I work using a “co-active approach”. This basically means that:
- I coach you, the client, not the topic. You, the client, are central. Together we find new ways to approach to your topic and, most importantly, develop a broader and deeper set of capabilities in the process.
- Next I attend to the individuality of each client. This means that I work with you as as an independent human being, on your own and in connection with others as well as in connection to your environment.
- I support you in the development of your entirety of competencies. These encompass the intellectual competencies as well as the emotional, social, somatic and spiritual ones. Nothing is left out.
What is co-active coaching?
Based on the Co–Active Model, I begin by holding you, the client, as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, completely capable of finding your own answers to whatever challenges you face. My job as a Co-Active Coach® is to ask powerful questions, listen and empower to elicit the skills and creativity you already possess, rather than instruct or advise.
The Co-Active Model I use as a cornerstone, balances self-awareness, a keen agility with relationships, and courageous action to create an environment where individuals can be deeply fulfilled, connected to others and successful in what matters most.
The “Co” in Co-Active suggests relationship, connection, intimacy and collaboration. Thus, the “Co” in us is curious, listens deeply, hears nuance, holds space for others, intuits and nurtures.
The “Active” in Co-Active stands for power, direction, action and manifestation. So, the “Active” in us is courageous, has clarity and conviction, takes charge and achieves goals.
The magic happens in the dance between “Co” and “Active” — action that arises from presence, deep relationship and context…and presence that is channeled into dynamic action and contribution. Balancing and blending these energies allows us to move out of an “either/or” paradigm into a “yes/and” paradigm.
Coaching vs. Therapy
The fundamentals of life coaching are what distinguish it from therapy. Life coaches do not diagnose, while therapists determine illnesses and pathologies so they can be clinically treated. Therapists analyse their client’s past as a tool for understanding present behaviours, whereas life coaches simply identify and describe current problematic behaviours so the client can work to modify them. In other words, therapists focus on “why” certain behavioural patterns occur, and coaches work on “how” to work toward a goal.
When you look at a life coach vs. a therapist’s practice, it’s important to know that therapists help clients explore and understand their subconscious and unconscious mind. Their goal in this exploration is deep understanding. Life coaches focus on results and actions. My goals (and outcomes as a coach) are measured with key performance indicators and specific behavioural outcomes and goals.
Having said this: I am a Life Coach. I don’t provide therapy. When I come across a situation that is better served with a therapist, I will name it and can refer you to practitioners that can help you further.