An integrated approach

An integrated approach

Over the past 12 years, I have developed an approach which blends different models of coaching and therapy. The three main models I use in my work are: 

 

  • Life & Executive Coaching: A process which helps you to define and achieve your goals – or to tackle specific obstacles – so you can maximise your potential in life or work. 
  • Zen Coaching: A mindfulness-based approach which reconnects you with your inner wisdom, helping to unlock new insights, effortless transformation and a deeper sense of fulfilment. 
  • Internal Family Systems: A psychotherapy model which works with inner conflict, ‘exiled’ parts of you and dysfunctional coping mechanisms, restoring harmony and self-acceptance to your life. 


The way I use and integrate these different ingredients tends to vary in each session, depending on your preferences, the nature of the question we’re working on, and what I feel is needed in that moment. My breadth of experience means that I can work flexibly around your needs. I bring alternative perspectives and techniques that cast new light on challenging issues – but I also ensure that the coaching relationship is grounded in practical considerations and action plans

Benefits of integration

 

One benefit of an integrated approach is that I can select and combine my ‘tools’ in the most effective way for your particular coaching situation. In addition, there is a positive integrative effect, i.e. this approach helps to integrate you as a person. This can be experienced in the following ways:

 

1. Integration of mind and body: The different ingredients of Integrated Coaching work with different parts of your mind, e.g. cognitive and emotional; right and left brain; alpha, beta and theta brainwaves (from active engagement to relaxed reflection and deep creativity). You might also feel that this approach connects with your heart, ‘gut feeling’, soul or energy channels. It promotes ‘embodied’ healing and learning (perceived by and incorporated into the body), which helps with…

 

2. Integration of positive change: The combination of deep, embodied reflection and clear, structured action helps your learning to be processed more thoroughly. We’re resolving root causes and finding comprehensive, lasting solutions, rather than quick fixes that only address the symptoms of an issue. Positive change patterns can be established and consolidated, which helps with…

 

3. Integration of you as a cohesive whole: Sometimes you might have experienced feeling ‘at odds’ with yourself. There may be a disconnect between how you feel inside and how you’re coming across to others; it feels jarring and confusing. Or maybe you have ‘disowned’ parts of yourself because they don’t feel acceptable to others. Integrated Coaching can bring you back to congruence and wholeness so that you feel more like you again. This helps with…

 

4. Integration of your true potential into daily life: This approach helps you to move from self-realisation (knowing who you are) into self-actualisation, i.e. living your life in alignment with who you are, acting from your highest potential. It also unlocks a greater sense of connection and compassion, encouraging you to live in integrity with others and with your environment.

To read more about my path towards a more integrated approach, please see blog: ‘What is Zen Life Coaching: (Part One) How it changed my life and work’