If you are here, you might be wondering a few things such as:
- What is coaching?
- What is trauma-informed coaching?
- How is this different from other types of coaching and why does it matter?
- Is coaching right for me?
Let’s take those questions one at a time.
What is coaching?
Coaching is a supportive growth process wherein a person has determined that wherever they are now isn’t where they want to be. Women most come to coaching to tackle a specific problem or because they have a general sense that there is more to their life and they’re ready to invest time into finding out what that is. Having a trained, objective person outside of their situation is vital to the learning process, and often just what they need to begin to get “unstuck” and move forward with renewed hope and energy.
- help to clarify values, goals, and belief systems in order to make a specific decision
- help to walk out of hurt and into a place of healing
- help broaden one’s view of themselves, God, and of others so that they can have life-giving relationships
- help stay the course on a goal one has always wanted to accomplish…but hasn’t yet succeeded in achieving
Coaching is not advice-giving (consultation) or counseling. Those who choose coaching for support will not receive any diagnosis. If a trained counselor is needed, a wise coach will refer to someone best suited to give support in that area of mental health. Although coaching will often address learned patterns and growing to understand oneself more, the emphasis is on moving forward from where they are and helping them walk out their next best steps.
What is Trauma-Informed Coaching?
“Trauma-informed” is an approach to supporting people that recognizes that more likely than not, the potential client has had one or more traumatic events in their life. Trauma-Informed coaching is trained to recognize and understand when a person exhibits trauma symptoms and will help those in their care navigate trauma triggers when they arise.
How is trauma-informed coaching different from other types of coaching?
Those I serve often do not know or acknowledge that they have experienced trauma. They often do not understand the depth of impact their trauma has on their current life and will continue to have unless recognized and begun to be addressed. As a trauma-informed coach, I have been trained in these areas and bring a depth of awareness and understanding to the coaching process that many other coaches do not possess. This does not mean that trauma-informed coaching is better than other types of coaching, but rather is different and brings this understanding as a strength to the coaching process. If a client needs executive or leadership coaching, this requires different training and a different set of coaching strengths to support them in their goals. Not every coach is for every person, just as every client is not for every coach.
Why does having a trauma-informed coach matter to me?
When working with a coach, there are often many “ah-ha” moments. Coaching is a process of discovering new or remembering old beliefs about yourself, your dreams, your strengths, and your best hopes. It is a vulnerable process by its very nature because you begin to reflect on what’s going on inside of yourself. Trauma-informed coaches understand that this can bring memories and emotions to the surface that you may have long forgotten about or hope to never remember. If you know you have experienced traumatic events or have lived with chronic/complex trauma, having a trauma-informed coach will be invaluable to your own growth and healing process. You will want to work with a coach who can help you navigate the inevitable emotions that will arise. Instead of approaching coaching with hesitation, this can free you to know you’re in good hands. You will be safe to travel this unknown path because your coach is safe and knowledgeable and has your best life in mind.
Is Coaching Right For Me?
Whether you are hurting and looking for healing or ready to launch into an amazing new ministry or dream, coaching is invaluable. Investing in yourself is one of the best investments you will ever make because you will serve others and love them 10 fold as you are supported yourself. To best assess if coaching is the right next step for you, it’d be best to chat so I can learn abour your goals, hopes, and expectations. Schedule a free initial coaching session to ask any questions and see if you’d like to work together. I look forward to meeting with you!
Ready to discover more for your life?
To better serve those I support, I have completed the following certifications:
- Masters Mental Health Coaching from American Association of Christian Ccounselors and Light University
- Biblical Life Coaching from Life Breakthrough Academy
- Am a member of the More to Be Coach Network
- Am a Mentor Coach with the More to Be Coach Network
- Am receiving ongoing training in the area of trauma and healing approaches