Become a Certified NLP Somatic Coach and Trainer

The only ICF-accredited NLP somatic coaching academy globally since 2009, with over 7,500 graduates worldwide across 75 nationalities.

Trusted by leading brands, coaches and entrepreneurs around the world

What we do

We train and certify coaches to create conscious change.

Through world-class coach training, mentorship, and social impact initiatives, we empower individuals, leaders, and changemakers to facilitate profound transformations and make a positive impact on the world. At the core of our approach is the Conscious Change Coaching Method®, developed by our founder, Helen Attridge, over three decades of dedicated study and hands-on experience. The methodology seamlessly integrates the ICF coaching framework with an exclusive blend of NLP and somatic coaching skills, promising to unlock powerful shifts and foster lasting change in every aspect of life.

Choose The Right Path For You

NLP Somatic Coach
Certification
Your pathway to becoming a Certified Coach

The ultimate coach certification program progresses you from novice to coach-preneur. This program not only certifies you as an NLP Somatic Coach it will also transform your life from the inside out, utilizing powerful NLP somatic coaching skills to align you with the life you want to create and the impact you want to have. Additionally, you will learn strategies to launch a thriving coaching business and earn your first $10K. For those seeking an ICF credential, this is the only global ICF certification offering personalized 1:1 training, mentoring, and personal coaching from a PCC-level Coach Trainer. Receive group mentoring by a Master Certified Coach and join a global community of change-makers.

Global Coach Training Partner Program
Your pathway to becoming a Global Coach Trainer

The Global Coach Training Partner program is designed for individuals who have held leadership roles or have prior facilitation experience and are seeking more than a coach certification. Working one-on-one with a coach trainer and mentor, students first embody the skills of a successful NLP Somatic Coach. Revisiting the training material as a guide, mentor, and coach, they work alongside Helen and an ALCN mentor coach to support them in embodying the skills of a Global Coach Training Partner. For those in pursuit of a 125-hour training program to satisfy ICF training hours for PCC, this program is the optimal selection in the market.

Want to register for the upcoming April cohort?

Ready to join? Register by February 29th with code APR10 to enjoy a 10% discount on the transformative experience that awaits you. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to embark on your journey with added savings. Enroll today and be part of an inspiring community dedicated to personal and professional growth.

Social impact

ALCN is a profit-for-purpose company committed to creating a better world. We believe in the power of coaching as a tool for individual and societal transformation.

By empowering initiatives with coaching, leadership development, and mentoring, we aim to make a lasting difference. We actively support social impact projects worldwide and work with NGOs by providing scholarships for our coaching training programs, empowering leaders and changemakers in social justice, human rights, global climate, sustainability, youth empowerment, and more.

Conscious Change Coaching Method®

Our Conscious Change Coaching Method® combines the ICF model with a unique blend of NLP and somatic coaching skills to cultivate inner alignment and create profound and lasting change across every area of life. Mastering this model will give you deep clarity of the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual dynamics of lasting transformation that other coaching models overlook.

4 Pillars of Conscious Change Coaching Method®

Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Introduction and advanced level theory and techniques for using NLP in a coaching context to create rapid and lasting transformation.

Somatic
Practices

From simple body awareness to advanced somatic coaching exercises and techniques that help clients to access powerful insights and unlock the answers within.

Inner
Alignment Map™

An ALCN framework that was designed to support clients to come into alignment with their mission & purpose through exploration of their environment, patterns, skills, values and beliefs.

ICF Coaching
Framework

The gold standard for coaching globally, you’ll walk away with an embodied understanding of how to apply this framework to create a powerful partnership with your clients.

Our Community

The ALCN community is a vibrant and engaged global network, driven by a shared passion for facilitating powerful transformations and creating positive impact in the world. We’ve cultivated a community of coaches, entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, fortune 500 executives, innovators, health practitioners, pioneers in the field of coaching in their country, pro-athletes, yogis, policymakers, community leaders and more.

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I love what I do and that’s why I do it

I’m Helen, a Master Certified Coach, International Trainer, Founder of the Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP, creator of the Conscious Change Coaching Method® and the Inner Alignment Map™

For over 30 years, I’ve collaborated with global leaders in coaching and transformation. From Stanford to Beijing, I’ve shared insights on NLP and Leadership. I’ve empowered thousands, from Fortune 500 executives to women in transition. It’s been an amazing journey, filled with joy and challenges. Ultimately, I passionately affirm: personal growth and positive change are inseparable. We stand at the threshold of a new future, and I’m proud that our graduates, trainers, and individuals like you are driving this transformative shift.

