Frequently Asked Questions about Coaching and Creative Stress Management

Q1. What is stress management coaching?

We work from the belief that each individual is the expert on their personal and professional life, and that every client has the ability to solve most if not all of his/her problems.

Coaching provides a confidential, non-judgmental, interactive relationship where clients can work on

  • what is most troubling to them about their health and stress levels
  • what they most want to change
  • what support they have or need

Q2. What is the role of the coach?

We are there

  • to ask questions
  • clarify issues
  • encourage self-discovery and
  • keep the client on track.

We are not there to teach, advise, counsel or diagnose health issues.

Q3. What do you mean – “creative”?

Creativity is our life energy; it takes many forms, and is also an attitude of mind. Everyone is creative in some way, it is not restricted to art, music, or writing poetry to name a few. Together we can open up all sorts of possibilities that will enrich your life, help you to reduce your stress levels and improve your health.

Q4. Ethics and qualifications

All coaching conversations are strictly confidential, with the exception of risk to life. We are trained professionally, and adhere to a Code of Ethics for professional practice and conduct.

Q5. What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

Coaching starts with ‘now’ and focuses on moving forward in your life. Coaching empowers the individual by building on strengths, and aims to quickly identify and support practical solutions. While coaching may occur face to face, typically it is conducted on the telephone or on line.

Therapy explores what happened in the past in order to make sense of the present. Issues from the past may be affecting daily functioning. Therapy and counselling are normally conducted face to face, and the number of sessions will vary.

Q6.  What is a stress-related illness?

Our bodies have a natural defence against infections and disease – the immune system. When we experience chronic, long-term stress, as well as major stress events, both good and bad, the body repeatedly releases a chain of chemical reactions in response. Eventually this can damage the immune system, and we develop illnesses as a direct or indirect result.

Q7. What are some examples of stress-related illness?

Stress affects our physical, emotional and mental health. Here are a few examples of stress related illness.

  • High blood pressure, stroke, heart disease
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Anxiety and depression, panic attacks
  • Headaches/migraine
  • Increase in allergic conditions
  • “Burnout”

Q8. What if I am undergoing medical treatment?

As part of our professional responsibility, we ask you to inform your doctor that you are considering some coaching and stress management, so that we support their treatment and recommendations.

Q9. I have some major changes to make in the state of my health, how quickly can I do this?

It can be tempting to rush things, but ask yourself how long the problem has taken to develop.

You will start by taking achievable steps forward, and building on one small success after another to reach the results you want.

Q10. All my New Year resolutions to de-stress come to nothing after a few weeks. Is it really possible for me to change?

Yes, if you understand the process of change. Too often, we leap into action too quickly. This can result in discouraging failures. We need to prepare for making changes, so that is one of the first tasks. Where are you now? What do you need to do first? This is where coaching helps.

To find out more, contact us with your questions if they are not answered elsewhere on the website.

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