Coaching means bringing people from where they are to where they want to be in an enjoyable way. It is a voluntary, usually temporary and methods guided process that supports the client in achieving his or her professional or personal goals.
Coaching is exclusively done in a non-therapeutic manner. A coaching session and the coaching methods used are always based on a strong solution, potential and target orientation. As coaches, we rely on the already existing resources and potential of our clients. Those potentials enable them to find new opportunities with the help of a guided coaching process to define their goals and to identify ways to reach those goals. The aim of coaching is a change of perspective, to have a look at your life and your current situation in a different way, through different eyes.
What is the idea behind systemic coaching?
We are all a part of various networks such as the network of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, work colleagues and many more. These systems affect – directly or indirectly – our actions and life – and vice versa, our behaviour has an impact on other people’s lives in our environment. This is why questions in relation to the various systems often play a big part in systemic coaching. Very often, coaching sessions are about a decision that the client wants to make. The systemic coaching also looks at the people that might be affected by the decision or questions whether there are other people involved in the decision making. This point of view makes it easier for the client to consider his actions fully. Therefore, the effects of an action or the effects of a behaviour change on the systems of a client are always questioned.
The easiest way to achieve our goals is, if we can use not only our conscious, but also our unconscious resources. This can be achieved through Mental Coaching: Mental blocks are dissolved, unused experiences and strengths activated and the client’s self-confidence strengthened.
In professional sports, it has been known for decades how important ones mental condition is in order to succeed. Experts estimate this factor to be between 70 – 90%. Therefore, more and more mental coaching is used by top managements in order to achieve outstanding results under challenging circumstances.
However, these methods can also be used with regards to private concerns, for example, in order to discover new ways or dissolve fears, and to increase the general well-being. This means that the mental coach helps his or her clients to develop their own customised solutions instead of a “quick fix” suggested from an outsider’s view.
Mental Coaching is neither a form of psychotherapy, nor psychological counselling. It is neither therapy nor a replacement for a therapy, but serves healthy people by supporting their specific individual potentials. All of the methods used by the Mental Coaches are in order to activate the client’s own resources and do not replace a treatment by a physician or an alternative practitioner.