Julia Vaughan Smith

Recovery: coaching in the aftermath of Covid-19

This article appeared in the July 2020 issue of Coaching Today, which is published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (c) BACP.    https://www.bacp.co.uk/bacp-journals/coaching-today/ The military metaphors have become so common in the pandemic that we stop paying attention: it’s a ‘fight’, a ‘battle’. If so, then it’s one where the ‘war’ involves …

Julia Vaughan Smith

The Drama Triangle and how it relates to trauma-informed coaching

The Drama Triangle, familiar to many, developed by Stephen Karpman, is Transactional-Analysis model. It describes what can happen in an interaction between two people. More of that a bit later after considering a few questions:- Are you a rescuer, or over-helper (just a different description for rescuer)? Do you find yourself sometimes in an ‘its …

Julia Vaughan Smith

Why coaching the survival parts in coaching doesn’t bring about change.

“ I’ve worked hard with this client, tried everything, but nothing seems to shift.” “ The client was clear what he wanted to change, and had the actions, but when he came back, nothing had happened” “I worked with this client a few years ago, and I thought we had done some good coaching. But …

Julia Vaughan Smith

What is trauma-informed coaching and why is it important?

The more I talk about trauma and coaching, and come across the myths or misunderstandings about it, the more I feel it is important to be clear about what trauma informed coaching is. Trauma-informed coaching happens when the coach understands what trauma is, how it presents in the coaching room and how to respond. All …