Spotlight on Sheela Hobden, Coach and Wraw Practitioner

Wraw Practitioner, Sheela Hobden is passionate about health and wellness. She combines coaching excellence with Wraw to support doctors and healthcare professionals to care for themselves as much as they do their patients. In this interview she shares how she uses Wraw both with her clients and for herself.

Sheela Hobden, Wraw Practitioner


  • How have you been integrating Wraw within the coaching cycle?

On an individual basis, when a client gets in touch for coaching, we work together to establish what they want coaching for.  I’m able to use the Wraw pillars to consider where some of their pains may be coming from and at that point recommend the psychometric as a start point for our conversations.  It then forms a key part of our first coaching session, and as clients explore their own strategies, we continue to return to it, reviewing experience and further ideas.  We also bring it in towards the end of the coaching programme, so we can clearly see progress that has been made.

With teams in organisations, the Wraw tool has been highly valuable in creating a common language between people.  We hold coaching sessions ahead of workshops, so that team members can individually review their own situation and build an awareness of their strengths and areas to work on which will positively impact their wellbeing.

  • How has this supported your conversations with clients?

There have been people across a whole spectrum of situations, from those whose strong resilience is clearly protecting their wellbeing, through to those that are really struggling to cope and feeling the effects of every little challenge that comes their way.  The tool supports the conversation due to its evidence base.  Clients find it very useful to have an observational perspective, something in writing, as well as seeing what their resilience levels are in relation to other working people.

  • What impact has this had for them?

Some enter into the coaching conversation and realise “it’s no wonder I’m feeling so bad”, and “now I can see it’s not just in my head”.  Those realisations on their own help lighten the tension a little.  People take reassurance knowing that they have taken the first step towards action, simply by taking the assessment and showing up to the coaching conversation.  Generally people know what to do, particularly in the energy pillar, but they often compromise habits when things get tough.  The conversation helps people see this, and having a structured report to work through is a useful prompt.  Taking energy as the example, people will hear the “activity” sub section and say “well, I used to walk every lunchtime until things got busy”.  We then explore how that felt, what benefits were they getting, and in going back to “that place”, ideas start to flow on how to re-create it.  Change doesn’t have to be big – even if they reinstate a 10-minute walk round the block it can be transformational.

There are also some amazing good news stories from organisations I have worked with.  One specific example is a team that accessed their strength in Strong Relationships (one of the key Wraw pillars).  Coming together in the session, they were able to call on these skills, trusting each other and sharing how they felt.  It was collectively identified that their physical working layout was not conducive to how they do their work.  They started to think about what they could all do about it.  In subsequent follow ups, they described how they had since involved their facilities team and were in progress to change their physical environment to one which allowed them all to work more effectively.  This sense of control and motivation to make it happen also enabled their resilience skills to shine through and show their worth.

  • How do you apply Wraw in your own life?

Firstly let’s start by saying no one is perfect, but each time I talk about the pillars, in conversations with individuals or organisations, I want to be able to provide an example of how I practice what I preach, and what I see others (individuals and organisations) doing, so there is always something ready for me to share.  I continue to learn as my clients do, so simply using the tool with others helps me really integrate it into my life!

I was going to try to call out one of the pillars as being the most useful to me, then I couldn’t land on which one, which says something about the equal importance of them all!

After completing the accreditation, I spent a lot of time “learning” the components and building on existing knowledge on wellbeing, so that I could talk fluently about them at any time and in turn help as many people as I could.  I created an analogy of all the parts of Wraw, and other resilience and wellbeing knowledge and to the parts of a car.  This is a really useful hook to hang everything on, so often I will look at it as putting “my car in for a service” and asking (as if I was taking it to the mechanic) myself “what needs looking at?”.

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