What is Coaching Psychology?
Coaching psychology is a distinct branch of academic and applied psychology that focuses on the enhancement of personal and professional performance, development, and well-being, through the application of coaching models that are grounded in psychological theories, methods and approaches.
What is a Coaching Psychologist?
A Coaching Psychologist is essentially a psychologist who works with others to support the enhancement of performance, development, and well-being using psychology-informed coaching approaches. It should be noted that ‘Coaching Psychologist’ is not a restricted or legally protected title, and so the term may be used, applied, or interpreted differently by different people or practitioners.
Which Psychological Approaches Inform Coaching Psychology?
Just as with counselling, the psychological approaches drawn by a coaching psychologist upon will depend on the orientation of the specific practitioner.
My own practice is influenced by the following:
Person-Centered Coaching: Originating in the work of Carl Rogers, a person-centered approach provides of unconditional positive regard, genuineness, and empathic communication to help foster feelings of acceptance, understanding and worth, as they address their presenting issues and themes.
Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology: Originating in the work of Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis, Cognitive behavioral is about helping the person to identify feelings and beliefs about a situation, and recognising where 'distorted thinking' may be impacting on their feelings and behaviors. Through Cognitive Psychology, a person is empowered to transform into more positive and adaptive way of thinking, through the use of cognitive coping strategies.
Systemic Coaching: Assesses human relationship dynamics to help people change dysfunctional or unhealthy aspects of human relationship systems. It postulates that if one representative of a human system can recognize and change dysfunctional patterns, other members of that human system (families, management teams, sports teams, school classes etc) can also change.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy: It is not always necessary to understand the origin or cause of a problem. Sometimes focusing on how to get you from where you are now to where you want to be, using techniques to draw out your own solutions, is all that is needed.
Motivational Interviewing: This is a simple communication practice that elicits an individuals own intrinsic motivation to change.
Creative Coaching Practices: Art and Craft work, journal and writing projects and sand play.
MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychological Practice - Edinburgh University
BSc Psychology Hons - Honors degree in psychology accredited by the British Psychological Society
ICF Accredited Cognitive and Behaviour based Coaching - From The Performance Solution (ICF accredited Training)
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design - Wimbledon College of Art
Areas of practice.
From a coaching and therapy basis, I work with what I love, know, have studied, understand and have experienced, to bring a depth of insight to my clients. I work with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, grief, change, social confidence, self-esteem, learning to love, eating disorders, panic, self-harm, relationship and communication enhancement, life direction, performance development, acceptance, presence, family communication, and leadership development.
I am not a licensed psychologist, and so I cannot make a clinical diagnosis and I cannot advise on treatment. For this, you would require a doctorate level clinical psychologist or counselling psychologist or a psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor with extra training in diagnosis and medical treatment of mental health disorders.
In issues of complex mental health issues, such as schizophrenia, psychosis, dementia, or with drug and alcohol addiction, I can offer a selection of suggestions of experts in the respective fields, some of whom I collaborate with to form care and support teams for those who require this.