About Tim Segaller
My one-to-one and group coaching programmes are distinctive in the integration of practices and theory from mindfulness – the art of skilful awareness. I know from my own experience – and have witnessed in dozens of clients – how the mindfulness base of my work is very often the X factor in a successful process of insight and lasting transformation.
My approach is all about enabling you to sink below your usual mental world of thoughts and emotions – so that you can access deeper resources of clarity, wellbeing and resolve. My job is to help draw out these natural resources, by guiding you through well tried-and-tested processes to become more present and centred in yourself. Then, as you delve deeper, I help you understand the meaning of what you discover, in the context of your professional or personal life; and I support you to take the next best steps. It’s as simple as that. And so I make very limited use of other models and tools, because I've seen many times how they just get in the way of real understanding and change. Click here for a more detailed explanation.
Below is a brief CV, and some personal background on how I ended up doing this work. You can also read testimonials about both my 1-1 and group work.
Training and qualifications
First class Classics degree from Oxford University
Coaching: Professional Certified Coach, International Coach Federation; Diploma in Business and Executive Coaching; Systemic Coaching with Constellations
Mindfulness training: Teacher Training with University of North Wales; 15+ personal mindfulness retreats
Facilitation: National Certificate in Workplace Mediation (accredited by National Open College Network)
Prior to interpersonal work, I worked in communications and project management in the private and third sectors. Having discovered personally the powerful positive effects of mindfulness at a difficult time in my life, I became the first manager of the London Buddhist Centre’s secular mindfulness programme, Breathing Space. I then trained as a coach, mindfulness trainer and mediator, and co-founded Rising Minds, a coaching and mindfulness social enterprise that I still co-run.
Coaching & training style
Through pioneering the integration of coaching and mindfulness techniques, I have a distinctive style that pays attention to the full spectrum of my clients’ experience – the head and heart; and the mind and body. My clients particularly appreciate my balance between calm, encouraging support; and structured, rigorous challenge – enabling them to gain quick insights, break through obstacles and achieve sustainable change.
Away from work…
Outside working life, I have a creative practice including artwork, film-making and writing, including a multimedia project celebrating some of my closest friends (friendsintheframe.com). I love music and the arts in general. I’m also a keen keep-fitter and runner.
Personal story: how I got into this work
Alongside my formal training in the field, my coaching & training services have been heavily influenced by my own life experiences. I had a relatively privileged upbringing – in a middle class, loving family, with a good private education. But from my teens onwards I struggled emotionally, for a number of complicated reasons. I learnt to ignore or suppress difficult feelings – or to hold ‘secret’ beliefs about myself that made some kind of sense of things, but which added an extra layer of shame and self-doubt. At university and in my twenties I self-medicated through alcohol and drugs. This kind of worked for a while, but eventually the demons wouldn’t be quelled any longer, and I reached breaking point (in several stages!). I got help from a marvellous therapist, who also encouraged me towards meditation and mindfulness as a vital support for wellbeing.
And so began the journey of growth and true self-discovery. I am now in many ways a very different man from a decade ago. I’ve learnt that it really is possible to change: to overcome deep feelings of inadequacy, and to step up to new challenges. And as I went deeper into this process, I felt I had something very useful to offer others. So I gave up my previous career in communications and trained as a coach and mindfulness teacher. Since then I’d like to think that my particular life experiences have enabled me to help people in many walks of life to unlock their deepest natural resources of resilience, confidence and wisdom. I believe this is possible for everyone when two vital conditions are there: awareness and compassion. It’s my job to help create these conditions for you.