’Coach’ means ’trainer’. The expression clearly indicates the nature of the expected cooperation. Coaching is a development process in which the coach and the client jointly work on achieving a goal. Just like in sport, success requires the joint and efficient work of the sportsman and the trainer, in coaching: determination, patience, persistence as well as openness are equally necessary.
Problems may arise in everybody’s life, when they feel they got stuck at a point, no matter whether it is about private life or career. Coaching can be a way to remove such barriers when, in the moment of serious decisions being made and great changes taking place, we can give a helping hand in setting an object of life. Handling these changes and living them through positively can sometimes be difficult, but it is by no means impossible. We are aiming to move our clients from the current condition, by means of joint effort, toward a condition better for them, toward reaching harmony and peace in private life, or toward experiencing success in everyday routine activities.
Coaching or counselling
Coaching and counselling share a common goal, the significant difference being in the methods and the means applied.
In coaching our clients actively perform the lion’s share of the work leading to the goal, of course, under ’indirect guidance’ by the coach, while in counselling the clients order the job to be carried out, discussing their expectations and conditions with the counsellor. Having gone through the necessary inquiries, assessments and coordination, the counsellor carries out the tasks involved in the counselling process, which can be regular personal sessions or studies and recommendations to be handed over in writing.
The effectiveness of the development processes related to both the workplace and the organizational optimization is significantly higher in cases when our clients proactively take part in the work themselves. Experience shows that reaching the objectives set in the process of coaching leads our clients to a quicker and more immediate success.
What is the difference between a coach and a psychologist?
It is very important that a coach is not a psychologist, though in their work they apply the methods introduced by positive psychology. In coaching, following the identification of the objective, the coach and the client jointly move toward the solution, concentrating on the future and collecting positive experiences.
If in the course of coaching there should be any circumstance that makes it inevitable to stop the coaching and requires either medical or psychiatric help, the coach informs the client about this without delay.
100 pc secrecy
The coach handles all personal information pertaining to the client with discretion, in compliance with the rules of confidentiality. However, openness and trust on the part of the client are also indispensable, as without them the effort made so far cannot be successful.