Elizabeth Pritchard

Elizabeth Pritchard

Personal Strategist, NLP Certification

Elizabeth M Pritchard - 6250 hours supervised training.

If people ask me how I got into ‘all this’, I take ‘all this’ to be my interest in the inner lives of myself and other people.

When I was 16, Julie and I escaped games lessons to read poetry behind the coats in the cloakroom at Bath Convent.

We’d stay up all night sometimes - talking about how life worked.

Julie went on to become an artist and I went to Manchester University to study English & American Literature.

Why American? Because some of the American poets seemed to say it in a real way about that internal experience I was getting very excited about.

Why Manchester? Because I came from a farm in Wiltshire and I’d seen Coronation Street on TV, so I thought that people Up North were sort of gritty, direct and honest.

Back in Wiltshire after University, I became an English teacher and signed up for an Introduction to Counselling course in Trowbridge. This time the people exploring thoughts and feelings were not friends, just people who’d signed up for the course.

I was fascinated, and, of course, carried on ‘talking deep’ to my friends as well.

Then Colin came to rent a room at the farm. There was something very direct about the way he talked to people. It turned out that he’d done one of the Large Group Awareness Trainings in the early 1980s - even larger groups of people talking about deep stuff.

I was fascinated - again - and did the same programme.

Eventually, a telephone marketing business grew out of this seminar. This meant that I was now studying communication and experience full time - and I did for the next 14 years.

NLP was introduced into the telephone marketing business in 1984. We studied it alongside other communication and personal development methodologies.

That business trained over 400,000 people in telephone sales and customer service - and over 100,000 in management skills.

Today, I have over thirty years of NLP experience and 6250 formal training hours which include programmes with the founders of NLP and other global leaders in the field.

Following NLP Master Practitioner Certification, I took the 20 Day Health Certification, then became a coach for a further 20 Days on that programme.

Joseph and I began to offer our own Neuro-Linguistic Programming Certification Courses in 1999.

And, I work in this way - with 'all this' - full time.


NLP Practitioner

Trained by ITS

Specialist skills

  • Anger Management
  • Breakthrough Sessions
  • Business Coaching
  • Career Change
  • Change Management Strategies
  • Confidence Building
  • Facilitation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Limiting Beliefs
  • Leadership and Management
  • Motivation
  • Personal Development Coaching
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
  • Stress Management
  • Team Building
  • Working with Young People (with appropriate vetting)

Spoken languages

  • English

Practice/Training Locations

Bristol (UK) Falmouth, Cornwall (UK) UK

Offers virtual sessions

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Zoe Moore

If you're sitting on the fence...

I have recently completed Elizabeth's 20 NLP practitioner course and want to express how grateful I am for what she offers. Firstly, many providers offer this course via Zoom or distance learning. I wanted to experience the full benefits of learning about NLP from enrolling on a face to face course, and am so glad I did.

Elizabeth provides excellent teaching and hosts her courses in both Bristol and Falmouth. I did the course in Falmouth in a lovely venue by the sea. Elizabeth holds the space for learning in such a way that I was able to understand NLP but more importantly discover NLP for myself through the activities she facilitates. I can't imagine how I could have got the same from distance learning.

If you are someone who is curious about NLP and want to learn and discover how this tool can benefit you or your career, I encourage you to look at Elizabeth's course. If you are on the fence about whether to take this next step and you want a personal and experienced master practitioner, please enquire about one of her courses. I cannot rate her highly enough.

Helen Tanner

Great Trainin

I underwent Elizabeths NLP 20 day training program around 15 years ago.
It was very well organised, clear, and practical.
The tools I gained on the training, and the knowledge gained has served me extremely well in my professional and personal life.
I regularly use the tools for myself and my clients to connect to intuition, and gain clarity.
Elizabeth is wonderful, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her as a trainer and guide.

Carol Kavanagh

Professional personal training

I have known and trained with Elizabeth over the last twenty years. I continue to use the skills I was taught to master practitioner level and refer others to invest in their futures by doing the same. Elizabeth is an excellent trainer who is always professional and accommodating.

Samantha Collins

NlP practitioner with Elizabeth Pritchard

After doing the introduction to NLP with Elizabeth in Falmouth I immediately knew I was going to go on to the practitioner course.

