This article was first published in The Times Kuwait on November 18, 2012

Chikky Sirish, a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Life Coach and Lifestyle Consultant, who runs her own coaching Practice in Kuwait recently spoke to ‘The Times’ about her profession and some of the successful breakthroughs she has achieved for her clients.

Ms. Sirish began by clarifying that Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) was a method of influencing behavior through the use of language and communication to recode the way the brain responds to stimuli. Quoting Richard Bandler she said “It is a system of alternative therapy which seeks to educate people in self-awareness and effective communication, and to change their patterns of mental and emotional behavior so that they manifest newer, better behavior patterns.”

With a Masters in Business Administration in Marketing and Sociology and having been trained by Dr. Richard Bandler, co founder of NLP, Ms. Sirish is well qualified to help her clients in styling their lives. During the last 15 years, this new NLP practitioner, who has been in Kuwait, has brought about positive changes in the lives of many individuals and corporate customers.

Having a proficiency in communicating with diverse audiences, she has a client list that spans cultures, languages and social groupings for her coaching seminars and individual sessions in Life and Lifestyle coaching.

So, we put to her, “What exactly is Life and Lifestyle coaching?” “Life coaching is the process of helping people to identify the skills and capabilities that are within the person, and enabling them to use these potentials to the best of their ability.

Life Coaching involves many processes and techniques, of which NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Hypnotherapy, Time Paradigm Techniques and Anchoring are just a few.”

Life Coaching is right for you if you:

❏ Find yourself often confronted with limiting thoughts like “I can’t”, “why me?”, “it always happens to me”, “it’s not possible”, and so on

❏ Want to improve the quality of your life and those around you

❏ Want to be able to handle stress easily and effortlessly

❏ Feel a lack of purpose or direction in life

❏ Want to change and/or get rid of certain habits

❏ Want to stop addictions, for example, smoking

❏ Want to communicate more effectively

❏ Want better inter-personal relationships

❏ Find that you are constantly feeling fatigued and energized for no medical reason

❏ Want to get rid of phobias

❏ Want to overcome depression

❏ Want to feel motivated

❏ Want to build confidence

❏ Need to set goals for yourself and achieve them

❏ Want to feel the best that you possibly can

It is also effective in aiding children with learning issues, for resolving marital issues and for helping professionals
cope and handle high levels of stress. In general, life coaching is for anyone who wants to feel and act the best they can be to get the most out of their life.

“Life Coaching is not only for individuals, it is also applicable for organizations. It has been found that work related stress is the number one cause of most disease in our society. Corporations can liberate those that work for them from this menace of modern society by engaging in life coaching for their staff. Personnel who attend life coaching will soon learn how to work more efficiently and energetically without burning themselves out in the process.

Packages are tailored for different level of staff and customized to suit the requirements of the organization. Life coaching also involves group seminars on general topics like Communication, Motivation and Discipline.”

“Lifestyle consultancy differs from life coaching in that it is an integrated approach to mind, body and home. It aims to achieve a motivated, efficient and congruent mind; a well-presented body; and a beautiful, well-balanced home.

This would primarily involve elements of Personal Styling, Interior Styling and Decoration and Life Coaching.” “If you want to feel your best in all aspects of your life, then Lifestyle coaching is for you. Personal styling is also meant for people who find they are spending too much of their time deciding on things like what to wear, or are just looking for a fresh boost of energy into your wardrobe.

Interior styling is for those who would like to give a complete facelift or a new décor to their home interiors. Lifestyle Solutions for Corporations involves interacting with all the personnel so that they always feel, act and respond in a positive manner that translates into further growth and success for the organization. Staff grooming, etiquette and presentation play a vital role in lifestyle solutions for corporations.

The staff, in many cases, are representatives of the Corporate at large and in that sense need to be able to reflect that. With the required training, the staff will feel more at one with the organization, giving them a sense of belonging and ‘oneness’.

With respect to the Office area, this is where staff spend most of their working day. And, with this in mind, it should be a pleasant space that will evoke positive feelings from them. Elements of Feng-Shui and decoration are utilized to bring about the most conducive surroundings for motivation and energy for both the staff and the visitors. The seminar on Life Coaching and Lifestyle Coaching will explore the application of these fields in your everyday life for the purpose of making your life more meaningful and enriched. To discover a definitive way to improve your self and your life visit

– The Times Kuwait Report

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