This is me...
Rachel Woods, MSc
MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change,
EMCC EIA Senior Practitioner
My Approach to Coaching
My coaching practice is a blend of experiences. My career as a senior HR professional included strategic resource planning, organisational development, team engagement and wellbeing. I have an eclectic approach to coaching and supervision, which draws on systemic practice, psychodynamics and integrating various models with practical tools to enable deep insights and effective actions. I work always with a goal to ensure sessions are focused, bespoke and impactful for the individual and the organisation. I have been effective in helping clients develop their authentic leadership styles by recognising and leveraging strengths and exploring a range of development options to meet the needs of the individual, team and the wider system.
Clients and colleagues consistently described me as pragmatic, supportive and knowledgeable. I pride myself in having a no-nonsense, down to earth, curious style which enables clients to work at depth in order to find inherent resources to build and sustain resilience, avoid overwhelm and lead their teams to deliver on their strategic ambitions. Coaching with me is impactful, it's fun, enlightening and refreshing. I am a safe container for your worries, dreams, plans and musings. If you choose a more intensive day or half day hike with coaching you will be amazed at the depth of thinking you can achieve.
Continuing professional development is critical to nurturing my best practice and I am committed to this . I am keen to share my learning and research to facilitate the personal and professional growth of others. I'm a bit of a bookworm and I regularly attend seminars and webinars on topics relevant to enhanced coaching practice, supervision and, more broadly, environmental psychology and nature affiliative practices.
In 2020, I stepped away from my corporate HR career in order to fulfil an intense calling to provide coaching and supervision. I still like to work with select charities, currently working with Coaching through Covid to support front line and key workers as they navigate working through the pandemic, I also donate 10% of workshop proceeds to the Wildlife Trusts as a thank you to nature for her role as my business partner.
Professional Certificate in Coaching Supervision (2020)- Henley Business School
MSc Coaching and Behavioural Change (2018) - Henley Business School
Member - Henley Centre for Coaching
EMCC Accredited Senior Coach Practitioner (March 2020)
Professional Certificate in Coaching (2013) - Henley Business School
Accredited Coach Practitioner, Insights Discovery Psychometrics
Member, Association for Coaching
Affiliate Member, International Society for Coaching Psychology
NNAS Silver Award (Navigation) 2019
Outdoor First Aid (2019)
Rachel Woods is experienced in providing coaching services to individuals and teams within organisations and to external clients across healthcare, construction and charity sectors and offers Coaching Supervision. Rachel also deeply dislikes talking about herself in the third person.
So this is me, I earned an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change in 2018, I am EMCC accredited as a Senior Practitioner, a Member of the Association for Coaching and an affiliate of the International Society of Coaching Psychology. I am qualified in coaching supervision with the internationally recognised Henley Business School, a course which is accredited by the EMCC and I am an Alumni of the Henley Centre for Coaching.
Since 2012 I have coached a wide range of professionals from front line team leaders to senior executives. I regularly witness the differentiated impact natural environments have on coaching outcomes. As a result, outdoor coaching is integrated into my work with individuals and teams. In 2018 I researched and authored an academic paper exploring this hypothesis, it's 15000 words of what is so obvious to me now. Nature Matters.
Biophilic - A principle founded on the human - nature relationship and inherent benefits to mind and body in nature rich environments (E.O Wilson)
Nature is my Business Partner...
High quality coaching and supervision is tough; it invites you to examine behaviour, habits, assumptions and biases that are often uncomfortable. It can also be enlightening, liberating and impactful on your ability to thrive in an increasingly unpredictable world. Nature too is all of these things and when you marry the two, new connections, realisations and creative solutions can be found. Add scientifically evidenced benefits to mental health experienced when spending time in natural environments and the physical wellbeing boost from walking, there is a clear triple win:
Mind . Body . Business
"Rachel has enabled me to shape my own decisions, attitudes and professional confidence over the years"
"..you were right, I don't ever come back from a walk feeling worse than when I started, I should remember that. Thanks for the coaching time, your presence and your interest in me and my situation was both reassuring and encouraging. I feel able to move forward with my plans"
" you helped me get myself unstuck with an awkward relationship at work, and helped me see things from a different angle and now I feel much more able to have difficult conversations that need to happen"
"I can't say how much having the time and space to think means to me. Rachel is a very patient pair or ears to listen but is also so pragmatic in her approach, I don't get to hide from the things I need to do but I can feel ok about stepping up to them"
"I love how supervision gives me the space to consider how I am working with my coachees. It makes me a better coach and Rachel has helped me work systemically with my corporate clients, before I was dealing with just the client and their challenges but now I can help them see their whole world more clearly"