My full name is Leah Butler-Smith. I began my study of what 'makes us all tick' when I hit my early twenties. Prior to that I'd always been fascinated by people's behaviours; the good and the not so good. Since my training over 20 years ago, it has been my mission to discover the best programs, techniques, treatments and lifestyle changes to fully Enhance Life and then share it all with you!
Most of my clients visit this page, unless they've been referred by a friend or family member and even then - it's often a page that invites a visit.
I've had the privilege of meeting some of the most amazing people. People who I previously looked up to from afar have become my clients. Every person I've ever met and worked with has been my teacher. There is no greater way to learn and hone your skills than in ... doing.
I have a passion for freedom in mind and health of the body and my studies have taken me into the smallest of spaces to learn more ... including studying cells, their function and the impact of stress on the body and health.
We all want to enjoy the Best Life. We each desire success and ultimately want to enjoy greater autonomy in all areas..
What constitutes the best life is one thing for one person and maybe something else for another. My role is to help you enhance your life by taking into account where problems lie and seeking a route to the most effective solution - quickly and efficiently!
For the last 30 years I've been intrigued by what drives people's behaviours. I launched the first practice over 20 years ago and since then have observed how people think, why they do the things they do and what stops them from doing, being and having more. We look at behaviour drivers, deep rooted beliefs and choose the methods for treatment that suit the individual.
The most effective therapists have always preferred the individual approach. Choosing to enhance their treatments with continued study and research. I do not sit in the belief that there is only one method for a specific problem, nor a method that works for every person. We are each a superb collection of neural pathways and networks which is why I include Neuroscience in my list of study.
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.” - Marcus Aurelius
Great Ormond Street's Psychological Medicine unit in London was my first exposure to the unconscious mind.
What I learned from the expert teams there, changed my life for ever. After spending a year with the senior team, witnessing the transformation of a young child struggling with a 'phobia of food', so powerful it lead to his self imposed starvation: my curiosity and fascination with what drives behaviour (including the most damaging types) was born.
Understanding that we have a conscious mind capable of critically evaluating situations and acting accordingly, yet our unconscious mind can be triggered and dismantle every good intention without considering the long term effects...- every behaviour, good or bad is governed by a POSITIVE intention!
Prior to my training in Hypnotherapy, NLP & Psychotherapy, I'd studied in Accountancy. I loved the analytical accounting side but the rest of the work ... was not for me.
I was incredibly fortunate to be offered an opportunity to leave my role with a hearty financial package. This covered not only my expensive new training and allowed for me to take time away, to sit back and reflect on my true passions in life. For me that's the mind and all it's amazing inner workings.
I completed my initial training in the late 90s in; Psychotherapy, Counselling, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Analytical Hypnotherapy Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, NLP.
The training was just the beginning and soon my frequent visits to the library were overtaken with online studies and research. I continued to learn, attend further training and develop my skill set. My desire to learn and know more, has never ceased and I now include Neuroscience and Functional Medicine in my list of favorite topics and forums.
Leah Butler-Smith. Without your help and coping strategies I would still be in a dark place. So Thankyou from the bottom of my heart.
/ Happy & Sober
Leah's ability to coach is awesome, her insight is amazing and her passion is honestly - catching!
/ NLP Practitioner & Life Coach
My time with LBS has been a journey of self-discovery, leaving me with the tools to move forward. What she has taught me has had a huge positive impact on my life.
/ Once Fertility Challenged now Mother of Twins!
My studies have never stopped. I'm excited to discover new techniques, new therapies and methods and I keep my ear to the ground on all proven discoveries of Mind & Body. Here's a few more snippets about my training & experiences ~ click on whatever interests you and remember, if you have a question I'm here to help ...
Let me tell you a little about Leah Butler-Smith's initial training into NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which began in the late 90s. NLP is often quoted as being 'the study of excellence'. Over to Leah ...
I continued my training by adding the Master Practitioner level of education and followed that with becoming a Trainer of NLP.
There are many models, theories, strategies and templates for working within the NLP model.
Primarily it is the Meta Model studying language patterns etc and the Milton model of using hypnosis.
You can read more about the history of NLP here: NLP Explained
In my early training into Psychotherapy, (I took that to the Advanced level) we covered many 'models' for counselling and Psychotherapy. The Egan model was one that stood out.
I enjoyed this model and find some interesting 'similarities' to the NLP model for discovery.
Counselling practices involve the art of listening and reflection, in being able to show understanding of the client and help them to reveal underlying issues.
I have nothing against counselling or any other 'talking therapy' for some concerns such as grief counselling. But in my professional and personal experiences, I have met many individuals whose 'depression' became worse during and after their counselling sessions.
In my work, we consider the trigger event only for as long as we need. It is well known in the theraputic community that to replay old memories again, is to further embed the impact they had - negatively!
Also in my work and using the techniques I prefer - it is possible to work without any content at all. This helps clients who may have memories that involved difficult to talk about experiences.
I was invited to write regularly for the Essex Chronicle. In the county it's the most popular paid publication.
When I moved my Practice to Harley Street in London, I was approached on many occasions by a variety of Media including producers and film/documentary makers.
I acted as a Consultant for several productions and appeared in 'talking head' pieces speaking on the topics of Phobias, Anxiety and Hypnotherapy and one on 'fetishes'!
I've been interviewed by many of our Media Channels on the subjects of prevention of violent crime, causes of Phobias, Hypnotherapy, the health service and latterly the overwhelm on the NHS. (That actually lead to the Prime Minister being asked to respond to my comments on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show).
I have been interviewed for ITV Anglia and ITN News, C4, C5, BBC on more than one occasion and invited to speak on BBC Radio Live.
