Coaching and Positive Psychology

Coaching psychology is a branch of academic and applied psychology that focuses on enhancing wellbeing and performance in personal life and work domains. It is practised by qualified coaching psychologists who have relevant qualifications and who have undertaken suitable continuing professional development.

The coach engages in a solution-focused, results-orientated process aimed to ‘...encourage the cochees’ learning resourcefulness, and self-insight in a non-directive collaborative way’ and to enhance goal-achievement (O’ Riordan and Palmer, 2021).

It has its roots in Australia and in the United Kingdom. Its leading proponents include Dr. Anthony Grant of the University of Sydney and in the UK, Professor Stephen Palmer. Coaching has also been defined as the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another. At its core, it is necessarily an iterative goal-directed discussion.

Coaching may be part of a survival strategy for some, and for others, it may simply represent a means of optimising individual performance. When the coach first meets the coachee or client, they initially discuss their respective commitment to the process and agree on a defined course of action. The coach and the coachee take joint responsibility for achieving whatever change the coachee decides upon. The importance of openness, clear communication and mutual respect are emphasised.

The coach then guides the discussion towards the identification and achievement of goals while drawing on various coaching models.

Coaching services at Insights include, but are not limited to drawing on such theories as:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Approaches
  • Dual Systems Approach
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution-Focused Approaches
  • WOOP Model (Wish Obstacle Outcome Plan)
  • Character Strengths
  • Creative Wellbeing: Positive Psychology with Art

Typical difficulties addressed as part of these services, include supporting individuals with such difficulties as:

  • Motivation
  • Executive Function
  • Confidence
  • Study Skills
  • Workplace Progression
  • Managing Emotions
  • Performance
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Soft-Skills Development