27th Global

Mentoring, Coaching, and Supervision Conference

12-14 May 2021

27th Global

Mentoring, Coaching, and Supervision Conference

12-14 May 2021


Thea Bombeek

Using art as a catalyst for deepening the awareness of the 'self' with Thea Bombeek

Theme: Skills/tools/techniques - practice

Area: Coaching & Supervision

Style: Mainly Lecture

Type: Workshop

Session on 14 May 2021 09:30 UTC - View on timetable


The ‘self’ is your main instrument in coaching and supervision hence the importance to explore the ‘self’ as extensively as possible. Especially in these challenging times, you rely on you Self to redesign your future and serve clients to redesign theirs.

Art is par excellence a way of deepening the awareness of the ‘self’. As George Bernard Shaw said: ‘You use a glass mirror to see your face. You use works of art to see your soul.’

In this workshop I will share different ways of how you can use art as a tool to self-knowledge in your life and in your coaching and supervision. Art invites you to slow down, to become more aware of your ‘self’. If you open up to art, it touches your body and soul at many levels. Art brings you in contact with your inner beauty.  I will share my own experience with the healing/whole-making effect of art in my life. I will give examples of how I use art in coaching and supervision and of its transformational impact on clients. I will share best practices on how to use art in your coaching practice.

During an art-exercise you will experience how art gets you in contact with your inner beauty. As Alain de Botton states: ‘Art is a therapeutic tool that can accompany us. It brings joy and consolation. Through art we are capable of becoming better versions of ourselves.’  Your own experience is an invitation to explore the possibilities of art with your clients.


Thea Bombeek has developed a passion for everything related with potential development and interaction processes between people. She coaches people to become the best possible version of themselves. She considers herself as an ally, who asks focused questions and provides customised feedback in order to facilitate the client to take the next step. Thea has more than 20 years experience in international companies (KBC and KPMG). Her strengths lie particularly in the area of authentic leadership, personal development, communication, organisational culture, team coaching, purpose, loss and grief, self-confidence.

Thea holds a masters degree in History of Art (University of Ghent) and a Master after Master in Human Resources Management (Antwerp Management School). She is an accredited coach with EMCC at Senior Practitioner  level and an EMCC accredited supervisor. She is a contextual therapist (Leren over Leven) and a creative coach (Balans).  She is a visiting lecturer at the Sociale Hogeschool Ghent and she supervises coaches, therapists and HR managers. She has developed a training programme on ‘How to get to know yourself better through art’.