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
  • Conflicts
  • 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 info@malwina.coach 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!