Many of my clients come to me with unhelpful thought patterns that restrict their ability to achieve their full potential. Everyone has negative thoughts throughout the day. This is a common occurrence, whether you have ADHD or not. It is estimated that 80% of the thoughts that we have include some element of negativity. One effective approach for dealing with the relationship between negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors is cognitive behavioral coaching. Cognitive-behavioral coaching (CBC) is a coaching approach that focuses on changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors to improve the client's mental and emotional well-being. CBC helps coaching clients by teaching them techniques to recognize, reframe and challenge negative thoughts, develop a growth mindset, and create action plans to achieve their goals.
CBC sessions involve a collaborative and goal-oriented process between the coach and client, with a focus on helping clients identify and challenge limiting beliefs, and replace them with more helpful and empowering ones. The aim is to help clients increase self-awareness, develop coping skills, and improve their overall quality of life.
Some specific examples of how cognitive-behavioral coaching can help clients:
Improving self-esteem: CBC coaches work with clients to challenge negative self-talk and beliefs, and replace them with more authentic and empowering ones.
Changing negative behavior patterns: A CBC coach can help a client identify negative behavior patterns that are impacting their life and develop new, positive habits to replace them.
Achieving goals: CBC coaches help clients set and achieve realistic goals by breaking them down into smaller, actionable steps and creating an action plan.
Managing stress: A CBC coach can help a client identify the sources of their stress and develop coping strategies to manage it effectively.
These are just a few examples of how CBC can help clients improve their lives. The specific approach and techniques used will vary depending on the individual needs and goals of the client.
It is also important to note that Coaching is not therapy. Coaching is never a substitute for counseling or therapy. If you, or someone you know is having a difficult time coping, or they feel stuck in their life, it is important to speak with your physician or other qualified medical professional, in order to seek the appropriate treatment.