David Elkins, a clinical psychologist and university professor, once described the relationship between a counsellor and a client as:
“a special type of human connection and social interaction that restores the client’s emotional wellbeing”
I believe the same to be true of every relationship between a trained therapist and their client, whether the therapist is a coach, a counsellor, a psychotherapist or a psychologist. At heart, each of these titles indicates an individual with the skills, knowledge and experience to support a client through the process of self-discovery that leads them out of a difficult place in their life and into a better one.
Coaches, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists all follow different paths of study and approach their work in slightly different ways but a lot of the theory they learn is the same. And each of these therapists will, in the end, work with each of their clients in their own unique way, using their theoretical knowledge and their experience in the way that they judge to be most beneficial to that client.
That said, let’s look at what I mean when I talk about Therapeutic Coaching.
I am a trained, experienced Co-Active Coach. Here’s what that means:
“Co-Active Coaching is an experience of personal and professional development unlike other kinds of coaching. Based on the Co-Active Model, it begins by holding the coachee as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and completely capable of finding their own answers to whatever challenges they face. The job of a Co-Active Coach® is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity a client already possesses, rather than instruct or advise.” (“The Co-Active Model.” thecoaches.com.)
Coaching is all about change, so when you work with me as your coach my focus is entirely on helping you achieve the changes you want in your life. We will work at a pace that suits you and on the topics that are most important to you.
And what about the Therapeutic bit?
Well the Collins English DIctionary has this to say:
“If something is therapeutic, it helps you to relax or to feel better about things, especially about a situation that made you unhappy”
And that’s my aim. To work as a coach, helping people like you to relax and feel better about things by lessening and/or eliminating anxiety.
Descriptions are all very well, but if you’d like a free 50 minute coaching session with me to experience what Therapeutic Coaching is all about please book yours now.
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