Dr Julia Carden

Julia’s coaching work focuses on working with individuals and teams to take off their blinkers to expand and deepen self-awareness, to identify existing strengths, new options, and choices. She has a deep interest in self-awareness and how it helps us develop and grow, by enabling firstly self-connection and then connection with others. This approach is underpinned by her PhD research into Self-Awareness. Working with Julia will enable you to gain a deeper understanding of self, your impact on others and develop new thinking and insight to support your journey towards success for yourself and the systems you live and work in.

She is an ICF certified PCC and an EMCC accredited Master Practitioner Coach, and an accredited Coaching Supervisor. Her core values of authenticity, choice and competence underpin all her work. It is important to Julia that she is adding value to the client and the wider organisation, so she works with the system in mind, and before taking on an assignment, she ensures that all parties are content, comfortable and clear with the relationship. Julia draws on a wide range of psychological dimensions in her coaching work; including “Time to Think”, gestalt and psychodynamic approaches. She is also qualified to draw upon a range of psychometric tools including: OPQ, 16PF, Lumina Spark & MBTI. In addition, she is an NLP Master Practitioner.

Alongside her coaching and supervision practice Julia is a visiting tutor at Henley Business School, teaching on the Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching, the MSc in Coaching for Behavioural Change and heads up the Professional Certificate in Coaching Supervision.

Her own development journey is ongoing, and she is passionate about her own CPD so invests in regular coaching supervision (both individual and group), and keeps up to date with a range of webinars. Outside of work she relishes spending time with her husband and supporting their son in his bourgeoning eventing career.


“With Julia’s support I was reminded/encouraged to be who I am, my values and what is important to me. Julia’s style is challenging but supportive. Providing straightforward exercises and material for me to work through between sessions. Her style was trusting. With Julia’s help I have regained confidence and looking forward to life with renewed energy”

Financial Director, FE College

“With her wider knowledge base and clients of such different backgrounds I found it really rewarding to be part of this coaching as it is interesting to find out the theory behind my own behaviors and reassuring to know that whatever arises Julia can expand on. Julia’s communication skills are also very good so that technical explanations are quickly understood/grasped.”

Senior Leader, Jardine Motors Group

“My two best group learning and reflection experiences were in supervision groups with Julia. She creates an open, non-judgemental environment where you can lose the inhibitions that meddle with shared reflection. The balance of contracting, structure, and establishing our way of working alongside an experimental, fluid and in the moment approach was perfect for me. Striking this balance was part of why the group was able to keep the integrity of the space which Julia managed skilfully.”

“Julia doesn’t rush her sessions- this is a deep dive and full of “mysteries to be solved”. Supervision with Julia stands out as a session that feels different to everything else you are doing (even with other coach and peer learning). I appreciated her care with ensuring opinions and advice stayed out of the space unless asked for. Everything was about helping the coach examine themselves and identifying what they need, with support from the group through reflective inquiry, visualisations, noticing self and somatic reactions, constellations, drawing and open questions. The experience of supporting other coaches in this context was also centring for me. I learnt a lot about myself through my responses to other coach enquiries. In some ways, I got more from this part than my own enquiries. It is clear Julia isn’t standing still as a supervisor; she brings in emerging thinking, systemic context and new supervision tools to create alternate reflective lenses which adds an element of play.”

“Julia has set the bar for me with supervision style, supervisor selection, the value of supervision and the necessary conditions for generating self-awareness. I would recommend Julia to coaches of any capability if supervision is much more than a tick box compliance activity; you need to be willing to work on your self.”

Heather Frost

“Working with Julia has brought a step change to my coaching game. Julia is more than just a skilled supervisor - she’s also a highly experienced coach & someone with credible leadership experience. This enables her to listen in a richer way than your standard supervisor & challenge from different perspectives. Her style is open & warm. Her impact is transforming.”

Adie Shariff