Passionate About Inspiring Others

Hello, I'm Nicky Drew and I'm the owner of Hippo Coaching.  Thank you for taking the time to look through my website.  I am passionate about the field of mental well-being and helping people to improve the quality of their life.



First class degree in Psychology of Human Communication Bsc (Hons)

HG. Dip. P.  Level 3 Psychotherapy Diploma (Distinction) with The Human Givens Institute. Accredited by the PSA

One Thought Foundation Practitioner Programme

Certified SPARK Facilitator - Spark Initiative - Teen

Postgraduate Certificate in Personal and Business Coaching through Barefoot Coaching

Many professional holistic therapy qualifications

Mindfulness Teacher

Divine I AM Transmission Practitioner

Professional Membership - MHGI

Current Experience

I have a private practice helping clients wake up to their well-being.

I work with a mental health charity providing one to one support, training and support groups.

I work closely with PTSD Resolution helping military veterans overcome trauma.

I work with a number of businesses and occupational health companies helping to increase employee well-being.

You can check out the holistic healing focus of my work at www.afreemind.co.uk

Previous Experience

Student Therapist (Consultant) at The University of Derby

Human Resources Consultant with companies such as Accenture.

Adapt Children's Charity supporting families with poorly and premature babies.

Programme Manager running an initial teacher training programme.

I have had my own holistic health business for over ten years.

Associate Coach with Worth-it Projects coaching teenagers in school and delivering mental well-being and coaching training to parents and professionals.

In life I have navigated the death of a parent to cancer during my twenties, a child having open heart surgery, marriage breakdown and life as a single parent.  I always operate from a non-judgemental position.


My practice is underpinned by the Human Givens understanding of human nature and behaviour and the 3 Principles understanding of psychology.  This is a set of organising ideas that provides an holistic, scientific framework for understanding the way that individuals and society work.


I am non-judgemental and believe that everyone is doing the best they can with their thinking and level of understanding at the time.  We are all works in progress and are doing the best we can with the knowledge and resources we have at that moment.


I also ensure that, no matter what the issue, clients leave appointments feeling better than they arrived.  I use relaxation techniques such as guided imagery to achieve this.

Privacy Notice 

Your personal information will be kept in accordance with the Data Protection legislation on the basis that you have given your consent to information about you being held by the therapist, which means that they will:

  • use your contact details only to get in touch with you about matters relating to your therapy, such as appointments and to provide helpful information, where appropriate, unless you have given your explicit consent for the therapist to contact you for other purposes.

  • retain notes of your treatment for a period of 7 years, in accordance with professional requirements and will take steps to ensure the security of the record.

  • not share your personal information with other individuals or organisations, except where they have reason to believe you or others to be at risk, or where there is a legal duty to disclose it, or as otherwise specified, if applicable. (If the last clause is applicable, your therapist will explain it to you.)

  • provide you with free access to the information they hold about you, should you wish.

Delivering whole school well-being training to teachers