Date: 26/06/2017

How to Become a Psychology Coach

What is coaching psychology? How to distinguish healthy from unhealthy emotions in a business environment? These questions were examined at a workshop led by Mia Popić, a couching psychologist and psychotherapist.

At the beginning of the workshop, Mia presented to participants the basics and goals of coaching psychology. Coaching psychology is a branch of psychology that aims to free the potential of a person and thus improve and develop performance both in daily life and in a business environment. This helps people to achieve a higher level of personal well-being in both private life and work.

Mia spoke about the role of the coach. The coach should act as a facilitator and express support and encourage to the person with whom the coach is working, inspire the client and actively cooperate with him in helping him to face all challenges. It was emphasized that the main goal of cognitive-behavioral coaching (CBC) is to encourage the client to become aware of cognitive and emotional obstacles which make it difficult for him to achieve set goals, self-acceptance and the development of new skills.

The workshop presented the difference between cognitive behavioral coaching and other forms of coaching. This difference is reflected in the dual approach of CBC which accepts psychological (over-caring, irrational thinking, lack of motivation) and practical aspects (difficulty in setting priorities, lack of goals and an action plan, non-resilience) of the problem. Mia explained that the emotions we express are the result of our thinking and events we have attended. This is the basis of the so-called ABC model of human behavior. This model can be transferred to a business environment and it helps us to discover both healthy and unhealthy emotions in a business context. For an example: If a person gets fired, a healthy emotion is sorrow and an unhealthy emotion is depression. On this basis, we can say that healthy emotions give us the possibility of choice and encourage us to rational thinking.

At the end of the workshop, Mia introduced the four stages of the process in cognitive-behavioural coaching – 1. setting SMART goals; 2. facing emotions that disturb the realization of our goals; 3. developing a helpful way of thinking, denying attitudes and beliefs that stand in the way of achieving goals and 4. developing constructive behavior and modifying behavior that disrupts the achievement of a goal.