Nina Madden

Nina Madden

Nina Madden; The Courage Coaching Academy. Boutique training in Life Coaching and NLP. Four intakes per year.

I'm Nina Madden, and I'm so glad you're here.

I am an NLP Master Practitioner, Life coach, EMDR therapist, and the heart behind The Courage Coaching Academy. I've spent over fifteen years with a thriving life coaching and NLP Practice, alongside founding and running the Courage Coaching Academy.

Over the years, I've been fortunate to work with a diverse range of wonderful individuals, and support them as they navigate challenges and reshape their lives. My approach is rooted in Life Coaching and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and I am informed by many powerful methods like EMDR, IFS, and Attachment theory.

I am passionate about helping you become the person you want to be, and see you succeed in your passion, your goals, and aspirations.

The term 'Courage' is derived from the old Latin word 'Cor', signifying 'Heart' - the essence of our spirit and emotions. Embracing our true authentic calling, going out on our own, pursuing our passions, and exploring the depths of our soul requires courage. Also effective coaching cannot happen wihtout courage. This is why I named my coaching school the Courage Coaching Academy.

The Diploma in Life Coaching with NLP Mastery has been in existence since 2017. Today our students are changing lives from as far away as Karachi, Washington DC, Singapore and the Maldives.

Note: Registration for next cohorts close on 7 September 2023


How Our Courses Work:

  • ICF-accredited Diploma in Professional Life Coaching
  • ABNLP-accredited Certification as an NLP Practitioner
  • ABNLP-accredited Certification as an NLP Master Practitioner 

In addition learn about

  • Metaphors, Archetypes, Story-telling and Hero's Journey

You can join our signature programme and get all three certifications, or choose the courses that fit your needs.

Why Choose Our Training?

There are many training courses in life coaching and NLP available, but how do you know which one is right for you? How do you know it's got the right core values that fit with what you care about? The ICF Accredited Diploma in Professional Life Coaching with NLP Mastery is the perfect solution. 

Our Core Values: Compassion - Courage - Authenticity - Personal Growth. We care about every student as a human being and put your personal growth, as well as your professional development at the heart of everything we do. 

Your Training Experience:

  • Become qualified in as little as six weeks and launch your private practice. 
  • Benefit from additional three months of ICF-specific Coach Mentoring.
  • Receive guidance from real-life Life Coach and NLP Master Practitioner, Nina, with over fifteen years of clinical experience.
  • Participate in LIVE, interactive, focused Zoom sessions loaded with practical exercises, demos, and real coaching.
  • Benefit from direct feedback from your educators.
  • Choose from four annual cohort intakes. Stick with your cohort or select the modules that best suit your schedule.
  • Our boutique training emphasizes individual attention, psychological safety, and community. You're valued here.
  • Delve into transformative concepts like Archetypes and the Hero's Journey.

Our Credentials:

  • Attain a globally recognized Diploma in Life Coaching, accredited by the ICF.
  • Obtain NLP certifications, accredited by the ABNLP.
  • Benefit from our ANLP trainer membership and join the conversation around NLP
  • Open doors with out proud Endorsed Training Provider status from the ILM, a leading organization for leadership and management in the UK.
  • Join premier global membership boards upon qualification: ANLP, ABNLP, and ICF.

Post-course Support:

  • Benefit from three months of ICF coach mentorship, tailored to prepare you for ICF accreditation.

Join an Empowering Community:

  • Come together authentically with others who are there to support and empower each other.

Next Steps: Explore our website at Schedule a discovery call to ask questions and determine if we're the right fit for you. Alternatively, directly BOOK A CALL HERE.

Introduction to Our Programme

In this comprehensive training you will not only get a professional qualificaiton but you'll experience immese and profound self-discovery and growth.

ICF Accredited Diploma in Professional Life Coaching

Start your journey with our International Coach Federation (ICF) certified training in Professional Life Coaching, equipping you with the skills necessary to coach individuals in various life areas, such as executive coaching, relationship coaching, or youth coaching. 

Certified Training as an NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner

Get professional NLP Practitioner and NLP Master Practitioner. Here, you'll explore how to utilize NLP tools to work with the unconscious mind, break negative beliefs and patterns, and discover effective strategies to foster happiness, success, and transformative change.

Deep Dive into Metaphors

Metaphors wield an often-unseen yet significant influence over our lives. As humans, our thought processes are largely metaphorical. In this part of the training, we'll help you identify the metaphors that shape your life, and identity. By learning to shift problematic metaphors, you'll pave the way for more happiness, success, and flow. 

