The Peer CoachI’m Gemma Holmes, The Peer Coach. I’m a thirty-something marketing professional with experience of all the stresses and strains that come with working your way up in the corporate world. I am also a qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Coach, and over the last eight years I have worked with numerous other young professionals to help them navigate the highs and lows of their careers.

I qualified as one of the youngest Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapists, and through the years I have found that the people who were drawn to work with me were often people looking for someone who ‘got it’. And in turn I realised how passionate I was, and still am, about supporting my peers to thrive rather than survive.

By working with me, The Peer Coach, you will know I understand the fast-paced corporate world you are in, and through my extensive training I can build a bespoke programme that works for you.

I can help you to:

  • Overcome fears and find your confidence in presentations and collaborative work
  • Reduce anxieties and find your effortless flow
  • Find positive ways to respond to stressful situations
  • Build strategies for dealing with peers and end comparanoia
  • Prepare for successful job interviews and career changes
  • Find direction and what truly motivates you
  • Regain your life-mojo and make positive changes

These are all common issues that my clients come to see me with, and ones I too have worked through. If you’d like a free chat about how my unique blend of coaching and hypnotherapy works, please do get in touch.

In addition to my 1:1 work, I also provide inspiration and support through online content on my social media pages. To help young professionals identify that this content exists to serve them, as of 2018 these pages, in addition to my website, were renamed from ‘Gemma Holmes Cognitive Hypnotherapy’ to ‘The Peer Coach’. I hope you find this content helpful.

My journey

My introduction to Cognitive Hypnotherapy came at a time when I felt completely stuck. I was in a good job but I just didn’t feel fulfilled. I’d lost my drive and there was no longer any sense of joy or satisfaction in what I was doing. On paper, I should have been happy with my lot, and that made me feel guilty, but I knew I couldn’t go on pretending to be satisfied with the direction I was allowing my life to go in. I started to dislike who I was becoming, and I don’t think I was alone in that!

It was after a couple of sessions with my Cognitive Hypnotherapist that I felt a huge sense of relief when I realised why I wasn’t happy. We explored what truly made me tick. I learned that my character strengths are creativity, emotional intelligence and a love of learning. Yet none of these drivers were being fueled by my job. I’d also not fed these in my social life either, so it was no wonder I felt flat. Alongside this coaching, Cognitive Hypnotherapy helped me to overcome my growing fear of failure. Like so many do, I lived in protection mode and stayed doing the same thing that made me unhappy because that felt safer than taking a risk. We got to the bottom of this limiting belief and after a few sessions I was able to let it go.

For the first time in my life I was investing in my mental well-being as much as I was my physical well-being. So, what difference did it make? Well, I took a leap and changed jobs to an entirely new industry in which I could let my creativity run free. I trained as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist and now daily fuel my character strengths. I no longer let fear hold me back from living life or achieving my goals. It’s been quite a journey and that old me feels like a long-lost relative now. I’m finally living in growth rather than protection, and I love nothing more than working with clients to help them do the same.

My training and memberships

Quest Institute TrainedMy training in Cognitive Hypnotherapy was with the internationally renowned Quest Institute in London, where I was trained by the founder of this model of therapy. I hold a Diploma in Cognitive Hypnotherapy and am a Master NLP practitioner. I am a full member of the Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapy Practitioners’ Association (QCHPA) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).