What is Individual Change Coaching? Coaching, according to the International Coaching Federation (ICF), is defined as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaches give homework, provide feedback, and work toward the goal of self-sufficiency for each client, i.e. helping the client develop their own ‘internal coach’. Sessions tend to be briefer and are always directed toward goals rather than organic as in some psychotherapeutic formats.

One of the most important roles of Individual Change Coaching (ICC) is helping clients to increase and maintain their motivation for change(s). I use specific skills and strategies to help accomplish this goal with you (one of them being the evidence-based practice called Motivational Interviewing. For more, see my Home Page or www.motivationalinterviewing.org). Being a targeted approach, ICC can often help clients make even small changes quickly, including gaining motivation. Clients with whom I have worked using ICC strategies have also reported an increased feeling of self-power (empowerment) leading them to use me appropriately as a service provider. Usually, clients will see me for a few weeks and then return to their lives, returning to work on something else in a few months feeling more confident as they were able to make and sustain change once already. This is exactly what I hope for! Finally, this scenario can be especially useful to shrinking resources as it can mean fewer sessions overall - with less time spent in my office and more in your life! Also, ICC can often be done over the telephone which again can be very helpful to clients with busy schedules.

In ICC, my goal is to help you get on our own feet as soon as possible. ICC is typically best for those who are self-directed and goal-oriented although others may benefit as well. ICC can also be utilized by families and loved ones of those involved in less healthy behaviors to learn how to efficiently work with their loved ones to ‘set the stage’ to effect change. One such strategy I use is the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training or CRAFT (developed by Robert Meyers, with whom I have trained) for helping problem drug/alcohol users change their behavior (seehttp://www.robertjmeyersphd.com for more information). The strategies of CRAFT can also be used effectively with other behaviors.

Please contact me for more information or for a free consultation to discuss whether Individual Change Coaching might be helpful to you. I look forward to hearing from you!