Role of coach

July 30, 2015

Ever thought of having a coach or a therapist to guide you on how to improve both your performance at work and be more optimistic and joyful in life?

The aim of coaching psychology is to steer coachees (i e clients) towards improving their well-being and performance whether it be in their personal or professional life. Positive psychology, as expressed by Martin Seligman is the study of positive emotion, engagement, and meaning three aspects that make sense out of the scientifically unwieldy notion of 'happiness''. The strengths-based practice has been used in sessions with clients that encourage them towards enhancing their strengths such as their leadership qualities at work, motivation, and well-being in their daily lives. First, I shall explain what is coaching and positive psychology and move on to the focus of improving strengths in positive psychotherapy.

Coaching psychology
When people desire to develop their personal and professional skills and performance, they often seek the assistance and guidance of a coaching psychologist or a coach. Coaching psychology involves a one-to-one interaction between the coach and the coachee where they discuss about goal achievements, guiding the coachee to set future goals and work to improve their well-being. The main aim of coaching psychologists is to enable coachees to self-coach. Clients tend to suffer from disturbing experiences that create low self-esteem beliefs and prevent them from reaching their future goals and aims, thus, the role of coaching psychologists is to tackle these beliefs by supporting clients to be more positive minded.

Positive psychology
Positive psychology is a recent school of thought that looks into the positivism within an individual’s life, founded by Martin Seligman. Positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. Positive psychologists work on a number of techniques, such as, presenting the clients with ways of achieving success rather than how to avoid failure, focusing on goals and desired results rather than on problems, and developing positive relationships.

Positive psychotherapy and strengths
Psychologists who are associated with the movement of positive psychology have introduced techniques on how to carry out positive psychotherapy. Rather than perceiving the client as disordered and faulty, positive psychotherapy engages into building the existing strengths of the client. What is amazing about positive psychotherapy is that it is concerned with human strengths as it is with weakness, building strengths as it is repairing it, and finally concerned with making life worth living and fulfilling. In addition, therapists have reported to have used strengths to broaden their clients’ ideas and generate hope, motivation, encouragement, and positive emotions through therapeutic sessions that made an increase in their strengths.

In summary, the core aim for a coaching psychologist is to enable clients to self-coach.

Psychologists who are associated with positive psychology help clients avoid failure and concentrate on building up their strengths from weaknesses and opening the opportunity for a positive change in emotion. This practice has been used in developing and building leadership qualities for managers and head executives of organisations, producing better leaders for these organisations. Finally, research shows us that positive psychotherapy plays a great impact in identifying and improving strengths within individuals.