GPS for Your Mind
Coaching can help you focus on what you want to do differently or better in your life, relationships, work or community. It tends to be goal-oriented and future-focused. Generally, the assumption is that you can improve your personal performance regardless of any limitations you have. Coaching helps maximize your strengths and resources, leveraging them to your greatest advantage.
The process often involves:
- Goal setting (What do you want to accomplish or do differently?),
- Developing a plan or approach for pursuing the goal (sometimes including target dates),
- Developing and implementing specific strategies or practices ,
- Skill-bulding when needed,
- Homework or fieldwork assignments (work between sessions to move you in the direction of your goal),
- Periodic review of our work together, modifying if/when needed.
- Coaching usually ends when one of the following has occured:
- Goal achievement, or
- You feel that you are well situated to continue your efforts on your own without ongoing coaching.
Some territories where coaching might be helpful:
- Want a better relationship with your partner?
- Questions or concerns about parenting?
- Teens - are you looking to feel better in life, at home or at school?
- Troubled at work or troubled by work?
- Adjusting to changes in a new phase in your life?
- Recovering from abuse?
- Alcohol or drug use becoming a problem?
- Feeling down, tired or depressed?
- Disconnected from your creative muse?
You may notice that Coaching can help you with many of the same interests or needs as psychotherapy. Sometimes the approach is different, but the destination is the same: greater well-being for you. Here is a comparison of Coaching & Psychotherapy. If you are unsure which you might want to pursue, contact me.