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What is coaching?


The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as ‘partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. The process of coaching often unlocks previously untapped sources of imagination, productivity and leadership. We all have goals we want to reach, challenges we’re striving to overcome and times when we feel stuck. Partnering with a coach can change your life, setting you on a path to greater personal and professional fulfillment.

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?


According to the ICF, ‘’Coaching focuses on visioning, success, the present and moving toward the future. Therapy emphasizes psychopathology, emotions and the past to understand the present, and it works more with developing skills for managing emotions or past issues than does coaching.’’

In general terms, therapy helps heal traumas or blockages from the patient’s past that are impacting their present moment. In coaching, the focus is on the client’s present moment with the aim of achieving goal(s) in the future.

What is the difference between coaching and consulting?

The main difference between coaching and consulting is that coaching pulls out answers from the client while consulting tells the client what to do. Consultants provide their clients with expert advice or solutions to help them achieve their goals. On the other hand, coaches guide and support their clients in a collaborative discovery process to help them find their own solutions and reach their goals. While consultants typically offer specific strategies and recommendations, coaches encourage clients to tap into their own knowledge, skills, and resources to achieve their desired outcomes. Coaching focuses on empowering clients to develop their own problem-solving abilities and achieve sustainable results.

What is the difference between coaching and counselling?

Counselling is rooted in a clinical approach. This is focused on healing. The aim of counselling it to ultimately resolve old pain and improve emotional states. And thereby enable someone to have a more successful future.

Coaching is more learning and development based. It focuses on attainable current and future goals. The aim of coaching is to help clients in their self-development. This is done through understanding inherent strengths and weaknesses as well as upskilling. Which is specifically focused on building a more satisfying, successful future.

What’s the difference between a Trauma Informed Coach (TIC) & a traditional Therapist?

Therapists serve as primary caregivers in mental health, functioning within a medical framework, while Coaches operate within a supportive framework. Therapists address and manage trauma directly, whereas Trauma Informed Coaches don't administer trauma treatment but instead possess an understanding of the intricacies involved in working with clients who have experienced trauma. 

Trauma Informed Coaching involves recognizing the impact of past trauma on a client's current experiences and utilizing it as a roadmap for developing resilience and forward-thinking coaching approaches.

Often, individuals may require both therapy and coaching support concurrently, with therapy addressing trauma head-on and coaching focusing on present-day progress and development.

Here's a concise breakdown of what coaches can and cannot do:

  • My Approach as a Trauma Informed Coach:

    • I anchor my work in the present, focusing on my clients' current life experiences.

    • I strive to understand how trauma affects them today.

    • My goal is to empower clients through coaching strategies that build on their strengths, foster healthy beliefs, and develop positive coping mechanisms.

    • I operate in a collaborative manner, serving as a guide, mentor, and support system.

    • I may provide education on trauma and recovery or assist in setting recovery goals, always ensuring the client leads the process.

  • What I Do Not Do as a Coach:

    • I do not prescribe or offer advice on medication.

    • I do not treat, diagnose, or assess mental health conditions.

    • I do not exceed my scope of competence.

Is coaching about giving advice?

Maybe one of the greatest misconception about coaching. "Coaches tell you what to do".

Coaching is not about giving advice. It is not our role to tell you what to do but instead, to hold space for you and through powerful questions that get you thinking, to help you come to your own revelations.

If you want an insight or solution to have a lasting impact, it has to come from the inside-out. My role is to empower you, to help you come up with what is best for You, based on what You want. We might brainstorm together, I might challenge you with what comes up, but ultimately my role is that you get drawn to what feels best for you.

When you are empowered, confident about taking action based on what came up from within, you are much more likely to take ownership and to see tangible results.

How does a coaching session go?

Depending on the geographical location of my clients and their preferences, we either meet in-person or via Zoom.

We will begin our session by assessing your current situation, the issues you are struggling with, and where you desire to go. We will establish in each session specific goals for the coaching session so that an action plan can be set and that you can get tangible results.

Throughout the session and in a compassionate space, I will challenge you, by asking thought-provoking questions, by bringing you to deeply reflect and explore new perspectives so that you can come up with clear action steps that will feel in alignment with yourself and help you move forward.

At the end of the session, I will summarize the key insights and we will clarify the next steps and actions to keep you moving forward between sessions.

In order for our sessions to be successful, it is important for you to be open and honest with me and that you are ready to being challenged.

How long does a session last?

A session usually last between 45 min and 1 hour.

What about confidentiality?

As a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), I am bound by the principles of confidentiality set forth in the ICF Code of Ethics. I maintain strict confidentiality for all your business and personal information.

I do not to disclose any information concerning you without your written consent.

Please note that confidentiality may not be maintained under certain conditions (e.g., illegal activity; imminent or likely risk of danger to self or to others; etc.).

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