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 …

Jenny Rogers

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 …