Pleased to meet you

Allow us to introduce ourselves,  we are Roots2Reality, an independent learning and development organisation based in Manchester.

We’ve worked with people at the sharp end of change for over 20 years. Using approaches developed in support, therapy, education we work with individuals and organisations providing learning & development opportunities that focus on;

    • Awareness and self management skills (to promote well-being and personal & professional development)
    • Communication & collaboration skills (to enhance connection, performance and productivity)

working across sectors, we bring our diverse experience with an approach that engages, makes sense and is practically useful in life, work and relationships.


We formed Roots2Reality back in 2013 when we chose to leave a 'Service" based approach to helping and understanding people. We increasingly found that a problem based approach to helping people change and adapt to life's challenges often left people feeling cold, broken and 'not ok'. Indeed it felt that in some cases the approach often 'swallowed a spider to catch a fly'.

Don't get us wrong we know there's a lot of good people doing great jobs in services and education under sometimes really difficult circumstances. However we feel the focus on learning and training around policy & procedures, rather than understanding people (including ourselves) is creating a real disconnect between cultures in services and education, and the wider cultures in communities.

Having also worked in both frontline and higher management, it was also plain to see that despite professional qualifications and job titles the biggest influence on our performance in work (and indeed life!) was our own level of self awareness, the quality of our character, the purity of our intent and the Focus of our will. 

 These aren't the things we're taught in school, college or university. These are the more subtle yet hugely influential parts of our everyday experiences that influence us all the time. We focus more on learning systems and procedures than we do learning about how to understand people, including ourselves.

Why we do it like we do

We believe that the most important and often overlooked thing in life and work is People. The everyday experiences each of us has at home or at work is hugely influenced by the way we think about ourselves, the way we interact with others and the meaning we make of them.

It's these so called 'soft skills' that influence our every interaction and the quality of life we experience on a daily basis.  Indeed it's a human driven process that gets any task done and 'how' we do something is the difference that makes the difference in 'what' we do.

Everything we do in life is dependent on our state of mind, yet very few of us are ever taught about what makes us 'tick' as human beings. We give people the tools and models that can help them make sense of this experience of being human.


It's about self awareness

To work well with other people, and to indeed function well in society requires a high level of self awareness. How we're thinking and responding the events in our life is what makes us do what we do. We don't experience the world as it is, we experience it as we are.

Most of these internal processes happen outside of our awareness. We respond to the meanings we make and the how we structure that meaning internally in our narratives, stories, metaphors and body.

We help people increase their awareness of these processes and find ways to change, interact and get more choice. People tend to make the best choice we can at the time. Once we have more choices, we tend to use them.

Our unique approach to training and development is based around years of direct work with people at the sharp end of change. With a background in Health & Social care, we also have a wealth of experience from working across sectors from Services, Education, Prisons & Rehabilitation and Business and Leisure industries.

Our person centred approach empowers people to develop high levels of self awareness and develop skills that can;

  • help you understand and manage yourself better (Developing self awareness and skills to help manage emotion & behaviour)
  • communicate and collaborate better with others (understanding influence, motivation and clarity in communication)
  • improve performance and satisfaction (Improve learning, skills and achievements)
  • get clearer about direction and purpose in life (discover more about what's important to you and what you like to have happen)


It's not all about problems but our training and approaches can improve

  • self conflict, procrastination and 'stuckness'
  • manage stress and challenge positively
  • deal with conflict in families, teams and organisations



We are members of the International NLP Trainers Association and also The General Hypnotherapy Register.

Who we work with

We pride ourselves on our ability to connect to people from all backgrounds. We make the experience of  learning & development engaging, make sense on a very practical level and above all be useful in life and work. We work both with individuals through private work and also take referrals from organisations and services.

We have lots of experience of working with people who may have been diagnosed with a label that suggests neuro-diversity such as autism and mental health or learning disabilities, and work positively with everyone with the same focus on self awareness and self management. We have worked with groups that may be considered 'difficult to engage' or 'hard to reach' in prisons, domestic violence services and in business.

