What is Coaching Psychology ?
As Chartered Psychologists, with over 20 years of experience working within the non-clinical population, we use the art and science of psychology to support clients to lead a happier, more successful or satisfying life.
We do not judge, impose or assume that we are the 'experts' in what our clients need to do in life and as such do not give 'advice'. We use our knowledge and expertise in psychology to help and support them as they navigate themselves through practical and down to earth ways, to create their own successes at work and in life.
In our work we use tools and techniques drawn from the domains of clinical, counselling and organisational/ occupational psychology and are predominantly cognitive behavioural in nature.
As coaching psychologists, we do not provide specific answers or rules to work by. Instead constructively challenge the beliefs and assumptions that clients make that prevent them from either reaching their potential or from finding a different path, and help them set out their own path for personal success in life and at work.
Coaching Psychology promotes Emotional Well-being
"Well-being refers to positive and sustainable characteristics which enable individuals and organisations to thrive and flourish". The Well-being Institute - University of Cambridge
Coaching Psychology starts with the understanding that the client is relatively healthy and wants to work towards enhancing their well-being and performance, in life and/or in the workplace. It is present and future focused and time limited.
Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Medicine works with patients who require therapy and or medical intervention to address issues (which can range from mild to severe) and tends to tackle various forms of mental illness, and generally aims to work towards bringing the patient to average health.
If and when a coaching client needs medical/clinical/ psychological intervention, as an HCPC Chartered Occupational Psychologist we can professionally recognise the signs and will advice the client to seek, and where relevant assist to find, the relevant specialists . (BPS code of conduct; sec 2.3). As coaching psychologists, we are able to work with clients who are receiving medical help whilst working with us, where it is helpful appropriate for the client.
Clinical/ Psychiatric Therapies Coaching
Client psycho-emotionally unwell Client psycho-emotionally relatively healthy
Focused on dealing with present and the past Present and future focused
Unresolved issues and feeling Driven Goals and Action driven
Towards understanding and emotional healing Towards higher level of functioning
Absorbs information Acts on information
Face to face in office Via Phone, Internet or face to face
Therapist as 'expert' Coach and Client collaborate on solutions
Contact between sessions only for crises Contact between sessions
Not time limited - can be ongoing. Time limited - typically 5 - 6 sessions
Medication may be prescribed (by medics)
Is Stress a mental illness?
Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if it starts to become overwhelming, these feelings can become problematic for you.
Stress is not a psychiatric diagnosis, but it is closely linked to your mental health. Please visit www.mind.org.uk for more details.
Work-place Stress and Anxiety has become more prevalent today as individuals are forced to handle heavier workloads whilst juggling more priorities both at work and at home.
By considering the root of your stress and anxieties, with the help of a Coaching Psychologist, you can develop healthier strategies to enhance your well-being and performance.