Ruth Bigger

Ruth Bigger

2 Railway Terrace
M21 0RQ

M20 2RZ

07803 759451

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2 Railway Terrace
M21 0RQ

M20 2RZ

07803 759451

About me

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Life coaching

What would it be like for you to listen in to your deepest wishes and then act from that place? So often we dismiss what we want, tell ourselves it’s not possible, or maybe we will take notice next week, or next year. Coaching helps us pay attention to our innermost longings and move towards making them happen in our lives. We can learn to work with our procrastinating or impulsive selves, by making small changes happen and building our confidence to create a future we want.

Sounds straightforward? We tend to make it a whole lot more complicated- why?

We get caught in the busyness of life, rush from one activity to another so by the end of the day we are too exhausted to give attention to our personal development. Often it is only when we hit a crisis that we finally accept we must do something.

We can believe we can’t have what we want. We can tell ourselves that we won’t get that promotion, we don’t deserve it; other people are better. We can be harsh towards ourselves in ways we would not be to others. At such times, we can see ourselves as victims of others; our boss, our colleagues and feel powerless to change the situation.

Early survival patterns kick in- we think we can handle everything, and find it hard to show our vulnerability. We lose our authentic nature in the midst of keeping our show on the road.

When I was 55, I knew I had to make major changes in my life.  It was hard but with support, I left a long term relationship, and started personal development work to transform, and live the life I want. At 60, I came out as lesbian.  It was a confusing time and yet made so much sense!  I had listened to myself, and connected to me.

So my invitation is not to wait.  Whatever is calling you, then start today listening to you.

When we connect to ourselves  and trust our inner guidance, then we can move to a place where we can embrace change.  We can learn to see the mindsets and beliefs that have limited us and transform ourselves. It can be tough- we can question if what we want is really possible. Self-doubt can creep in at every opportunity!  In coaching, it is about taking small steps to change, and building on these - the changes we want really are possible!

What to expect from a coaching session

In the first session, we will look at where you want to be in your life, what are the changes you want to make. This may be a tangible goal like working towards a career change, or about how you are in yourself, such as being calmer, less reactive.

It is helpful at this point for me to have some understanding of your family background, current support networks, hobbies and work etc. At the end of the session, you will be able to say where you want to be in 3-6 months time.  Each session after that, the work is about identifying a small step in your overall direction.

We may use different ways of connecting to what is important for you such as discussion, drawing, writing and meditation.

I work from a lovely quiet room a short distance from the centre of Chorlton. I also coach outdoors in local parks.  Please discuss this if you are interested in this.


being compassionate to our inner critic
working with procrastination
focus and concentration
sexual, gender identity issues
coming out, relationships
beliefs around money issues
building healthy self-esteem and confidence
moving towards positive loving relationships
career planning
managing work issues and relationships
managing family and cultural pressures
developing good decision making

I am a LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer / questioning) affirmative coach.

Coaching outdoors

I also offer coaching outdoors, generally in Fletcher Moss in Didsbury to open to exploring other green spaces of Manchester. It can be liberating connect with nature, noticing the beauty of what is around us as we talk about those matters of importance to you. Please contact me for details if you would like to know more.

How often do we meet?

Coaching sessions are set at a frequency that meet your needs. Often people start with more frequent times, such as weekly or fortnightly, then may move to monthly. This can be agreed at the first introductory and reviewed as we go.

Training, qualifications & experience


2018 Post Graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Leadership and Organisational Coaching (Middlesex University).
2016 Certificate in Life Coaching from the Institute of Psychosynthesis
2007 Master NLP Practitioner
1997 MA in Social Work
1980 Social Work Qualification (CQSW)

Other areas of coaching I deal with

LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning) issues


For Life Coaching, I offer a free half hour discussion with you, face to face  or via phone, to explore how we could work together, the issues you are looking for support with, and if coaching is for you. If we go ahead, I charge £50 for an hour. Reduction for block bookings of 6 sessions or longer. Rates negotiable for people on low income- please ask.

For Business and Organisational Coaching, charges are £60 per hour (small organisations- less than 20 staff), £75 per hour for organisations with 20+staff. Reductions for long term coaching.

Manchester, M21 0RQ
Manchester, M20 2RZ

Type of session

Online life coaching: No
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: No

Not at Chorlton but I hope to be able to book soon a wheelchair accessible room in Stockport as an alternative venue.


I am available for coaching sessions on weekdays, and evenings.