It’s time to introduce myself

About Helen

Helen Dos Santos is a internationally accredited NLP Master Practitioner. She is qualified to Master Level as a Coach, Time Line Therapist and Hypnotherapist. Helen is also a Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner and Belief Change Practitioner. 
Combining over 30 years of experience of working with senior executives, directors and headteachers, with her project and change management skills, Helen has an excellent understanding of the business environment across both private and public sectors and has worked for local, national and international organisations within the United Kingdom and Africa. Helen’s coaching work has varied from working with sufferers of anxiety and depression to the point of coming off any anti-depressants, victims of abuse and suffers of trauma and PTSD, to increasing the confidence and self-belief of individuals to get the job they want.

This is my story

I grew up and got married in Zimbabwe, but Friday 18th April, 1980 changed the direction of my life forever, the day Zimbabwe gained independence. 
Through school I had aspired to become a lawyer, wanting to make a difference and ensure justice was carried out fairly. In 1981 my parents shared some horrific news with me. I would not be going to university. Girls at the university in Harare were being raped, and the nearest university was in a neighbouring country, some 27 hours’ drive away, where I knew no-one. The decision was taken out of my hands. My goal, my dream to make a difference was shattered by political unrest in a corrupt country.

Instead, I trained as a secretary and at 22 found myself working for the managing director of an international company based in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city. For some years to follow I found myself supporting senior executives at board of director level, and this is where my fascination for human behaviour grew. Around the time my husband and I were planning our wedding we recognised the country we loved was falling into disarray and our safety was threatened on a daily basis. At the age of 26 we moved from Zimbabwe to the UK with only £200 each in our pockets. We were not poor, but that was all the Zimbabwe Government would grant us to emigrate. On arrival in the UK in 1990 (in the middle of a recession) I commenced a temporary secretarial role within 4 days, and over the next 5 years was made redundant 4 times. When I left Zimbabwe, I hardly knew what the word redundancy meant! I vowed to myself I was never going to let someone else control my life again. This the second time the situation within a country was affecting me.

These are just a few of the things I can help with

It was in the mid 1990s I came across Neuro Linguistic Programming for the first time, and I realised how powerful the tools and techniques were, and I envied the woman I met who was a qualified NLP Master. I can recall thinking what an honour it would be to hold that title. I never thought I could not achieve it….but I could not see how I ever would either.
On qualifying as an NLP Master and Coach in 2012, my life changed. I have more drive, energy, vigour and determination than ever before. I have achieved all my business goals in shorter timescales than I had set myself. One of my goals was to lose half a stone and become fitter –with the focus and ability to coach myself I went on to lose 20 pounds.
I love helping others to get the best out of themselves and make a difference to their lives. And I feel I can do that because I understand what it feels like to be cheated of opportunity, have no drive, feel stuck in a rut, and to have no goals in sight. I have worked hard at being the best version of myself and I would now describe my life as brilliant living by my values and purpose and delivering the same goal I aspired to as that school girl –making a difference to people’s lives.

MAD (Making A Difference) about Mental Health at work

This session is targeted at Senior Leaders, Managers & Team Supervisors, in fact anyone with responsibility for staff.    Through this session we explore why mental health is important, and gain awareness of the impact on an individual suffering with mental health issues.  Managers will feel more confident about how to start a conversation and what they can say, how to say it and what NOT to say. 

Press Pause, Live Well.

Recognise what causes us to feel stressed and learn more about the signs and symptoms to understand the impact on our health.   Gain self-help tips to manage stress in order to achieve a greater balance in life.  Develop an awareness of Havening Techniques® to relax and build longer lasting resilience.

How to achieve a calmer life & cope with challenges.

Explore what hinders us from feeling calm and why, and gain an insight into the 4 C’s of mental wealth, Chaos, Control, Choice & Calm.   Gain a true understanding of the benefits of remaining calm.  Learn self-help techniques and top tips to achieve a sense of calm in your life and address challenges in a positive manner.

