What is coaching about?
To me, coaching is both art and craft, science and a little bit of magic.
I see my job as a coach in…
- creating and providing a safe, clearly defined space for self exploration,
- acting as a mirror for my clients’ experiences, leading to clarity and new insights,
- cultivating and giving high-quality attention,
- offering psychologically sound impulses and ideas…
in order to support my clients in developing their own solutions and answers.
How does coaching work?
The effectiveness of coaching is well-studied and depends mostly on two factors: (a) the relationship between coach and client and (b) a clear goal definition at the beginning of the coaching trajectory.
Therefore I don’t follow one single coaching “school” or method but instead focus on building an honest, trusting relationship with my clients and reminding them, again and again, of the most important questions:
“What do I want? What do I need for that? What is my next step?”
Typical occasions for coaching
- Overwhelm / self and time management
- New roles, e.g. leadership position or self-employment
- Difficult decisions
- Habit formation (e.g. health-related goals)
- Support in transitional phases (e.g. first job after graduation, new business, starting a family, relocation…)
- Desire for professional and/or personal development
Potential outcomes of coaching
Coaching is generally open-ended, as in, nobody can guarantee a particular result. Still, there is a substantial overlap between the feedbacks I receive from my clients. Typical reactions include:
- “I have clarity now.”
- “I know what to do next.”
- “I feel much calmer and more relaxed regarding this topic.”
- “Yeah, I actually do feel capable of this!”
- “My conversations with ____ have completely transformed – for the better.”
- “I hadn’t even thought of that! Now it seems completely obvious!”
Theory & Practice
I feel theoretically grounded in Humanist psychology, which assumes that people are “basically good”, carry huge innate creative potential and strive for self-actualization.
My methodological “toolbox” favorites include:
- Person-centred counselling
- Gestalt therapy techniques
- Systemic consulting
- Solution-focused brief coaching
- Mindfulness practice (meditation and yoga)
I continuously pursue further education and receive regular supervision for discussing my coaching cases (in anonymous form) – all with the intention of ensuring my professional standards and avoiding blind spots.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a complimentary exploratory session, where we get to know each other and find out if and how we’d like to work together!