Privately, Hester provides high quality one-to-one coaching for individuals wishing to establish more positive ways of living their lives.Through the use of powerful NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques, Hester assists her clients in dealing with the underlying causes of existing unhelpful behaviours, establishing empowering new behaviours and setting attainable and sustainable goals for the future. Hester works one-to-one with both adults and children.


Hester also regularly delivers talks to parents on sound self-esteem, teaching children how to win friends and influence people and how to survive (and even enjoy!) the teenage years. These talks provide parents with positive and effective strategies to boost their child's confidence, resilience and independence. Each of these talks are held once a term during the evening at Neville Hall, Waltham St Lawrence and are also delivered throughout the year to schools across London and South East England.  In addition, Hester and her team also regularly deliver bespoke interactive and empowering workshops for teaching staff on INSET days.

If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves (Thomas Edison)

Effective Steps is run by Hester Bancroft, BSc (Hons) Psych (1st Class), Master Practitioner of NLP, member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS) and mother of three. She has extensive experience working with adults and children both privately and in the state sector  for the charity Mind. Effective Steps is the service provider for the National Pyramid Scheme in the Bracknell Forest area. Through this scheme Hester and her team work in 20 schools directly with children who have been identified as having low self-esteem, allowing them to explore different issues, increase their social skills and gain much needed confidence and resilience. If you would like to know more about this work please click on the Pyramid Scheme link:

Pyramid Scheme Schools

Effective Steps Ltd

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