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Saturday, December 3, 2011

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Coaching?

Cognitive Behavioral Life Coaching or C.B.C. brings together elements of psychology (a cognitive behavioral therapy) with regular coaching practice and is well suited to coaches, managers and HR professionals who want to understand more about the way people's thoughts affect their decisions and actions. After all, in a working environment, this is at the core of the employer and employee relationship. Cognitive Behavioral Coaching involves thinking about thinking, about the impact your thoughts can have on your personal and professional life.
There are many coaching models that are widely used today such as the popular "GROW" model. Goals, Reality, Options and Will provide a framework for a coach to start a coaching conversation and then follow an action plan, setting goals, and encouraging the client to take ownership and move towards realizing their goals.
For many, this approach may be sufficient but it will not be enough if a client is experiencing a psychological or emotional barrier which is causing unhelpful goal blocking, or performance interfering emotions, thoughts, feelings and actions. This is where C.B.C. can play an important part.
Cognitive Behavioral Coaching takes a two sided approach. The first is psychological and the second is practical. These approaches tackle the self-defeating emotions, thoughts, feelings, philosophies and beliefs as well as using tried and tested practical and reflective techniques to help change behavior.
C.B.C. focuses on the here, now and future and is about the client having positive thoughts, feelings, behaviors and healthy attitudes and assists in setting goals using the SMART approach (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based).
So, how can Cognitive Behavioral Coaching help? It can help in a variety of areas such as anger management issues, unhealthy temper tantrums, and anxiety, impatience, self-confidence, indecisiveness, procrastination, assertiveness and communication problems.
By using a CBC approach, the coach can help a client to identify, examine and change unhealthy thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and start them thinking in ways that are more realistic, positive and workably effective.
As well as helping develop healthy and productive behaviors, C.B. coaching contributes to the individual's overall emotional development.
Welcome To Cognitive Behavioral Coaching
Cognitive Behavioral Coaching recognizes that how people think affects how they feel, which in turn influences the decisions and actions they take. Through a systematic process of questioning, Cognitive Behavioral Coaching challenges an individual’s self defeating thoughts, beliefs and behaviors. The result of this is increased emotional intelligence and overall well being in both their personal and professional lives.
Who can benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Coaching with Emotional Intelligence?
CBC brings together elements of psychology with regular coaching and can benefit coaches, managers and HR professionals as well as individuals and has the distinct advantage of being time-limited, solution-focused and based in the present. Managers and employees benefit from cognitive behavioral coaching where their attitudes towards working with others is impairing performance, leading to under or counter-productivity and is effective in situations such as:
  • Anger management issues
  • Unhealthy temper tantrums
  • Anxiety
  • Impatience
  • Self-confidence
  • Indecisiveness
  • Procrastination
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication problems