Transformational Storytelling

Storytelling holds a unique power to inspire and transform. Whether used in therapy or coaching, a well-told story can alter lives, provide fresh insights, and impart wisdom without being authoritarian. Drawing from the wisdom of master storyteller Milton Erickson, we'll guide you in crafting transformative narratives with the power to heal, soothe, and empower.

Your Hero’s Journey

Your Hero's Journey is a module designed to help you harness the power of this universal narrative pattern. You'll uncover your personal Hero's Journey story, finding strength and wisdom in life events that may previously have seemed confusing or meaningless. Moreover, you'll learn to guide your clients from a victim mentality to an empowering approach to life's challenges, using the Hero's Journey framework.

ICF Coach Mentoring

Even after the completion of the live training, we understand that your journey is not over. That's why we provide three months of ICF Coach Mentoring to support your growth and development. This forum allows you to continue learning, thinking, and exploring the depths of coaching, thereby ensuring you become the best coach you can be.

Who is this for:

This is a training for compassionate individuals who want to make a difference in people's lives.

Next steps: 

Visit the website and book a call with me to dicuss your future as a coach. 



NLP Practitioner

Trained by Whole Being

NLP Master Practitioner

Trained by The Performance Partnership

NLP Trainer

Trained by Sue Knight

NLP Coach

Trained by The Coaching Academy

Specialist skills

  • Breakthrough Sessions
  • Business Coaching
  • Career Change
  • Confidence Building
  • Eating Disorders
  • Facilitation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Limiting Beliefs
  • Memory Strategies
  • Motivation
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
  • Stress Management
  • Team Building

Spoken languages

  • English

Practice/Training Locations

World-wide London Hybrid

Offers virtual sessions

Training offered

  • Introductory
  • Diploma
  • Practitioner
  • Master Practitioner
  • Specialised Workshops

Recognised / regulated by

  • ILM

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Teresa Marshall

A review by Teresa Marshall

Training with Nina was a really engaging and absorbing experience. I was amazed at how much I learned in a 7 day NLP course. This was partly facilitated by the size of the group - 5 people - so we all got a lot of attention!
Nina was very patient and answered a variety of questions that came up throughout the course while never losing focus of what we were working on at the time.
She is extremely knowledgeable about the subject and used both humour and engaging examples to get her points across. She also gave additional help and feedback beyond the NLP techniques whenever requested - and sometimes even when not requested!
I chose Nina as a trainer as one of my criteria for training was to learn an extra tool to use as a coach. The course way exceeded my expectations and gave me more confidence to trust my unconscious and my instincts. Thank you Nina!

Steve McKoy

A review by Steve McKoy

I completed the NLP Practitioner course with Nina in March 2016 and found it so life changing I returned to complete the Life Coaching certificate in April 2017 which has also been just amazing! Nina's approach is to have small sized groups which enables the training to be personal and extremely effective. Her style is relaxed but also thorough and not only is she a real professional she's an inspiration. I have already recommended both courses to friends and colleagues. So if you're seriously planning to do either of the above courses I would highly recommend that you do them with Nina.

Stacy Sanders

A review by Stacy Sanders

I attended an NLP Master Practitioner course run by Nina in early 2017. I was extremely impressed with how Nina ran the course - it was an intimate, boutique approach that felt very comfortable, yet she maintained a very high standard of professionalism throughout the whole course. We were worked hard whilst being supported constantly. The end result was I learned and grew a huge amount over a relatively short time frame. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nina to anyone who wants to better understand the power of NLP!

A review by Faith Hill

“I’d always been intrigued by NLP and when i was looking around for trainings, a friend highly recommended Nina Madden’s NLP Practitioner course. It was the best investment of time and money for me! It has helped me grow my own coaching business, Spark Escapes. I’ve stayed in touch with Nina ever since, not only as a mentor, but as a friend also; her constant support and motivation has proven invaluable to me and my growth as a person and coach. I’m now using my NLP skills with my own clients and have also taken up her Life Coaching certification. I’m excited about the future this has created for me! Thank you Nina!” Faith Hill

Jonathan Handcock

A review by Jonathan Handcock

I am a L&D Facilitator with 25 years in People Development. I design and deliver high quality residential experiential learning experiences which really bring to life key areas of development for our clients. Using a mix of adventurous outdoor activities, problem-solving challenges and highly insightful discussion and debrief our clients achieve sustainable results in terms of better Leadership, Team & Management Development. I am always looking for ways in which to achieve more sustainable results for clients which is what steered me towards NLP.

