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 …