About Alison

Alison Blackler

My Own Journey

In 2010, I was yearning for a change in direction, and I left my 25-year career in the NHS to establish my own business, 2minds. My work with people and teams helps you to explore, recognise, and understand why we think like we do. Using the neuroscience behind our behaviours, this enables and empowers people to become more aware of how the mind works. During the last 10 years, I have worked one-to-one with many individual clients, delivered leadership and team programmes for large corporates such as BMW, Sainsbury’s, as well as other smaller businesses. I also enjoy working with RiseUp in prisons and Magical Spelling in schools across the UK.

I am often asked ‘have you always been confident?’. The simple answer is no.

My positive change and personal development are not something that happened overnight. I started off life not really believing in myself, I was plodding along and did not realise that there were any other options.

My journey of self-discovery has been a long and progress one. I was pretty average at school and looking back probably limited myself. I was being heavily influenced doing what I thought others wanted me to do, I was seeking external approval and I was not sure of who I was.

I was not necessarily unhappy, although I was certainly within my comfort zone. In my mid 20’s, I started to ask myself why? Why do I think negatively about myself? Why do I do certain things? Who am I? Is this all that I am?

I started to meet more people, moved from the North East to the North West and decided to follow my dreams. I got curious about human behaviours and how the mind functions. This was my passion I soon realised. I started to search for answers for myself.

This started my journey to train as a counsellor and I then studied Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Through my training, I was able to explore my own thinking and behaviours, so I can put my hand on my heart and be authentic to the services that I offer.

During my 25-year career in the NHS, I worked in many roles supporting people’s wellbeing. I worked as a counsellor alongside GP’s with patients suffering with issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, self-harm. I specialised in drug and alcohol addition, domestic abuse and safeguarding. I also spent time working with young people.

I was then introduced to Neuro-Linguistic Programming and this helped me to further develop my own confidence and self-belief. This prompted me to leave the security of the NHS, with the permanent post and the pension to branch out and go at it alone. This was the ultimate test of me believing in myself and was my defining moment when I was doing what was right for me.

Alison Blackler
A Path Travelled

Since setting up 2minds, I continue my training in coaching and clean language coaching, and I have further developed my skills and experience to supporting teams and businesses.  My own self-belief and journey have become a huge part of my offer, and this is the place that I support others to get to that too.

The most important thing I believe is to like yourself, in fact love yourself. There is nothing I find more rewarding than working with people and teams to explore their true self.

If you are ready to explore your journey of self-discovery, to understand how your mind works, or wanting to increase employee engagement and have better results for your organisation, please contact me via phone/email.

My personal journey and my professional training are an integral part of my books ‘A Path Travelled – How to make sense of your life’ and ‘A Path Travelled – How to make sense of relationships. These are packed full of exercises and examples to understand how the mind works, how to overcome your own challenges and find your true self.

My Approach

My work with people and teams help them to explore, recognise and understand why we think like we do. Using the neuroscience behind our behaviours, this enables and empowers people to become more aware of how the mind works.

This approach works particularly well in leadership which creates employee engagement and better results for organisations.

The sessions evolve as the individual or team needs them. I use a unique combination of coaching, clean language coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming, and free people from their challenges and self-limiting beliefs. The mind is really powerful, it doesn’t come with a manual and my job is to help you find yours. I believe that everyone has all the answers within, it is my job to guide you and ask all the right questions.

I find that self-awareness allows leaders to understand their impact on others. If that is combined with emotional intelligence and social intelligence, then they have the capability to be more effective leaders. Some leaders will already express innate high levels of emotional intelligence, but this can also be learned.

We all love learning more about ourselves and how we think, behave and act; why we do what we do compared to others

A team leader’s feedback about me was “Her vivaciousness and natural ability to engage people is unique“.

I am based on the Wirral, Merseyside although may travel to reach you.