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Lifestyle and Health

Experience – Lifestyle and health

 The majority of my work in this area is with private clients who ask me to work with them on a range of professional and personal issues and interests.  The topics explored mirror the Executive Coaching topics found on my business page. In addition, I have developed some specialist areas which arise from my own experience and personal interest.

Clients usually work with me for 3-6 months, although some for longer and each coaching package is tailored to your individual circumstances.  Sessions are typically 90 minutes and conducted in person or online depending on location.

Professional and Personal Development

If all work paid equally, what would you do?

Career transition  

I am highlighting career transition because it is the topic that most private clients hire me for.  Having had four quite different careers over my working life, I understand the challenges, the thought of ‘starting from scratch’ and dealing with the opinions of others (often their fears)! and - of course - the pay-offs.

Together we will explore personal values, external motivation and reward, and take a deep dive into your skills and strengths and explore what it means to be in transition.  Enquiries are also welcomed from retirees wanting to discover their ‘what’s next’.

Personal Development

If you think you’d like to work with me but are not sure what your area of focus might be, then my coaching retreat In The Making will give you a new lease of life with:


  • Clarity about what’s important to you

  • Confidence to create or let go

  • Commitment to get stuff done

  • Coaching tools and techniques to set you up for life

Specialist coaching

Weight loss and weight management

Following a lifelong struggle with my own weight, I have had specialist training as a weight loss and weight management consultant and run my own Slimming World group in Beaconsfield on a Tuesday evening.  Find out more.

If joining a group is not your thing, perhaps private weight loss coaching might appeal more?  Designed around your ‘food story’, lifestyle, eating patterns, habits and triggers I will help you adopt new habits so that you too can achieve amazing results and a goal weight that you have always dreamed of. 

TTM (Trichotillomania – a compulsive hair-pulling disorder)

Trichotillomania (TTM) is a relatively little-known compulsive hair pulling disorder affecting around 1% of the population.  Also known as a BFRB (body focussed repetitive behaviour) the onset of the condition can be a single event – sometimes a trauma – or not.  I have TTM but have been pull-free for several years and offer coaching to those with the condition who have themselves become pull-free and manage their condition effectively. Programmes are designed on a client by client basis. 

For further information on specialist hair systems and treatments, please visit The Lucinda Ellery Hair Loss Consultancy.

Hoarding disorder

Hoarding disorder is a complex issue and typically builds up over many years, resulting in isolation and loneliness.  Working with clients at home can achieve life changing results accompanied by a real sense of accomplishment and a feeling of getting your life back on track.  The very idea of being able to welcome family and friends back into your home cannot be under estimated, and for many, something they dared not believe could happen.  











As an adoptee (and a very happy one) I have spent a lifetime understanding the importance of building and maintaining healthy relationships.  I truly believe that a coaching approach to adoption, whether you're an adoptee or an adoptive parent, can positively impact your own adoption story.

Client Testimonials

"Having been unsuccessful, many times,  "going it alone" on my weight management journey I was fortunate enough to meet Karen Hayns at a local Slimming World Group. Karen has made an immediate and lasting difference to my mindset due to her support and self empowering sessions during the weekly meetings. She has helped me to understand how my emotions and history were getting in the way of my long term goals and has totally changed my mindset through her non judgemental and supportive coaching style. Her ability to support the individual whilst also inspiring the rest of the audience is awesome and I find myself eagerly anticipating the next weeks session  to learn not only about my own journey but to reinforce the whole groups outcomes. Karen shows empathy, kindness and real and sensible advice along with positive reinforcement. I would highly recommend Karen."
Kate D - Beaconsfield

"I was a bit sceptical about coaching as I think it's so hard to empathise with the issues facing a particular workplace or industry unless you've worked in them but Karen didn't take long to get the thread of things and understand the key drivers and problems. She is an excellent listener and able to draw on details of your background and sessions in which you have discussed things effortlessly. As ever, it's about getting you to sort out your own way forward rather than giving you a magic ticket and Karen does this very well."

Peter - Headteacher

"Losing weight, and then maintaining it, I believe is only 50% food, the rest is attitude, knowing and helping yourself as you would your best friend.  When you understand how, have a plan and then live it with enjoyment and not feel deprived is at the heart of it.

Karen understands this, doesn’t play down how trying the changes required can be and is a great coach. She supports you in such a kind way whilst teaching you how to view yourself, be kinder to yourself, lose any shame, brush off any bad days (which everyone in life has and will continue to have) and learn to handle them differently when you can.

I have lost just short of 3 stones in 8 months, in a healthy way that is not depriving me from the social, enjoyable and fun side of eating.  I am now in the next phase of cracking how to maintain the weight as I have yo-yoed for the last 15 years.


Karen truly cares about you and your individual needs, doesn't give you platitudes and has such an amazing ability to always be available to help and support and the world needs more people like her!"

Fiona P - Beaconsfield

I have been dealing with trich (Trichotillomania or TTM)since I was 10 years old and only my close family knew about it.  When I met Karen for the first time I was a bit reserved and I didn't feel comfortable talking about the condition. However, her positive energy and relaxed approach helped me to open up during our conversations. She was genuinely interested in helping me cope with stress and trich. By sharing her own struggle with the condition she gave me courage throughout the change process. I consider Karen a friend and I feel lucky that I had her as a coach!

Olivia, London