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Dr. David Perl 

David's passion for personal development and understanding human behaviour originated from his father's holocaust experience. David qualified as a medical doctor from University of London in 1984 and spent a number of years in clinical practice including in psychiatry and General Practice. He also undertook training  in hypnotherapy.

David than founded docleaf in 1997 and has developed it into one of the UK's most respected crisis leadership and support practices.  During this time, he has mentored business leaders through the most extreme of crises. David has had his share of business and life failures, from which he has learnt more than the successes.

More latterly David is undertaking a 4 year diploma in psychotherapy, trained in NLP and has been a member of a number of personal development groups. 

He has also spent time as a professional speaker, talking internationally. 

His main goal in life is to live more consciously and help others reach their true potential.


Rebecca Sparkes

Rebecca brings over fifteen years of public relations, media relations and investor relations experience to docleaf. She began her career in public relations in the financial PR arms of CHIME communications.

She became Managing Director of MBA Public Relations –a specialist travel and tourism consultancy – before crossing over into journalism and arts/third sector public relations. Throughout her career, Rebecca has worked with the voluntary sector, working with addiction, and with families affected by addictive or depressive illness.

She began training as a UKCP/BACP accredited psychotherapist and currently works in private practice and in the NHS. Rebecca runs many of docleaf’s media training workshops, and works in tandem with David Perl, providing depth coaching and 24/7 confidant support to global businesses. She believes that the relationship of unconditional positive regard is at the very heart of successful depth coaching.