What People are saying about Nick Kemp
Sports Coaching Testimonials
Working with international athlete Lucy Evans
“I had the good fortune of learning about Nick whilst doing some research online about sports psychology and performance.
As a Manchester based international 100m and 200m track athlete I felt that although I was always physically prepared for my competitions I was very often mentally under prepared to perform – fear, self-doubt and negative thoughts often got in my way.
At the point I met Nick I had become frustrated with the traditional sports psychology approaches which I had been encouraged to use during my off season – mainly because they were not working. I had already started my 2014 competition season – so I needed to make a change – and fast.
This was no problem at all for Nick. We focused on the problems right away and I was able to implement the tools and techniques I learned immediately. I left the first session confident that this was going to be a very successful working partnership.
In the space of a month I met with Nick on three occasions and made instant improvements in my approach to competitions – I was happier, more confident, less effected by poor weather conditions and always ready to race. Each time I visited Nick I was able to tell him – almost unbelievably – that I had won another race. It was almost becoming boring. But only almost!
After a successful early season, the help Nick had given me really came to fruition on the day of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Trials. I was approaching the most significant race of the weekend, where the outcome would determine whether I would or would not be selected for Glasgow 2014. The pressure was intense, weather conditions were far from ideal and added to that I was tired having already run three top level races that weekend. I believe that ordinarily and without Nicks help I would have “gone to pieces” in that situation. Instead I ran a lifetime best time of 23.94, breaking through the elusive 24.00 second barrier to land on the podium.
Five days later I was officially selected for The XX Commonwealth Games – Glasgow 2014.
Lucy Evans – International 100m, 200m and 4×100m relay athlete
Client coached to swim The English Channel
“Thank you for all your help – I couldn’t have done it without your help – You can now stand up in a room and say that your methods and techniques got this fat wheezing bloke across the channel, and I’d back you up 100%.”
Pete Windridge – France (Coached with the PCW method)
Working with Tennis Professional Matt Hingley
“Not long got back from my tournament in Bulgaria, I played a good match and the parts we worked on in our session really helped me within the match.
I was very clear and open with my thoughts, felt a lot more relaxed and able to play with more freedom.
The session really helped me and it was one of the best matches I’ve been involved in mentally since injury.”
“I have had communication and leadership coaching from Nick on a number of occasions. I had become frustrated in my attempt to improve my skills using the popular books and literature. They never quite seemed to have the information that I required and were far too verbose. Nick was able to distil the techniques of highly effective communication into basic key principles. Nick also helped me to prepare and apply these principles to my specific circumstances. Much of material cannot be simply looked up in books and would require a long time and a lot of mistakes in discovering them from scratch.
Nick is a superb communicator and mentor and I highly recommend him.”
Glenn, Consultant Software Engineer
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Helping People Overcome Phobias, Anxiety Issues and Fears
“Doing 22 stories yesterday was a massive difference! I now feel confident to go up tall buildings with a sense of enjoyment”
Joe (who had an extreme fear of heights for over 15 years)
“I found PCW very helpful in dealing with my fear and I would recommend Nick Kemp to anyone… It helped me to re-asses the way I thought about my fear and I found it to be a very positive experience.”
“An amazingly powerful technique. By working on a single phrase that affected me, I was able to turn my feelings of anxiety into total calm in a few minutes. And best of all, the calm lasted. Exciting stuff”
Hannah (having suffered years of anxiety
“Back in January I came to see you… Until yesterday, I hadn’t encountered a frog since my appointment. However, whilst picking flowers in the garden, one of the little creatures jumped out from amongst the pansies about 6 feet away from me. I didn’t have my usual hysterical reaction and turn into a weeping, trembling wreck. I didn’t even move away from it but it outfaced me and eventually I had to go and do something else. Six feet was quite near enough but I am delighted to say that my visits to you paid off and I can now go into the garden with a modicum of confidence.
Thank you so much for your help.
