Nicky Clinch is a transformational life coach, counsellor and macrobiotic chef who found herself on a journey of self-transformation whilst recovering from addiction and eating disorders.
How did you get into healing?
It was through an awakening of sorts but it didn’t happen over night. Throughout my teens I found myself in a very bad way mentally, emotionally and physically. By the time I was 20 I hit rock bottom. I knew if I wouldn’t change the way I was living my life I wasn’t going to make it much longer.
For the next decade I did a huge amount of work on myself. I began healing my past, learning how to feel my emotions again, and strengthening the relationship I had with myself. It was a huge transformation for me. I felt really blessed to even be alive.
Then, when I hit 30 my step-father died. It was a huge shock. When I got back from his funeral I couldn’t stop thinking how life is too short and I’d better start doing something that really mattered to me. I decided to start helping others through my own experiences. Within two months I enrolled to start training to be a healer and I’ve never looked back.
Where did you train?
I trained at The International School of Macrobiotics here in the UK, led and run by an incredible teacher and master Oliver Cowmeadow. It’s the only training in Europe that combines the study of oriental medicine, macrobiotic cooking and energy healing with emotional development and counselling. There’s an understanding that all aspects (food, lifestyle and our emotional stories) impact our health and wellbeing. I then went on to do extensive training in transformational work at The Concord Institute of Integral Studies.
What techniques do you specialise in?
I specialise in being able to find the point of ‘stuckness’ or stagnation (an oriental medicine term) within the body’s system that may be causing imbalances – illness, physical health issues or emotional and life issues. What is bringing that human being out of alignment from their most authentic self?
I then work on helping to release this and guide them back into more alignment and balance. It can be a very powerful process where the client may feel like they are ‘coming home’ to themselves, either again, or for the very first time. We may do this through emotional release or it may need to begin with a change in diet or lifestyle, but the overall process will always incorporate us working on all three areas.
Describe a typical session
I have to tell you that there really is no typical session. I assess each person uniquely. Every client I work with is different so first I will get as much detail as possible to get a very clear overall picture of who they are and where they are in their life and health. I prepare a Starter Pack where they share with me their past history in childhood and their core relationships, and also a clear picture on how they are feeding themselves. Not just looking at the food but the habits, patterns around their eating and their relationship with food. Lastly I look at their relationship with their bodies and any physical health symptoms that are occurring.
One client had major allergy issues that had gotten so severe she was now allergic to dust and suffering greatly from all sorts of debilitating symptoms. Having been on steroids and medication for years she had lost all confidence in herself and was in a constant state of anxiety. She came to me desperate for help. I also discovered from her Starter Form that she tragically lost her father very young and had never dealt with the grief around it.
In Oriental Medicine the root of allergy and sinus issues are the lungs, and the lungs are connected to emotional grief. I spotted this connection immediately. In her first session we immediately went back to the moment she found out her father had died when she was seven and a huge amount of grief was released. She cried for most of that session but said it felt like a relief as she’d never been able to cry about it before. I then gave her specific dietary recommendations to follow, some tools to help support her with any more emotion that may come up, and a meditation practice to begin with.
She has been coming to me weekly now for three months and her symptoms are almost 95% gone. She is healing from the inside out emotionally and mentally. She has more self-worth, feels more grounded and secure in her life, and is now enrolling in training to pursue a dream she had been ignoring for years. She is coming back home to who she authentically is and becoming much more empowered. This is transformational healing from the inside out and is incredibly beautiful to witness.
What advice would you give to people on the healing path?
Trust the process and take it one day at a time. Deep healing takes time and commitment and trust. It may not be easy but is worth every single step. Give it everything you’ve got. Also, make sure you are working with someone (or multiple people) you really trust as it is hard to do it on your own.
What are your plans for the future?
This is a really exciting year for me. I’m launching my brand new 8 Week Online Transformation Program in May called “Homecoming” which embodies the entire three pillar process I work with on people. Aimed at anyone that is feeling disconnected to themselves and wants to find their way back home to their more authentic selves. Hopefully it will give me the opportunity to offer this transformational process to a lot more people all over the world.
Anything else you’d like to share about being a healer?
Only that I find it a great honour to do this work. I know that I had to go through every single thing I went through to be able to do what I do today. And so everything has happened as it should and I trust completely that it always does. This is something I love to share with others – we may not see it clearly at the time but we each have the ability to take every single experience we walk through and use them as opportunities for more learning, growth and healing. And so nothing is a mistake, there are no failures and everything unfolds in perfect timing.