Jenny Rogers

How do we become our ‘true’ selves?

Becoming Your True Self by Vivian Broughton Green Balloon Publishing, £7.95  ‘Where can I read more?’ The coaching client has described an early life trauma: parents so preoccupied by their own fights and struggles that he says he felt ‘chronically unsafe’ despite an apparently comfortable middle class upbringing.  We have made the link to his …

Julia Vaughan Smith

Talking about suicide: a survival strategy in response to psychological trauma

Suicide has been in the news recently, with the deaths of two high profile people and a series of deaths at the University of Bristol. Those who lose someone close through suicide often ask “why?”; “why now?”; “ “what signs were missed?”. Some feel guilty or angry, and all feel the empathetic pain of someone …

Jenny Rogers

Could trauma be the explanation for lack of coaching progress?

Here are some common coaching scenarios from my own practice as a supervisor in the last year, all client details disguised: Client A Is considering leaving his job abruptly with no alternative on the horizon. At their first session Client A describes a pattern of repeated sudden exits, sometimes triggered by him, sometimes by the …

Julia Vaughan Smith

Coaching and Trauma – the shadows of the past in the present

I’ve been engaged in several things this week. I am preparing for our two day workshop in June, writing a chapter of my book on Coaching/Therapy boundaries in relation to working with trauma, and writing up my notes from reading ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’ by Dr Gabor Maté.  They are all interweaving in …

Julia Vaughan Smith

What has trauma got to do with coaching? Or coaching got to do with trauma?

Integrative executive coaching: exploring the interplay between psyche, role and environment I have been involved in the Coaching explosion and fragmentation (life coaching, executive coaching, business coaching, health coaching, spiritual coaching) for 25 years. It has been interesting to see the rapid growth and appeal. I have also been a supervisor of coaches for some …