MEET THE TEAM
Hi, my name is Nicola Bird.
Over twenty years ago, at university, I started to experience anxiety and then panic attacks. I had no idea what started them off, all I knew was that I would suddenly find myself with a tight chest, sweaty palms and a racing heart for what seemed like no reason at all.
I have always pushed myself to be a massive over-achiever so I put it down to exam pressure as I studied for my Psychology Degree. I ended up being prescribed medication and needing my own examination room to get through the final exams.
But then they continued after I finished my studies. The gnawing sense of anxiety would vanish for months on end and then reappear when I was least expecting it.
I landed myself a corporate job but then after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US found myself unable to travel on trains or tubes. I was unable to get to work and often had to make up excuses and lies about why I couldn’t attend my Psychology Masters Degree lectures – they were in the centre of London and impossible for me to get to.
My world started to shrink in size.
Eventually, when I became pregnant with my first child, I found myself unable to even leave the house for weeks at a time. Not even to put the bins out at the end of the driveway.
I tried medication, seeing a psychiatrist, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, various other well-known methods, NLP, time-line therapy and tapping. I studied more psychology, got into personal development and trained as a coach – I just wanted my anxiety to be gone.
Nothing worked. I’d find myself back to ‘normal’ for a while, and then I’d go through months of feeling panicky all the time.
I still kept pushing myself, started my own business so I could work from the safety of my own home and took it from zero to seven figures in just under four years before I finally burned out, fully consumed with agoraphobia and migraines.
Then, in 2013, I stumbled across a completely new way of understanding how human beings create their experience of anxiety and how to dissolve it almost effortlessly.
A completely revolutionary approach that I had never come across before in all my years of training.
I have spent the last four years travelling all around the world (yes me, the agoraphobic!) studying with the pioneers in this field to gain a deeper understanding of this thing that had completely transformed my life in a matter of just a few weeks.
And now my life’s work is to share what I’ve learned that made such a huge difference to me and the lives of the people I love.
Qualifications: BSc Psycholgy, MSc Psychology, Advanced Transformative Coach, personally now completely free from anxiety.
Psychologist & Coach
Meet Shannon Cooper, our Head Coach.
Shannon’s struggles with anxiety started when she was in high school and followed her throughout her post-secondary education.
Every day she would feel the low-grade hum of how much there was for her to worry about, fix and control.
Most of the time it meant having to cancel plans, play small in life and struggle in all her relationships.
Eventually it got to the point of panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, and insomnia so severe she had to take sleeping pills.
She tried group therapy, counselling, gratitude journals, vision boards, journalling, positive reframing, and tons of self-help tools and techniques but none of it created lasting change, at best it helped her cope a little better with the scary world ‘out there’.
In 2015, Shannon came across the revolutionary understanding of the human experience that we teach here at A Little Peace of Mind that freed her from my anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, insomnia and a few life-long phobias.
Just months after learning this understanding her life felt completely different.
She’s now completed trainings with Michael Neill, Dr Amy Johnson and George and Linda Pransky and has an book coming out shortly where she shares her understanding.
Now she KNOWS that anyone can rediscover their peace of mind.
And now she helps clients at A Little Peace of Mind do the same.
Coach and Author