How does the coaching process work?
Although my coaching services are tailored to meet the individual goals, experiences, and preferences of each client, each engagement generally moves through four stages, as outlined below.
What do we “do” in coaching?
It’s difficult to predict upfront exactly what we will do together; that largely depends on your focus, as well as what you bring to the table. A healthy part of the coaching process is organic and “in the moment”. That said, I have also developed general roadmaps, grounded in theory and evidence, to help provide direction to the journey when needed. Some examples are below.
Integrating Meditation with Coaching
Meditation is positively associated with a variety of desirable outcomes relevant to many professionals such as, managing negative emotions, focusing attention, and supporting healthy relations with others. What’s more, research indicates meditation has more pronounced and lasting effects than relaxation techniques, or simply relaxing, say by quietly reading a book. There is even evidence linking meditation to changes in the structure of the brain.
For those with an interest, I can integrate meditation into our coaching collaboration. This can involve helping you to learn meditation techniques that you practice on your own, or by using meditation during a session as a means of exploring a particular topic of interest.
I am a certified teacher of IREST, which is a meditation practice rooted in ancient yogic traditions that have been updated for modern life. This practice is used in a wide variety of settings, from yoga studios to veterans’ groups, homeless shelters to conference rooms.
Curious? — try it for yourself. Below is a sample of a short IREST practice emphasizing body and breath awareness. The benefits of this practice include building focus, increasing mindful presence, and relaxation. If you are new to meditation, you may also find the brief introduction helpful. Enjoy!