Marshall Psychological Services

What is Coaching Psychology?

Coaching Psychology focuses on the positive aspects of the human condition, concentrating on strengths and developing skills to help people achieve their goals, increase their sense of well-being, and improve their overall quality of life.

Usually when someone goes to see a psychologist it’s because there is a problem they want help with. Coaching Psychology supports people who are in a different place – and the starting point can be thought of as, “I’m doing ok, but could be better”. The ‘being better’ will be different for everyone, it could be wanting to feel more fulfilled with their lives, it could be having more direction and purpose, or wanting to live a more rich, full and meaningful life.

Coaching Psychology helps people to understand what’s important to them, and how to live by their values. People aren’t always aware of their values, how to incorporate them into their lives, and how to manage seemingly competing values. The support needed might include learning new ways to respond to emotions or thoughts that could be holding them back, learning skills to put plans into actions, or finding how to break down barriers to achieving goals. This style of working aims to create and sustain change in clients lives.

Coaching Psychology is based on psychological theory, not single case study approaches, or promoting an approach that worked for one person that they think everyone could benefit from. This means the approach and the theory it is based on has been researched and tested over many years with many people, and has evidence behind it to show it is a successful approach for a lot of people. Not using a sound theoretical base means the approach being used might have worked for one person, but there’s no evidence to show it can be applied to others. 

My approach

I have worked as a psychologist for 14 years and a lot of my work has been based around supporting people to make behavioural changes, setting and achieving goals, and understanding how to deal with the emotions and thoughts that can often hold them back. I draw on a range of psychological theories and use an approach which best fits the client – I don’t practise from a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

I work with individuals on the issues they bring, and design every intervention for that individual. Work is carried out at the client’s pace, to focus on their goals, in a style that suits them, in a collaborative and outcome focused manner.

Coaching Psychology isn’t like long term psychotherapy – it’s more short term, solution focused and supportive. The number of sessions someone attends depends on the goals they want to achieve. Frequency of contact and number of sessions is something I discuss with people before starting work, so they can make an informed choice of whether to engage in work with me. 

What it isn’t....

Coaching Psychology is not the right place to go if you are in a crisis, if you are seeking assistance with mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression or trauma related symptoms.

How is it different from life coaching or counselling?

More so than ever, there are a range of services available to people who want to make changes in their lives. Whether its counselling, life coaches or a self-help book your friend recommends. There is a place for each of these, as long as they are a professional service, meet your needs and is not just out to make a quick dollar. Whatever service you choose to use, make sure you research it well before parting with any money, and ideally speak to the person if using a professional to make sure you gel with them.

How can it help me?

This are some examples of the areas that Coaching Psychology can help with:

o Setting goals around things you want to achieve, planning for these, breaking down barriers and evaluating progress and outcomes

o Developing communication skills, to be more effective or assertive

o Feeling more engaged in your life and appreciating what is already in your life

o Feeling more connected with your life and those around you

o Reviewing what’s important and what you want out of life

o Living a more authentic life

o Considering new, or re-prioritising values at times of transition times in your life

o Psychological flourishing

o How to live in accordance with your values

o Building resilience

o Feeling more self-confident

o More developed self-awareness

o Enjoying a rich, full and meaningful life

If you think this could be of help to you, what are the next steps?

Before I start work with anyone, I meet with them to discuss what I can offer and what they are looking for, to make sure I can meet their expectations, and also that we are a good match personally. This is a free 30 minute session, and they’re under no obligation to meet with me again after this session.

I work with clients online (using Zoom) and I am mobile within central Auckland (I can meet in your work place, location dependant).

If you would like to talk more about Coaching Psychology or working with me, click here for my contact details.