Positively Manage Worr-ease

Did you know 97% of what we worry about never even happens?  Consider the negative affects fear and worry have on us emotionally and mentally, as well as identify types of worry.   Learn new strategies to manage our worrying thoughts in an empowering way, along with controlling some of our self-talk to enable us to feel positive.

Sleep Well, Feel Great.

On average we spend 33 years in bed – but how much of that is good quality sleep?  The benefits of sleeping well ensure greater concentration and focus, high energy levels and improved health.  Gain an understanding of the science of sleep, what cause disruption to our sleep pattern and gain strategies to promote a better quality sleep.   Finish off with a short guided mindfulness session.

Spring Clean Your Thinking

Explore how our negative thinking impacts on us in this fun session.  Discover ways of demolishing and re-setting some of our old thinking patterns which may no longer serve us any purpose.  Achieve more confidence and empowerment by making some simple changes to our thought process

Manage Your Emotions

Based on The Sedona Method, learn a unique way for making positive changes and gain an insight to the simple process of releasing underlying emotions that hold you back.  Become a master of your mind and emotions, then develop the art of the “release technique” or letting go.  Simple, fast & effective in order to achieve calmness. 

Less Stress, More Success

Do you find there are not enough hours in the day, frustrated that we never get to the bottom of our ‘To Do’ list?  With 80% of employees feeling stressed at work, explore and recognise the causes of stress.  Gain take-away tools to improve your time management skills, plan your day with ease and learn how and when to say No!

Dreams do come True

Ever wondered why 92% of people do not achieve their goals?  Join the 8% that are achievers by exploring, in this fun session, how goals can be achieved through combining various Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques in goal setting accompanied with visualisation and the creation of a Vision Board.  All of which will get you what you want in life.

The Impact of Words – Mind Your Language!

Our language holds massive power to manifest change. Words can either be empowering and encouraging or destructive and damaging.  Gain a deeper understanding of just how powerful our “language” is and the impact of the words we use with our self-talk and when speaking to others.   With an understanding of the latest neuroscience delegates will learn techniques that will help them get the best out of themselves as well as build engaging and positive relationships with others.

The Power of Visualisation

Visualisation – seeing the goal as already complete in your mind’s eye – is a core technique used by the world’s most successful people. Visualisation is effective because it harnesses the power of our subconscious mind, activating the creative powers of the subconscious mind, motivating it to work harder at creating solutions. You’ll also notice new levels of motivation and find yourself doing things that normally you would avoid, but that will take you closer to success.

I’m Possible verses Impossible

Beliefs are nothing more than a thought – often holding us back.  This belief change session provides 6 simple steps to greater self- fulfilment and success.  Our beliefs can either destroy or enrich our life.  Unhelpful beliefs hinder our ability to achieve our desires and goals.  These simple steps help you tap into your resourcefulness, to shine and flourish in life.

Digital Detox

Are we losing our ability to know who we are and what’s important to us?  Understand the addictive affects over exposure to the digital world has on our health, and explore techniques to make better choices in managing information overload.  Make smart choices that enable us to take control of our lives in a healthier way.

Pause & Relax

Say thank you to your staff and give them an hour to experience and learn anti-stress & relaxation techniques.  Understand the importance of taking time out for ourselves, still the mind, relax the body and learn how this can be achieved through breathe work, visualisation, Havening Techniques® and guided mindfulness.  All of which can be self-applied after the session and have great health benefits.

Mindfulness – a mental spa break

Experience a half hour guided mindfulness session to still the traffic in our minds.  This ancient practise is known to improve sleep, relieve stress and regulate our emotions.   It also increases mental clarity, improves concentration and boosts our working memory.  Along with smoothing gentle music this session creates and promotes a sense of wellbeing.

Powerful Thinking Everyday

Gain an awareness of our most powerful tool in the world – our brain.  Learn the difference between the conscious and the subconscious mind, how to unlock the brain’s hidden power and how use this to our advantage.   Not only will this assist in encouraging more positive thinking, you will can more focus and reduce stress.