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~ E.E. Cummings
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Support Through Difficult Transitions & Grief
When we are grieving, it can feel like the world has turned upside down -- like we've forgotten who we are and where we belong. And while resilience skills can be built over time, we need support and a safe space in which we can honestly acknowledge our losses.
Unwelcome transitions are devastating and disorienting; affecting every aspect of your life - mind, body, spirit, relationships, work, finances, and faith.
While grief is the normal and natural response to loss, many people require professional support when the burden of emotions and responsibilities feels like too much to bear.
If you are considering suicide or self-harm, please get help. There are professionals ready to support you. You do not have to do this alone. Again, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, 24-hour hotline at 1.800.273.8255.
What is coaching?
Coaching emerged as an approach to help people maximize their potential. It’s a partnership in which a coach taps into their client’s resourcefulness, values, talents, and beliefs to help them overcome obstacles and generate compelling action plans to meet their goals.
Can't anyone call themselves a coach?
Unfortunately. And "coaches" with minimal or no training sometimes give the rest of us a bad rap. That's why you should ask if your coach is an International Coach Federation Member and/or Certified. If they are, that means they adhere to proven coaching methodologies, have taken Accredited Coaching Training Programs, abide by the highest code of professional ethics and accountability, and have mentor coaching and supervision.
What qualifies you as a coach?
Apart from having coached dozens of clients and colleagues over the past few years, I have over 300 hours of formal training in Applied Positive Psychology, Coaching Psychology, Transition Management, and Grief Support. I've had mentor coaching and supervision and continue my professional development and education through active participation in the Connecticut Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Why do people hire a coach?
My clients come to me because they want to create more:
- Vitality, happiness, and well-being
- Rewarding relationships: personally and professionally
- Prosperous and purposeful work
- Opportunities to create, innovate, and impact the world
- Tools, systems, and support to help them live more wholeheartedly
How is coaching different than therapy?
Therapy, AKA counseling or psychotherapy, is a long-term process in which a licensed clinician works with patients to diagnose illnesses and pathologies and to help patients resolve problems, behaviors, relationship issues, and any corresponding physical and emotional responses that affect well-being. Many people who seek out a therapist do not have mental health challenges, though some do. Oftentimes therapists focus on the subconscious mind and how past experiences and behaviors are influencing current well-being. Energy and attention is devoted to why certain beliefs, behaviors, and emotions are arising, with the goal of changing beliefs, behaviors, and patterns of response in the present.
Although both therapy and coaching work to enable clients to make positive changes and become more productive, coaching is a distinct discipline. It is not therapy in disguise.
Coaching tends to be future-oriented and focuses on how to work towards goals. Results can be measured with key performance metrics and specific outcomes. The coaching relationship can be long-term or short-term. Coaches are not healthcare professionals, though they can contribute to greater well-being by helping clients achieve their goals and find greater meaning, purpose, and vitality in life.
Coaches also help patients cultivate self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-care and to create better habits and more empowering beliefs that support their dreams and goals for a better future.
A coach is not qualified to diagnose or treat psychological problems and should refer clients who are struggling with such issues to a therapist.
Therapy is often very helpful for people who are experiencing depression, phobia, trauma, addiction, and destructive behavior. It often helps people move from a place of floundering to one of functioning again.
Coaching and therapy often offer complementary approaches to helping clients move from an existence of merely functioning to one of truly flourishing. Many of my clients also see therapists when dealing with grief and unresolved pain from the past.
What does a coach do?
When we think about coaching, the first thing that comes to mind is an athletic coach – someone who targets specific areas for growth, fosters self-awareness and motivation, taps into the power of the mind and visualization to strengthen the mind-body connection, and provides accountability. Life coaches do much of the same work, but with a focus on whatever area of life a client wants to see changes: relationships, finances, career, health, learning, play/leisure, contribution to the community, etc.
As a coach, I’m trained to listen intuitively, to ask insightful questions, to help clients uncover, articulate and live from their deepest values, to use their skills/gifts to create more joy and meaning, and to identify conflicting beliefs or priorities that are preventing true happiness.
Through mindful awareness and deliberate action plans, I help clients set meaningful, achievable goals to live a more healthy, balanced, joyful, and integrated life.
I provide accountability and support so clients experience new self-awareness, new ways of thinking, heightened motivation, and pathways to long-term fulfillment and contribution.
How does a coaching session work?
Prior to our sessions, my clients fill out a Strategy Session Form. This sets the agenda for what we plan to accomplish so by the end of our time together, you have an action plan to meet your goal. A goal might be something practical like planning a career change, life transition, or crafting a time-management strategy; or a goal might something more abstract, like how to overcome limiting beliefs or mind-chatter, or how to cultivate self-discipline and make more empowering life choices. Oftentimes, people have ambitious goals that simply need to be broken down into actionable steps.
During client sessions, we then work together to identify habits, beliefs, and behaviors that are no longer serving you and we develop new patterns of thought and being that support your passions and vision for your life.
For clients who are interested in learning more about the science of well-being, I integrate practices and principles from the field of applied positive psychology whenever it’s appropriate and helpful to your growth and personal progress. I often reference videos, recommended readings, and provide reflective exercises as “homework”.
As a resilience coach, I work with clients who are in transition to help shift their mindset, manage anxiety, overcome overwhelm, and start re-imagining a future in which they can truly flourish.
