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Helen is a highly skilled NLP Master Practitioner/hypnotherapist and an excellent facilitator of personal change. I have personally benefitted from Helen’s breakthrough session using Time Line therapy and other methods. Helen has a proven track record of helping others overcome stress and function in a more productive way. Helen has also now trained in the Havening technique which again was very effective when dealing with personal trauma. Helen has a very calm, personalised and thoughtful approach that is sensitive to the individual need. As a qualified NLP Master Practitioner and coach, I can fully recommend Helen and Horizons Coaching. 

Fred Clements

Culture Change Manager, Birmingham City Council

I met with Helen to talk about what could be achieved by running a programme with a key team within our organisation. To be honest I was a little unsure as to what Helen could do for us. Helen listened to our situation, gave clear advice as to what approach could be taken and proposed a session plan. The sessions were convenient and good value for money. More importantly they were very well received by the group who took part. Helen left the group with a process that could be used time over in different situations. The best recommendation is that members of the group have been sharing the techniques with their colleagues. 

Keith Nichols

Commercial Director, KMF Precision Engineering Limited

Helen is a highly skilled hypnotherapist and more. I have personally felt great benefit from Time Line therapy in a bid to combat the stresses that we as business owners all face. Helen is also an NLP master and this led to an examination of my own ‘self talk’ which has helped me enormously in seeing the wood from the trees, so to speak. I am much calmer and less impacted by the peaks and troughs of daily life now. I now class myself as a recovering workaholic as Helen has helped me to see that I can indeed take a day off and the World will continue to turn. Altogether my time with Helen has improved my Work-Life balance and reduced the background stress that has troubled me these past years. Needless to say, I heartily recommend Helen and Horizon Coaching.   

Alastair Cuthbert

IRC IT Solutions, Managing Director

Helen was recommended to me by a contact in the Vistage network at a challenging time for me personally. I found her coaching session hugely beneficial where she used a number of skilful techniques to guide me to a different mindset. I would have no hesitation in recommending Helen to anyone who was looking for help but wasn’t sure how to proceed. 

Mark Dudson

Group Technical & Engineering Director, Dudson Group

Helen is a remarkable coach. She has recently helped a contact who was experiencing a range of anxiety problems. She has a really engaging approach and took the time to meet and understand the problems before committing any solution. Her warm professionalism made an instant connection and built the trust needed to have the help accepted – from somebody who was very skeptical of what could be achieved. Most amazing was watching the difference Helens intervention made; she has transformed the life of the individual, giving them renewed confidence to tackle life’s challenges with a totally new positive outlook. It’s been a remarkable journey. I have zero hesitation in recommending Helen Dos Santos and Horizons Coaching to companies or individuals who are seeking to make a change. 

Tony Shields

CEO, Crystal Legal

Helen helped me during a time when I felt lost, both personally and professionally. Having previously had counselling I knew I wanted to try something else. We started with Time Line Therapy, this profound technique worked immediately and I benefitted from removing some negative emotions I had harboured for years. Helen’s sessions made me more confident and gave me the ability to believe in myself; with so many negative people around me, Helen’s sessions helped me to remain positive and together we worked through my goals and how to achieve them. Even though we have finished our sessions, Helen is always available if I need to run something through with her and I will certainly turn to her for guidance in the future. Having gained so much from Helen I am now also training to be an NLP practitioner, hoping that I can help people as Helen has with me. 

Rachel Lee

Marketing & Business Support, Broxap Ltd

I have had several sessions now with Helen and the positive impact on me has been huge. Rather than a councillor who concentrated on talking about issues, Helen always focuses on where you are trying to get to (and the journey that takes you there). I will no doubt have several more sessions with Helen in the future to help with my self-development. If you are a leader of people you will no doubt be focused on your teams’ development, but it’s all too easy to forget about yourself. 

