S O M E N O T E S A B O U T C O A C H I N G
What is Coaching?
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Coaching involves agreeing series of meetings between you and the coach.
These meetings typically last an hour (depending on your time availability and personal preference).
Trusting the coach you are going to work with is crucial.
That is why it is often helpful to start with face-to-face meetings.
The initial meeting involves clarifying the issues that need to be explored and agreeing the goals that you would like to achieve.
Subsequent meetings involve exploring the issue in depth in a way that can lead to new ideas and often a re-defining of the original “problem”. Coaching can involve you having one or two sessions focussed on a particular issue. You may find that you value having a regular space to think about how to manage the dilemmas that you have to manage in your professional role.
What is Business Coaching?
Business coaching is the process of helping a company or business team achieve greater clarity, focus, and results. It is similar to life coaching but it takes place in a business setting. Regardless of the size of your company, whether you are a solo entrepreneur or a Fortune 500 company, business coaching is aimed at improving the performance of your people and increasing the company's bottom line.
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What is Team Coaching?
Team coaching helps people understand how to work better with others. It's an effective method for showing teams how to reduce conflict and improve their working relationships. The team can then focus on its real work, and achieve its objectives.
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What is Life Coaching?
Life coaching, often called personal coaching or simply coaching, is a one-on-one, collaborative process in which a trained professional (the coach) helps you, the client, achieve your personal life goals. These goals may include just about anything: more self confidence, weight loss, career change, better relationships, and many more.
People from every possible age, background, and occupation get coaching, but they all have one thing in common: a desire to achieve something more in their personal or professional life.
Whatever your goals, a professional coach gives you motivation, accountability and support, keeping you focused and taking action from week to week.
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Psychoanalysis & Coaching
Psychoanalysis has nothing to say about firms or management as such; inversely, psychoanalytic coaching can aid managers to develop a better understanding of the role they exercise within the firm and to better position themselves in decision making and communication with other people. While it is a practice that takes place outside the classical psychoanalytic framework, psychoanalytic coaching must meet certain criteria in order to justify a psychoanalytic filiation: amongst others, the recognition of the unconscious and of the mechanisms of transference and counter-transference. Crucially, the analyst is at the service of the subject (the manager) - even if it is the firm that pays for the treatment. While there are risks involved for all parties concerned (the manager, the firm and the analyst), psychoanalytic coaching offers a way of rendering meaningful a management that encompasses the respect of oneself and of others.
Some notes on psychodynamics in Coaching
The unconscious mind is our safety valve and the ‘dynamic’ in psychodynamic’ describes the dynamic ebb and flow between conscious and unconscious mind. This is driven by internal conflict. Feelings, thoughts and wishes move between conscious and unconscious mind.
We have psychological defences lodged in our unconscious mind. Common ones include denial and repression. They are are necessary but can get in the way. They are formed at a young age.
When defences have been used rigidly early in life then they can get in way later in life. Coaches must think about the unconscious life and defensive patterns that have been laid down and work to loosen that defence and overcome entrenched patterns of behaviour.
Change and uncertainty and uncertainty can prompt us to use our psychological defences.
Suppressed parts of ourselves can be come invisible drivers of unhelpful attitudes, feelings, behaviour.
Letting go of entrenched feelings can be difficult for clients as there will be gap for them – they will need to fill it with new behaviours.
Transference and counter-transference – we tend to transfer aspects of past relationships with parents and others to significant relationships in the present. This has implications for any practitioner – client relationship.
Transference – refers to the way the client relates to the coach.
Some implications of a psychodynamic approach to coaching:
What’s the difference between psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and counsellor?
I lost count of the times I’ve been asked: ‘so what’s the difference between a psychotherapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and counsellor?’ The combination of professionals for comparison of course vary from enquirer to enquirer, but this is nonetheless a valid question.
However, despite some overlapping similarities in the work, not all ‘shrinks’ are the same. There are in fact fundamental differences between mental health professionals when it comes to training, theoretical orientation, approaches, techniques, professional registration and many other aspects.
So in this post I would like to address some of the similarities and distinctions that permeate the work of psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and counsellors, in the hope of clarifying this all but uncommon confusion. I refer here to the context of the United Kingdom, so the descriptions may vary from other countries.