Trauma-informed coaching means coaching with the knowledge that most people I come in contact with have been impacted by an adverse experience at some point in their lives. Keeping that understanding in mind helps me partner with them in a thought-provoking, creative, client-driven way that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional growth. Being trauma-informed is not something a coach can just pick up and put on whenever they feel it applies; it is a way of being. It is a way of understanding the presence of past trauma, its current effects on a client, and how to use the client’s resiliency to guide them along their path toward solution-focused growth.
As a professional coach, I want to be equipped to meet everyone where they are. Recognizing that most of the unique individuals I work with have potentially been affected by trauma allows me to create a safe and trusting environment and hold a better understanding of clients’ behaviors and challenges as well as their remarkable ability to overcome, adapt, and transform through long-lasting sustainable change.
By understanding the different types of trauma and their effect on individuals, I can take a trauma-informed coaching approach that focuses on the physical, emotional, psychological, and cultural safety of each client. This approach creates a more inclusive space that allows for diverse perspectives and everyone’s voice to be heard. Further, meeting people where they are in a safe space can empower individuals by giving choice and agency in each interaction.