About - Coaching & Hypnosis Sanctuary

About Me

A retired Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery with 40 plus years of coaching experience.


Life Coaching

Originally from Poland, I started coaching well before the term was coined. As soon as I completed the essential training required by the regulatory body I began real coaching when I crossed the threshold of the National Cancer Institute.

Although the majority of patients were cured of cancer, there were many with limited life expectancy surrounded by desperate families in need of support.

In those days there was no training how to do it so we had to learn it by mastering empathy and linguistic skills. It was baptism by fire but worked well. How do you coach (look after psychological needs) of a five year child dying of leukaemia and who is aware of it?

My further training took me to the UK. Soon after arrival I was awarded equivalent of a British medical degree (LRCP MRCS). The surgical training in Leicester, Bristol, Glasgow and Cleveland Clinic in Ohio lead me to the position of Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery.

Becoming a consultant and trainer of young surgeons increased further the demand for coaching and mentoring skills. My patients had a calculable risk of perioperative mortality and some were facing imminent death without a prompt intervention.

My personal breakthrough happened in 2006 when I completed the NeuroLinguistic Practitioner course. At last I acquired fundamental knowledge of communication and how it can be used to the advantage of my patients then and clients now.

After retirement I trained extensively in life coaching, NLP and hypnosis and I have regained my sense of purpose helping others going through retirement, or anyone who needs help overcoming an obstacle in their life.


Coaching and Hypnosis Sanctuary
Jan 2020 – Present

Jul 1988 – Apr 2016

Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, York Hill Hospital for Sick Children
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Jan 1985 – Jun 1988

Royal Infirmary, Southmead General Hospital, Hospital for Sick Children
Feb 1983 – Jan 1985

Medical Degrees

Physician’s Diploma (Poland)
LRCP (Lon), MRCS (England), MD,
FRCS (England & Glasgow), FRCS CTh, FECTS

Licenses & Certifications

Certified Practitioner of Rapid Induction Therapy
Ali Campbell Training
Issued Oct 2021

Professional Hypnotherapy Diploma
Jacquin Hypnosis Academy
Issued Aug 2021

Certified Practitioner of Hypnotherapy
Ali Campbell Training
Issued Jul 2021

NLP Master Practitioner
International Teaching Seminars
Issued Jun 2021

Certified Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming
Ali Campbell Training
Issued Dec 2020

International Teaching Seminars
Issued Dec 2020

Dave Elman Hypnosis Methods
Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute
Issued Oct 2020

Having a life coach allows you to shed new light on certain scenarios in your life. It’s easier to see the solutions to the challenges you face from a different perspective and it can help you determine the best course of action to get the results you desire.