What is coaching?
Coaching can be defined as the creation of an environment, through conversation and a way of being, that facilitates the process by which a person can move toward desired goals in a fulfilling manner.
Your coach accompanies you on your journey to personal growth, goal attainment and self discovery.
Accredited coaches received formal training to be able to do so.
Some of the goals of coaching are:
- Increased self-awareness and self-knowledge.
- The acquisition of new knowledge and skills.
- The attainment of personal and professional goals.
- Sustainable behavior change.
- Increased life satisfaction.
- Increased self-efﬁcacy.
- Becoming one’s best self.
What can you expect from your coach?
- Mindful listening and non-judgemental awareness.
- A focus on the present and helping you chart out where you want to go by the creation of action plans.
- Working with you to reframe your experience in a positive light to keep you moving forward.
- The coach makes sure to understand you by engaging in perceptive reflections. That is, reflecting your ideas back to you to ensure that they are understood.
Coaching is not psychotherapy
It is important to understand that coaching is not psychotherapy. Coaches are not typically trained to deal with serious mental health issues such as clinical depression, anxiety disorders and psychosis. These issues require the help of a trained professional, such as a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. Coaches should not offer medical advice or suggest to clients that they discontinue any ongoing treatment or medication.
Click on the following link to read the code of ethics for coaches, as outlined by the International Coaching federation (ICF):