Alan Combies is a professional transformational coach who is driven by his deep curiosity of how we create our experience, and the secret to living a life that is flourishing. Alan has an office in Los Angeles, California where he sees clients and runs monthly Meeetup groups, seminars, and trainings.
In 1995 Alan’s curiosity was sparked after he rather arbitrarily switched his major in college from music to psychology. While doing research and studying his text books he came across the work of psychology pioneer William James. James offered a refreshing, philosophical approach compared to what Alan had formerly come across, and he was inspired and intrigued by the history of the man and his contributions to the field.
Upon graduating college however, Alan decided to pursue his passion for playing the drums which lead him to move from Sacramento to Los Angeles. After graduating a year-long program in percussion studies, Alan’s anxieties and fears began to grow, and while he continued to play music in local bands, his coping skills of drinking and drugging began to take their toll.
After a series of life transitions fueled by a misguided attempt to find relief from outside circumstances, Alan began looking into personal development as a way to ‘improve’ his life. This began a journey that eventually lead to a study of and exploration into the fields of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). After years of coping with social anxiety he finally found some relief with EFT and decided that he would begin helping others using the technique.
In 2008 shortly after making this decision while doing research Alan came across the work of Robert Gene Smith. Robert’s method of uncovering the psychological and emotional structure of problems made more sense than anything he had come across, and when Alan first worked with a friend addressing her relationship woes using Robert’s techniques he got such great results that he was hooked immediately and began practicing with clients, as the feedback he was getting was excellent and encouraging.
In 2010 Alan was introduced to the work of Theosopher Sydney Banks through an NLP trainer named Jamie Smart. As with Robert’s work, the understandings that Sydney Banks communicated through his recordings and books deeply resonated with Alan (Sydney Banks passed away in 2009). Whereas Robert’s techniques manipulate thought and emotions, the Three Principles that Mr. Banks articulates point to the space before thoughts and emotions to how we create our experience of life.
By combining this knowledge with his training in conversational style hypnotherapy, Alan has created his Process of Change which allows him to connect deeply with his clients and guide them through a journey of intervention, education, and support so that they may flourish.