(Really about Professional Boundaries)
For this class, we welcome one of our VisualsSpeak customers, Val Hunter, to the call. Val is an occupational therapist, marriage and family therapist, facilitator, coach and organizational development consultant to a large non-profit. She brings a wide range of perspectives and experience to how to walk mindfully with our roles in relationship to these powerful visual tools.
The conversation with Val is centered on how to be clearer about the context of the session, setting boundaries, and dealing with the emotional tough places.
Why is this important?
You might wonder why I think this is so important. After all, unless you are doing therapy or coaching, you might not think you need to worry about evoking strong emotions. Except in my experience, it has not been the coaching sessions where the hard places come up.
The sessions I have done where people have had major emotional breakdowns, have often been focused on topics where you would not expect emotional breakdown. At all. And yet, in the middle of a business conversation that seems very heady, a participant will break down in tears. Deep sobbing from the center of their being tears. It happens.
Every time, it turned out OK. I think part of it was I knew it was possible, and I had thought through what I could do ahead of time. I have had therapists involved with the development of the VisualsSpeak tools and processes from the beginning, who have continually talked with me about how to handle these types of situations, and how to back out of places that are over my head.
Drawing the Line Between Coaching and Therapy
Scholarly article on difference between coaching and therapy. Coaching Versus Therapy: A Perspective
Coaching Commons Coaching vs. Therapy: Frontiers and Fences
Big Questions Worksheet from Val Hunter. (This is a great group of questions.)
We are not endorsing any of these, just providing them as starting places. Each of us needs to develop something that reflects our unique practice and personal business goals.
Intake or Discovery Sessions
Focus Areas Worksheet from Val Hunter
Managing with the Brain in Mind David Rock