Individual Coaching

Shifting Sands supports people to step more fully into themselves, deepening their presence in the world.

My work stems from a belief that when there is space and spaciousness, our sensitivity and vulnerability can open into a freedom of expression, with the capacity to be in contact with more of life.

‘You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop’.    




Please pause to read Slack Water, it’s where I collect the beautiful and the quirky that I often  overlook, and that inspires me when I remember – to look.

About me

“Su is an excellent coach, both sensitive and intuitive. She helped me to switch a light on inside at a time when I needed to see.” – Elbie E, Mother & Mature Student

What I do

Shifting Sands supports people to work with hope and fear, to step more fully into self-trust to realise opportunities to move further into life and being alive.

I am a certified integral development coach who has worked for a number of years coaching individual clients.

I work with people who are seeking a happier, more fulfilled life and the opportunity to realise their unique contributions to their work, families, friends, communities and beyond.

Who I am

I am a coach, writer, mother of three grown-up sons and I have over 30 years experience working in health and the community. I currently live and work in Cornwall and the North West.

I delight in people’s uniqueness, and am committed to self-led development and the navigation of life and its stages in a meaningful and valuable way.

I am inspired, and humbled – working with people who want to step more fully into themselves, deepening their presence in the world for themselves and others.

What people say

“Su gives space to speak freely and encourages any expression of how life is feeling. I love the way her listening moves into a reflection of what lies behind the content or examples I’m giving. I feel heard and understood and importantly I’m beginning to hear and understand myself too. The work is transformative and whilst self-growth doesn’t always move in a linear plane, Su provides guidance on how to move through this journey of self- discovery with determination and creativity. We have met in person, on the phone and online, I have found Su engaging and helpful through all modalities. I come away from each session inspired and with affirmed resolve to continue working. I know that when the time is right Su and I will part ways and I will be equipped with a holistic toolkit to appreciate and steer my life. ”    – Doctor

“At the start of coaching, I wanted to understand more about myself and my relationships with others. At the time, I was burdened by a major issue in my life which I didn’t think  would ever be resolved. I felt that I could trust Su to accompany me on my journey; she gently guided me as I explored issues and patterns, discovered things about myself and others and learned to accept myself and move forward. Su encouraged me to explore new things which have become regular, useful practices which I now continue on my post coaching journey.”Co-Director, Voluntary Sector

I went into the coaching with an open mind, willing to try new things and look at different ways of doing old things. It wasn’t easy at all. I didn’t know where to start. Su listened carefully and gave me time to look inside and I did bump into very painful memories and realisations. The thing is, it worked. Su was patient and realistic, there was no forcing it was much more about allowing. And there were times we laughed our heads off! She gave me some helpful and workable practices to help restore and recover from the sheer rigour of my own life. Integral coaching has been immensely beneficial for helping me to discover and work through some of the mental obstacles and unhelpful habits picked up in a lifetime. I haven’t arrived anywhere yet, but for the first time in years I am stepping back onto the creative path of the painter I know myself to be. There’s a way to go, but this time it’s for the rest of my life. Words are not enough to thank Su for guiding me safely back’. – Suzi S, Painter

“Su accompanied me with warmth, understanding and gentle challenge in the first few months after a challenging time in my life. Our time together has given me the first glimpses of the resources I have that are available to help me in my journey to independent life. It is a continuing journey and to know Su is there to join me if I grind to a halt, is reassuring.”     – C.B, Textile Artist

My work

I often feel that to be human is to always be in the middle of something and yet, it is when I pause, like the sea between tides at slack water, that my work really begins.

Turning the corner of the page of the story I am in at that moment. The one I grew up in, someone else’s or the wider story of what it means to be human. Stories tell us who we are and shape what we see and what seems possible and doable.

It can be powerful to be in conversation with these stories, to find ones that truly reflect ourselves, who we are becoming, others and the world we are living in.

Integral coaching is a creative response to life that can bring in parts of ourselves that have been left out, to support development and growth.

People often come into the conversation that is coaching, to bring more of themselves into life, to take care of what is important, navigate life’s stages and live and work with a more deeply felt integrity.

As your coach, I will listen and work to understand and support you with your own uniquely designed programme of inquiry. It will involve observing yourself in action, pausing to reflect and stepping into new practices week on week. Developing new kinds of skilfulness and ways to engage with what’s important to you.

Our ongoing conversations are at the centre of this work and the integration of learning for ongoing self-led development and growth.

Integral coaching does involve work and a willingness to persist, to practice to change things in a lasting way. I will draw on my understanding of what this involves and guide and support you with care and compassion.

Working together, my clients are able to increase their self-awareness and open up new ways of seeing and opportunities for change. Alongside new and enduring skills, they are able to act more effectively on the possibilities that are important to them; and realise the ability to move further into life and being alive for themselves and others.

If, after a pause, integral coaching is speaking to you, please get in touch with me to begin a conversation about what is possible here.

Sessions are one-to-one and can be in person, by telephone or on-line, with fees available on request (sliding scale).

“I am grateful for trusting my decision to begin working with Su.”

                                                                                                               – Hannah B