HELEN ATTRIDGE, MCC

FOUNDER

Testimonials

Discover the transformative power of our programs through the words of our graduates.Their stories reflect the diverse experiences of students from various backgrounds and nearly every corner of the globe. Read firsthand about the impact they’re now making in the world, and envision the possibilities for your own journey.

“The training was simply amazing.”

The quality of the training is superb; the learning context creates accelerated learning; and the demonstrations exemplify great skills in coaching and NLP. I recommend wholeheartedly. I write this as an NLP trainer and author with over three decades of experience.

“This isn’t a tick-box training and another fancy title. This is changing the way we show up in the world.”

I came here to enable change. I started looking at my life – the ways I connect to myself, how I moved through the world. I never imagined the ripple of positive change that’d create in my relationships, especially the one I have with my daughter.

“I get to make a living doing work I love.”

This program lit the fire in my belly. It offers a tremendous opportunity to those aspiring to learn the skills and qualities not only to be a successful coach or business owner, but to transform their own lives and make their mark in the world.

KELLY GHERLING

LEADERSHIP COACH | AUTHOR OF NLP THE NEW TECHNOLOGY OF ACHIEVEMENT

SEATTLE, USA

AKIKO MEGA

COACH & CONSULTANT

TOKYO, JAPAN

MATTHEW BRANNAGAN

FACULTY DIRECTOR, TEACHER & COACH | HOFFMAN INSTITUTE

CALIFORNIA, USA

“The training was simply amazing.”

The quality of the training is superb; the learning context creates accelerated learning; and the demonstrations exemplify great skills in coaching and NLP. I recommend wholeheartedly. I write this as an NLP trainer and author with over three decades of experience.

KELLY GHERLING

LEADERSHIP COACH | AUTHOR OF NLP THE NEW TECHNOLOGY OF ACHIEVEMENT

SEATTLE, USA

“This isn’t a tick-box training and another fancy title. This is changing the way we show up in the world.”

I came here to enable change. I started looking at my life – the ways I connect to myself, how I moved through the world. I never imagined the ripple of positive change that’d create in my relationships, especially the one I have with my daughter.

AKIKO MEGA

COACH & CONSULTANT

TOKYO, JAPAN

“I get to make a living doing work I love.”

This program lit the fire in my belly. It offers a tremendous opportunity to those aspiring to learn the skills and qualities not only to be a successful coach or business owner, but to transform their own lives and make their mark in the world.

MATTHEW BRANNAGAN

FACULTY DIRECTOR, TEACHER & COACH | HOFFMAN INSTITUTE

CALIFORNIA, USA

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Originally from Northern Ireland, I left Belfast at 17 and spent eight years working my way through Europe, Israel, Egypt, the East Coast of the US and Central America.

In 1990, I moved to Australia and began to put myself through college to become a social worker. While working in the social welfare field, I started taking a variety of personal development courses and became very passionate about the power that humans have to change the trajectory of their life.

Five years later, I moved to the US after receiving my green card in the lottery in my early thirties (a whole different story),  to the West Coast, San Francisco. After a year of working in treatment centers with adolescents, I was invited to sail across the Pacific on a 30ft boat and took off on the adventure of a lifetime. On returning to California eighteen months later, I decided to go through the Hoffman Process, a personal development program that had a worldwide reputation. A month after I completed their program, I started working at the Hoffman Institute as their Graduate Director and in-house coach, a position that I absolutely loved. While running a training program for their graduates someone asked me in a break if I was a life coach. I jokingly said “No, but I bet I would be a good one.” She affirmed back that I would indeed be a great life coach.

My “Aha!” Moment

Something about the name ‘life coach’ made me really curious and when I got home, I looked up the name of the school she had recommended and signed up for the first weekend of training.

I instantly resonated with the ICF coaching concept that the client is creative, resourceful and whole, that they have their own answers and the coach has the questions and the framework to help them access those answers. I experienced firsthand how a powerful question can change the trajectory of someone’s life and open doors they had never thought to open. I began to truly understand how incredibly transformational it can be to have someone fully listen to you, without having an agenda of their own. I was SOLD!

Six months later I completed my coach training and a year later I completed my certification process and went on to become a pioneer in the field. The idea that I could build a business to support the lifestyle I wanted while also traveling the world and having a positive impact strongly resonated with me.

Once I found coaching, doors just started opening up for me! When I finished my coach training program, I set the intention that within the year I would be earning ten times my hourly rate doing work that I loved… Well, that’s exactly what I did and it just kept on growing from there. It hasn’t always been an easy ride, but it has been an enlightening and rewarding one, that’s for certain.