Elizabeth has been an inspirational teacher, guide and support throughout the process, I stared NLP not really having a clear direction, all I knew was I wasn't happy in my work, turns out you really can get what you want if you know what that is! Using the tools I was able to really get in to what’s important for me and how to get there! I’m now there! Using NLP I have the courage to ask for what I want and help others to do the same.

Elizabeth is a compassionate, supportive and fun tutor who I can’t wait to see again.

Thank you, thank you, thank you

A practical book for everyday sporting use

Reviewing: Sporting Excellence: Optimising Sports Performance Using NLP

Section One - Background - is a good summary of both sports psychology and NLP. I particularly enjoyed the emphasis that this is not about positive thinking.

In Section Two, boxes labelled 'Activity' start to appear - and continue throughout the book. These are clear and useable. Some are recognisable NLP techniques like Circle of Excellence or SWISH and others seem to be created by the author.

Section Three ('Building And Improving') contains Chapter Ten 'Create a Successful Approach' - about Meta Programmes, Chapter Eleven 'Develop Strategies For Success' - some tips on modelling and Chapter Fifteen 'Pay Attention To What Works' - about submodalities.

Section Four is about 'Coaching Yourself'.
In Chapter Twenty Five 'Use Relaxation Techniques', there is a reference to Autogenic Training as an alternative to hypnosis - but why? I feel that a bit more information is needed.

There is a useful glossary and bibliography.

The excellent case study (Andy) on pages 42 and 43, shows the effectiveness of mental rehearsal even without physical practice. I would have liked more of these kinds of stories. The theory is expounded well, and the practical instructions are clear, but the stories of application are missing.

First published in 1999, the references to particular sports people seem dated now.
At the same time, I would have liked to hear more about Kevin Keegan, for example, who is often quoted. What was his involvement with this book? Again, it feels like the 'story part' is missing.

Much needed credibility for NLP

Reviewing: The NLP Professional (2nd edition)

This second edition of 'The NLP Professional' by Karen Falconer, CEO of ANLP International CIC, provides a sensible 'real-world' antidote to the over-claiming, rival-bashing lack of professionalism all too often seen in the hothouse called 'The NLP World'.

She is polite and generous about the diversity available in this 'world' and urges collaboration and co-operation.

Her language is accessible, making this book easy to read as well as honest, comprehensive and well-referenced.

Karen's sensitive and professional manner shines through, especially when she is discussing topics which could be seen as contentious.

Highly recommended for NLP Professionals, both those starting out and those with established businesses.

Two doctors who know what they are talking about!

Reviewing: Smoke-Free And No Buts!

This thin book (63 pages), with cartoon-type illustrations, is an excellent resource for people wanting to stop smoking, or for those helping them to do so. The authors have many years of experience in this field and teach hypnotic techniques to dentists and other doctors.
They separate physical and psychological dependence and deal with each separately.
Published in 1998, some would disagree now about the 'left and right brain' arguments. Nevertheless, 'getting in touch with the unconscious' works as an idea and the suggestions (and proposed script) in Chapter Two support this well.
Chapter Three (Setting Your Goal) makes good use of NLP ideas like timelines, visualisation and association/dissociation.
Chapter Four makes practical suggestions about dealing with the physical side of cigarette dependence.
Chapter Five - on psychological dependency - provides useful scripts and techniques.
Chapter Six is about 'getting conscious' of the habit - for example, it had never occurred to me to suggest people use their feet to smoke!
Chapter Seven - Lapses and Maintenance.
Chapter Eight - Conclusion.
A very good book to read through quickly, then return to when required.

More than an 'introduction'

Reviewing: Reflective Practice and Personal Development in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Reflective practice is a vital part of counselling and psychotherapy training and practice. This useful book reports on what it is, why it is important, and how to use different models for reflection and reflective practice to enhance your personal and professional development, as well as your work with clients.

The book moves from a history of reflective practice through to new models and developments in research, explaining many academic terms on the way. There are also detailed academic references throughout. I've seen it described elsewhere as an 'introduction' but I thought it was more than that!

Useful and practical activities are included, and the book comes alive through pertinent case studies.

I particularly enjoyed reading the sections on supervision and creative writing.

A comprehensive summary of difference and diversity, as it is today

Reviewing: Working with difference and diversity in counselling and psychotherapy

'This book aims to challenge and support you in thinking about differences that you would rather not acknowledge and to reflect upon your understanding of, and attitude towards, those that you do'...(Introduction)

This book is well researched and well-referenced (14 pages of detailed references). Some material is academic, some popular, and I was pleased to see that even novels are included. The index works and is important for quick reference.

