Gill Coombs MSc Career and Personal Transition and Transformation

Gill Coombs MSc  Career and Personal Transition and Transformation

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01803 762840 / 07729 331676

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About me

I bring a warm, supportive and perceptive approach to helping you achieve personal and professional goals (see below for client reviews).

I can help you:

  • Clarify and plan the next phase of your life
  • Recognise and work with blocks that stop you moving forward
  • Resolve workplace issues that are getting you down
  • Develop personal confidence
  • Develop resilience for stressful times
  • Constructively address fears and concerns about today's world 
  • Build effective working relationships
  • Identify your values, passions, qualities and unique skills
  • Apply for jobs and prepare for interviews
  • Plan and start your own business
  • Explore that elusive sense of purpose, whatever it means for you...

...and much more!

You could be at any stage of life: finishing education and deciding what to do next; seeking a complete change of direction; or wanting to make good 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 maybe you're not working at all at the moment. You probably have an interest in work that's aligned with your values, and contributes something positive. But it doesn't all have to be about work! I recognise that all areas of life impact on each other.

How ?
I draw on coaching, counselling, advising and/or mentoring as appropriate. I work holistically, acknowledging and taking into account other areas of your life that may be significant to your working life. Warm, insightful, and encouraging, I'll offer you a carefully considered blend of challenge and support. I draw on a wide range of approaches and activities, depending 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. Free initial conversation to see if we're suited for those who'd like it - or jump right in!

My work is informed by a passionate 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 positive to the world. 15 years experience in organisational coaching and recruitment, 8 years in private practice.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Coaching (Distinction)
  • Advanced Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling
  • EMCC member
  • Myers Briggs Practitioner
  • Personal Strengths Practitioner
  • NLP Core Skills
  • Transactional Analysis 101
  • Certificate in Gestalt in Organisations
  • MSc in Holistic Science, Schumacher College
  • Ongoing CPD including Mindfulness, Working with Dreams, Positive Psychology.

I also give talks and workshops on finding the right work, and my book Hearing our Calling was published by Floris in 2014.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

Holistic coaching; meaning and purpose; 21st century world

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£35 - £50 per session, depending on resources. Free initial conversation to see if we're suited, for those who prefer not to jump straight in.

*If you are currently experiencing financial hardship, and would find coaching helpful but are worried you can't afford it, do please contact me to discuss possibilities.

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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)

'Although I only had one session with Gill, she seemed to catch the essence of my dilemma quickly, and what was in my way within myself, and lead me to some clarity about what options to explore next. All within an hour!' (Kamali)

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)

Totnes, TQ9

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


GMT 7.30am - 5.30pm, weekdays. Some evening/weekend appointments possible by request.

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