Therapeutic Coaching: Emotionally-Focused Executive Coaching
Therapeutic Coaching is a flexible mixture of executive coaching and psychotherapy.
Some leaders are best served by a straightforward coaching approach – i.e., a confidential forum to share problems and vent about struggles, a “sounding board” to brainstorm options and vet solutions, and the wisdom of a seasoned advisor who has worked with a wide range of leaders. Other leaders (although they benefit from the above) also benefit from an experienced psychotherapist, to help them deal with underlying emotional issues that are interfering with their leadership effectiveness (and perhaps other parts of their lives). Therapeutic Coaching intertwines both of these approaches, with synergistic results.
People in leadership positions sometimes suffer from fairly serious mental health issues. Even more commonly, there are many leaders (like most people) who are susceptible to emotional regression in the face of significant stress. Leaders don’t always function at their best, and they sometimes experience emotional difficulties that are best treated with a psychotherapeutic approach.
Here are some common examples of emotional difficulties that you may experience at times, which can impede your effectiveness as a leader:
- anxious feelings or “tense spots”, that can disrupt your performance and leadership presence in manifold ways, and may also generate stress that spills into your life outside work
- depressed feelings or “down spots”, that can sap your energy for work or make it hard to sustain a positive attitude, and which may impact the morale of your co-workers as well
- intemperate behaviors or “hot spots”, where you are sometimes triggered to act in ways that undermine your better judgment (e.g., angry outbursts) which you can’t seem to control
- inhibited behaviors or “stuck spots”, where you are obstructed by some resistance in yourself (e.g., procrastination or creative blocking), which you can’t seem to sidestep or overcome
- unexpressed reactions or “mute spots”, where there are things you've been wanting to say to others, but you can’t seem to find the right words or the right time to express them
- unintended reactions or “blind spots”, where you recognize that you are somehow provoking undesirable responses in others, but you don’t understand how, or what to do differently
These are the sorts of issues that may require some psychotherapy to be successfully overcome. But they don't generally require a separate or lengthy course of therapy. These (and other) emotional issues can be commonly addressed and resolved as part of an executive coaching process that integrates aspects of psychotherapy. Workplace Psychology - with offices in New York City & White Plains NY - offers Therapeutic Coaching Services specifically designed for executives, managers and other leaders. Contact us to learn more specifically how we can be helpful to you.