Engaging with our own therapeutic inquiry

I often recommend that coaches who are interested in understanding trauma and bringing that awareness into their coaching engage with their own internal therapeutic inquiry.  I have always ‘done my own work’, firstly in psychotherapy, over the last 8 years through the therapeutic process developed by Franz Ruppert and additionally over the last 2 years …

Jenny Rogers

What distinguishes beginners from more experienced coaches?

Working recently with trainee and beginner coaches, I was struck yet again by their understandable preoccupations and concerns. Chief among these was a combination of self-doubt and doubt about the coaching process. ‘How can I be sure that these apparently simple questions will help my client?’ ‘What happens if I can’t think of the next …

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 …