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WHAT IS COACHING?

When it comes to life coaching, you sit at the wheel steering the car, while your coach sits next to you and helps you navigate. No-one else, but yourself can be the expert of your life. 

The term coaching is used in many different contexts. There are health coaches, fitness coaches, financial coaches, communication coaches, etc.. What all these have in common is that in these fields, coaches not only guide you, but also give advice to reach a specific goal. When it comes to life coaching, however, giving advice is usually not part of it. Why is this so?

No-one else, but yourself can be the expert of your life. You know yourself and your story best. In other words: You sit at the wheel steering the car, while your coach sits next to you and helps you navigate.

Coaching is a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the client to maximise personal and professional potential. It is designed to facilitate the creation or development of personal, professional or business goals and to develop and carry out a strategy or plan for achieving those goals.

 

This comprehensive process may involve different areas of a client’s life, including work, health, relationships, education and recreation. Self-reflection, somatic exploration and making connections between the ‘here & now’ and ‘there & then’ through autobiography may also from part of it.

My unique coaching approach blends in:

  • Person-centered counselling

  • Goal and solution-focused coaching

  • Trauma-informed coaching

Person-centered counseling is rooted in the humanistic philosophy of Carl Rogers. It is is characterized by an unwavering belief in the individual's inherent capacity for personal growth and self-actualization. Central to this approach is the provision of unconditional positive regard, fostering a non-judgmental and accepting space where clients can explore their thoughts and emotions freely. Empathy and genuineness are foundational, as coaches (or counsellors) strive to authentically understand and share in the client's experiences. Through a non-directive and holistic lens, the coach views the client as the expert on their own life, promoting self-exploration and well-being.

 

The ultimate aim is to facilitate the client's journey toward self-actualization, allowing them to achieve greater self-awareness, acceptance, and the ability to make meaningful choices in their lives.

Goal and solution-focused coaching is a dynamic and forward-looking approach that centers on identifying and achieving specific objectives. The emphasis is on setting clear, measurable goals and collaboratively working towards solutions. Coaches help clients articulate their aspirations and then guide them in developing practical strategies to attain those objectives. The process involves exploring current strengths, resources, and past successes to inform goal-setting. Unlike traditional problem-focused approaches, goal and solution-focused coaching minimizes dwelling on challenges and instead directs attention towards actionable steps, fostering a positive and proactive mindset. The essence lies in empowering individuals to define their goals, identify solutions, and take purposeful actions to create positive change in their lives.

Trauma-informed coaching recognizes psyche-trauma as a shared human condition. To work trauma-informed means that I am trained on the impact of trauma on daily life, how it can show up and how to illuminate possible links of a client's behaviour between the 'here and now' and the 'then and there.'

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