Why not give advice
Since we humans are "damned" to always perceive everything as validating our past experiences and assumptions, advice can often not work.
Thus, in some cases, advice can expand our conceivable options for action, but they can also achieve the exact opposite: confirming and consolidating existing thinking. Right here, coaching provides an effective alternative because it deliberately waives advice.
Rules for a successful coaching session
- The coaching process always needs clear goals.
- Coaching does not need expert advice when people have everything to solve.
- Coaching does not need expert advice when people perceive and process their situation uniquely (for us incomprehensible).
- The way to the solution and everything that is necessary for this is developed by the coaching client itself.
The solution is developed by the client himself
The way to the solution and all that is necessary is developed by the coaching client itself. Coaching is not a therapy.
We describe coaching rather as a method, which allows the person who has a problem to solve it himself and independently.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy?
This implies the very limit and delimitation of coaching to forms of therapy. In contrast to coaching clients, people in a therapy can not (completely) solve their problems on their own and with self-responsibility. Here then gives a therapist a completely different assistance. It's about healing.
We specifically want to delineate ourselves here when other voices within the coaching industry claim that coaching and therapy are blurring; quasi the same would be, and the demarcation will be made so clearly for purely legal reasons.
We see that differently. Although boundaries seem to blur, the coachee is not a patient and the coach is not a therapist. And that is the essential information in this context.
Patient or coaching client?
When is a patient or a (coaching) client? How do we find out? This seems to be one of the greatest tasks in the coaching industry. And every coach will always have to ask this question again:
- Do I inform the client about my impression that I can not help?
- How then do I look for the helpers?
- Is it actually a client and is coaching the right companion?
- Can I say that I would find a psychotherapy (in my opinion) more appropriate?
Many roads lead to Rome
There is a wealth of acknowledged ways and philosophies to help people through psychotherapy in the healing of mental (and physical) suffering and stress.
The colorful field goes from psychoanalytic and deep psychotherapy to hypnotherapy, Gestalt therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, pesso therapy, trauma therapy, and much more
The approaches, approach and approach have now become so diverse that a detailed description would break the framework and would not be appropriate.
Coaching does not treat patients
However, one thing unites these different approaches: they all treat so-called patients. And coaching does not support patients. In coaching, we do not treat "dysfunctions worth treating" and we do not treat any disorders "of pathological value".
We do not treat at all. There are no diagnoses in systemic constructivist coaching. There are no symptoms - ie symptoms - and no syndromes described. As coaches, we do not think about how the syndrome and the cause and the cause of the disease could lead to a diagnosis.
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