As a client, you come to your coach with a specific question. You still have sufficient energy and ability to get started and train yourself (self-guidance), but you do‘nt know where to start and need help and insight.
Focus on ‘the now’.
In your first meeting your coach starts by formulating the concrete assignment, the content and the course of your coaching process, and always together with you. Questions and problems that occur during coaching in addition to the actual assignment can be dealt with as a new assignment or immediately. This keeps the coaching process focused and adapted to the situation.
The process of coaching starts with the coachee who talks about himself and his environment. From that moment on the underlying question will be present throughout your entire process: What can I do myself to improve my situation, to change and to better deal with my challenges?
How does coaching differ from a clinical treatment?
Well, during your trajectory, it is not about analysing the causes that lead to your problem or problem behaviour, or about the processing of those causes. That is rather the work of a psychologist or a psychiatrist, while coaching is a concrete way of dealing with the current situation.
This means that a coach does not work independently with coachees with clinical illnesses, (such as bipolar disorders, borderline syndrome, depression). Collaboration with a psychologist or psychiatrist is possible when clear agreements are reached. The psychiatrist or clinical psychologist then discusses the cause of a problem, the coach focuses on how you deal with the problem in the present. Here, too, the coachee is in control at all times: he or she is and remains responsible for his/her progress process at all times. A coach never takes someone’s hand to lead them blindly somewhere.
Goal and timing
The goal of coaching is to develop an action plan that can be formally drawn up. That plan contains specific and measurable actions that have to be carried out within a certain period, but could be as a photo collages, videos, drawings, paintings, etc. The aim is that the coachee will act and achieve their chosen goal.
The timing of a coaching process is also very different: compared to a treatment with a psychiatrist or psychologist, far fewer sessions are needed during coaching, and these are spread over a shorter period.