When things get complicated and troublesome it can not only be difficult to articulate what we are experiencing but we can also become disconnected from our emotions and keep carrying on regardless; regardless of the effect it is having on our well-being.
Self-regulation is a term used to describe the ability to control one’s impulses, including the ability to soothe and calm the body’s responses to stress. Being able to self-regulate is also part of being emotionally intelligent in life and work; enabling us to respond to a situation appropriately as it is in the pres
In my blog ‘Is trauma present? The survival self in coaching’ I explored why it is important to be able to recognise when the survival self* is present in the coaching sp
In my blog ‘How can art help with self-regulation’ I talked about using art to help clients connect to the here and now and be fully present and self-regulate. I mentioned that one of the ways of achieving this is to literally draw the bre
Bilateral drawing is drawing simultaneously with both hands and is sometimes referred to as bilateral doodling or scribbling. It is an exercise in both self soothing and warming up your whole brain.
Trauma in the coaching space is not something I used to be aware of. However, my experiences over the years have shown me that it can be, and when it is, without me being aware of it, coaching can fail.
In this coaching uncaged podcast with Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson I explore art-based approaches to coaching. If you want to know more about what I do and art based coaching have a listen to this 46 min chat.
In this second blog in the series around Trauma and Art Based Coaching I explore why we should coach with trauma in mind. Trauma is not something that we naturally think of as relevant in the coaching space. It is, after all, the preserve of the therapeutic space.
What is trauma? The word trauma comes from the Greek for wound and whilst physical trauma leaves visible wounds and scars, psyche-trauma does not. What we experience instead is the behaviours of the people or person who has trauma.
I have found myself overwhelmed many times by the ‘to do’ lists of work through this pandemic. My thoughts and emotions battling it out leaving me with tensions coursing through body and mind. I have literally felt the limitations of mys