My Post Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling and Coaching, from the University of East London, arrived today.
It still makes me smile to think that I’d just been asked to review Nash Popovic and Debra Jinks’ pioneering book Personal Consultancy: a model for integrating counselling and coaching for Coaching Today and Therapy Today.
On reading it, being a bit of a learning addict, I just had to sign up to do the UK’s (possibly the world’s) first post grad level integrative counselling and coaching with Nash.
I’ve been working integratively, since I started – my initial training was in crystal therapy and I developed Crystal Coaching as my final project for that (having also qualified as a coach by then) back in 2004.
I’ve added several services since – EFT, NLP, counselling, yoga therapy and now coach-therapy – and ‘therapeutic mind, body, heart and soul practices’ is the best way (so far) I’ve come up with for describing what I offer at Feel Better Every Day as a whole.
Some of my clients choose just counselling or yoga therapy or coaching etc while others appreciate the opportunity to have something quite unique for themselves.
Going back into an academic environment (and learning from a lovely group of classmates as well as Nash) has been an interesting journey.
It has helped me think more consciously about what works where and when and with whom. I think my favourite thing about the Personal Consultancy model is that the client is always in the loop.
It’s not about the coach-therapist thinking, ‘Ooh, this would be good here’ but instead saying to the client that what they’ve said brings up a couple (or more!) possible ways of working and what would they like to focus on. So the client chooses their path themselves.
If you’re interested in my approach, please click here for more information.
And if you’ve already got a counselling and coaching background, you might be interested in looking into the training yourself – click here for more information.