“I have learnt a lot. I feel more confident and assertive in all areas of my life and am using the skills we developed in the sessions in everyday life.”  Melanie, special needs co-coordinator.

We are made up of mind, body, and spirit.  Our mind with its intellect and emotion. Our physical body.  And our spiritual essence.  Holistic life coaching is facilitating someone’s experience within all these states of being so they reach a state of empowerment and balance.

TOP QUESTION:  What is the difference between life coaching and holistic life coaching?  Life coaching helps us to improve different areas of our life e.g. work, friendship, personal development, communication, intimacy, well-being and family.  Holistic life coaching helps us integrate these areas of our life to give a more profound meaning to daily living.


The course is suitable for anyone who wishes to take an integrated approach to life coaching and would like to be trained to the equivalent of QCF Level 5.

Professionals who have studied with us include: GPs, counsellors, complementary therapists, army officers, HR professionals, nurses (diabetic, theatre, hospice, general), coaches, advocacy management, occupational therapists, nutritionists, paediatricians, medical physiotherapists, police officers, personal trainers, mental health workers, day centre management, adult social care workers, community service management, health care support workers, teachers and rehab workers.

This was an exceptional course.  One of the best I’ve ever done (and that includes my university degree and also a diploma in holistic massage).  It was the perfect blend of experiential learning and academic work which kept me constantly engaged and on my toes.  Just when I thought there was a missing element, Laurel never failed to pull the cat out of the bag with her mindblowing content and brilliantly designed course!  Will Emmerson

How you could use this qualification

You could use this learning with a PAYE job or enhance your skills for a new position.  You might start-up your own business or improve an existing business.  Giving this world of portfolio working, you could have a part-time position as an employee and be self-employed at the same time.

You could use what you learn on this course to: work alongside psychic work, integrate into counselling, enhance a healing or mindbody practice or weave into a complementary therapy practice.


You can take up to two years to complete this course which is delivered through blended learning (a mixture of supported distance learning and supervised skills development).

  • Face-face supervised skills development: Face-to-face group workshops held monthly (Saturday) in Brighton, Sussex, UK where you can develop your coaching skills under expert supervision, meet fellow students, have coaching yourself and learn new techniques.  You need to attend at least one of these workshops and the rest you can choose. BRIGHTON WORKSHOPS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED
  • Business start-up coaching:  Included in the course fee is two hours of business start-up coaching.
  • Online supervised skills development:  Learn how to deliver remote coaching via online video calls under the supervision of an expert tutor.  There are online workshops every month on a Saturday where you learn how to deliver remote coaching, receive coaching yourself, meet fellow students and discover new techniques.
  • Online community:  Access to Wellness Professionals at Work Learning Hub on Facebook where you can access downloadable micro-learning, share resources, ask questions, share successes, ‘advertise’ for co-coaching partners or case study volunteers and gain access to cutting edge industry news.
  • Accreditation and credibility:

    – Student membership of the Association for Coaching (AC) for 12 months.

    – Accreditation from the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP).

    – CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association (CMA) and the NCP.

    – There is the opportunity to apply for full membership of the Association for Coaching (AC), NCP and CMA upon qualification depending on criteria fulfilment.

  • Materials provided:  Learning materials.
  • Tutor support: Quick turnaround for queries and marking (one week) with support by email, phone and online.  You are constantly encouraged with quality feedback and challenge.
  • Marketing consultation: Included in the course fee is a 30-minute marketing consultation with Karan Hopper of Kameleon Marketing.
  • Business start-up PDF: Included in the course fee is your PDF Business Start-up Kit including templates.
  • Coaching Resource Kit: Included in the course fee is a PDF containing a range of coaching templates to help you deliver best practice.
  • Access to discounted courses: As a student and then as a graduate with Wellness Professionals at Work, we would like to give you discounts on any future courses with us.
  • Access to discounted coaching: As a student and then as a graduate with Wellness Professionals at Work, we would like to give you discounts on personal and professional 1:1 coaching.
  • Study-buddy: As well as buddying up with your fellow students, you have the choice of working alongside a graduate from one of our coaching courses who will support, guide and encourage your learning journey.
  • Access to TOTUM PRO: Wellness Professionals at Work is an approved training provider for the TOTUM PRO discount card which is designed with professional learners at its heart to combine convenience and affordability with the best possible benefits.  This access is available only to students on any of the Diploma courses.
  • Supportive mentorship programme: As well as a quality training programme, your tutors also provide access to mentorship as part of your learning journey.

