TRAUMA INFORMED COACHING
Trauma can shape us,
but it doesn’t have to define us.
Trauma can shape the way we live, the way we love, and the way we make sense of the world. It is at the root of our deepest wounds.
Many of our afflictions, mental illnesses, and physical diseases stem from trauma. It distorts our view of reality and leaves us stuck in contraction, defense, and reactivity. It compromises our capacity to be in the moment, to be present to our relationships, and to fully take in the environment.
But within that trauma, there is wisdom.
The wisdom in the trauma comes through when we realize that our traumatic responses and imprints are not us.
We can follow all traumatic responses back to their source, work through them, let them dissipate, and then reconnect to the unblemished, ecstatic consciousness that we were born with.
The trauma you have experienced is not your fault. You deserve to live a life where your past does not affect how you move into the future.
You deserve to feel emotional freedom, safety, and contentment.
As a Certified Trauma Informed Coach, I do not treat trauma – I am simply aware of all the nuances of working with clients who have experienced trauma. Trauma-Informed Coaches can help alleviate symptoms in trauma survivors by helping to create new positive experiences and diffusing event flashbacks.
Trauma-informed coaching can help you:
understand your own triggers and their origin
recognize mental-emotional patterns and triggers, and how they limit your wholeness, choice, and freedom
bring healing and integration to trauma from past traumatic events
find a greater sense of aliveness by completing unresolved or repressed emotions
In trauma coaching, we focus on:
Identification - Together we'll discover what is keeping you stuck.
Empowerment - I will help you uncover the tools to empower yourself and solve your own problems and create solutions through understanding yourself.
Future - We will create the future you want by creating a road map and vision of what you deserve.
Possibilities - We will open the world of your power and ability.
Self-discovery - We will take a deep dive into who you are, where you want to go, and how to get there.
Inner work - We'll explore the honest inner workings of who you are.
Practices - Through mindset and awareness modalities, we'll get you reconnected to yourself.
The six key stages of trauma informed coaching.
Though each person has their own unique way of living with and processing their trauma, the guiding principles of trauma recovery are restoration and empowerment. It is important for people who have been through traumatic events to rebuild their sense of safety to move forward with life again. This doesn't always mean you'll be completely free from post-traumatic effects, but with coaching you'll find a greater sense of aliveness through:
⁕ Understanding the foundation of trauma and how it impacts you.
⁕ Diving deep into who you are.
⁕ Challenging yourself and identifying who you want to be.
⁕ Creating a plan to cross the gap.
⁕ Naming the hidden parts of you and shining a flashlight in your corners.
⁕ Implementing a plan to stay the course.
How frequently would we meet?My aim is not to keep you as a client for life. If that happens, then I have failed at my role as a trauma coach. My mission is to get you out on your own way by living the life that you want as soon as possible. For some Trauma Warriors, this may take a couple of sessions for others a couple of years.
What types of people do you work with?I work with all types of people from leaders in organizations whose trauma coping tools no longer work for them, to retired individuals, to adults in their 20’s and 30’s who are often going through transitions that ‘stir up’ their trauma. The common factor for everyone I work with is that they have been or are still in therapy for their trauma and they are ready to gain additional tools and ways of moving through life that will help them be different in the world.
Shouldn't I work with a therapist, not a coach?"Therapists and counselors play an important role in the recovery of therapeutic patients. But the recovery demands a more comprehensive and gradual approach -- an approach that not only deals with the past but makes the person confident of the future. This is where trauma coaching protocols comes into the picture.Trauma coaches help clients to deal with different types of traumas. They guide on how to heal their wounds and return back to their original lives. They inject hope in the clients and discover ways to make the clients enjoy their present. I am trained to know when coaching is an appropriate approach and when a client needs to engage a therapeutic relationship with a counselor or a therapist.
I'm still not sure if I need a trauma coach. How else can I know?I'm known for asking big, compassionate coaching questions. Often those who aren't sure if they need a trauma coach, find themselves responding positively when asked: Are you unhappy with the state of your life? Are you still impacted by past trauma in ways that keep you from being happy? Do your behaviors negatively impact the people around you? Are you missing clarity and feel like you are stuck? Are you lost in seeking a purpose? Do you feel trapped in memories of trauma? Do you feel like you are not living up to your full potential? Have you read all the self-help books, and nothing has changed? Do you blame others for your mistakes and shortcomings? Are you struggling with your self-image? Do you always not feel "good enough" or worthy? Do you seek validation from others?
Explore the vulnerable sides of your wants, needs, and interests.
Begin to clarify what you expect from yourself.
Some benefits of trauma-informed coaching.
Move forward gently
It's essential to choose a trauma-informed coach with whom you feel safe and comfortable. I offer 30-minute free discovery calls so you can experience my style and approach and see if working together feels right at this time of your life.
I want you to get the support you need, even if that's not me, and I can refer you to other practitioners (including clinical psychologists) if we decide not to work together.