My experience and practice as a psychotherapist forms the foundation of the way I hold the coaching space (see therapy section). Although the stance when coaching can be more active the difference is mainly on what we are working on rather than on how I work. When coaching the focus is primarily on helping individuals maximize their potential and/or reach their goals rather than addressing clinical conditions or providing therapy for mental health issues.
Therapy typically requires a more comprehensive examination of the client's emotional and mental well-being and involves a deeper exploration of psychological processes, patterns, and underlying causes of distress. A therapeutic process is thus usually longer lasting and has a greater depth of exploration than a coaching intervention. In coaching the sessions are usually more focused on specifics such as emotion regulation or areas of a clients life such as performance, career, relationships, or personal goals.
In coaching I use the structure and evidence-base of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) to help clients overcome challenges, enhance self-awareness, develop effective coping strategies, and achieve desired outcomes. When specific techniques are required, I draw from my training and experience with CBT and positive psychology. Some of these include:
In my experience, most individuals require elements of psychotherapy and coaching and I am comfortable with a fluid movement between them as required.