What, pray tell, is "life and vocational coaching?" In short, it is equipping people to navigate the questions, confusions, and possibilities of life and work, so they can live and serve others as optimally and purposefully as possible.
British team builder and trainer Alan Chapman explains, "The term coaching typically refers to methods of helping others to improve, develop, learn new skills, find personal success, achieve aims and to manage life change and personal challenges. Coaching commonly addresses attitudes, behaviours, and knowledge, as well as skills, and can also focus on physical and spiritual development too." (from http://www.businessballs.com/coaching.htm)
Executive coach, consultant and scholar, Dr. Terry Anderson concludes, "Coaching has now become an established profession that synthesizes the best aspects of business, leadership, psychology, communications, organization development, counselling, consulting, sports, philosophy, theology, health and finance." (ref: http://consultingcoach.com/executive-coaching-faq/)
In today's individualistic, conflicted, fractured and increasingly rootless society many have no one to help them develop the attitudes, behaviours, knowledge and skills to navigate and succeed in personal life, relationships and/or career. That's where we come in.
Life and work are intimately linked. Through our coaching we will help you understand your identity and purpose in life and/or career. Who are you? What inspires you? What motivates you? What provides a sense of purpose and meaning, and how can this be nurtured and applied? What are your values, personal style traits, aptitudes, gifts and abilities? What about your foundations? Your roots? Are they solid, secure, firm, deep and healthy? And considering all of the realities in life, relationships and career how can you continue to think, act and serve most nobly...most humanly?
What makes us unique as coaches is that besides our certifications Denys has a vast interdisciplinary academic background with a particular focus on classical historical coaching approaches. You will not find this in many other places. But add to this the extensive life and vocational experience we both have and you will not be disappointed if you choose to work with us.
We employ a 5 point bio-psycho-social-spiritual model as we help you confirm your path or learn where you might be stuck or lost. We explore symptoms and causes and help facilitate practical, holistic, preventative measures and solutions. We work with you on upgrading your personal and vocational skills and help you develop a plan then take decisive actions to become the brightest and best you can be...so you can enjoy and live out the great adventure that this life is!!
Please give us a call or send an email. We would be pleased to connect for a confidential consultation.
Are you seeking wholeness? Recovery from wounds, or trauma? Or is your heart broken? Or aching or sad? Are you angry? Is there some bitterness that you cannot seem to overcome? Perhaps your life has just become a plain muddle? Or you feel interiorly confused or lost? Or you just cannot figure out why a certain relationship is not working?
Compared with Coaching, Dr. Indigo Triplett argues that Counselling tends to focus on analyzing the past where as Coaching focuses on future development. Counselling tends toward issues of ill-health, disruption in clear thinking, relationship problems, pain and the like, whereas Coaching tends to look at skills development. She argues that this is not to say that the two services must always function exclusively one from the other. They may. Or - as our work suggests - the two may sometimes function collaboratively. (see: http://www.inc.com/indigo-triplett/coaching-versus-counselling-to-level-set-an-employee.html)
One of the services Denys offers is that of Spiritual Care and Counselling. To be clear, he is not a clinical psychologist or a psychiatrist. In his Counselling he draws on his pastoral care training and experience - but also on his interdisciplinary academic training and background - to help clients address root causes of ill-health, distorted thinking, life imbalance and bitter relationships. We acknowledge the need to consider the whole person - physically, psychologically and spiritually - to bring optimal integrity, wholeness, balance and health to life, relationships and vocation.
This is particularly potent for those who serve or have served in policing, other emergency-response type jobs or the military where trauma, grief, moral injury, betrayal, excessive rationalism, legalism, etc. dehumanize and damage - even destroy - these noble servants and their families. And, from personal experience we know that, as good as it can often be, much of what is offered by "the system" in terms of help is just not enough.
It has become well documented that more is needed than IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). SQ (spiritual quotient) must also be acknowledged and optimized. This goes to matters of the deep inner heart and soul, where contemporary humanistic and atheistic psychology and psychiatry are simply unable to go. We are more than a body, a brain or emotions. All too many suffer from a broken heart; a wounded or poisoned soul.
As with his Coaching Denys mines the sages of history that are all-too-often ignored today, to our peril. He seeks to apply the insights of both contemporary and historic spiritual care providers and counsellors in order to facilitate health in the minds, hearts, souls, bodies and relationships of his clients.
Could pop singer Neil Young have nailed it when he sang, "Keep me searchin' for a heart of gold"?
If this is something you would like to explore with Denys, why not take a minute and give him a call or send an email?