Cognitive Behavioral Coaching
In today’s times, there is still a negative stigma surrounding psychology, and many people who struggle through life will opt not to see a therapist. I have also realised that adults and teenagers are more comfortable with seeking help from a coach. Coaching lends itself more to working through current obstacles in our lives through practical solutions and developing methods which are effective and easy to implement.
Once completing my BA in Health Services and Social Sciences, I then completed my BA Honours Psychology in psychological counselling. I have opted to combine the Cognitive Behavioural approach and life coaching, as this seems to be the most logical step forward in reaching more people in order to develop individual potential. In order to belong to a reputable society, which is internationally recognised, I am registered as an affiliated member of the International Society of Coaching Psychology.
Every person has the ability to reach their full potential. At times in life, people may lack the skills on what to do next. Life skills learnt in coaching will carry us on our path to achieve success. This firm belief has taken me on the path of study in Cognitive Behavioural Theory. Cognitive Behaviour theory provides many valuable skills which aid in questioning and modifying faulty belief systems, which may render a person “stuck”. Modifying personal thought patterns and hence behavioural responses provide us with new perspectives to situations which may have been previously self-limiting. Our frame of mind and our perspectives influence every aspect of our lives.
My motivation is to see the results that people achieve and the joy of a person that believes in them self and attains the goals they have chosen for themselves. There are no limits to self-actualisation.
I believe, Effective Communication is key to every successful relationship (be this personal or professional).
What is CBC?
Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching (CBC) is not as complicated as it may sound. It is an effective coaching approach, based on evidence-based psychological models.
CBC helps in identifying personal self-defeating behaviours and thoughts, which are destructive to our self-identity and prevent us from attaining the life we want and deserve to live.
Negative thoughts lead to negative feelings and results in negative behavioural outcomes. By challenging negative thoughts and self-talk, there can be a change in the negatively orientated feelings and perspectives to daily situations and challenges.
We are faced with challenges daily which may break us down if we do not have the skills to address them. These skills help us to be productive and successful individuals, so that the stress of life does not break us down, but rather drives us towards our goals. Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching can help us develop these vital life skills.
Skills which CBC teaches us can help individuals address lack of confidence, daily stress, and communication skills, finding meaning in life, setting goals and attaining success.
Cognitive-Behavioural Coaching aims to help the client to identify their perspective on where the client is now, and to explore what is stopping them from reaching their potential. In order to take charge of their life, the client explores their thinking patterns in order to discover alternative ways of thinking which are more productive and conducive to reaching their personal and professional goals.
Our thoughts control our feelings, and our feelings control our actions.
Positive mind, Positive feelings, Positive life!
CBC for Adults
As adults, we are expected to successfully function at the pace set by the society in which we live in. We aim to balance personal and professional life. However, there are times when the pressure to perform becomes overwhelming and we find ourselves unable to cope in one or more areas of adult life.
We question our abilities and self-worth to a point where we are unable to see a way forward and lose sight of our dreams and aspirations.
As a Cognitive-Behavioural Coach, I work with individuals to identify what toxic behaviours and thought patterns are present in their personal and/or professional life which has left them feeling “stuck”, and preventing the individual from reaching their full potential.
Challenges may include:
- Goal setting
- Communication skills
- Anxiety / Depression
- Couples coaching
CBC for Teenagers
During the teenage years, we develop our sense of self. We aim to discover our identity and what we believe in. Teenage years bring about challenges by the physical changes our bodies’ experience. Teenagers are also faced with the emotional rollercoaster hormonal changes introduce into their lives. Added to this life stage are the modern day stressors and pressure to excel at school and socially.
Some teenagers excel during this period of transition, while others experience this time as emotionally overwhelming.
Parents may not always be able to relate to their teenage children, and communication becomes strained, leaving the child with a sense of isolation and not being understood.
As a Cognitive-Behavioural Coach, I introduce life skills which facilitate the exploration in identifying emotions and the thought patterns which create our feelings. Identifying our perspectives and our behaviours enables us to then work on modifying our sense of self, and aids in setting goals for the future.
Challenges teenagers may face include:
- Exam stress