About Vanessa May

Remembering who you really are, and allowing yourself to become that real, whole person.
And letting it emerge from the inside out, layer by layer.
One courageous step at a time.

My commitment is to live courageously.

Welcome, I'm Vanessa May and for the first half of my life I tried to do that the “right” way – pushing hard whilst staying neatly within the lines. With too much care for what other people thought and fear that I wasn’t enough. While I wanted to be successful and reach my potential, I also wanted to belong (fit in).

I thought I was doing ok, but I wasn’t being honest with myself. I was stuck. I wanted to please and had a habit of self-sacrificing and feeling resentful. I fell into a familiar pattern of frustration and talking myself in and out of decisions - and the harder I worked to breakthrough, the more stuck I got.

So I settled – for convention and restless safety.

When life broke me open, I realised that I had to choose. I could set myself free; I could take the risk to show up for myself and build a completely new future and business. Or I could compromise and play it safe.

I had to choose. I chose courage. I chose to become my whole self.

Naturally, it was no overnight change. Rather, it was a decision to commit daily to an ongoing journey of becoming and leading. I began to be with myself differently.

Coaching, shamanism, co-active leadership, yoga, EFT  and transformational breathwork supported my journey.  Instead of traditional outside-in learning, it encouraged this inside-out learning - an unfolding of courage. And it moved me to help others do the same.


My Clients Say...


I would highly recommend coaching with Vanessa. I was struggling to focus at work and had lost my enthusiasm for the job.

After a few sessions, during which we explored a variety of issues both in my personal and work life I have rediscovered my enjoyment of my role and improved my work life balance.
Vanessa helped me see things from a different perspective, and supported me throughout the process.

It has made a huge difference.

Karen, Practice Manager


  • 2020

    The Power of Embodied Transformation

  • 2019

    Emotional Freedom Technique and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner (EFTMRA)
    Organisation Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSC) Certification
    Human Synergistics Certification of Accreditation

  • 2018

    Kilmann Diagnostics Advanced Training in Conflict Management
    Mental Health First Aider Training, MHFA
    Organisation Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) Training Series

  • 2017

    Breathwork Practitioner
    Vinyasa Flow Yoga RYT 200 Hours

  • 2016

    Licensed Heartmath Coach

  • 2015

    Shamanic Practitioner

  • 2013

    Professional Certified Coach

  • 2012

    Associate Certified Coach ICF
    Realise 2 Accreditation Practitioner Programme

  • 2011

    Co-active Leadership Programme

  • 2009

    Certified Professional Co-active Coach

  • 2007

    NLP Business Practitioner Programme
    EQI Accreditation Programme
    Advanced Coaching Supervision

  • 2004

    Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring OSCM Oxford Brookes University

  • 1999

    MSc Organisational Behaviour Birkbeck University

  • 1994

    MA Managing Human Resources Kingston University