Success in any field can be inhibited by behaviors
and symptoms generically called mental illness. These symptoms can affect
people of all ages, races, cultures and class. They range from acute,
short-term distress to chronic, long-term impairment.
Acute, short-term symptoms are often associated with
identifiable stressors. The most common symptoms result from physical stress,
such as dehydration, infection or exposure to poisons, toxins or stimulants.
Acute emotional stress may also result from overwork or a relationship change.
We offer an existential approach to
life and death, freedom and bondage,
responsibility and consequences.
We coach people to search for sense of life
and deals with senselessness by
as part of the totality of human existence.
Systemic Coaching Flowchart
Diagnosis & Subjective Experience
- Personal history – mapping a “timeline”
of personal and relationship events
- Past representations – mapping the spatial
matrix of important memories
- Relationship maps – mapping the spatial
matrix of significant relationships
- Goalwork – mapping the matrix
of personal goals, expectations and beliefs
- Dreamwork – mapping the metaphoric
matrix of past, present and future
A person's nonverbal signals enrich their verbalized
content, and may support or deny it. Our systemic coaching includes noticing and
consciously responding to unconsciously expressed communications.
We examine clients' relationships, history, goals and
congruence, the benefits and consequences of continuing the client’s behaviors
and of achieving the client’s goals, compared to three hierarchies:
- Abstractions (incorporating the work of
Dr Gregory Bateson)
- Relationships (incorporating the work of
- Actualization (incorporating the work
of Dr Clare Graves)
Achieving a goal marks the end of coaching. A goal
may include alleviating or controlling symptoms. So many people are
depressed, suicidal or addicted to drugs because they didn’t receive
the love and protection they needed, and became stuck in immature
feelings of victimization.
People Diagnosed with Personality Disorders
- People who demonstrate overwhelming narcissism
- People who demonstrate poor impulse control,
with troubled relationships
- People who demonstrate inappropriate emotional
. Borderline Personality Disorder
People Diagnosed with Anxiety Disorders
- People who report generalized fear, with
rapid pulse and difficulty breathing
- People who report fearfully reliving traumatic events
- People who control fear through obsessive thoughts
. Trauma & PTSD
People Diagnosed with Mood Disorders
- People who report chronic sadness, hopelessness
- People who report chronic mood swings, exaggerated
self-importance and agitation
- People who report chronic swings between manic and
Bipolar Disorder .
People Diagnosed with Dissociative Disorders
- People who show amnesia
- People with distinct personalities that alternate
in controlling behavior
- People who report being detached from their
bodies or minds
. Identity Loss
People Diagnosed with Psychosomatic Disorders
- People who report inexplicable physical symptoms
- People who report blindness, deafness or seizures
without a somatic cause
- People who fear a disease and interpret any
symptom as evidence of it
People Diagnosed with Substance-Related Disorders
- People who report symptoms attributed to the
effects of drug abuse, the side effects of medications,
or exposure to toxic materials
People Diagnosed with Eating Disorders
- People who report fear of weight gain and avoid eating
- People who report binge eating and self-induced vomiting
- People who use drugs to prevent weight gain
Disorders . Overweight
Our Systemic Coaching
We can use our systemic coaching as it is, or embedded within
other modalities. We also encourage clients to consult a physician or
clinician regularly, and to benefit from a healthy diet, regular
exercise, pure water, time with friends and walks in nature.
- Health coaching includes: nutrition, exercise, medication and
emotional management. Although helping professionals have long recognized
the importance of diet, exercise and drugs; behavioral, relationship
and psychological factors are often ignored.
- Coaching produces and supports healthy behavioral changes, such
as diet, increasing physical activity, and increasing knowledge and skills.
- Coaching provides many possibilities
for improving relationships and emotional stability.
- Coaching helps people live full lives.
It promotes emotional well being and life activities (e.g., educational
and vocational goals, recreational activities).
- Coaching supports disease management and professional health care.
It helps a patient and family cope with emotional distress and treat severe
In this talk, I outlined some of the potential of our
coaching, both as a form of individual changework and as a complement to
psychotherapy, although we also coach couples, families and teams. Thank
you again for inviting me to Gdansk to talk at this conference.
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