It’s time for another installment of my bi-weekly email series. In each issue, I share three resources that I have found to be helpful for myself and/or my clients. As a former librarian and a current voracious gatherer of helpful information, I’m constantly listening to podcasts, reading books and articles, and watching various videos that spark my interest.
As a former psychotherapist, I’m always interested in noticing how coaching is similar and different from therapy. There are many different types of therapy these days and some look remarkably similar to coaching. Jaime Lowe generously and bravely shares her experience of Cognitive Processing Therapy, a treatment that is designed for survivors of sexual assault and veterans with PTSD. She was sexually assaulted at the age of 13 and still has issues about it decades later. Cognitive Processing Therapy is a short-term, goal focused form of therapy. Jaime recorded each of her 10 sessions with her CPT therapist and invites us all to see what is possible to achieve in a very short amount of time. What is wonderful about this form of treatment (and also coach-like) is that it not only helps people solve their current issue but it also trains them to use this process on their own to deal with other issues that also might be causing problems in their lives.
Coincidentally, this week I also read a wonderful book about therapy, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb. It portrays the more traditional, long-term approach to doing therapy. Gottlieb is also generous and vulnerable about sharing her therapy experiences as both a patient in treatment and as a therapist at the same time. Few books talk about what happens in the privacy of therapy. Gottlieb invites us into both the therapy room and into the deeper recesses of her and her clients’ minds and hearts. As a former therapist, I could totally relate to her experiences as both a client and a therapist. She was so good at recreating the sense of what a good therapy relationship looks and feels like, I almost wanted to go back to therapy again, myself!
And finally, a short video illustrating 2 minutes of thoughts that any number of us can recognize. Whether the therapy is short-term or long-term, awareness is the first step to making both small and large changes in life. It also helps to have a sense of humor!
Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. If any of these resources elicited any thoughts or feelings that you’d like to share with me, please contact me. If you like these emails, feel free to share them with other coaches, friends, clients and people walking the transformational path.
See you again in two weeks,