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About Coaching Psychology


Graduation day from MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology

In my sessions, on LinkedIn and here on my website I mention Coaching Psychology quite often – I studied it at MSc level and am in the process of submitting my application to become a Chartered Coaching Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS)- one of the most advanced qualifications that is possible to achieve in this field.

 

So, here’s a brief overview of what it is, its benefits and how and why I embed it in my coaching.

 

What is it exactly?

 

Coaching psychology is a unique branch of psychology that uses psychological theories and principles to guide coaching. It aims to improve well-being, performance, and personal growth using evidence-based techniques.

 

Here’s the BPS’ definition of Coaching Psychology:
“The scientific study and application of behaviour, cognition and emotion to deepen our understanding of individuals’ and groups’ performance, achievement and wellbeing, and to enhance practice within coaching.”

 

The main difference from traditional coaching and the main reason WHY I embed it in my coaching is that coaching psychology is deeply rooted in scientific research and psychological frameworks, and thus proven to be effective.

 

The Foundations of Coaching Psychology

 

Coaching psychology is influenced by various fields within psychology, including but not limited to:

 

Positive Psychology: Focuses on strengths, well-being, and flourishing.

Cognitive Behavioural Psychology: Helps understand and change thought patterns to positively influence behaviour.

Humanistic Psychology: Centres on personal growth and self-actualisation.

Developmental Psychology: Looks at how individuals grow and change over time.

 

The Role of a Coaching Psychologist

 

A coaching psychologist blends the art of coaching with the science of psychology. This includes:

 

Facilitating Personal and Professional Growth: Helping clients identify and achieve personal and professional goals.

Enhancing Wellbeing: Using evidence-based strategies to improve mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

Building Resilience: Assisting clients in developing coping strategies to manage stress and overcome challenges.

Promoting Self-Awareness: Encouraging clients to gain deeper insights into their thoughts, behaviours, and emotions.

Applying Psychological Tools: Using validated psychological assessments and interventions to support client development.

 

The Benefits of Coaching Psychology

 

Evidence-Based Approach: Uses scientifically validated methods to ensure effectiveness and reliability.

Holistic Development: Addresses various aspects of life, including career, relationships, health, and personal growth.

Customised Strategies: Tailors interventions to the unique needs and goals of each client.

Enhanced Wellbeing: Focuses on improving overall wellbeing, not just achieving goals.

Long-Term Change: Encourages sustainable development and lasting positive change.

 

Common Coaching Psychology techniques you can expect from my work

 

Goal Setting: Using SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals to provide clarity and direction.

Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Reducing stress and enhancing focus through mindfulness practices.

Cognitive Restructuring: Identifying and changing unhelpful thought patterns.

Strengths-Based Coaching: Leveraging individual strengths to achieve goals and improve performance.

 

 

 

In conclusion, you can see how Coaching Psychology is a powerful and effective approach to personal and professional development.

 

Whether you're looking to enhance your career, improve your relationships, or boost your overall quality of life, coaching psychology can provide the tools and support you need to reach your full potential. Get in touch below if you’d like to find out more!




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