The course has undergone rigorous scrutiny to ensure it meets the criteria of each accrediting body and is equivalent to a QCF Level 5.

Complementary Medical Association (CMA)

Wellness Professionals at Work is a recognized and authorized course provider of the Complementary Medical Association (CMA).   This course carries CPD points (one point for every hour of study or skills development). Following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full membership.

National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

Wellness Professionals at Work is a training provider member of the NCP as well as being an accredited CPD centre.  The Diploma in Holistic Life Coaching will provide you with a professional qualification and is accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP). The NCP is one of the longest established and prestigious societies of its type in the UK and enjoys an international reputation.  Student membership is included in your fee when you are accepted onto the Diploma and following successful completion of the course, you are eligible for full NCP membership.

The course has undergone rigorous scrutiny to ensure it meets the criteria of each accrediting body and is equivalent to a level 4.

Association for Coaching (AC)


Wellness Professionals at Work is an organizational and training provider member of the Association for Coaching (AC) and is committed to the ethical development of coaching as a profession. Following successful completion of the Diploma and the gaining of coaching hours, you are eligible to apply for membership of the Association which has international recognition.



The International Coach Federation (ICF), have agreed that Diploma graduates from Wellness Professionals at Work can apply for ICF membership as long as the graduate follows the ICF’s core competencies and provides evidence of at least 60 hours of training (which is exceeded on all of our Diploma courses).


Stage One:  Supervised Skills Development and Supported Distance Learning

Supervised skills development

You need to complete 40 hours of supervised skills development before you take on case studies.  You complete this through eight Saturday workshops held online.

You can start your workshops at any time of the year and can book onto any workshop as long as there are places available.  You don’t have to attend consecutive workshops.

Tip:  If you can read The Coaching Manual by Julie Starr (available from Amazon) before you start your supervised skills development workshops, this would be very helpful to provide you with an overview of coaching skills.

Online Saturday workshops:  These run from 9am – 5pm on the following 2020 dates:

  • July: 4, 11, 18, 25
  • September: 5, 12, 19, 26
  • October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • November: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • December: 5, 12, 19

More dates may be announced.

Supported distance learning

You can go at your own pace for distance learning with the full support of your tutor.  This is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge you need in order to practice holistic life coaching. As well as the pre-course reading, additional textbooks are provided. Based on this reading and your self-directed study, you complete assignments at your own pace. Completed work is passed onto your tutor for marking and comment and returned to you together with the next module.


Facilitating coaching sessions – Showing attention and interest – Using exploration skills – Showing understanding skills – Using action skills

Defining cognitive behavioural coaching – 8-step process to using CBC

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – holistic life coaching areas – interconnectedness – role and skills of the holistic life coach – 12 stages of life

Defining mindfulness – mindfulness and wellbeing – bringing mindfulness to work – G.R.A.C.E. – ways to be mindful – 10 top tips for being a mindful coach – more tips for mindful coaching – mindfulness as integration – spiritual practice of silence

Complementary medicine – non-medical nutrition – movement, activity and exercise  – smoking cessation –  helping improve body image – relevance of the mind/body link – self-care mindset – sensory interventions:  relaxation response – breathing techniques – progressive muscular relaxation – autogenic training – meditation – biofeedback – aromatherapy and massage

Energetic anatomy – healing through the aura and chakras – developing the aura and chakras – karma – vibrational healing techniques

Defining imagery – preparing the client – imagery techniques

Emotional wellbeing – emotional intelligence – self-esteem – cognitive underpinning of emotions – laughter and humour – problem solving – creativity – psychotherapeutic approaches – self acceptance

Basic career development – achieving life/work balance

Communication skills – assertiveness – networking and support management – community

Nature management – ergonomics – recycling and upcycling

Intuition – symbolism – archetypal psychology – rituals and rites of passage – creativity and healing – link between wellbeing and human spirituality – personal meaning profile – coping schemas inventory – wheel of life – labyrinths.

