that which I could achieve working one-on-one and through my workshops.

One day Matt Hemsley walked into my coaching practice and began a 3-month programme. Matt had over 20 years’ experience in mental health nursing, and I appreciated his recognition of life coaching as a credible way to make the changes he was seeking.

Through the programme, Matt expressed an interest in becoming a Life Coach and I instantly identified how a person with a background in mental health had the potential to change the nature of life coaching; what it could deal with and ultimately achieve for a person.

When Matt launched his new career as a Life Coach we decided to team together and The Coach Collective was founded.

The Coach Collective brings together 20 years’ experience in mental health and over 10 years’ experience in learning and development and coaching.

Using our shared understanding of mental health from the outside in and the inside out, we draw on tools from traditional and alternative therapies combined with core coaching techniques.

As well as supporting our private clients one-to-one, The Coach Collective is currently working on introducing life coaching as an employee well-being benefit across UK organisations. I believe mental health is a problem worth solving and our aim is to bring together a team of passionate and experienced professionals to influence the way the UK deal with mental health. So the 1 in 4 people challenged can create a better life and train their black dog to heel. 

Our aim is to deliver tailored coaching programmes to support individuals to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.

Ultimately…

Creating results through conversations

A note from our founder, Chris Dudley…

Hi, I’m Chris Dudley and I’m a Life Coach and founder of The Coach Collective.

We’re a team of Coaches brought together to specialise in mental health. Winston Churchill famously coined the term ‘the black dog’ when describing his own relationship with depression and I saw my own black dog as a problem worth solving. Using the tools of coaching and therapy, I personally overcame my battle with depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and now I support others to do the same.

My story was recently featured in Happiful magazine, an industry leading publication on mental well-being and I am currently in the process of writing my first book ‘A Better Life | Overcoming overwhelm and taking control’.

My journey started in 2015, when I decided to become a full-time Life Coach. Having experienced mental health challenges throughout my teenage years and twenties, I finally had my mental health under control and hadn’t experienced a period of depression for a few years.

I was ready to help others, and after 18 months as a full-time Life Coach, I had a huge realisation. Whilst I had overcome my depression and OCD using coaching and NLP therapy, I refused to market to clients with mental health challenges. I was scared to offer life coaching as a valid intervention to support a person’s mental health care. More than that, I wasn’t willing to share my story for the fear that others would think less of me. I knew I was turning my back on people I had the most potential to help, and I knew this was the final hurdle I needed to clear in order to achieve my goal of truly being me and owning my past, present and future.

The irony was that those clients who I was trying to avoid were finding me anyway, and I was supporting them to overcome their own difficulties. Therefore, I moved my focus to proactively supporting clients with mental health challenges including stress, anxiety and depression.

I have been fortunate to have spent over 500 hours coaching, and my clients have achieved the lives they desire and deserve. I was keen to extend my impact beyond that which I could achieve working one-on-one and through my workshops.

One day Matt Hemsley walked into my coaching practice and began a 3-month programme. Matt had over 20 years’ experience in mental health nursing, and I appreciated his recognition of life coaching as a credible way to make the changes he was seeking.

Through the programme, Matt expressed an interest in becoming a Life Coach and I instantly identified how a person with a background in mental health had the potential to change the nature of life coaching; what it could deal with and ultimately achieve for a person.

When Matt launched his new career as a Life Coach we decided to team together and The Coach Collective was founded.

The Coach Collective brings together 20 years’ experience in mental health and over 10 years’ experience in learning and development and coaching.

Using our shared understanding of mental health from the outside in and the inside out, we draw on tools from traditional and alternative therapies combined with core coaching techniques.

As well as supporting our private clients one-to-one, The Coach Collective is currently working on introducing life coaching as an employee well-being benefit across UK organisations. I believe mental health is a problem worth solving and our aim is to bring together a team of passionate and experienced professionals to influence the way the UK deal with mental health. So the 1 in 4 people challenged can create a better life and train their black dog to heel. 

Our aim is to deliver tailored coaching programmes to support individuals to overcome their challenges and achieve their goals.

Ultimately…

Creating results through conversations


FIND OUT MORE ABOUT COACHING

Read our founder Chris Dudley’s article in Happiful magazine and learn more about how he overcame his ‘lifelong battle with OCD and depression’.

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