Christine (treated for fear of wasps)
“I just wanted to let you know that I went for the blood test this morning, and despite the doctor having to try a couple of times to find a vein, I remained surprisingly calm throughout – I practiced the relaxation exercises both last night and first thing this morning and I was amazed at the almost complete lack of anxiety whilst in the waiting room this morning.”
Louise (treated for fear of needles)
“I want to say Thank You … my husband said it was like going on holiday with a different woman-which is a good thing honestly!
No Fear of what might be waiting for me in the room/toilets/outside pavements etc just a normal fear-free holiday, I didn’t see any on holiday but then I was not looking for them which is what makes us all think I have changed. I just wanted you to know it worked (which you always knew it would).
Thank you again”
Patricia (treated for anxiety)
“I just wanted to say thanks. I have had 2 sessions… Whilst I don’t think i will ever really like wasps (does anybody?), I am perfectly happy if one comes near me. It really has made a massive difference to me. I have been able to enjoy being out in the garden for the first time I can remember. Even the little things, such as leaving windows open in the house or driving with a window open, no longer scare me. Thanks again, I never imagined that these sessions would make the huge difference they have.”
Gabby (treated for fear of wasps)
My honeymoon was definitely enhanced by the fact I could cope with the flying experience and I think there was part of me that actually enjoyed the flying! So thank you very much for helping me with this, and it definitely worked. My partner was quite amazed at the difference in me.
Jane T (treated for fear of flying)
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for seeing me a couple of weeks ago with my fear of flying. As you will remember my anxiety was increasing with each plane journey, to the extent that I had to be practically forced on to my last journey by the aircraft personnel and I felt I was going to ‘pass out’ throughout the flight. I therefore vowed never to put myself through it again. I would now like to recount my flying experience of last week.
I did my homework, making sure I listened to the cd several times and repeated the phrases we agreed on. I knew instantly that the treatment had worked as my outward journey could almost be called a pleasure, but my complicated return journey was complete proof. We were bused out to the plane by coach and we’re just about to board when we were bundled back on. Apparently the Spanish Air Traffic Control decided to do a ‘spot check’ on the plane. Under normal circumstances I would have been distraught, but could look at the episode in a rational way. One on the plane, we also went through a fair amount of turbulence which would normally have me calling the air hostesses over to check that things were ok, but again I stayed completely calm. However the main proof came on landing! Our descent to the airport was perfect and I was able to look for my house for the first time in around 10 years. However just before landing, the plane pulled up and we ascended into the air again. In the past I think I would have passed out at this and already decided that the undercarriage with the wheels wasn’t working and that we were going to die but, again, I was able to look at things in a calm manner and realise that we must have needed to circle till a landing slot became available.
Many many thanks for your help and I would certainly recommend you in the future.
Alison (treated for fear of flying)
I came to see you in February of this year, I was having trouble with the feeling of being closed in and also lifts. We were planning on taking my daughter to America at the time. We went to New York in August, I managed the flight OK. Whilst we were there I surprised myself by taking a helicopter tour, going to the top of the Empire State building, and taking a ride on the subway. I was even OK with the lifts in the hotel. We then took an internal flight to Florida and spent ten days there. Then I managed a nine hour flight home. I enjoyed every minute of it but could not have done it without your help.
Linda (treated for claustrophobia)
“I had struggled with social shyness for as long as I can remember, I tried many, many things to become more confident in new social situations. Here are some of the things I tried: Tony Robbins seminars, acting courses, two different hypnotherapists, two different NLP therapists, one of which I flew to Los Angeles to see and listening to many audio products and reading countless books. Then……..I finally managed to organise a session with Nick Kemp. The day I spent with Nick was, in two words “Life Changing”. In a very fun, unassuming way, he was able to see past all the things I was doing and hone in on exactly what I needed to do to change the way I think and feel. Not only that, but he’s given me some excellent tools which have helped me go way beyond what I thought was possible.”
