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 and experienced Cognitive Hypnotherapist and Coach, and work with other professionals to help them navigate the highs and lows of their careers.

I qualified as one of the youngest Quest Cognitive Hypnotherapists back in 2010, and through the years I have found that the people who are drawn to working with me are often people looking for someone who “just gets it”. I’m a fellow struggler too and hugely passionate about supporting my peers to thrive more than they 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 online programme that works for you.

I can help you to:

  • Overcome fears and find your confidence in and out of 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
  • Transform self doubt into positive fuel that drives you forward
  • Find direction and what truly motivates you
  • Regain your life-mojo and make positive changes

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

My journey

There are two parts to my journey.

Part 1: Between the ages of 5 and 10, I had two phases of my life being hijacked by OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). You can read the full story over on my blog, but in short I had an overwhelming sense of responsibility for the people around me and a fear that if I didn’t carry out my OCD-fuelled behaviour something terrible would happen. I had fully overcome the negative implications of this OCD by the time I hit my teenage years but as I write this and take my mind back to that time, it strikes me that there is still a little glowing piece of that OCD left in my belly. It became the fire that made me become a therapist. It’s the part of me that feels a sense of responsibility to help people. I still, in a more positive and controllable way, have a need to make things around me better. It’s as if my OCD became my superpower, and now as an adult I know how to use it for the greatest good. OCD has not controlled my life since I was a child, but it has changed my life for the better.

Part 2: 10 years ago I was in a good job and was technically excelling in my career, 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!

So enough was enough. I connected with that part of me that wanted to do more to help people and I came across The Quest Institute, which is the home of Cognitive Hypnotherapy. It sounds cliché but my life changed from that point. I trained in an incredible model of therapy, but I also made big changes in my life that enabled me to thrive in a marketing career at the same time.

Fast forward all those years and I still work in marketing for a charity a few days a week, which means I’m still in touch with the kinds of challenges my clients face. But now I get to spend the rest of my time supporting my peers through online therapy and coaching. This is truly the most fulfilling work I could ever imagine doing and it would be a pleasure to help you break through mindset barriers and achieve what you want from life.

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 with Distinction 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).