At Coach Training World, we talk a lot about Whole Person Coaching®. And for good reason. But what is it exactly?

Whole Person Coaching Model

Whole Person Coaching® is a thought-provoking process coupled with experience-oriented, transformative learning. It enables you as the coach to assist your clients to mastermind life transitions, manifesting anything (and everything) they desire.

Our holistic method is based on the premise that when you come to know, embrace and express all aspects of your whole self, you are positioned to thrive in any aspect of life. You become rich in resources, grounded in your being, and at peace within.

Can you imagine a more empowering state to initiate change? Neither can we. And we’ve built an army of change-makers over the past two decades who agree. From thought-leaders and business owners to holistic changemakers and other professionals, thousands have successfully adapted Whole Person Coaching to their specific niche. And so can you.

As your clients gain access to the depth and breadth of who they are at the core: mentally, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually, they can easily and effectively draw upon their multiple intelligences to overcome any stopping blocks.  This approach is what enables them to step into their wholeness, confident and self-certain in who they are, what matters most to them, and how they define their very best. As a result, your client develop the capacity to be fully self-innovative which serves them for the rest of their life to be highly effective in any aspect of their life.

Relationships Are the Core of Whole Person Coaching®

As a Whole Person Coach, you co-create with your clients. This unique partnership is what enables you to elicit the best from both of you. We call it a “courageous space” because it creates the optimal environment for envisioning the goals and sustainable momentum that are only possible through a supportive, non-judgmental relationship.

Working with the Whole Person

Using a holistic process, you work with the whole person: mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual. Our methodology allows you to easily and reliably facilitate your client’s capacity to step into their greatest potential, with results that are exponential. Rather than isolating a single process or aspect of life, the tools and approach provided by Whole Person Coaching are adaptable to the full range of human potential. This enables you to confidently champion your clients as they pursue life fulfillment, success, balance, harmony and vitality.

Whole Person Coaching views your client as an integrated whole. Through this approach, you help them uncover the interrelationship between the various aspects of their life. You walk side-by-side with them on their journey, supporting them to make the changes they seek. With a focus on the client’s agenda you conversations may cover a wide variety of topics as they self-discover their:

  • Needs
  • Capabilities and possibilities
  • Motivations
  • Beliefs
  • Values
  • Identify

And the changes they need to make to be at their best!

As a Whole Person Coach, you are trained to integrate the cognitive potential of your client’s mind with the inner knowing of their body. Our approach is based on the philosophy that people are best able to achieve their soul’s purpose when they live a holistically balanced life that suits their individuality.

What are the Scientific and Psychological Roots of Whole Person Coaching®?

The Whole Person Coaching method and tools provide you with insight drawn from the wisdom and best practices of multiple disciplines. They embrace research, theory and best practices for creating self-initiated positive sustainable change from the following fields:

  • Interpersonal Neurobiology – An interdisciplinary field incorporating a range of practices, such as anthropology, biology, computer science, linguistics, psychiatry and sociology (among many others), to uncover commonalities in the human experience. Pioneered by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., the primary focus of this discipline is on integration and how the different components of a system can be linked to promote overall health, flexibility, and an adaptive way of existing in the world.
  • Positive Psychology – The study of specific strengths and virtues that lead to success for individuals and organizations. Based on the work of Martin Selig, it assumes people want to lead meaningful lives and works to enhance their experience by cultivating the best from that which is currently within them.
  • Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) – The study of human excellence through the development of an individual’s competence and adaptability. Originated by Richard Bandler and John Grinder, NLP uses self-discovery and the exploration of identity as a framework for human experience, extending beyond the individual to family as well as local and global communities.
  • Narrative Psychology – The branch of psychology dedicated to how we adapt to life’s experiences through story. Explored in depth by Theodore R. Sarbin, this discipline uses an individual’s observed stories, as well as those garnered from others, to make sense and change human behavior and interactions for the better.
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI) – The ability of an individual to leverage available emotional information to guide their thinking and subsequent behavior. Though not the first to coin the term, Emotional Intelligence is largely attributed to psychologist and author Daniel Goleman, whose 1995 book detailed the importance of an individual recognizing their feelings, as well as those of others, to adapt to specific situations and achieve goals more effectively.
  • Whole Person Learning – A form of transformative learning that enables an individual to incorporate all aspects of their persona (intellectual, social, emotional, physical, spiritual) by viewing them context with the world around them. In doing so, the ultimate goal is to facilitate improved relationships and functioning by focusing on the interconnected, interdependent nature of life.
  • Meta-Learning – The understanding of one’s own thought and learning processes. Originally proposed by Donald B. Maudsley, it’s dedicated to an increasing awareness of habits related to perception, inquiry, learning, and growth that an individual has internalized over the course of their life.
  • Somatic Psychology – A form of alternative medicine dedicated to somatic experience, or how we experience the physical world internally. Taking cues from yoga and even ballet and modern dance, somatic psychology is a holistic approach that centers on the mind/body interface and how this interaction influences our thoughts and actions.
  • Archetypal Psychology – The use of psychology to see, image, and envision what it means to be human by accessing the deepest patterns of self, often referred to as “soul.” First initiated by psychologist James Hillman, this branch attempts to recognize the fantasies and myths that influence our lives.
  • Expressive Arts – The use of personal creativity as a starting point for discovery, self-reflection, understanding and change. Expressive arts is a healing process widely used to elicit memories through imagination and intuition. It’s also highly effective at facilitating an in-depth examination of the body, feelings, emotions and an individual’s thought process.
  • Developmental Psychology – The branch of psychology concerned with how and why we change over the course of our lives. Initially concerned primarily with infants and children, the discipline has since expanded to encompass the full lifespan of the individual, tackling broad topics such as motor skills and executive functions as well as moral understanding and self-concept. By viewing the change in an individual over time, developmental psychology attempts to decode the influence of environments and relationships.
  • Adult Attachment Theory – Describes the impact of long- and short-term interpersonal relationships among adults, primarily centered on friendships, emotional affairs and romantic attachments. Originally developed by British psychoanalyst John Bowlby, the theory states that the same motivational system that solidifies the bond between parent and child also influences relationships among adults within emotionally intimate relationships. Therefore, the way in which we approach our relationships today is largely dependent upon the style of attachment developed early in life (secure, anxious–preoccupied, dismissive–avoidant, or fearful–avoidant).

Whole Person Coaching®

  • Focuses on what is possible, creating change by expanding perspectives and possibilities, and by leveraging your client’s natural strengths and resources.
  • Builds upon your client’s unique learning capacity and engages their whole mind through intellectual, somatic-emotional, and relational knowing.
  • Relies on experience to facilitate learning, accelerating goal-achievement by using an active, learning-in-action process. Each step builds upon the previous one with attention to maximizing output and learning.
  • Invites your client to be more self aware and to self-analyze and transform limiting habits and beliefs on their own terms.
  • Recognizes the interrelatedness of all aspects of life (relationships, career, nuances, health and well-being, among others), giving you a vast array of options to navigate challenges and help your clients live the best life possible.
  • Provides tools applicable toward a lifetime of success, helping your clients achieve desired outcomes in every aspect of life.

Whole Person Coaching is a profound system for managing complexity and the unpredictably of life. It instills the confidence and capacity to surf life’s turbulent waters and face sudden change, as well as the unknowable.

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