LAURA HANNAH

Experienced Narrative Coach

Let me support and empower you to take control of your story

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what is coaching

What is coaching?

How often do you feel someone is truly listening to what you’re saying?

Coaching is a conversation focussed on you. It’s one hour where you are heard, fully and with no judgement. Where you can explore your ideas, your beliefs, values and untangle any confusion.

A coach helped me when I was at my lowest point, considering antidepressants and struggling to improve my situation. With one conversation she helped me see clearly, realise I was only human, and by simply being heard empowered me to make the necessary changes.

When we don’t receive the undivided attention of another human being we sometimes feel invisible, or unworthy of sharing our dreams or passions. A coach actively listens, they devote a full hour to you and only you, and they empower and support you to dream bigger and explore your passions fully.

I’ve worked with so many incredibly talented people – composers, writers, actors. I’ve helped them overcome procrastination, gain clarity on major life goals, and improve their relationships. The ones who succeed are the ones who persist, the ones who refuse to listen to doubts or fears. They don’t do this alone. They are also the ones with the strongest support networks.

Coaching is the strongest support you can receive. It believes that you are creative, resourceful and whole, that somewhere deep down inside you already have the answers. Who better to listen to than yourself?

I use storytelling in my coaching, which is why I am a narrative coach. Together we explore metaphors and character – concepts that allow us to understand the emotions, routines and patterns of our life by taking a step back from them. Our imaginations are incredibly powerful and it’s important to give them space to play, to seek out solutions and support our day-to-day thinking.

If you’re ready to discover who you really are, why not book a FREE no-obligation clarity call? You won’t regret it. Coaching can help.

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Your Coach

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I was the kind of child that lived and breathed theatre. I knew every word to Les Misérables. I sang in competitions and I dreamt that I would become a musical theatre star. I attended after school drama clubs, but I never truly felt I fitted in with those cooler, more confident kids. And so as a young adult, I made my way backstage…

Since then I’ve been privileged to work as a crucial part of the crew and costume departments on a huge number of West End musicals, including Cats, Starlight Express and Miss Saigon. I found my people, and somewhere in the dark, like a speck of dust caught in the shaft of a spotlight, I found myself.

In those shadowy, magical places, collaboration and passion are never taken for granted. We know we need to work together to create a complex piece of art night after night. Yet how many of us struggle with self-doubt when we are alone?

When we’re not standing shoulder to shoulder with our crew mates, how well can we have confidence to create and produce?

The creative process starts with a gut-feeling, a hunch, a half-formed idea. From such simple beginnings, thecreatives of our industry – writers, producers, directors, designers, actors – go on to craft a world of smoke and mirrors that captures the attention of an audience and holds them rapt. Yes, collaboration is essential, but the process begins alone. How do we do this? How do we create?

We must battle our self-doubt, our vulnerability, our inner – and often our outer – critics. We must persevere when all we have is an insubstantial vision. No wonder so many of us – myself included – struggle to realise our dreams. No wonder we sometimes doubt we will ever be able to create something of worth again.

When those times hit, and you find yourself lost, I can step in as a Narrative Coach and help you find the strength to continue. To understand the fears, and shed light on the limiting beliefs that are working against you. Everyone has them. Noticing them, understanding them and then changing them, is what Narrative Coaching is all about.

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Areas of Expertise

Areas of Expertise

1. EXPLORING THE STORIES WE TELL (TO OURSELVES & OTHERS)

 

Have you ever found yourself reliving an embarrassing moment over and over again? Caught yourself day dreaming about an impossible situation? Or simply told yourself, repeatedly, that ‘it’s impossible’ or ‘you should try harder’?

These habits, which we all have, are a part of our narrative. They differ from person to person, but we all tell stories about who we are, and who we want to be.

Narrative coaching explores these moments, and rather than submitting to the habit, allows you to take control of the story, and shape it to suit yourself.

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2. HELPING CREATIVES STRUGGLING WITH MOTIVATION & PROCRASTINATION

 

Ever lie awake at night wondering what would happen if… Why does your brain remind you of that childhood dream to dance? Why can’t you shake the feeling you’re not where you should be?

Humans are naturally creative, we want to build and celebrate art in all its forms. Coaching can help you discover your motivation and equip you with the skills to combat procrastination and achieve your goals.

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3. SUPPORTING ARTISTS FACING CRITICISM & SELF-DOUBT

 

Creating is joyful.

You pour your experience into your art, your heart and soul. Every aspect of you is distilled into that one piece. And then you turn to the world with trepidation and ask what it thinks…

Your art is not you – it is a separate entity and has a powerful life of its own. Coaching is a supportive way to remove yourself from the work you’ve created, to see how it can grow and shine without you, and how you will do the same.

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4. EMPOWERING THOSE STRUGGLING TO MAINTAIN RESILIENCE IN A DIFFICULT WORLD

 

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from difficulties, it’s being able to put one foot in front of the other when it feels like you’re trapped in molasses or mud. With coaching we can discover your personal brand of resilience, what helps and what hinders. Together we can assess the situation, discover the emotional triggers at play, and create a personalised plan that will keep you moving forward.

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Areas of Expertise
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A ONE-HOUR SESSION

Including:

  • A space to explore whatever you want or need
  • An hour of clarity to discover ways of moving forward

£65

 

A SIX-SESSION BUNDLE

Including:

  • A programme designed to fulfil your intentions and expectations
  • Tasks to complete to provide further exploration and development
  • Support between sessions via email or WhatsApp

£390

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