Qualities of a good coach

Choosing a coach or therapist can be an important decision, financially and emotionally, and is therefore a little daunting. It can also mark the beginning of a personal transformation journey. What are the qualities you need to look out for in a coach? First and foremost, you have to like them – the ‘chemistry’ is key to creating a successful coaching relationship. But if someone … Continue reading Qualities of a good coach

Coaching vs therapy

What are the differences between coaching and psychotherapy? The cliché that coaching focuses on the present and future while therapy focuses on the past isn’t just a cliché but also a myth, as there are forms of therapy that don’t dwell on the past, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and forms of coaching that allow for deeper self-examination. In a previous article, I described … Continue reading Coaching vs therapy

Fear of public speaking

A friend told me that fear of public speaking, aka glossophobia, was the most common human fear. He was trying to reassure me, as I’d been feeling nervous about a presentation I had to give at a coaching workshop. I was relieved and sceptical at the same time. So I looked it up and it was true: some research actually suggests that human beings fear public … Continue reading Fear of public speaking

Identity & self-identity

In psychology, identity is a set of qualities, beliefs, looks and expressions that make an individual or a social group. Self-identity is a set of beliefs we have about ourselves, such as racial and gender identity or academic and professional success. In short, it is the answer to the question: Who am I? Self-identity differs from self-esteem, which is our emotional evaluation of our own … Continue reading Identity & self-identity

On existential coaching

Coaching has become very popular in recent years, especially ‘executive’ coaching; which is unsurprising, in the corporate-oriented culture we live in. But there’s a wide range of options: from somatic to spiritual to relationship coaching – to name but a few. The one that resonates with me the most is existential coaching. Philosophy was one of my favourite subjects in school and existentialism my favourite … Continue reading On existential coaching