Ian Micklewright

Managing Director, ALPS Limited

Helen has supported some of my Alice team to overcome previous trauma so that its adverse impact on their daily lives is significantly reduced, if not completely eradicated, enabling them to live their lives to the full, working towards their goals, little steps towards their dreams. Thank you Helen, you have freed them. 

Stephanie Talbot

Chief Executive, Alice Charity

I’ve worked with Helen for a number of years and I absolutely trust her approach to coaching, particularly with individuals needing extra support to during challenging times. Helen has a calm and supportive manner but uses her techniques to stretch clients to move them forwards which has helped keep them in work and avoid time off sick. I highly recommend working with Helen. 

Helen Ward

Group Organisational Development Director, Torus

I have known Helen for many years since she worked for me at Staffordshire Training and Enterprise Council. Helen is a most confident and resourceful lady who has built a hugely successful business from scratch in a remarkably short time. I invited her to run 2 afternoon workshops for my Vistage Small Business and CEO Groups which were so successful that they led to further work with a number of individuals and some of the Member businesses. The feedback I received was very complimentary and further assignments have followed. I am only too happy to recommend her to any business or any individual seeking help with mental health and wellness in its widest sense. 

Richard Ward

Formerly Group Chairman of Vistage International in the North Midlands and South Cheshire

Helen helped me during a time when I felt lost, both personally and professionally. Having previously had counselling I knew I wanted to try something else. We started with Time Line Therapy, this profound technique worked immediately and I benefitted from removing some negative emotions I had harboured for years. Helen’s sessions made me more confident and gave me the ability to believe in myself; with so many negative people around me, Helen’s sessions helped me to remain positive and together we worked through my goals and how to achieve them. Even though we have finished our sessions, Helen is always available if I need to run something through with her and I will certainly turn to her for guidance in the future. Having gained so much from Helen I am now also training to be an NLP practitioner, hoping that I can help people as Helen has with me. 

Rachel Lee

Marketing & Business Support, Broxap Ltd

Effective communication is vital in any business and the way in which we all talk to each other has a profound effect on our working relationships and ultimately our success, personally and professionally.  In today’s world of work emotional intelligence and resilience are necessary skills in effectively managing an ever-changing working environment and the people within this environment.

Horizons Coaching, owned by Helen Dos Santos, combines coaching with Neuro Linguistic Programming, hypnosis and the latest developments of Time Line Therapy techniques to create a revolutionary and powerfully effective avenue for creating lasting change in all aspects of life.

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Louise Griffin

Group HR Director, Steelite International

As a confident, independent and assertive person both in my personal and professional life for many years, I found myself at an all time low following the death of my father, also experiencing a range of other personal difficulties and, if that were not enough, working in a systemic bullying culture over several years following key changes in senior management at work almost destroyed my confidence to do my job. I was depressed, anxious and tearful for most of the time… most days I was physically sick with worry about my responsibilities at work.

I initially had some difficulty taking that first step to accept coaching that was suggested to me by a fellow colleague. My initial reaction was: ‘I am meant to be the strong one – there for everyone else! How could I admit that I had ‘failed’ and needed counselling?. There was something wrong with me… I was weak!’ I look back now and realise that admitting I needed help was one of the bravest and strongest things I did… everyone needs support at some stage in their life.

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My sessions with Helen were always uplifting and enlightening experiences. I was made to feel instantly comfortable in opening up and sharing life experiences with Helen, as she has a very warm and inquisitive manner about her.  Helen has equipped me with lots of tools and tricks to help navigate me through life’s ups and downs. It is certainly a highly beneficial experience spending time with Helen, and I would recommend her sessions to anyone who needs a boost of motivation, or simply time to reset the start button.  I understand myself more, and know how to better look after my mental health. Thank you Helen!

Victoria Gotham

Performer, Teacher, Director

“After hearing about my irrational fear of tuna on Signal 1’s breakfast show, Helen got in touch and came to meet me. I can’t express how amazed I have been at the progress I have made since meeting with Helen.

