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.” As a Change Coach, you can expect to have some work to be completed at home to be discussed at our later session. Included in Change Coaching is providing feedback to you (always with permission!), and encouraging you to work toward self-sufficiency, i.e. helping you develop their own ‘internal coach’. Yes, that means I'm working myself out of a job with each client I have! These sessions tend to be shorter (15-30 minutes) and targeted toward a specific short-term goal.
One of the most important roles of Individual Change Coaching (ICC) is helping you to increase and maintain your 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 or MI; www.motivationalinterviewing.org). Being a targeted approach, ICC can often help you make even small changes quickly which improves motivation. Clients have also reported:
an increased feeling of self-power (empowerment)
positive feelings toward making other changes in their lives
feeling more confident as they were able to make and sustain change
This is exactly what I hope for! ICC also translates well to other platforms (Zoom, FaceTime, phone) leaving you more time to do other things in your life. With ICC, you get back to your own life as soon as possible.
"The key to change is to let go of fear.”
Coaching & Counseling
Using CRAFT, MI, Mindfulness and more, I now offer limited Family Intervention services to help families learn how to invite their loved ones with problematic alcohol & other drug use to change with their families. In a supported environment, people tend to choose to make healthier decisions regarding their relationship to drugs including alcohol. For more information or a free consult, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ICC can also be utilized by other family members and loved ones of those with less healthy behaviors to learn how to efficiently work with their loved ones to ‘set the stage’ for change. One such strategy I use is the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT; developed by Robert Meyers, PhD, with whom I have trained) to help those with problematic alcohol & other drug use change their behavior (http://www.robertjmeyersphd.com). The strategies of CRAFT can also be used effectively with other behaviors.