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 …

Julia Vaughan Smith

5 common myths coaches have about trauma

When talking about trauma with coaches over several years we have identified 5 common myths: ‘Successful people’, such as senior executives, are rarely traumatised Trauma only affects those who have had a horrific experience like a terrorist attack or serious car accident Trauma is an event that is remembered with mental images You can recognise …