About the Holding Space

Why we care about holding space?

We all affect space, whether we are aware of it or not. Through our coaching role, presence and behaviour, we determine the quality of space that we interact in with others. Holding space is a subtle skill. It is not taught to us at school. It’s something about stepping out of the centre of the conversation and ‘taking in’ the wider field. By being aware of the wider field, we can create spaces that feel held, purposeful and charged with energy, so people are called forward to do things they never thought they could do.

What is our focus?

Applying our work in context

People practice coaching in a variety of circumstances. From being a parent or teacher through to supporting people be their best version of themselves be it at work, rest or play.

The Holding Space is an inclusive environment where we can learn from different contexts.


Ongoing skills development

The Holding Space is about deepening our coaching skills beyond the standard coaching education. We often have limited access to connect with other practitioners and ongoing coaching skills development, whether you are:

● a successful coach or facilitator,
● transitioning into coaching/facilitation or
● you are employed in a role where you apply coaching and/or faciltation


Expanding awareness

Coaching models and tools are one thing – it’s our way of being that attracts people
to work with us. The Holding Space is about how we shape ‘our way of being’ so that we can thrive individually and in the community.

By calling it the Holding Space we set the intention to co-create the conditions for a
light, generative and safe holding space where you can just be, grow and resource
yourself to thrive and in so doing also the people you touch.

We will delighted if you join us at our first prototyping event on expanding presence –
let’s see how we can shape this together.

Meet the team

We all deeply care about confident, self-empowered individuals and feel a strong alignment with our purpose. We decided to pool our different fields of expertise and passion for coaching and personal development to create the Holding Space as a common space for continuous learning – for ourselves and the people who share this passion..

Shirley Smith

Iniatiator of The Holding Space
Coaching & Supervision

Janine Broekhuizen

Development, Change &
Executive Coaching

Juliane Petsch

Project Management & Coaching

Michele Cohen

Admin & Finances