Gill Coombs MSc - coach, author and facilitator
01803 762840 / 07729 3331676
A sense of purpose is vital for wellbeing. Transitions are possible - and sometimes essential - at any stage of life. I work with college leavers and retirees; with clients from mainstream business sectors and small enterprises; and with the self-employed, or those who would like to be. And some clients come with no idea where they want to go next!
- Identify your unique skills and qualities.
- Clarify your values and passions.
- Recognise and plan the next phase of your life.
- Identify and work with blocks to moving forward.
- Plan and start your own business.
- Apply for jobs.
- Prepare for interviews.
- Build effective working relationships.
- Work in a way that's fulfilling and productive.
- Explore that elusive sense of purpose, whatever it means for you...
You could be at any stage of life: finishing education and deciding what to do next; a complete change of career, or making best use of your energy, wisdom and skills in retirement. You could be working in any sector, at any level. maybe you want to explore workplace issues confidentially. Or you might not be working (in a job) at all. But you probably have an interest in being busy in a way that's aligned with your values.
I draw on coaching, counselling, advising and/or mentoring skills as appropriate. I'm not a practising therapist and don't deal with serious mental health issues - but the work is sometimes therapeutic! Warm, insightful, and perceptive, I'll offer you a carefully considered blend of challenge and support. I draw on a wide range of approaches and activities, depending on what suits each unique person best, to help you achieve your goals.
I work at my home near Totnes in Devon, and with national and international clients on Skype or by phone.
Typically an initial agreement for six sessions, fortnightly, with the option for further sessions if required. But we can make a plan to suit you the first time we meet.
My work is informed by a passionately held belief that work should and can be, on the whole, a fulfilling experience that draws on each person's unique skills and passions, whilst contributing something of value to the world. 15 years experience in organisational coaching and recruitment, 7 years in private practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a therapeutic counsellor 1997-2000. I worked as a Learning and Development specialist in organisations for many years, coaching and teaching coaching. I qualified as a coach (with Distinction) in 2010, and achieved an MSc in Holistic Science in 2011/12, specialising in the human being at work in the world. I've had my private practice since 2010, and it's been steadily growing...
I also give talks and workshops in this topic, and my book Hearing our Calling was published by Floris in 2014. I'm also a coach for students taking Metanoia's MSc in Organisational Development: A Gestalt Perspective.
Here's a full list of relevant learning:
- Wonderful teachers including Jan Mojsa, Satish Kumar, Jenny Mackewn, Howard Boorman and Malcolm Parlett
- Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
- Myers Briggs Practitioner
- Personal Strengths Practitioner
- NLP Core Skills
- Transactional Analysis 101
- Certificate in Gestalt in Organisations
- Diploma in Coach-Mentoring (Distinction)
- MSc in Holistic Science
- Ongoing membership of a Gestalt practitioners’ CPD group
- Regular participation in OCM alumni CPD days
- Time spent learning from the natural world
- Reading broadly
- Discussion and debate with others from a wide variety of professional and cultural backgrounds
- Practise, mistakes, successes, feedback, reflection and more practise!
Areas of coaching I deal with
Other areas of coaching I deal with
Holistic coaching; coaching for ethical living
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£35 - £50 per session, depending on resources.
I believe the world would benefit if everyone could access support at times of change and transition. If you're currently experiencing hardship, contact me for a chat. I have never yet turned anyone away because of finances; an arrangement that works for both of us is always possible!
What clients say:
'Gill has a deep understanding about people and the world we live and work in; her quiet perceptiveness and ability to truly listen enabled me to quickly focus on the issues which were significant to the impasse in which I had found myself. Gill's kind and professional manner allowed me to trust her with my most sensitive feelings. Whatever happens next for me, this experience has been a profoundly valuable turning point.' (Frances)
'Working with Gill over the past few weeks has been incredibly invaluable. She is very perceptive, and has helped me move forward from a difficult time, which I didn’t believe would be possible. Gill has provided me with the support, insight and tools I needed to work through my life/career challenges, for which I am very grateful.' (Claire)
'My work with Gill has been deeply significant and often surprising. She is extremely insightful and brings together great expertise and skill in a sensitive and effective way. Gill very quickly tailored her approach to our coaching work in a way that fits my personality and the particular issues we are working with really well. She brings humour, compassion and professionalism into the coaching relationship and I always feel supported by her.' (Helen)
'By giving me a safe and nurturing space in which to explore my calling, Gill enabled me to rediscover a greater confidence in a more authentic me, and to channel my skills into fulfilling work. After each session I left with greater clarity and renewed energy to share with those around me.' (Patrick)
'Gill has a gift for asking the right questions in the right way. Her approach helped me reframe a sense of defeat into an experiment with a new direction. She also helped me define what it is I want to get from my work. All this helped me to see that I could meet my objectives in ways I hadn't previously considered.' (Richard)
'Gill is very good at developing life coaching based on the individual’s personality rather than a one size fits all model. She has greatly helped me to understand how I naturally operate, the strengths and blind spots I possess and the opportunities to use this insight to better achieve my goals. I have been surprised by the insights I have gained, beyond what I was expecting.' (Emily)
'Gill has been excellent at helping me take the first steps in creating my own business venture, something that I have wanted to do for many years, and has helped turn the courage of my convictions into an actionable plan. Gill is an astute and effective listener and able to gently and assertively pull up by the roots what is really going on.' (Paul)
'Gill's holistic approach, coupled with her depth of experience and knowledge have allowed me to really explore and develop - to reconnect with my inner self. As a non-linear thinker Gill's methods have worked really well, this has been achieved by her understanding of diverse thinking. My work with Gill is ongoing, I always end sessions with some new wisdom about myself and the world I wish to live in.' (Teresa)
Type of session
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GMT 7.30am - 5.30pm, weekdays. Some evening/weekend appointments possible by request.