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THE UNIQUE SKILLS THAT THERAPISTS BRING TO COACHING RELATIONSHIPS
Skillful listening Deep and empathic listening is at the heart of the therapeutic relationship, and psychotherapists have had much professional experience honing their listening skills. In addition to listening, we are able to hear what is not being said and to detect how nuances of expression, voice, and energy unite or contradict what the client is saying with their nonverbal cues.
Reframing The ability to look at the positive or less innocuous side on a statement or belief expressed by a client is critical to effective life coaching and one that therapists are skilled at bringing to the coaching relationship.
Ability to suspend judgment Therapists have heard it all. They can listen to their clients without judging them. Having a place to express one’s deepest desires or fears is both freeing and helpful to reaching one’s goals.
Ability to seek solution and think of possibilities Trained and experienced therapists are typically good solution seekers and possibility thinkers and their professional training and experience has undoubtedly enhanced these skills.
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