26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020

26th Global

Mentoring, Coaching and Supervision Conference

1-3 June 2020


Auriel Majumdar

Russian Doll coaching technique: helping clients make sense of their complex worlds

Theme: Diversity & Inclusion for Practitioners

Area: Coaching

Style: Mainly Lecture

Type: Workshop

Session on 3 June 2020 11:15 UTC - View on timetable


Do you ever find yourself listening to your clients talking about the complex systems that they find themselves in and wondering if there’s a better way to understand what’s going on for them and around them? In my creative coaching practice with individuals and groups, I have found that using Russian Dolls enables clients to quickly ‘map out’ their world, helping them to take a systemic perspective, generate new insights and make new and meaningful choices for themselves. Russian Dolls are a powerfully visual and symbolic medium and they help clients move beyond words to understand themselves in relation to those around them. In particular, this technique lends itself to support the client to think about issues of Diversity and Inclusion by investigating questions such as – Who is left out here? Whose voices are not being heard? Where is the power in this system?

In this practically-focused session I will share the underpinning theoretical foundations to the Russian Doll technique as well as the ‘how to’ so you will be able to leave the session able to introduce this innovative form of coaching into your practice immediately. Considering a number of case studies from my own practice, together we will investigate our learning, sharing our ideas, and observations as a community of coaching practitioners. This session will offer attendees an opportunity to hear about this powerful coaching technique in action and explore how, why, and when they might include it in their own practice.


Auriel Majumdar was until recently the course leader for the MSc Coaching and Mentoring Programme at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and is now an executive in residence there.  Autiel is a creative coach and consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working in a diverse range of organisations as manager, strategist, and change maker. In her coaching practice, Auriel specialises in leadership and personal development in the creative sector. Her coaching and facilitation practice has a particular emphasis on the use of creative techniques to challenge individuals and groups to achieve the changes they want. Nominated for an Inspirational Teaching Award in 2019, her students said ‘Auriel is an engaging and inspirational teacher and coach – combines theory with stories from their professional practice and brilliantly creative activities to deliver their subject with warmth, humour and depth’.

Auriel’s qualifications include a BSc in Psychology from Durham University (UK)and an MSc in Coaching and Mentoring from Sheffield Hallam University (UK), and she is proud to be a qualified Time to Think coach. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and an accredited as a coach/mentor by EMCC at Senior Practitioner level.  She is currently studying for an Advanced Professional Certificate in Coaching Supervision with Oxford Brookes University (UK).