Coaching with Rhyena
As a life transitions coach, my passion is to help you generate your own unique strategies for healing, ease and contentment.
You can expect to discover new perspectives that shed light on a difficult situation; clarity around what you want so you can peel away the layers of indecision or doubt that have kept you from moving forward; and, illumination of your core values to help you live in alignment.
Effective coaching is a powerful, collaborative relationship that expands your capacity to change.
In this creative, interactive process, you are able to generate new brain connections, imagine new possibilities, and develop and integrate new behaviors.
Using the coach approach, rather than the “expert” approach, I act as a guide through the transition process. I partner with you to help you discover your own unique path, goals and strategies.
I am a deeply engaged facilitator, asking powerful, insightful open-ended questions and listening with curiosity. You will experience the space for open inquiry, compassionate support, and a few 'AHA' moments and belly laughs!
If you want to learn more on the science and mechanics of coaching, please read on...
What is Coaching? How Does It Work? Is it a Real Thing? Can It Really Help Me?*
People yearn to be in control of their lives, especially their health. An enormous gap exists between the desire to be well and the everyday reality of living with the physical and mental health consequences of poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, pollution and toxin exposures, high stress and low levels of satisfaction with one’s life.
Using the coach approach, rather than the expert approach, a coach generally won't direct the client's goals and strategies, although they do guide the coaching process. They engage in inquiry, asking powerful and insightful open-ended questions. They use reflections to mirror what they are hearing. Coaches listen, listen, and listen some more, with empathy and curiosity.
The Science Behind Coaching
As change occurs, the brain creates new neuronal pathways and networks. This process occurs over months, or a year or more, of client-directed neuroplasticity, making coaching more successful over time. The brain’s ability to change is supported by the coaching relationship, which is reflected in the client’s increased self-reflection, self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, positivity and creativity.
At its essence, coaching is a creative process, helping clients create neuronal connections and networks, leading in turn, to imagining new possibilities, and developing new behaviors and mindsets. When we create a new connection, we experience a positive charge of energy, the ah-ha of insight, temporarily opening our minds to new possibilities.
The Coaching Experience Can Retrain Your Brain
Coaching sessions explore and make meaning of a client's values, vision, health, way of life and learning, challenges, and experiences along the change journey. Coaching facilitates the change process through visioning, goal setting, and accountability.
Coaching delivers the following outcomes for the client:
increased self-awareness and self-knowledge
acquisition of new knowledge and skills
sustainable, positive behavior change
increased self-efficacy and volition
enhanced sense of purpose and meaning
increased life satisfaction
The peak moments of generativity, the heart of coaching sessions, are often described as an intuitive dance or relational flow, where both coach and client are highly engaged, awake, challenged, and stretched to the outer edges of their abilities. During relational flow, clients shift perspectives and gain insights and new ideas.
Clients change in these moments, and small forward leaps occur, which accumulate over time to lead to lasting change. These powerful coaching moments engage a coach's life force, too; delivering a growth-promoting partnership is one of life's greatest pleasures for coaches.
*Summarized from pages 1-16, Psychology Coaching Manual, 2nd Edition, by Moore, Jackson, Tschannen-Moran, 2016.