We work in education, services, business, prison, communities and anywhere where people interact. The powerful thing about our approach is that it doesn't matter what your background, focus or expertise is, the skills we share are based on helping you understand more about what you do and also being able to recognise and work positive with the difference in others.

We also hold open accredited and applied training courses based in Oldham, Huddersfield and Blackpool for people wanting to gain accredited qualifications in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming).

10/10 – Well paced, informative, very interesting and a good mix of theory and practise. The small groups meant we all had an opportunity to experience the practical. No place to hide of course! It was a good mix of like minded people. no-one dominated and I felt comfortable even though I hadn’t done the first part of the course with them.
I’d definitely recommend R2R training to others.

L.S. L.S. @ Counsellor

10/10 Eddie and Deb are both enthusiastic and passionate trainers. The course was very balanced and at a good pace. Excellent training.

J.V. J V @ mental health worker

10/10 Relaxed atmosphere with enthusiastic trainer with a non-judgemental approach. All aspects were useful and the pace was good for me.

A.G. A G @ Coach

10/10 Great atmosphere with friendly and patient trainer. Makes you eager to learn and with a good delivering speed.

E.G. E G @ Student Physiotherapist

10/10 Very informative, very well delivered. Some powerful concepts and shifts. All the practical activities support and consolidate the learning.

F.S. F S @ Coach

10/10 Very informative, concrete strategies, great rapport from the tutors during the sessions. Relevant content. Fabulous Weekends! Really enjoyed all of it to be honest, was able to see how I could use strategies to help me both professionally and personally. Great group sharing of experiences and Knowledge. (helpful)

A T @ Education Professional

10/10 The knowledge of the tutors and the way they delivered the content on a level I could understand. I have ‘dabbled’ with NLP previously but never got it! Extremely relevant personally and professionally – I will never think the same again. THANKYOU!

T.M-M. T M-M @ Behaviour Support

10/10 Fast paced, informative, interactive and concepts explained and demonstrated really well. Interactive, working in pairs and trying out the concepts – eg timelines / mirroring, language etc. Only course I’ve been on where I didn’t ‘dip’ and get tired. Brilliant tutors too.

Y.D.S Y D S @ CBT Counsellor

9/10 I feel that I have learnt a terrific amount about myself and how to consider other people’s feelings leading to their actions. I really enjoyed everything.

A.C. A C @ Business owner

9/10 Very engaging. Time flew and it was very immersive. Useful ways of helping others with ‘stuck’ ways and thinking.

E.U. E U @ Counsellor

10/10 for the combination of theory and practise.

V.C. V C @ Education professional

10/10 Inspiring, thought provoking, educational and practical. All of it was great and the techniques on the last day were surprisingly simple but effective.

S.W. S W @ Physical therapist

10/10 Friendly and informative. Can utilise in all areas.

R.P.K. R P K @ Business owner

10/10 Enjoyed all parts, useful in my future delivery. It was at a good pace.

A.N. A N @ Education Professional

10/10 I thoroughly enjoyed learning all the techniques to self help. I found the practical sessions excellent to deepen my understanding of each technique we learnt. I will be attending the Practitioner course!

A.T. A T @ Classrom assistant

10/10 Very knowledgeable, engaging, relevant and humorous trainers. Practical application linked to theory and lots of opportunity to practise it.

A.K. A K @ Headteacher

10/10 Engaging from welcome, interactive and full of ‘Whys and Hows’

H.M H M @ Tutor

10/10 – Course structure, time management and learning pace. Very user friendly and informative. Empowering.

S.J.M SJM @ Therapist

Upcoming Training events

Date/Time Event
NLP Practitioner Certification 24/09/2022
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
NLP Practitioner Certification
Adelaide Mill, Oldham