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Chances are every health professional, chiropractor, dentist, nurse, GP, surgeon, health care assistant, or even your veterinarian went into health care because they wanted to help others and make a difference. If that's you, keep on reading...
You entered you fields as well-intended, compassionate and energetic individuals. Unfortunately, the current climate of medicine has created an environment of burnt out, stressed and marginalised providers.
Could health care professionals burnout be a public health crisis? Sadly, I know this to be true. As the wife of a primary health care provider and clinic manager of a small multi-displinary health care clinic I see it and experience it for myself everyday. Fortunately, in 2016 I found coaching which revolutionised our lives, and personally helped me reconnect with who I am and who I wish to be.
It’s worthwhile to note, that when I first discovered coaching, I had no idea what a coach was and never envisioned that I would become a coach. Moreover, when I began coach training, I said that the one niche I didn’t want to specialize in was health care and business development. Ironically, but not surprisingly, the majority of my current clients are health care professionals who own their own business. The irony is not lost on me.
I realise now that a large number of health care providers are hurting, but they don’t allow themselves to acknowledge or show it. They long to reconnect with what truly matters and what initially made them choose a career in medicine. That's where I come in.
What is coaching?
Unlike in business, coaching is relatively new to the world of medicine. As health care professionals, you are trained in the medical model, and your reflex is that “psychological issues” are referred to talking therapies. I know that most health care providers are unaware of what coaching is, therefore, through no fault of their own, they do not recommend coaching to their patients and are sometimes slow to open up to being coached themselves. That's why you're here, asking questions...
Most coaches tell you that the best way to explain coaching to someone is to coach them. In my experience, I simply ask two questions for their first taste in coaching, try it now with me: “How satisfied are you with your life right now on a scale of 1-10?” Got your number? Great, now consider: “How satisfied do you want to be?”
The majority of clients look at me like I’m utterly insane and unanimously answer, “I’m miserable,” or “I’m not satisfied at all,” or “I cannot wait to retire!” And when they answer how satisfied they wish to be, they say, “Way more satisfied than I am now!” or “Anything would be better.” Coaching can help bridge that gap between where you are now and where you want to be (even if you don't know what that looks like yet!), my job as your coach is to be the catalyst for positive change and to keep you on the right track, help create balance in your life or achieve something you never thought possible.
So, what is the difference between coaching and counselling?
What is the difference between coaching and counselling?
While coaching and counseling are the same in that both provide you with a helpful relationship with a person to support your wellness and growth, coaches and counselors can have significant differences in their training, their methods, and their goals. A coach will not give advice or help you with serious mental health issues. If we believe that a topic is not in our remit we will help you decide which path to take instead.
What does a coaching session look like?
Coaching is done via telephone or Skype so you can avoid additional travel expenses and taking time out of clinic. If you would like the team to visit your clinic please get in touch.
In a typical coaching session, we will spend a few minutes going over the previous actions and celebrate any failures (yes we celebrate everything) or achievements. We then go through the coaching model asking relevant and probing questions that are designed to challenge you and open up the conversation. We will work towards your overall goal by creating a session goal by nailing down the next step. You need to make sure you have something in mind, even if you think you know the answer we will work on possible steps you could take and then work out a plan to get you to where you want to be. Now you simply put your plan into action, no matter how small your step is - we will do this together.
What if I fail or don't manage to do anything in between sessions?
Failure is the first step to success so celebrate it, you're almost there and remember that failure is a part of moving forward. Remember when you first started to learn to ride a bike or drive a car and now it's just second nature. That's what we are doing here.
Do I only coach health care providers and business owners?
I know my stuff when it comes to running, growing or building a business or clinic but I also have experience in helping health care professionals who don't run their own business. I also find that my clients want to work on issues that effect everyone such as work/life balance, money, personal health and fitness goals, or figuring out their next career move. We all seem to want similar things so if you are not a health care professional or run a business, I can still help you if you feel my story resonates with you and you want to work with me. I always have an initial chat with potential clients first so we can both see if we connect and have the right rapport.
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