Gabriela has been working with writers and artists for over a decade and Life Coaching since 2015. She trained with The Coaching Academy where she was given distinction for her work. She has been awarded the Royal Society of Literature V S Pritchett award and is published alongside Sarah Waters in Virago’s collection of ghostly tales, Something was There. She worked for over four years as the Assistant Director of The Hurst, a retreat for writers based in Shropshire.
After receiving a First Class degree in History, Gabriela trained at Drama Studio London where she was awarded student of the year. In 2007, she completed an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction, and co-founded writLOUD, a literary event based in London (now called Hubbub). She has hosted over two hundred events with writers such as Simon Armitage, Caroline Bird, Chris Wakling, Kate Long, Patrick Gale, Mark Haddon, Monica Ali and Neel Mukherjee.
For the last two years Gabriela has also been training with a handful of Shaman to deepen her understanding of how we can use our minds to create the world we want.
She writes a Health and Wellbeing column for Construction Magazine and runs Life Coaching for Writers events at City University and The Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Why work with me?
Over the course of my training, I often reflected on how I could help someone without giving them any answers. Now I know that it is about enabling them to be creative. This means bringing back their aspirations and enabling them to dream.
It is an honour to be part of the moment of change for an individual, to be there when they take that first step in the direction they have always wanted. The work requires a great deal of trust. I want to enable you to let go. In order for this to happen, I have to hold that place in myself, allowing my own thoughts free movement. Let them come and let them go. This is exactly what I am trying to support my clients to do. It is daring work. We are stepping in to the unknown together. A wonderful place, beyond old ways of thinking and patterns, where the impossible becomes possible.
Being committed to my own personal development underpins my work as a coach. It allows for the fact that change is continuous. To me, being a Creative Coach does not mean I am perfect, but that I am committed to seeing life differently. I hold the same for my client. This is not something generated in the mind. It is deeper than that. It is a confidence in the way life plays out. We are all heading towards our purpose, if we allow that progress. Obstacles are a necessary part of that journey. They are the poke in the ribs that wake us up to the necessity of change. Coaching works to both support and reinforce that change.
When we begin, I set my intention to walk beside you until we get to where you want. I have no need to know where ‘there’ is until you do; and I am committed to taking each step with you so that at any moment I can enable your awareness to grow.
When I am truly connected to my client’s happiness, I am enjoying the session and alive with curiosity. What does happiness look like for this client? Each individual is unique. Each time, I arrive at a place of realisation for my client, I am revitalised, my faith in the process of coaching repaid.
Gabriela has been my coach for the best part of two years and there is a reason why I continue to seek out her support time and time again. She has a knack of cutting right through to the crux of an issue with one or two ‘mind-blowing’ questions that help peel back the layers. Gabriela has a portfolio of tools and activities which she brings to the coaching sessions, adding humour and empathy every step of the way. I would highly recommend having Gabriela in your corner no matter what your goal/ambition/dream is - she really does make a positive difference.
Donna, Development Consultant
When I had far too many ideas, Gabriela helped me to discuss all options...At other times, when I was totally directionless, she skilfully helped me to find a way when I really thought there was nowhere to go. When I lost sight of my overall goal, she never did.
Virginia, IT Change Analyst
Gabriela was able to encourage me to find ways in which I can overcome the initial inertia and fears of writing (both in terms of success and failure). We also discussed beliefs and values over two in credibly influential sessions...I feel more confident in saying 'I am a writer' and have a better understanding of what I need to do to pave my way to success. I am very grateful for her encouragement and endless support.
Selene, Writer and Photographer
Before beginning I had no clear ideas around coaching and little sense of how it would help me, and also how it would enable me to examine deeply entrenched belief structures within my life. Gabriela was able to do this through creating a very safe and open safe space, which coupled with her attention to detail in terms of my words and mannerisms has brought me real progress in my way of thinking and acting in relation to myself and my goals.
When I first discussed the idea of a block of life coaching sessions with Gabriela, there was a big voice in my head saying “can you really justify spending a few hundred quid on this?” Now I’ve finished the block, I can honestly say that this has been a tremendously valuable experience, which I don’t think I could have achieved in any other way. I’m so glad I listened to the other wee voice inside my head saying, “you can do this”. The process of discovering and challenging my engrained thinking patterns, which sideline my ambition and work as a writer, has been a building experience. Like being rebuilt from the inside, making my defences stronger, supporting my ambition and hopes for myself and for what I can achieve. Thanks Gabriela.
Gabriela is an incredibly gifted coach. She listens with grace and is able to cut through clutter...She held me accountable to my original vision and was a welcoming and encouraging presence along the way. The overall impact is greater clarity, courage and confidence to live a healthy life on my own terms.
Gabriela made it very clear right from the start what I could expect from her and our sessions. She was very clear about the boundaries, but in a non-threatening, quite gentle way. I'm not sure if she asked questions that were different from other coaches, or if it was just the way she asked them, but I found them thought-provoking, and, as a result, I move ahead with my goals quite efficiently. She found a way to give me additional insight and awareness about why I was doing what I was doing.