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Coaching FAQs

If you are here, you may be wondering:

What is coaching?

What is trauma informed coaching?

What is trauma?

How is this different from other types of coaching and why does it matter?

Is trauma informed coaching right for me?

Please see below answers to these Frequently Asked Questions.

What is coaching?

Coaching helps a person change in the way they wish to and helps them go in the direction they want to go in. Coaching supports a person at every level in becoming who they want to be. Coaching builds awareness empowers choice and leads to change.

What is trauma informed coaching?

Trauma informed coaching happens when the coach understands what trauma is, how it presents in the coaching sessions and how to respond. Trauma informed coaches only work with clients with visible signs of trauma, such as post-traumatic stress or narcissistic trauma.

What is trauma?

Trauma is a psychological, emotional, and physical response to an event or series of events that are perceived as overwhelming and beyond an individual's control.  Traumatic events can include natural disasters, accidents, violence, abuse, neglect, or other life-threatening experiences. Trauma can also be the result of ongoing and prolonged exposure to stressful or harmful circumstances, such as narcissistic abuse.

The effects of trauma can be profound and long-lasting, affecting an individual's thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and relationships. Some common symptoms of trauma include anxiety, depression, irritability, guilt, shame, fear, and mistrust. Trauma can also cause physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomach problems, and chronic pain.

It's important to note that everyone responds differently to trauma and that there is no "right" or "normal" way to experience or cope with it. Some people may recover relatively quickly with the support of family and friends, while others may experience long-term effects that can interfere with their ability to function in daily life. In these cases, professional help may be necessary to assist in the healing and recovery process.

How is trauma informed coaching different from other types of coaching?

A trauma-informed coach is a coach who has been trained in trauma-informed practices and approaches. This type of coaching acknowledges the potential impact that past traumatic experiences can have on an individual's present-day functioning and well-being. A trauma-informed coach recognises that many clients may have a history of trauma, whether it be from abuse, neglect, violence, or other adverse experiences, and seeks to approach coaching with a heightened sense of awareness, compassion, and respect for the client's experiences.

A trauma-informed coach may use techniques and approaches designed to help clients understand the relationship between their past traumatic experiences and their current challenges. This may include helping clients identify and process emotions related to their trauma, as well as building resilience and coping skills to help them better manage their experiences. The goal of trauma-informed coaching is to help clients heal, grow, and move forward in a positive direction, while acknowledging and respecting the impact of their past experiences.

Why does having a trauma informed coach matter to me?

During the coaching process, it's common for clients to have profound and often vulnerable "aha" moments. Even the most self-aware individuals may be taken aback by the level of emotion that can surface during coaching. The process of coaching involves exploring your beliefs about yourself, your aspirations, your strengths, and your highest hopes. Trauma-informed coaches recognise that this exploration can bring up memories and emotions that a client may have repressed or tried to forget.

If you have a history of traumatic experiences or have lived with chronic or complex trauma, a trauma-informed coach can be a valuable asset to your growth and healing journey. Working with a coach who is trained in trauma-informed practices can help you manage the emotions that may arise as you delve into your past experiences. Instead of approaching coaching with hesitation or fear, a trauma-informed coach offers a safe and knowledgeable space to navigate the unknown. You can feel confident that your coach has your best interests in mind and is equipped to support you through this journey.

How many coaching sessions will I need?

The number of coaching sessions can vary from person to person. Some people notice changes following one session or two sessions, and yet often changes and improvements can be witnessed within six to ten sessions.


However, it is essential to support you at a pace that feels comfortable for you. The coach will want to ensure that you feel safe and supported throughout your sessions, and will take things as slowly as you need to go, and as fast as your nervous system allows.  The coach is there to assist you on your journey to healing and growth, and will tailor the experience to your unique needs.


Is trauma informed coaching right for me?

"Taking charge of your inner healing is one of the greatest acts of self-love"

Vex King

To determine if trauma informed coaching is appropriate for you,  please book your FREE Discovery Call and complete the Pre-Discovery Call Questionnaire.  This will help me assess if a call would be beneficial for us to discuss how best I can help you with the services that I offer.  I look forward to connecting with you!

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