The origin of and background to many popular terms like 'white privilege, 'institutional racism' and 'microaggressions' is explored and explained in detail.

Race, class, poverty, religion, gender, sexuality, and disability are thoroughly explored.

Identity is discussed individually, socially, and therapeutically.

The case study examples are frequent, relevant, and helpful.

I particularly enjoyed Chapter 11 Challenges to Communication 'Did you get my message' - about taking care with language, how to contract and working with an interpreter.

This book surprised me!

Reviewing: Adventures In Coaching

Benjamin Dowman chooses an 'Alice in Wonderland' theme for this book on coaching and it works!

The book's very carefully written.

The author's descriptions of coaching processes (e.g. The Grow Model, Perceptual Positions) are both precise and accurate.
It's well organised: Chapter 1 explains exactly what the rest of the book is about, and each chapter ends with a summary of itself.

The concepts described in the book start simply and increase in complexity, chapter by chapter.

There is direct explanation of important ideas (e.g. Contracting, Supervision) as well as metaphors/examples to support that explanation - very thorough.

If it were not heretical to say so, I'd even suggest that it would be possible to coach someone effectively just by following the instructions in this book! :)

I hated social events

Reviewing: Be the Life and Soul of the Party: Socialising for Success

I first met Clare around 1999. At that time, I hated (and feared) social events. Clare surprised me. She didn't talk about how to survive, but how to have fun!

I was one of those 'intense' people, with no idea how to chat! Clare explained that good 'starter' topics could be 'the person's connection with the event' or 'comments about the location (if positive)' (p.143) Lightbulb moment! Less 'I' or 'you' and more 'we' or 'they'! This simple piece of advice has helped me enormously over the last 20 years, and the book if full of many, many more tips like this! I recommend it.

Both a reading and a reference book

Reviewing: Magic of Metaphor: 77 Stories for Teachers, Trainers and Therapists

The book is a wonderful read in itself - cover to cover!

The stories included in this book are practically useful, and (even better!) they are well classified and easy to find again!

The 'Some ways to use the metaphors and stories in this book' section at the back of the book is excellent and can be used as a way of 'getting started with the use of metaphor'.

A book to refer to again and again

Reviewing: Beliefs - Second Edition; Pathways to Health & Well-Being

A comprehensive manual - about identifying, classifying, changing and working with beliefs in many different ways.

Very much about 'how to', this book is full of examples, case studies and instructions.

NLP and health applications are also included.

A book to read, keep, and refer to often.

I hated social events

Reviewing: Be the Life and Soul of the Party: Socialising for Success

I first met Clare around 1999. At that time, I hated (and feared) social events. Clare surprised me. She didn't talk about how to survive, but how to have fun!
I was one of those 'intense' people, with no idea how to chat! Clare explained that good 'starter' topics could be 'the person's connection with the event' or 'comments about the location (if positive)' (p.143) Lightbulb moment! Less 'I' or 'you' and more 'we' or 'they'! This simple piece of advice has helped me enormously over the last 20 years, and the book if full of many, many more tips like this! I recommend it.

The Clean Language Manual

Reviewing: Metaphors in Mind: Transformation Through Symbolic Modelling

I'd say this was a reference book rather than 'a good read'. I'm glad to have it on my shelves. I'm not a Clean Language practitioner, and that's why I find it useful for looking up key concepts.

My favourite NLP introductory book

Reviewing: Introducing NLP Neuro-Linguistic Programming

An easy read. Yet not oversimplified. Joseph O'Connor is a good writer, and this is written rather than just taken from the transcript of a training. All the main points of a Practitioner course are covered, although not in depth.

I use this book often as a reference book

Reviewing: Heart of the Mind: Engaging Your Inner Power to Change with Neurolinguistic Programming

I use this book often as a reference book for working with healing, criticism, grief, shame and timelines. The short chapters are labelled well for reference and I often find something unexpected - a new idea, a new insight. One to have on the NLP shelf.

Andy Smith writes really well on all NLP topics

Reviewing: Achieve Your Goals

Andy Smith writes really well on all NLP topics. Simply put, easy to follow, already recommended to people on my NLP courses.