How we’ve evolved over the years..

Discovering NLP

After a number of years of exploration in different niches in the coaching industry while building a successful coaching business of my own, I discovered the transformative power of NLP after being invited to be one of the first Master Coaches to be trained by Tony Robbins and join his team. This is where I entered the executive coaching market and began coaching C-level executives internationally.
After three years with the Tony Robbins company, I decided to study the roots of NLP and enrolled in an NLP Practitioner Training with the NLP Institute of California. This took me on a 18-month NLP Certification journey in learning all there is to learn about NLP and the inner workings of the brain.

For me, NLP was the missing piece from my original coach training. NLP skills supported clients to change sabotaging behavior patterns and release limiting beliefs that were preventing them from creating the life they wanted. NLP gave me the skills I needed to help clients create profound and lasting change. In my first 6 month training program, the owners of NLP Institute Tim and Kris Halbom asked me if I would join their coaching faculty and teach for them in China in 2006.

I went on to teach and train coaches in Mexico, China, Europe and in the US for the NLP Institute. Having had a lot of experience in the global marketplace, I realized how much I loved working internationally in new and developing markets. I also had the great privilege of developing mentor programs to help the first coaches in Asia and Central America get ICF credentialed, many of who now run their own coach training programs. It was through this experience that the foundation of ALCN and the Conscious Change Coaching Method® were formed.

The Academy Is Born

In 2009, Tim and Kris Halbom offered me the opportunity to build upon what they had created and develop a high-level ICF coaching program. I have been extremely fortunate to learn from some of the best in the field. The Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP (ALCN) launched in 2009 and since then we have had the privilege of training coaches and leaders from around the world in all aspects of coaching, from life coaching to business coaching to executive and leadership coaching.

When I first started teaching in China, personal development was a burgeoning area, and while NLP Skills were powerful in creating a common language where people could feel seen, heard and understood, they often did not translate into other languages and other cultures. It was clear that the NLP material we had been teaching did not carry across cultures in a way that students could easily integrate into their personal and professional lives. This led to adapting the coaching approach, material and techniques to create a method that translated across cultures and could be taken anywhere in the world. The first step was creating a model that they could understand intellectually and translate into their culture.

The Inner Alignment Map™ was designed initially as a tool and a model that we used to support Chinese students to understand and begin to close the gap between where they were and where they wanted to be. It has since been adapted to support coaches and trainers in working with people from different backgrounds, cultures and professions to become who they need to BE to create the life they want in line with their mission and vision. It is a framework for understanding and working with the different levels that make up each individual’s unique map of the world; a framework for working with the whole human being.

The second step was to teach it in a way they could kinesthetically understand to embody the skills, so I began to incorporate simple breathing exercises, meditation and movement to support the NLP work. The combination of NLP and somatic techniques supported students in both learning the skills to develop new pathways in the brain while simultaneously understanding and experiencing the connection and wisdom of the body. Our translators who worked for several other large international coach training companies coined the ALCN training method as the ‘fine wine’ of coach training in the Chinese coaching market.

Our material has been adapted over the years with the support of our global faculty and the wide range of international students from diverse backgrounds that we would attract in our global classrooms who’ve given us incredible feedback on how to truly make the material even more powerful and relevant for different cultures.

Somatic Coaching – the missing piece…

As the pace and demand of modern life began to impact people’s mental health, wellbeing and sense of fulfillment in the western world, the tools we developed for the Chinese market became even more relevant in our global classrooms and for executives around the world. Despite all the ways in which technology seemed to be connecting us, it was clear that around the globe we were becoming increasingly disconnected – from our own intuition, from each other and from the world around us and that the missing link was the mind-body connection.

People come to coaching with an idea of success, or an idea of how their life ‘should be’, and often a complete lack of awareness of how their physical body was responding to the outcomes they were creating in their life – and this was getting in the way of them truly achieving happiness and fulfillment.

As we began to incorporate more somatic practices, breathwork techniques, mindfulness and whole body listening, the transformations that happened in our training rooms became even more powerful. Together with Teaching Assistants from around the globe and ALCN faculty members we began to design a number of coaching techniques, tools and exercises that cultivated connection to self through deep listening, accessing intuition, and somatic experiencing.

I believe the connection between our brain understanding new information and the skills to embody new ways of BEING is the missing piece in the coaching field today. There is a vast wisdom in the body and a sense of peace that comes from slowing down and listening inward. When we operate from this space, we can access answers that our logical mind often cannot. From here, we can truly create conscious change, and live a life where mind, body and spirit are in alignment. When coaches have these skills, they can support their clients at a much deeper level.

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