George Swingler is a Life and Transition Coach who offers a safe and non-judgmental place for you to find your own answers

More about my coaching

What is Coaching?

Coaching is a new and developing discipline with little formal regulation and a myriad of different approaches.
  
It may be easiest to understand what coaching is by looking first at what it is not. The figure shows how coaching relates to some other more familiar occupations regarding the degree to which the 'service provider' talks or asks questions, and is the expert in the relationship:
What is coaching, vs counselling & therapy
But where are counselling and psychotherapy?
Good questions. Counselling and psychotherapy don't fit easily into this diagram incorporating only expertise and talking/asking.
Coaching is not therapy
We don't regard you as ill and are not trying to 'fix' you. (However, if I do think you'd benefit more from expert psychological help, I'll refer you. I'm a medical doctor and trained to recognise these situations).
Coaching is not counselling
Coaching is generally more forward-looking and focuses on solutions. For example, an early simple coaching approach is the >>'GROW Model', an acronym for starting with a clear Goal; clarifying the current Reality and how far it is from the goal; identifying the Obstacles to reaching the goal and Options for getting past the obstacles; and choosing a Way forward.

My Own Coaching

Different types of coaching do however overlap with counselling to varying degrees. My own coaching training is based on psychological principles, particularly >>Carl Rogers' person-centred approach  and >>Nancy Kline's Thinking Environment .
 
I provide a safe environment in which you can think and feel for yourself. You decide what success will look like and you have primary responsibility for getting there. From my point of view, a session is successful when your ideas are better than any of my own would have been. Having said that, when appropriate I might suggest an approach called >>Solution Focused Brief Therapy (or Coaching) that sits somewhere on the permeable border between coaching and counselling.
  
Consistent with Rogers' necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change >>more.., I believe that a coach's technical skills are important, but secondary. The coach'™s own person is the primary 'œintervention'. Even in psychotherapy (which differs from coaching in many ways, including a much more sophisticated knowledge base and skills), >>a synthesis of existing research  has found that the client-therapist relationship has twice the impact on positive outcome as the specialised techniques themselves.
  
And most important of all is what you bring to the sessions. You will be finding the answer, and your life experience, insights and commitment are key. 
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Is coaching for you?