I've featured on a number of other channels and newspapers inc;
Sky News, Yahoo News, the Mirror, Independent, The Sun, BuzzFeed, The Guardian, Huffington Post, Daily Mail, The London Economic and many many more!
Psychotherapy is similar to counselling but they are not the same.
One focuses on listening and sometimes that requires the therapist to avoid any comment other than 'reflecting' the clients emotions.
Psychotherapy training can be more in depth and more 'analytical' in nature.
Psychotherapy is many times more powerful and effective when you combine it with Hypnosis.
Analytical Hypnotherapy is sometimes known as Hypnoanalysis and is in some ways similar to Regression Therapy.
What these models have in common is they help the client with the Hypnotherapist's guidance, discover the root cause/ trigger event of a current problem.
Whether the client needs to locate the original sensitising event of a belief, phobia, trauma or behaviour - the purpose is always the same - to change the experience and release (where necessary) any repressed emotions.
I went on to do training into Advanced Hypnoanalysis and have used this knowledge and skill with many clients.
Paul McKenna first introduced me to meridian methods.
I followed my experiences with specific training in the school that first brought meridian therapy and tapping to the public domain as an effective and rapid treatment for many anxieties and phobias.
There are many studies showing the efficacy of these simple techniques and I now use EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), TFT & Faster EFT in my work.
Paul McKenna is a world famous personal development trainer so when I was invited to support him at his events as a Guest Trainer, I happily agreed.
I spent a few years joining other senior trainers and hundreds of participants, all with a determined mindset to achieve positive change.
Like TFT, EMDR been studied using brain scans for many years.
It is one of the few Trauma really effective therapies that the NHS UK free health service offers. Getting anywhere near a waiting list is proven to be something of a trial.
EMDR uses eye movement combined with skilled theraputic instruction to help the client first trigger the trauma, then dissolve the chemical solution that held it in it's position in the Amygdala.
The military and respected organisations have been using EMDR and Tapping to help victims of war overcome PTSD and other damaging mental health issues.
Amygdala Depotentiation Therapy, is a highly effective but very simple technique that requires a deep understanding by the therapist of what is working, why and how to test for the changes.
Havening came about when doctors studied why tapping was so effective, and realised it related to the 'safety' mechanism and brain state activated under specific circumstances in the body/ brain.
What's the main difference between Life Coaching and Business Coaching?
Life coaching will be centrered around the goals you have in your life and that might include your career or business goals.
Business coaches focus primarily on the business the client is focused on and their main aim will be to guide the client in steps to achieve those goals.
The crossover is when a coach is knowledgeable in the mind, behaviour and what motivates and inspires us. In that instance, you'd see the coach (therapist or practitioner) work on a deeper level to enhance the desires and attribute the client wants.
Growth Mindset is the focus on the thinking and language we use to demonstrate and influence our experiences.
When we adopt a growth mindset, we become aware that our words dictate our actions.
Mindfulness requires us to become aware of how we feel, what we do, what we're thinking and how all those elements can impact on our lives and how we interact with others.
Mindfulness is a practice of self awareness.
Growth mindset is a practice of language awareness.
Meditation and Guided Meditation are both mentioned almost on a daily basis. With Silicon Valley companies introducing these are standard asseets for new employees.
Meditation is known to literally change the shape of the brain when practiced regularly. But meditating is not everyone's 'cup of tea'.
Some find the instruction to sit in silence and not 'think' a tad challenging.
That's where my Guided Meditation comes in. Here you get the same benefits of calmness of mind and positive impacts to the brain, without having to learn a new technique.
Pure meditation takes practice, a lot of determination and a strong desire for what it provides.
Neuroscience is a relative new science compared to many but it's popularity in the media is clear. Whenever a Neuroscience study can be quoted and referenced, a technique or coaching model gets a great deal more attention.
Functional Medicine is attracting more Doctors, GPs, Consultants and Practitioners every single day.
What Functional Medicine does - is look at the whole person rather than dividing them into compartments. Functional Medicine acknowledges that every system of the body, impacts every other.
I studied bio chemistry and had some fascinating conversations with scientists who as clients in my practice, found my passionate enquiry rather surprising and somewhat delightful, if not 'rare'.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy vs NLP?
The main aim of CBT is to highlight how your thinking is impacting on your life experiences, choices and your abilities.
NLP achieves the same but the techniques are far more effective and elicit rapid change in comparison to CBT alone.
CBT and NLP challenge the thinking (beliefs) that relate to problems like stress, anger, depression, suicidal thinking and anxiety.
NLP's advanced formulas take what CBT offers to a new level.
Since my Practice launched, I have met and worked with successful business owners, CEOs (inc Fortune 100!), Celebrities of stage and screen and the world of sports and a few very well known Entrepreneurs.
It was at the request of my corporate clients that I expanded my work into training and workshops.
I've coached children in schools and presented NLP workshops for employees. Together with my business associate we launched our own Stress Management Program to compliment Employee Benefits the most successful firms offer.
I've also partnered with other trainers and gone into businesses to deliver specific workshops for their employees and management staff.
Many employers will support you in the sessions we can have as they are viewed as either personal and professional development or stress management both are accepted as Benefits and are tax deductible expenses.
Check with your HR and let Leah know if you need an invoice for your company.
...when you know how!
Life doesn't have to be the challenge we sometimes believe it to be. It isn't essential to 'struggle', 'keep your chin up', 'cope with it', or 'fight the good fight'.
It's possible with the right knowledge and tools to enhance life and model it so that it looks, feels and becomes the way you desire it to be.