Individual Change Counseling
& Coaching (ICC)
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.
Families/Other Concerned Significant Others (CSO's)
ICC can also be utilized by other family members/loved ones 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 to help those with alcohol & other problem drug use change their behavior (http://www.robertjmeyersphd.com). The strategies of CRAFT can also be used effectively with other behaviors.
Invitation to Change Interventions
Using CRAFT, MI, Mindfulness and more, I now offer limited problematic substance use family intervention services. This service is designed to help families learn how to invite their loved ones with alcohol & other problem drug use to change with their families. In a supported environment, people tend to choose to make healthier decisions regarding their relationship to any drug including alcohol. For more information or a free consult, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The key to change is to let go of fear.
It doesn't matter where you start.
Only that you begin.
—Robin S. Sharma
ICC can also be utilized by other family members/loved ones to learn how to...
Brainspotting locates points in your visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma (or other strong emotions/events) in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Dr. Grand discovered that "Where you look affects how you feel." It is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain, that organizes itself around that eye position. and where the emotions/events can get stuck. I like to describe BSP as "pulling the weeds" of emotions/events instead of just talking about them. BSP is a strength-based skill that can also help you find your inner strengths and work with that to excise the less helpful memories and strong emotions of certain events in life. Please check out their website for more information, studies, and a list of providers. My certification in BSP will be complete in Summer 2021.
& Speaking Engagements
Online trainings are available in a variety of time frames for Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Trauma-Informed Work, and Substance Use Disorder Treatment. All trainings over 12 hours include free Zoom or telephonic coaching & supervision sessions (number and platform TBD)
I am also available for speaking engagements at conferences, meetings, and private functions as well as consultations to agencies on the above subjects as well as curriculum development and Policy & Procedure creation