My coaching approach and methods

I use a couple of defined methods and frameworks with my coaching, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a problem management and opportunity development approach to helping, developed by Professor Gerard Egan in his book ‘The skilled Helper’.

I find that having a suite of tools available to me helps me tailor my interventions to suit your particular problems. Both CBT and ACT are scientifically based therapies that help you deal with stress and everyday living. In particular ACT has a growing body of peer reviewed research on its effectiveness. Equally there are criticisms as well.

I have three outcome focussed goals with my coaching.

  • To help you manage your own problems in living more effectively and developing your unused or underused resources.
  • To teach you how to manage and be better at helping yourself in your everyday life.
  • Help you develop an action based mentality.

The problem management and opportunity development approach
All worthwhile coaching and helping frameworks help you ask and answer four fundamental questions.

  • What is going on for me right now?
  • What does a better future look like?
  • How do I get there?
  • How do I make it all happen?

These four questions are turned into three logical stages with an implementation arrow running across all the stages.

The problem management approach

Each of these stages involves three tasks which are mentioned briefly below, the overview is cast in terms of the questions you can ask yourself as you understand your problems and develop your solutions.

Stage I – Help you explore your concerns
In stage I, our tasks are activities that help you understand your concerns as clearly as possible with the right amount of detail. These three tasks help you to develop answers to three sets of questions and outline the work that you will need to do, with my help as your coach to move forward with your life and career.

  • Task A. The Story: Problem Situations. What is going on in my life? What are my main concerns?
  • Task B. The real Story: New Perspectives. As I look more closely what is really going on in my life? What new perspectives will help me deal with my concerns?
  • Task C: The Right Story: Key issues to work on. What should I be working on? Which issues, if handled well, will make a real difference in my life?

The work we do in this stage should stimulate actions that lead to your preferred outcomes.

Stage II – Help you determine your outcomes and set goals
In stage two we help you imagine the kind of future you want in terms of outcomes and goals.

  • Task A. Possibilities. What possibilities do I have for a better future? What do I want the future to look like?
  • Task B. Goals/Outcomes. What do I really want and need? What solutions are best for me?
  • Task C. Commitment. What am I willing to pay emotionally and financially for what I want?

Stage III – Help you draw up plans to accomplish goals
In stage III we develop a realistic plan to help you achieve your goals.

  • Task A. Possible strategies. What are the possible paths towards my goals? What kind of actions will help me get what I want? How do I move forward?
  • Task B. Best-fit strategies. What strategies are best for me? What strategies fit my resources?
  • Task C. Plans to accomplish my goals. What should my campaign for change look like? How do I organise my strategies to achieve my goals? What do I need to do first, second, third?

The stages, together with the tasks constitute a logical but in practice a non-linear step-by-step process. In reality, we will move freely between stages as some concerns and issues in your life will be more developed than others.

Implementation making it all happen
You need to ask yourself, how do I turn problem exploration, goal setting and planning into action? Coaching is about change and change demands effort. All three stages of the coaching model sit on the implementation arrow. Meaning that action is incorporated throughout the coaching process.

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