You are required to keep a learning journal throughout the course. This records your personal and professional learning experiences related to the Diploma.

Stage Two:  Case Studies

Following your supervised skills development, you need to complete fifty hours of case studies. You complete all case studies in your own time and location, under remote supervision from your tutor.

Stage Three:  CPD and Course Evaluation


Potentially, depending on your lifestyle and discipline, this course could be completed in just over a year.

  • Stage 1:  For each module, there is reading plus one 1000 word assignment.  You could complete one assignment a week or fortnight.  For this stage you are required to attend supervised skills development workshops.  There are several online workshops a month.  Stage 2 could be completed in 10-12 months.
  • Stage 2:  This is 50 hours of case studies completed in your own time and location.  Case studies can run concurrently and could be completed within four months.
  • Stage 3:  This is the quick formality of CPD reflection and course evaluation.

You will be assessed: during your supervised skills development, via assignments, case studies and reflective learning journal.


Laurel Alexander and Jan Eaton are the tutors on this course.

Laurel, Director of Studies, is the distance learning support tutor for your modules, learning journal and case studies as well as your facilitator on the online supervised skills development workshops.






Jan is your facilitator on the Brighton supervised skills development workshops.  You can meet Laurel and Jan at our Meet the Team page.


We are delighted to offer all Diploma students a free 30 minute marketing consultation with our marketing partner Kameleon Marketing. Kameleon Marketing offer affordable, flexible marketing services and consultancy for small businesses, sole traders and start-ups. For more information about Kameleon Marketing visit www.kameleon-marketing.com.


Here’s what some of our Diploma Students have said:

I enjoy doing a course that is organized well! It gives me a feeling that I am making progress. Tasnein, Seiki practitioner

The course was excellent. I like my teacher’s style of being supportive and keeping a balanced and wise attitude in all moment of the coaching journey and I have a clear vision about how a coach should be by having my teacher example. Gabriela

I found the course very interesting. The aspect I found most revealing was whatever presented as the ‘concern’ e.g. work, personal or health issues – behind it all, are our experiences and attitudes which colour our outlook on life which in turn dictates how we approach our problems. The course was very informative and helped expand my knowledge and presented some interesting aspects to deal with. The case studies helped ‘bring things together’ and provided real opportunities to use the tools given. Brenda, therapist

Thank you so much for being an amazing Master Coach.  I’ve learned so much and grown myself too as a person doing this course.  I loved learning fom your style of approaching things, but also being supported to allow my own style to grow and see my ‘value-added’.  The online and face-to-face training were all great and deepened my learning significantly each time.  Arwen Raddon


Before you commit to this course, we would like to remind you of what makes our courses stand out: robust accreditation, the option of adding modules, personal tutor support, high level of self-development, group interaction, you can join at any time, well-designed learning material, patient and inspiring tutors, live coaching practice, flexible pace.

Your fee of £2099 includes:

  • CPD recognition from the Complementary Medical Association
  • accreditation and CPD recognition from the National Council of Psychotherapists
  • opportunity to apply for full membership (AC, NCP and CMA) upon criteria fulfilment
  • access to Wellness Professionals at Work Learning Hub on Facebook
  • study-buddies
  • learning materials
  • over 200 hours of distance learning tutor support
  • 40 hours of supervised skills development
  • two hour of business start-up coaching
  • 30 minutes of marketing consultation
  • occasional Wellness Professionals at Work members newsletter
  • PDF business start-up resource
  • PDF coaching resource
  • discounts on courses and 1:1 coaching
  • 50 hours of supervised case studies
  • supportive mentorship
  • student membership of the Association for Coaching (AC) for 12 months.


By instalment

Pay an initial £299 upon enrolment plus twelve standing order instalments of £150.

Up front with discount

You are welcome to pay up front and enjoy a 10% discount, making the fee £1889.

You can pay by bank transfer or online.

Use this currency convertor for the investment in your national currency.


1          Send an email informing of your payment to info@laurelalexander.co.uk and complete and return this enrolment form

2          Pay online here or contact Laurel to make a bank transfer arrangement