Recently, my co-researchers, Tatiana Bachkirova and Adrian Myers, and I completed research funded by a grant from Harvard’s Institute of Coaching. Under this grant, we developed an 80 item instrument that can be used to describe what happens in a coaching session.
How many times have you tried to lose weight? On average, people gain back all of the weight they have lost, and more. Fewer than 10% of those who lose weight keep it off.
Using Immunity to Change Coaching and the most recent findings on weight loss and wellness, Jonathan Sibley helps clients to understand what hidden beliefs and assumptions get in the way of lasting weight loss.
Recently, I was thinking about a common element across a lot of the work I do. Whether through coaching or counseling / psychotherapy, my clients and I get to a place where it makes sense that my clients are doing what they are doing, even though they truly want to change. And, importantly, it makes sense in a way that doesn't pathologize anyone. It's the best strategy they have found, so far, to accomplish something important - perhaps being successful, protecting themselves, or avoiding even worse consequences.
In a coaching based group, you can work with others to reach goals that you are pursuing while sharing ideas and support. As and added bonus, group coaching is less expensive than individual coaching.
A new group is starting shortly for 20-somethings who want to develop and practice their social skills.
Groups start as needed to focus on how to help each member accomplish his or her goals using the "overcoming immunity to change" process.
Buying the right self-help book is clearly not enough. Reading the book is often also insufficient, as most of us don't have the motivation and follow-through to do everything the book says by ourselves, even if we agree with what the author suggests. One day we look at our bookshelf and see a row of self-help books, but little progress.