I’m Ana Bárbara, Therapeutic Coach and Founder of Essentially and Forward – Integrative
I strongly believe in the dynamic interplay of mental, emotional and physical health and its role in
everyone’s sense of wellbeing. We frequently get stuck by attributing what is happening in our lives
to only one of the domains and fail to look at our own big picture.
To move forward in life and to build a sustainable future vision it is necessary to look at what might
be getting in the way – both current and past challenges. These can be sensitive territories to
navigate. Therefore, with the therapeutic components of my training and work I bring a more gentle
but effective approach to life coaching.
The core elements of my work are Hypnotherapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Life
Coaching. I hold additional qualifications Master’s level qualification in Integrative Healthcare with
National Centre for Integrative Medicine, which enables me to fully have an understanding of the
best approaches between conventional and complementary medicine for different conditions.
I have a special interest in somatic approaches for emotional regulation, such as Emotional Freedom
Technique (EFT) – also known as tapping. My approach is to empower my client’s mindset to deal
with challenging life situations such as health conditions, relationship difficulties, chronic stress or
low-self-esteem issues, focusing on the role and impact of their emotional landscape on their sense
The therapeutic time with my clients is dedicated to understanding their internal ‘world map’,
preferences, values, and priorities towards their life and health, using that to define sustainable
goals to work towards together as a team.
As well as providing 1:1 support to clients, I am also interested in health promotion in local
communities. In 2022 I was part of a charity funded project to support low-cost access to
complementary therapies to the Grenfell community in London.
If you’d like to work with me, please do get in touch for a free 30min discovery call which you can
book via the website: www.essentiallyandforward.com