Having seen the impact NLP had on me and on others I was keen to pursue it. I was aware that this would help me within my new line management role as I was keen to have a successful working relationship with my small team. I was also aware that this could help me on a number of levels during the learning cycle with clients, for example building genuine rapport with clients, improving facilitation and delivery and reducing my own stress levels.

Once I decided that NLP was the next stage of my personal development journey I had to traverse the minefield of internet searches for a good provider. After looking through dozens of websites I was overwhelmed and, quite frankly, confused. I let the dust settle for a week or so before approaching my search differently. I thought about what was important for me in a provider and I identified key criteria which closely reflected my values. I found myself looking for a provider who would not have large groups as I value the one-to-one and small group environment, but most importantly I was looking for somebody with integrity. The latter criteria enabled me to eliminate a surprising number of providers whose websites were more geared towards data capture than providing me with the information I needed. My revised search left me with a short list of… er… just one. That was Nina!

I dropped Nina an initial e-mail with a few questions and when she called me later that day I was so impressed with her approach that I looked no further. Despite it being a few months before I could attend Nina’s programme, she was highly respectful of the fact that I wanted to contact her with a date and I was never chased.

The impact of the NLP on my professional life cannot be underestimated. At Bowles we work increasingly with prestigious clients (including John Lewis, British Airways, Laing O’Rourke). The impact has been at all levels of my working relationships with these clients. It has helped me to have greater influence in stakeholder meetings as well as more tools for getting the best from delegates. The rapport building techniques have enabled a greater impact with delegates on a one-to-one level. I also noticed that the decision makers within client organisations equate NLP with an increased level of credibility.

There were other unexpected spin-offs: I could manage relationships outside of work far better and I have used techniques to assist friends to move out of unhelpful states. I also sleep far better at night especially before running large, complex events.

Victoire Mazounie

A review by Victoire Mazounie

Choosing the right NLP Practitioner course is so difficult - every provider has something different to offer. Where Nina really sets herself apart is the number of people who take part in this course. She restricts this to a limited number which allows you to really practice the techniques and embed your learning. We were fortunate to only be 5!! She creates a warm, environment which makes you want to learn more. It took me 2 years to decide the course I wanted to invest in - Nina was the one that first caught my eye and the one I chose to go with 2 years later! I am so pleased to have followed my gut instinct as learning from Nina was a truly rewarding experience. It was a wonderful course Nina and I cannot wait to set up my own NLP business. Thank you for instilling confidence in me.

A review by Donna-Marie Barrell

I recently completed an NLP Practitioner course run by Nina. Nina created a very welcoming, warm and relaxed environment in which to learn. We were a small group of learners which meant it was easier for us to get to know each other, and there was sufficient time to practise the exercises and ask questions.

Nina is clearly an extremely experienced trainer. There was certainly a lot to take in over the course, however Nina's use of humour and method of teaching made this a very interesting and enjoyable learning experience. I would not hesitate in recommending Nina's courses to others who wish to train in NLP.

A review by Joseph Barrell

I have just completed the NLP Practitioner course with Nina Madden. Nina's knowledge, and ability to impart this to others is impressive. The training days are full and there is a lot to consider. However, the only time success comes before work is in a dictionary, and having put the work in, I am now a qualified Practitioner. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Nina for a first class course, conducted in a warm and friendly environment. I have no doubt whatsoever in highly recommending Nina's course to others who are considering walking this pathway. You have absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Raj Sembi

A review by Raj Sembi

I really enjoyed the NLP Practitioner course taught by Nina. The style of teaching was always engaging and the atmosphere, very relaxed and comfortable. The group was small and intimate which made the learning process more effective for me.

The course was very well structured and I discovered so much about NLP that I never knew.

I'm now looking forward to studying the Master Practitioner course.

Jennifer matthews

A review by Jennifer matthews

It is so difficult to chose a course. There are so many to look at and check out and as you do it, it gets increasingly difficult to choose. When I chose Nina I went with my instincts . I was not wrong. Nina and her course were more than I expected. A Stimulating and engaging course, in a comfortable and easy going setting. The group was small , which is a great advantage , as it allows you to question and talk at ease. Nina was very clear in her explanations and the course , although challenging was easy to follow thanks to Nina's clear explanations and great manual. Thank you Nina. I will see you again as I intend to do the coaching and master Practitioner courses as soon as possible . Till then I am proud to be a certified Practitioner, by Nina Madden. Jennifer Matthews

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