Equan offers Transformational Coaching in Brighton, East Sussex
Equan transformational coaching takes the client on a journey of self-discovery and learning, helping the client to understand who they are and what the want to achieve in life. Transformational coaching brings about deep meaningful positive change through self-awareness and a conscious change in behaviour.
What is Transformational Coaching?
Transformational coaching is derived from Jack Mezirow’s learning theory and has 3 dimensions
- Psychological (understanding self)
- Convictional (understanding belief systems)
- Behaviour (changes in lifestyle)
Transformational coaching is similar to other forms of coaching, as the aim is to improve a client’s ability, performance, and effectiveness. The difference with transformational coaching is that instead of just learning new skills (performance coaching) and learning through behavior change (developmental coaching) the client also learns what their underlying core belief system is, that lead to the current behavior. Once a client has an understanding of their core belief system through self-awareness they can make transformational changes in their lives.
What is transformational change?
Transformational change occurs when a core belief is challenged and replaced with a revised and improved version. Transformational change results in a client shifting into a higher level of functioning through changing how they experience the world around them.
Are you living the life you desire?
So many people are not living life to the full or realising their dreams. For most people the thing that holds them back is fear. Fear of failure, being alone, not being good enough, being disliked or not accepted all holds us back from our true potential. Transformational coaching enables the client to work through a process to face fears, through acknowledging the underlying assumptions and beliefs that create the fear. Once these are understood the client can replace these outdated assumptions and beliefs with new more relevant ones.
How Does Transformational Coaching Work?
During transformational coaching the coach guides the client through a process that helps them become self aware, challenge their core beliefs and make sustainable changes in behaviour. Undertaking transformational coaching supports a client to delve deeply into their subconscious mind to examine and challenge assumptions and beliefs that lead to unwanted behaviours.
The Transformational Coaching Process (just for reference - change according to your approach)
Review, plan and make positive change
Transformational coaching guides clients through a process to make positive change in their personal or business lives or in both. The change that is experienced through transformational coaching is profound and sustainable. Transformational coaching starts with looking at what the current situation is, identify where change is required then plan how to make the change and finally implement the change.
Self-awareness and turning off our own autopilot
The majority of decisions we make, reactions we have and negative self-beliefs we hold as truth all come from the subconscious mind. We spend a large part of our lives on autopilot with little awareness as to how we are in the world. Coaching offers clients an invaluable place to develop self-awareness though reflection, challenging beliefs and assumptions and learning to be in the present. Self-awareness can result in
- More control over emotions and reactions
- Conscious decision making
- Improved resilience
- Reduced stress
- Feeling in control
Core belief systems
All humans have a core belief system and it is something that we start building in childhood through our family, education and society we live in. Core beliefs are a combination of assumptions, emotions and experience and once imbedded in our subconscious mind we consider them fact without challenge or enquiry.
Our experiences form our assumptions but often assumptions fill the gaps in our lack of experience or we generalise an experience. A child who grows up in a loving and nurturing environment will have a core belief that he/she is loveable and deserves to be happy. A child however who grows up without feeling loved can have a core belief that they will never be happy or will spend their lives alone. This will cause negative behaviours in adulthood like not committing to a relationship or being unfaithful because the person has the core belief that they will never be happy so what’s the point in trying. Core beliefs do not have to be as serious this to cause unwanted behaviours and we can have hundreds of core beliefs that are all working in the subconscious mind controlling behaviour and experience.
Automatic thoughts are a concept in cognitive behavioural therapy that all humans experience. Automatic thoughts can be helpful and keep us out of danger. Automatic thoughts can also be negative and can hold people back from realising their true potential. I’m a looser, I’ll never be able to do that, this always happens to me are all examples of common negative automatic thoughts and people can accept these as fact. Through transformational coaching you will recognise and unpack your negative thoughts and learn to replace them to more positive thoughts. With practice these positive thoughts will become you automatic thought process leaving you feeling more confident and capable than you ever have.
Limiting beliefs are closely related to you core belief system and also hold you back from your true potential. Limiting beliefs the stories we tell ourselves through lack of experience or education, fear or an excuse not to change. Transformational coaching will help you identify your limiting beliefs and replace them with new and more relevant beliefs so that you can live the life you want.
Learning new behaviours is a difficult task especially for long standing behaviours but transformational coaching will make this process easier and more attainable for the client through the following ways
- Breaking down complex behaviours : Changing complex behaviours is challenging and often clients are unsuccessful before they engage a coach to work with. A coach will help the client break down the behaviour into manageable parts and to devise a plan of action to tackle each part.
- Practice makes perfect : Changing behaviours does not happen over night, it needs commitment and practice. Coaching will help you stay on track with this so that the likelihood of success is so much higher.
- Modeling : Once a client has made a change in behaviour it makes changing other behaviours so much easier. Often there are skills that have been learned and practiced that can be applied to the next behaviour changed required. The confidence a client feels when they have made a positive change provides motivation and further confidence to challenge other difficult tasks.
Coaching Takes Place in the Present
Transformational coaching is concerned with helping the client to make changes today so that they can live the life they want to live. Feeling remorseful about the past can be depressing and worrying about the future can create anxiety. Coaching is a process that takes place in the present and helps you challenge your thoughts created through past experience so that you can take action and make positive change to create the future you want.
Frames of reference
All humans have a personal frame of reference that is made up of their assumptions, beliefs and attitudes that is used to filter and make meaning of information. People do not see reality or facts they only see the meaning they give to the situation. For example if a person has low self-esteem they may worry that a colleague does not like them when in reality the colleague is just really busy and has a deadline to meet. Transformational coaching will help you recognise your personal frame of reference and challenge any outdated assumptions, beliefs or attitudes that are not useful.
