Breaking Through Client Blocks
By Meg Rentschler, LCSW, PCC
Our January 11 luncheon program features Meg Rentschler, LCSW, PCC. Meg Rentschler is an executive and mentor coach, coach instructor and the host of the STaR Coach Show, a podcast that focuses weekly on Strategies, Tools and Resources for Professional Coaches to grow their businesses, their skills, and to connect with more resources.
Meg has taught hundreds of coaches the tools of cognitive coaching so that they can help partner with their clients toward increased clarity and focus as well as allowing themselves access to more options and new perspectives.
Meg has a rich perspective on human dynamics and leadership principles, understanding the elements of communication that create success or obstacles. Her expertise in assessment, behavior change, and communication styles enables her to quickly identify strategies for improving performance, increasing self-awareness and self-sabotage and ways of resolving conflict in the workplace or to find a healthy balance of work and life.
As a mentor coach, Meg helps other coaches build skills, confidence and reduce the self-talk that can sabotage their goal fulfillment.
Coaches are taught to support their clients and respect that the client brings the content to the session—that the client is in the driver’s seat. As coaches, we partner with our clients using powerful questioning and active listening; we hold the space for their discovery and honor their autonomy. So what do we do when we suspect that there are beliefs, perhaps even deeply held beliefs that are blocking the client’s path to his/her desired outcomes, goals and dreams?
The answer is that we continue to partner with our clients and we find a balance between supporting and appropriately challenging with observation and reflection. We stay curious and explore with our clients whether they are potentially blocking their own path to success.
The process of exploring the thoughts that may be impoverishing our client’s perspectives and depleting their options is cognitive coaching. It is thinking about the impact of our thinking. In this session we will focus on client empowerment by exploring the patterns of thought that are occurring within a session and ways to help clients expand their awareness of their patterns of thought. It is those thoughts that we have that are automatic and unnoticed that can be the most powerful.
It serves us to know how we as coaches can partner with our clients to increase their awareness of their automatic thoughts and consider the power of those thoughts and what they might be doing to block the path to success.
In this program you will learn:
CCEUs for this program: 1 Core Competency
- What makes automatic thoughts so powerful?
- How can we help our client’s increase their awareness of their potentially counterproductive beliefs?
- What is the difference between cognitive therapy and cognitive coaching?
- What are some common thought patterns or cognitive distortions that you can listen for?
- How you can help your clients open new possibilities with your responses?