Why Coaching

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." Carl Rogers

Do you want to become more self-aware? 

The answers to our questions hide in ourselves. We can help ourselves the best way as our body, mind and spirit contain a natural “code” for our equilibrium and whole potential. But sometimes we can forget this code – due to a continuous stress, a deeply moving situation, health issues or something else, which brought us out of our balance. Staying in this spiral can cause blocks, and latest then we might need a thinking partner.

Professional coach is your thinking partner and a mirror. Professional coaching can help you to get back to your roots, and forth to your full potential, and to make you aware of the different facets of who you are. This is the way to a lasting change: sustainable change happens when you become more of who you are. When you just try hard to be something different without becoming aware of who you are, in the very next distress situation you most probably will relapse into your usual behaviour. Becoming aware of who you are may give you the key to the change you really need. 

What to expect:

Thought-provoking and creative, authentic and respectful: my holistic and humanistic philosophy reflects my approach.

I see and respect people with their inseparable interaction of body, spirit, mind and environment. I facilitate their journey to the discovery of different facets of their personality and potential. I use elements of embodiment and Gestalt, which is a wise source for creating a deep awareness, freeing from assumptions, being mindful, looking on ourselves and our environment from a new perspective, and achieving a sustainable change.

What is Gestalt?

Gestalt is a German word for the sum of parts that makes a whole and is an experiental, holistic and relational approach in psychology, psychotherapy, coaching and organisational development. The client is accepted non-judgmentally in an equal relationship and the interaction is focused on the here-and-now. The client is seen in their totality of body, mind, soul and their environment. Like on the picture above, there is always a diversity of perceptions depending on our current focus - what we are mindful about in the given momentGestalt approach emphasises having an embodied presence and increasing awareness (mindfulness) of what is being experienced in the moment.

Gestalt coaching is extremely powerful in enhancing self-awareness and achieving sustainable change. Development of self-awareness is one of the core principles of Gestalt, and it enhances the ability to understand and being mindful about one's own effect on others. Following the definition of the Korn Ferry global competency framework, demonstrating self-awareness is a use of a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses. 

Among these competencies, self-awareness is a blind spot in the organisations across the world. Organisations and individuals underestimate the importance of self-awareness, seeing it as a nice-to-have and a "soft" skill, whereas this "soft" skill directly influences organisational and individual success and impacts a higher return on investment (ROI) of organisations. A study from the Korn Ferry Institute "A Better Return On Self-Awareness" shows that self-awareness correlates with corporate performance: companies with a higher rate of return (ROR) also employ professionals who exhibit higher levels of self-awareness. 

You can read more about applied Gestalt in one of my articles.

© 2020 by Natalia Braun, Why: coaching & more

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