How can we work together? 

Let me count the ways! I offer one-to-one indoor and outdoor coaching for individuals whether you're stuck in a life rut, or want to gain more confidence to grow your business. There are no rules or exceptions. I also work with businesses and organisations to deliver training and workshops on empathy in the workplace, authentic leadership and the use of green space. Simply use the Get In Touch form or email me at ruth@whitepeakwellbeing.com 

What's 'trail-work'?

Trail work is my most bespoke, 1-to-1 and intensive personal-development package. In essence it is coaching on long-distance walking trails. I am a keen walker/hiker/trekker and can testify to the developmental power of long-distance walks. Walking for several days or weeks at a time on a physical and emotional/mental journey offers a profound insight into ourselves and our inner strength and perseverance. Succeeding on a long-distance trail is incredibly empowering, motivating and often life changing. For those who want to walk with someone I am available to join you on your journey and offer you support along the way. Please get in touch if this is of interest.  

What's your style? 

I am not the kind of coach who is wed to models (though sometimes models can be helpful!). Instead, we will look at where 'you're at' and what you want from coaching and start from there. In fact, you might not yet know what you want from coaching only that it would probably be helpful. That's ok too!

I take a whole person approach to everything that I do. My coaching (and counselling) style is primarily person-centred and collaborative; driven by your goals and desires, which we'll continually explore as we work together. This is about you. I'm here to listen, encourage, support and nurture you, and hopefully offer  you some new or different ways of thinking. Sometimes I might challenge you to consider it differently. However, I will never tell you what to do, as I believe that only you are the expert on your own life. I'm about empowering not instructing. You have the answers, I just work with you to find them. 

I  understand the power of personal stories and narratives; and may help you (where appropriate) think about the story of your life so far and how you might want to see the next chapter develop. My work is also heavily influenced by existential phenomenological thinking and meaning-making in the 'lived' here and now moment. My passion is nature and the Outdoors, and a consideration of our broader place in the ecosystem is a recurrent theme in my work. 

My job is to hold a safe space for you to explore your dreams and goals without judgement and to help you find solutions based on your own innate wisdom of what is meaningful to you. My approach is non-judgemental and based on equality. I do not have all the answers, but I can help you explore your own ideas, limitations and boundaries. I believe everyone has the answers they are seeking within themselves - they often just need someone to walk by their side for a while. Everything we feel is valid and allowed, and we use this as a starting point to move forward. 

We will discuss your plans, your thoughts, your fears and your dreams and I will encourage you to reflect on things as they come up. If we take our work outside we will explore how the outdoor space can bring clarity and wisdom to our decision making. Otherwise, I might encourage you to do some work outside in your own time and we'll work on how that was for you. 

Who do you work with?

I work with anyone who is interested in discovering their personal potential, and making meaning in their life. I work with people struggling. I work with confidence issues. I work with that sense of sadness that you can't quite put your finger on. Whatever it is, we work together on it, to whatever end. I'm not dependent on certain methods or tools, but instead  work with you together to develop an approach that will suit you.

My speciality is using nature-based activities, time well-spent outdoors and facilitated engagement with the natural world around you as a starting point to a more meaningful engagement with your inner and outer world. I work indoors and outdoors, but bringing more of the outdoors into your life journey and process is what I'm all about! 

I live abroad, can we still work together?

Whilst a lot of my work is UK-based, we can still work together 1-to-1 if you live abroad and once you've let me know where you are we can think about what it is you want to work on and how we might best achieve that for you. Skype is a wonderful thing!

I'm interested in nature but I'm not sure about all this outdoor stuff? Do I need to be fit? Do we have to go outside?

In all of the work we do together I work at your pace on your goals - so you take centre stage and call the shots. My work isn't about making you an outdoor sports person, it is about helping you explore how the natural world can play a bigger role in your life and help you build the life you want, or better harness the life you already have. If we meet face to face then we might walk along a river, walk up a mountain or stroll in the woods. Sometimes we might not go outside at all if that's not suitable for you. Some of my work is simply thinking about time we've spent outdoors, natural imagery and 'bits of nature brought indoors'. I know how good the natural world can make you feel in all areas of your life - and how it can help you grow the life you want for yourself - my job is to help you explore this relationship for the first time, or how to enliven the relationship with the outdoors that you already have. This is not just about being 'outdoorsy'. You are part of the natural world, as a functioning and unique human being. You are already involved with the outside, you just might not feel it right now. 

If you want to work together in the mountains or come on a long-distance trail of discovery with me then we'll look at your level of experience and fitness and adapt a way forward together. 

What is expected of me? 

All I ask of you is that you always try to bring 100% of yourself to each session. That doesn't mean you have to be happy or have all of your ideas in order. It simply means that you will show up with honestly so that we can make the most of our time together and get things done. I'm excited to start working with you!

You're on social media - how does that work?

My primary social media platform is Instagram, where I post a lot of 'behind the scenes' stuff, and an insight into my daily life. I have a growing following of over 10k people, but I'm primarily concerned with the connections we make, and engagement across the online sphere. As a personal, private client our work will never be discussed or disclosed online. I adhere to a strict ethical framework for my therapeutic and coaching practice. My social media profile is reserved only for related outdoor work, and for occasional, selected brand collaborations.  

Tell me about costs, money and all those uncomfortable British things...

It's really important to me that you know I work honestly and with integrity, and that all prices reflect this ethos. My prices fairly reflect the work I do, but are set to be accessible. Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make for your wellbeing and your future. Working privately and in collaboration with organisations and brands that are important to me, allows me to give more of my time voluntarily to vital services that function socially with tiny financial inputs. Please contact me via the contact page for details of my coaching packages (or for therapeutic enquiries). Likewise, please get in touch for more details or for bespoke trail work. For collaborations I have a fee sheet available on request

What will happen after I've got in touch for coaching? 

Before we start any one-to-one work together it's important for me to know what you would like to get out of our work together. You don't have to have all the answers, but we will begin the process of asking the right questions  together. This means that you will get the best out of the process. This will primarily be over email in the first instance.