What is Integrative Coaching?
The International Coach Federation describes coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.
The Association for Coaching says coaching is a collaborative solution-focused, results-orientated and systematic process in which the coach facilitates the enhancement of work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of the coachee.
I practice integrative coaching, which utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, motivational interviewing and Gestalt therapy as well as neurolinguistic programming (NLP.) In additional to my medical training I have completed training in personal and executive coaching and I am a certified Master Practitioner of NLP and Clinical Hypnotherapy. I use a values-based process, where I help my clients clarify their own values and align their goals and action plan with their values. This process makes achieving their goals more likely and the results more satisfying and long-lasting.
I typically have three 30-minute or two 1-hour coaching sessions per month with a client by phone or videoconferencing. The coaching engagement may last from three to 12 months or more, depending on what the client wants to achieve. We usually work on one area of life at a time, although there is considerable overlap and most clients find that as one area of their life improves, all areas improve. We also do situational coaching if the client has something unexpected come up that they want to work on. The subject area for each session is client-directed, although I have a general outline that I use for the entire coaching engagement to make sure the client gets the most benefit out of the process. I also offer an optional full-day breakthrough session for clients who want to jump start the coaching process.
Although coaching borrows techniques and processes from psychotherapy, coaching is not therapy. A coach is not necessarily a mental health professional and does not diagnose or treat mental illness. If you are under the care of a mental health professional or taking psychoactive medication, you should continue that care and inform your mental health professional that you are involved in a coaching process. If I feel that therapy is more appropriate for you than coaching, I may refer you to a mental health professional.