My name is Alan Combies. I am a professional transformational coach who is driven by a deep curiosity of how our experience is being created from moment to moment, and the secret to living a flourishing life. I have an office in Los Angeles, California where I see clients and run monthly Meetup groups, seminars, and trainings.
In 1995 I graduated from college with a Bachelors in psychology. While doing research and studying the text books I came across the work of psychology pioneer William James. James offered a refreshing, philosophical approach compared to what I had formerly come across, and I became inspired and intrigued by the history of the man and his contributions to the field.
Upon graduating college however, I decided to pursue my passion for playing the drums which lead me from Sacramento to Los Angeles. After graduating a year-long program in percussion studies, my anxieties and fears (which began in my late teens) began to grow, and while I continued to play music in local bands, my coping skills of drinking and drugging started to take their toll.
After a series of life transitions fueled by a misguided attempt to find relief from outside circumstances, I began looking into personal development as a way to ‘improve’ my 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 I finally found some relief with EFT and decided to begin helping others using the technique.
In 2008 shortly after making this decision, while I was doing research I 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 else I had come across at the time. I will always remember the first time that I worked with a friend addressing her relationship woes using Robert’s techniques. I got such great results and feedback that I was hooked immediately and began working with clients in my spare time right away.
In 2010 I 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 me (Sydney Banks passed away in 2009). Whereas Robert’s techniques manipulate thought and emotions, the Three Principles of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought that Mr. Banks articulate, point to the space before thoughts and emotions to how our experience of life is created from moment to moment.
By combining all of this knowledge with my training in conversational style hypnotherapy, I eventually created my Process of Change which allows me to connect deeply with my clients and guide them through a journey of intervention, education, and support so that they may flourish. In other words… Transformational Coaching.
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