A significant part of transformational coaching is learning to accept yourself for who you are. Many clients are their own worst critic and have a harsh inner dialogue that they would never use when speak to or about other people. Self-acceptance is about learning to be compassionate and care for yourself even though you are not perfect. Through this process many people feel less stressed and more fulfilled within their work and personal lives.
Neuroplasticity is a neuro-scientific phenomenon that describes the process of rewiring the brain or relearning. It was once thought that this only occurred through childhood and in adolescence but it is now accepted that this can be life long. Our brains continuously change in response to our experiences. Transformational coaching helps clients to relearn and discover neuroplasticity through building positive relationships, being adventurous and challenging yourself, mindful practice and learning new skills.
Equan Areas of Expertise
Transformational coaching can help you in any area of your life that requires change or improvement. The change that is created through transformational coaching is profound and can be life changing.
Self-awareness is the key to making meaningful change and transformational coaching guides you through a journey of self-discovery and self-awareness. The ability to reflect and be aware in the present moment has numerous benefits that are realised and experienced by the client as they go through their coaching journey.
Self-esteem is how we see and value ourselves and can have a huge impact on your mental health. The level of self-esteem can impact our professional success, how we build and maintain relationships and our overall wellbeing. Transformational coaching helps you build your self-esteem by challenging core belief systems and make positive change so that you feel confident and value yourself and the contributions you can make in work and personal life.
Mindfulness is one of the underpinning key principles of the Equan transformational coaching approach. Mindfulness has become increasingly popular in the last 5 years because of the profound change it can deliver for individuals. Through transformational coaching you will learn how to be mindful and present in everyday life and also some techniques to start your mindful practice at home.
Challenging emotions can be difficult to deal with, they can be overwhelming or even frightening. These challenging emotions come from unresolved issues that present as an emotion such as fear, anger, sadness or loneliness. Uncovering and resolving the underlying issue will help the client move through these challenging emotions and feel more in control of their feelings and responses to situations.
Building and maintaining healthy functional relationships is vital for a fulfilling work and personal life. Transformational coaching can help you understand what is holding you back from having the best relationships you can imagine so that you feel supported and cared for in all areas of your life.
Why do so many people have a fear of public speaking? Public speaking something that even the most successful people can struggle with at some time in their life. The answer is not fear of the actual task, it is fear of being rejected, making a mistake, being ridiculed or laughed at or not feeling good enough. Whatever the underlying cause of the fear transformational coaching will take you on a journey of discovery and self-improvement so that you can find your authentic voice in any forum you need or want to.
Confidence is a state of mind that can be learned and practiced through understanding your core beliefs, changing limiting mind sets, building successful and supportive relationships and positive thinking. Transformational coaching will increase your confidence through helping you identify your strengths and weaknesses, accept that you are not perfect and you will make mistakes, take feedback or criticism as learning opportunity and learning to stay positive.
Benefits of Transformational Coaching
Understanding core belief systems
Understanding your core belief systems is the key to living a happier and more fulfilling life. Our core beliefs are responsible for fear, lack of confidence and hold us back from achieving great success. Transformational coaching will help you identify, challenge and replace core beliefs with new positive beliefs.
Transformational coaching is a process of becoming more self-aware and more in control of your emotional responses to difficult situations. These traits enable you to became more resilient and recovery quickly from the challenges life throws our way.
Growing your self awareness
Self-awareness is the key to making meaningful change and the coaching process guides you through a journey of self-discovery and awareness. The ability to reflect and be aware in the present moment has numerous benefits that are realised and experienced by the client as they go through their coaching journey.
Meet your own goals and to live the life you want to live
Clients engage a coach to make changes and achieve goals that may be holding them back from success, fulfillment or happiness. Through this process a client often discovers new areas for development or improvement that they had been unaware of previously. Coaching is a journey of self-discovery that leads to making positive change to live the life you want to live.
Facilitating new ways of thinking, being and doing
Transformational coaching provides a safe environment to understand your mindset and how that impacts who and how you are in the world. Gaining a deep level of self-understanding you can make positive change that will improve how you exist in the world around you.
Learning to take action and be accountable
Coaching enables a client to identify areas that require change and take affirmative action to achieve the goals and outcomes you want to see in your life.
Reach a deep level of self-awareness
Self-awareness is the key to making meaningful change and the transformational coaching process guides you through a journey of self-discovery and awareness. The ability to reflect and be aware in the present moment has numerous benefits that are realised and experienced by the client as they go through their journey.
Improved interpersonal relationships
Building positive and supportive relationships is beneficial to our wellbeing and feelings fulfilled in our lives. Transformational coaching will help you build relationships and be the person you want to be both in work and your personal life.
How much of an investment of time and money does the Equan Transformational Coaching Experience require?
Equan Transformational Coaching is £65 per session and sessions are usually once per week. Transformational coaching can have an impact quickly over a couple of months but deep sustainable change can take 6 -12 months depending on the client.
- Transformational v’s incremental
Incremental change is making small changes normally towards a bigger goal or strategic plan. Theses changes have little or no impact on the whole organisation or the culture. Transformational change is the opposite of this and has a huge impact on how an organisation is run, the structure or how business is carried out.
- Organisation wide v’s subset
Change can be either the whole organisation or just in a small service or team.
- Planned v’s unplanned
Change can be planned and part of the overall strategic vision of the company or unplanned for example in response to a change in legislation or regulation. Unplanned change is harder to implement and has a higher likelihood of being unsuccessful or unpopular.
- Proactive v’s remedial
Proactive change happens when an organisation has a clear vision and strategic plan and has an in-depth understanding of the environment they are operating in. Proactive change can be in response to risk management or implementing new innovative ways of working to boost effectiveness. Remedial change on the other hand is when change is reactive and in response to an external stimuli.