Darren (treated for social anxiety)
“I would like to thank you for what you have done to change my mindset and since our first consultation until now I feel a different person, a change that my wife is very proud of”
Tony (treated for anger management)
“Thank you for Friday I did feel a lot better when I came out!”
Vicky S (treated for jealousy)
Dear Nick “My son is doing so well after having had two sessions with you . The change in him is remarkable. I contacted you in desperation November 2006, He had just been released from Young Offenders Institute for a crime he committed whilst intoxicated, a crime he couldn’t even remember, after his release he was so sad because he knew and I did that it would only be a matter of days before he would take a drink. ONE drink for he is not really possible, after one he can’t stop till he is unconscious. I asked if you could get him in to see you before Christmas as I knew if something didn’t change by then he could end up dead. He came to you the first time on the 15th December and to date has been sober!!! But more than that, hes actually taking pride in himself again , he’s exercising and actually planning the future. I honestly think its saved his life over the festive (Drinking) season! I heard him on the phone this morning telling one of his drinking friends “… I’m keeping fit now! …” Thanks so much.
Kay (Son treated for binge drinking)
“I feel like I’m a different person. I’m not controlled by it, it’s not part of my life. I’m so happy!”
Sine (having given up a cocaine habit)
“I will keep you up dated with how things are going but it looks like I finally have control of my life back.”
Gill (treated for binge eating)
“I feel much more positive and confident that I can change my routine and ‘choices’ and will persevere with my efforts to achieve a healthy relationship with food. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your help and advice”
Janice (treated for binge eating)
“When I think of the future I can’t see myself binging, it’s a million times better now and the thought of binging never even crosses my mind. I feel like I am now always going to be in control”
Saima (treated for binge eating)
“I attended this session because I had a speaking engagement in the USA in following month, and was anxious about giving as good a speech as possible. I knew there would be around 10,000 people present, and I knew I would have to be unscripted, and without the ‘mechanics’ of presentation such as notes and power point. I also knew the expectation was that I would draw heavily on my own experience, and be able to move my audience. The session with Nick helped me in several different ways. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, it highlighted my awareness of the power of my own state when delivering the speech. This meant I had a crucial reference point to return to at the actual point of delivery, and which Nick helped me anchor into my consciousness. Secondly, Nick helped me become aware of the larger location of my feelings in my body, so I was able when speaking to again return to a more relaxed, less anxious and more expansive speaking style. This allowed me to speak from the heart without hesitation. Thirdly, Nick talked me through certain techniques in terms of public speaking and stance which increased my confidence and sense of groundedness. He also introduced ways of accessing states which I associated with feeling strong and open, and helped me understand the energetics of these states. The fact that the session was recorded, and I could reinforce its work by re-experiencing its work was also enormously helpful. I gave the speech – and managed to say what I needed to say, how I wanted to say it, to between 10,000 and 12,000 people – and afterwards received overwhelmingly positive feedback on what I had done. The session with Nick was enormously helpful in achieving this.”
S James (treated for fear of Public Speaking)
What other professionals say about Nick Kemp
Frank Farrelly is the founder of Provocative Therapy and is internationally respected as a leader and innovator in the field of therapy with over 45 years of real world experience.
“You are totally disarming and beyond formalisation.
There is ease and naturalness about you and you make people relax really quickly.
You got the power man!”
“Nick Kemp, what a guy, I mean he’s really something else. He helps people get rid of phobias that they’ve had for 34 years. Well the BBC heard about him and they went and saw what he was doing and… ‘We want you on, you know, every week’ and stuff like that and said ‘Why don’t we do a couple and so he did’. This is BBC radio and so he did it. People called in and stuff like this you know. So then they got so excited because the calls… the switchboards just lit up like a Christmas tree you know. So any rate this one gal… he would do this help her get rid of her phobia ‘Are you sure you want to get rid of this phobia now’? She was terrified of birds, any kind of birds. Anywhere near her. Any kind of bird for 34 years. And her husband said ‘That’s all true too’. Everything. She had to go round them etc. He got her. He did the therapy and then walked her outside and they followed her with cameras and stuff like that and they showed the studio audience… and she was feeding the pigeons. And her husband said ‘This is surreal, it’s unbelievable’. This can’t be true, but there it is.