We spent just over an hour together. Helen made me feel very relaxed and comfortable, and went through various methods with me. After an hour I started to feel my fears subside.

I have now faced my fears and feel very positive about moving forward. Thank you so much to Helen. It really is amazing what she has done!”

Jennie Longdon

Former Presenter, Signal 1

Quite often high performance teams focus on what needs to be achieved; sales targets; new product introductions; pricing negotiations; tenders etc. All too often little attention is paid to the mental health and well being of the team. During stressful and uncertain times the benefits of re-focussing on your own wellbeing can take a back seat to all other business priorities. That’s where Helen stepped in to help us evaluate how we respond to these situations, and the importance of the individual.
Helen delivered a “Positive Vibes” workshop to my sales team as the last session of a jam packed day. The team really enjoyed exploring their communication styles in a fun way and Helen’s interaction with the team put them at ease immediately. The relaxation techniques were a revelation and everyone found the session of real benefit. Delivered with illustrative stories and interactive sessions I am certain the Positive Vibes session helped many in the team sense check their stress levels, and realise the value in “taking some time for yourself” during their very busy lives.

Martin Youds

Sales Director UK & Ireland, Steelite International

I attended your full day workshop and I thoroughly enjoyed it ! I have to say that approaching 60 years of age having worked for Birmingham City Council for 41 years I was extremely sceptical about having to attend ….you can’t teach an old dog new tricks was my mind set as I entered the room.  Wow how wrong was I.  I cannot tell you how much I feel I have taken away with me and will definitely be putting in to practice much of what you covered, in particular, dealing with worry on a daily basis.   Many thanks for a most enjoyable and informative day.

Maxine Jacques

Birmingham City Council

I had timeline therapy with Helen and what a life changing experience this has been! Firstly Helen is very calming and re assuring and explains everything very clearly, I felt very comfortable in her presence. The therapy itself was amazing, I knew that there was something that was holding me back in my professional life but I just couldn’t figure out what it was. Timeline therapy is very unobtrusive and I didn’t have to share any of my past experiences with Helen and the issues became aware to me as we progressed through the session. Afterwards I felt like I had just taken off a big backpack that had been filled with emotional baggage and let it drift away, I felt so much lighter and freer and since then I have so much more energy and feel that there is nothing holding me back, I am much more productive and no longer put things of, I can just get things done, already I am taking great leaps to grow my business and it feels great, thank you so much Helen!

Louise Howard

Prior to the Breakthrough Day I found I was in a deep mire of depression whilst also trying to build my business, but finding that my confidence, self esteem and image were at an all time low.  I had been prescribed anti depressants and had had two sessions with a specialist – none of which helped.  After just one session with Helen I started to feel change taking place.

This has been a life changing journey and it is due to the coaching that my business has grown further, enabling me to make better choices in projects, make sound business decisions, as well as manage my time more effectively.   Six months ago I decided to also address my weight and image issues and have now lost two and half stone and feel amazing – now I am at the gym 3 to 4 times a week, eat healthy and my insomnia is a thing of the past.

The changes within me over a short period of time have been an utter revelation even my family and friends have noticed a difference.  I have Helen to thank for helping me through my journey of self-discovery.  I would highly recommend this insightful, empathetic, as well as sympathetic lady to anyone who is struggling with their inner negative emotions which I recognise now, have held me back from moving forward with my life.

Managing Director

Melrose Art Studio

I attended one of your workshops last month, and I asked you for your advice on how to keep calm for my driving test, as I had failed twice and had been down to my nerves (couldn’t stop shaking and couldn’t even think straight).   I just wanted to thank you  – as I passed my driving test yesterday.  I visualised myself actually doing well and being calm and confident during my test and pictured myself passing at the end.  I also used your method of pressing a knuckle to make me calmer and it really did help.

I really enjoyed your workshop and it has had a really positive effect on my life, I will definitely keep practising.

Sarah Lockley

Birmingham City Council