Habit Shift™


About HabitShift

Larry Birckhead, M.A. (Psychology), began his post-college work life managing a prison cell block of 125 felons and 13 prison guards helping establish a "community living" concept in corrections. He was “paroled” into community mental health providing short term, crisis intervention counseling to families whose children were referred from the juvenile justice system, and capped his work in the field providing addictions treatment as a therapist in a Seattle-area methadone maintenance program.

After a brief career in sales, he served as corporate trainer, organizational development consultant and manager, and business owner. While making his living as an independent consultant and trainer for the last 18 years, he began an in depth study of the structure of successful human change and has synthesized techniques from several areas of practice into what he calls HabitShift which he teaches in the areas of fitness, wellness, work/life balance, and mindfulness-based safety performance and stress reduction.

Partial Client List

  • Microsoft
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • Washington State University
  • Kennewick General Hospital
  • KEY Technology
  • Kadlec Medical Center
  • Fluor Hanford Inc.
  • Boeing
  • University of Toronto
  • St. Paul’s Hospital
  • City of Vancouver
  • Ventures West
  • SportMedBC
  • Mixx Co-Fitness
  • Canadian Housing Federation BC
  • Day & Zimmerman NPS
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • MetroVancouver
  • Western Energy Institute
  • Energy Northwest
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • U.S. Veterans Administration
  • Piper Jaffray
  • Lockheed-Martin
  • CH2MHill
  • BC Human Resources Management Association
  • Industrial Accident Prevention Council
  • University of Victoria
  • Capers Markets
  • Fraser Health Authority
  • Vancouver Island Health Authority
  • Langara College
  • La Clinica Health Center
  • Canadian Mental Health Association


Larry is a powerful, entertaining, knowledgeable, & polished presenter.  He models well what we need to do and be as trainers.

R. Mitchell

By the way, your contribution to this co-op is absolutely without parallel in our history. I certainly mention that every time I have a chance.

B. Ewing

Thank you so much for your presentation last Friday night! Everyone is excited now about making themselves ready to make the change for the better.

J. Villanueva

Your email made my day. You must be such a fabulous coach. I'm sure you know you spread a feeling of quiet, warm solidity and confidence just by your presence. I also really enjoyed reading your Q&A. Again and again, I found bits I thought my son would like to read. Thanks for coming out to The Sun once again - I wonder how many thousands benefited this time?

J. Lee

I began the HabitShift workshop feeling nearly hopeless about what I wanted to change (weight loss). How could four days make a significant difference when I had been struggling with this problem for decades? By the end of the workshop, I not only felt confident I could lose weight, I had developed skills and strategies to make the everyday acts of choosing, preparing and eating food both a pleasure and a spiritual practice. An amazing, healing transformation!

M Holscher, Ph.D. (Psychology)

The HabitShift workshop was beyond anything I could have imagined.  It gave me tools to shift any habit with confidence…..and success!

S McQuay, Massage Therapist

This is a program with experienced, professional  facilitators, based on documented research, oriented toward practical solutions to unproductive habits.  It encourages self-examination and revealed for me many other related life patterns.  I will apply this not only on a personal level but in my business, as well.  A highly effective and beautifully balanced program.

J Dov Glock, M.A., C.C.C.

“I want to express my gratitude to you and the HabitShift workshop for helping me find the determination, courage, strategies and support to change my lifestyle.  I am so confident of the power of the HabitShift technology that I would be willing to share my successful experience with anyone wanting to free themselves of habits that are in their way. “

John Gan, Founder, TMC Canada Inc., CEO, Lifestyle Investing

Attending the HabitShift workshop was certainly useful in looking at and dealing with habits that I have been unable to shift completely.  Some of the tools and techniques that were used initially didn’t seem to have any impact, however, in sticking with the process I began to see new ways to approach my desired habits/patterns that really made a difference for me.

J Stott, Success Coach

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