The BBC wanted him every single day for the rest of his life but he said ‘No, no, no, once a week is ok’. On his website and on mine he talks about (a) having heard about Frank Farrelly (b) Frank Farrelly’s still alive and doing workshops and Frank Farrelly is coming to England and where? Finally he finds out down in Bournemouth which is on the south coast and on both those two websites he talks about his experiences of coming to a workshop and he’s a big NLPer and has worked with Richard Bandler. So he thinks “I’m going to follow this guy and see what he does”. If you’re interested in NLP and provocative therapy you want to read his stuff on the internet. What a guy. What a guy. And he’s got a heart of 144 carat gold!”
Steve Andreas – Author, Therapist, NLP Developer
Steve is one of the most respected names in the field of NLP, constantly developing the field, training and coaching professional therapists and publishing many books on the subject.
“Do you know Nick Kemp? – (he is) exceptionally bright, and I have immensely enjoyed communicating…The kind of exchanges that I have been having… are the kind of activities that I think can really advance the field.”
“Nick Kemp has modeled two different simple processes which are part of his Provocative Change Works™ set of tools for working with anxiety and other strong emotions that I have found enormously useful in working with clients. He has also modeled the different patterns in Frank Farrelly’s Provocative Therapy so that they are easy to learn. In addition, he is everything you might wish for in a colleague – available, creative, eager to discuss ideas and learn as well as teach.”
Dr. Frank Bourke
Dr. Bourke is the Executive Director of the NLP Research and Recognition Project and Coordinator to the NLP Community. A Clinical Psychologist trained in research at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, earning his PhD in 1973. A masters in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University in 1968.
“I’ve watched the work of Fritz Perls, Anna Freud, Carl Rogers, Moshe Feldenkrais, Alexander Lowen, and a few more of the “names” in the psychotherapy field. Your clinical work surpasses some of them now, at a comparatively young age. Given your passion for clinical learning, love of people and creative spirit, I suspect I’ll be dropping your name onto that list of recognized “names” in the psychotherapy field one day.”
Frank Bourke Ph.D
Executive Director of the NLP Research and Recognition Project, former lecturer Cornell University and researcher London University
Dr A Abraham India
“Unassuming and yet beneath that quite persona there is a depth of knowledge and integrity. Very likable and easily approachable, Nick has that magical knack of making people feel good and his methodology is so easily understood that his workshops are refreshingly effective. I will recommend Nick to anyone wanting to have the tools for a better life.”
Dr A Abraham India
Sian James – Head of Community Drug Treatment Services
“As head of a busy community drug service, the most significant element I witnessed in his training for my team that has proved to be important in our work with addicted clients has been without a doubt the powerful insight he provided that profound change is not only possible and desirable – but that it is not a time bound process. We are used to assuming that our work will be slow and painstaking – Nick reminded us of the human potential for swift and dramatic change.”
Head of Community Drug Treatment Services
Professor Richard Gray
“I have known Nick Kemp for several years. I was first introduced to his work through the good offices of Steve Andreas from whom he received the highest recommendation. I finally met Nick in 2006 at the IASH Conference in San Francisco, California. I was immediately impressed by his brilliance, enthusiasm and high ethical standards. Nick has done the NLP community the great service of interviewing and documenting some of the best minds in the field. His interviews are insightful, probing and excellent sources of information. I have taken several trainings from Nick, read his materials and listened to several of his DVDs. Every one of
His presentations and products meets the highest level of intellectual and practical value. His presentations are well organized, provide clear instructions and provide plenty of room for discussion. In every interaction with him, I have come away richer for it. I am happy to recommend him as a trainer, teacher, therapist and a friend.”