Trauma may sound like a heavy topic but at some point in our lives, most of us have had gone through tough times. These imprints can affect our ability to engage fully with ourselves and the world around us. They can impact our relationships, at home, work and with ourselves.
The more I learned about trauma, the more I wanted to learn. As someone who does work with the community and individuals, I realised how important it was to understand how trauma shows up for people. And how it was showing up for me.
I trained as a certified trauma-informed coach so I could help people move towards Post-Traumatic Growth, one small step at a time.
To me, being trauma-informed means being able to hold space for whatever comes up in a session as well as a deep belief that we are all doing our best and that there is nothing to ‘fix’. That the patterns we developed to help us cope may no longer serve us moving forward.
I trust in our ability to find our own answers and regain our direction in life.
Trauma-informed coaching is not therapy or counselling, although it can be complementary. We don’t go digging around in the past unless something in that story helps you move forward. You don’t have to name what you've gone through unless it helps you. We stay firmly focussed on the future, only taking forward what you believe serves you.
So how does it work?
We meet on a video or phone call every week. We typically start with a 12-week coaching programme. Some people prefer to meet every two weeks and many continue well past 12 weeks. We set a general direction to head in – something you want to work on or change – and we are open to whatever comes up. With trauma coaching, the goals can be as gentle as you need them to be. Just showing up for our session might be all you can do some weeks. And that's ok.
We sign a coaching agreement which commits each of us to fully show up for the sessions. Sessions are confidential (with some ethical and safety caveats which I will explain before we start working together).
If you are interested in trauma-informed coaching, please contact me for a free introductory call. We’ll see if I am the right person to help you.