What is expected of clients?
I ask my clients to:
- Show up to each session at our scheduled time (even when it has been a tough week)
- Approach the work with courage, curiosity, and whole-heartedness
- Keep a journal of ideas, questions, goals, and accomplishments
- Take ownership and responsibility for growth and progress
- Commit to taking action steps (doing homework) based on your goals
- Rescheduling sessions within the same month when we’ve missed sessions for any reason
What can clients expect from me, as their coach?
A relationship where you will feel deeply seen, heard, understood and recognized for your gifts, strengths and ambitions.
A judgement-free zone that doesn’t dwell on weaknesses and past mistakes, but fosters your strengths and cultivates a fresh orientation, new direction, and lays the groundwork for life-long learning, growth, and continued transformation.
Accountability, support, and evidence-based tools to help you build a life you love.
A safe space where confidentiality, curiosity, and creativity are honored.
What is the cost of coaching?
My rates for three-month to six-month packages can be found here (the cost per session decreases when you book more sessions).
Why a three-month commitment?
I ask my clients to make at least a three-month commitment since it takes time and action to see results and to embrace positive changes. Change is inherently challenging and uncomfortable, even when we want it!
Developing new habits and new ways of thinking takes time and energy and focus. Commitment and perseverance are necessary.
You wouldn’t sign-up for a weight loss program, tutor, or personal training and expect results in a month. The same is true for coaching.
We can talk weekly, every other week, or once each month, based on your goals, availability, and budget. The important thing is to make a commitment to progressive growth.
What happens if we don’t use all the sessions within a three-month or six-month period?
If sessions need to be rescheduled due to illness, vacation, or other circumstances, we will aim to reschedule within the same calendar month. However, for clients who do not use all their sessions within the agreed upon coaching period, the duration of the coaching agreement can be extended up to one additional month.
What grief support do you offer kids?
I offer a program entitled, When Children Grieve, that is designed for parents and caregivers to attend. Although children do not attend this program, it provides tools and information that empowers adults to help kids navigate grief, adversity, and transition in healthy and holistic ways.
Do you have other programs just for kids?
In an ideal world, parents, caregivers or teachers would be present too so the learning and application can continue beyond the series.
What age range are the GoZen! and GoStrengths! programs suitable for?
Programming was originally created for children ages 7-15ish. However there are youth from ages 4-25 using the Go programs right now because these life skills are universal.
Will it work for my child?
GoZen! provides informational videos, followed up by facilitated conversations to teach kids research-based coping, resilience, and happiness skills.
I am not a medical professional, so we always recommend seeing your doctor about any condition you believe your child may be experiencing. That said, the skills kids learn in the programs can be applied in a variety of domains–they are life skills. By using videos and following up with conversations, the information is provided in an engaging format and a lot of kids respond to it because it’s relatable and easy to understand.
Did you design the Go programs?
Nope! Renee Jain, one of the nation’s most respected childhood happiness and resilience experts, is the founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen!
Why sign up for the Go programs through The Flourishing Space?
You'll have a personal facilitator who has in-depth knowledge about positive psychology and the practices and principles that inform our ability to flourish.
Plus, you'll get to connect in a group setting, ask questions in real time, and enjoy a customized program to meet the unique needs of each group.
What academic research supports the Go! programs?
Research for the Go programs is pulled from several scientific disciplines. Please find a non-exhaustive list of academic references here as well as a fun video about positive psychology.
What’s the difference between GoZen! and GoStrengths!?
GoZen! focuses on anxiety relief for children. If your child is experiencing anxiety, then GoZen! is the recommended program.
GoStrengths! is a comprehensive social and emotional learning program.
How long does it take to go through GoZen!?
It’s a six-module series. Sometimes we meet once a week for six weeks. Sometimes the sessions are spread out a little more than that.
What's the point of GoStrengths!?
In order to raise thriving, productive, and engaged youth, we must go beyond disease and help them cultivate habits of true happiness. Sound hokey? Think you don't have time to teach your kids happiness because you need them to get good grades and be successful? No problem. Success and happiness go hand in hand. In fact...
Here are just a handful of scientifically researched benefits of happiness:
- Happier people earn more money over their lifetime
- Happier people are more productive and creative at work
- Happier people are better negotiators
- Happier people are more likely to get married
- Happier people enjoy better relationships and longer marriages
- Happier people cultivate more friendships
- Happier people are more pro-social or volunteer more
- Happier people cope better with stress and trauma
- Happier people have greater protection against heart disease and stroke
- Happier people live longer
Please note: Any copy, trademarks, and images in this section about the Go programs were used with the express permission of GoZen!
What industries do you work with?
I work with healthcare, education, hospitality, and human development organizations including community and nonprofit organizations.
That said, the practices and principles of applied positive psychology span across all industries and human endeavors.
When do organizations typically solicit your services?
I typically work with organizations who are navigating transitions and making critical decisions about how to invest time, money and energy in the pursuit of their purpose, vision, and values.
I can work with educators to maximize student wellbeing and corresponding performance; helping them to manage anxiety, build resilience and cultivate character strengths.
I also provide services as a leadership coach or consultant.
What's the difference between a coach and consultant?
The difference between a coach and consultant is essentially one of expertise. A coach draws out the client's expertise; whereas a consultant may have added industry experience or human development insight to recommend and/or facilitate changes.
How do employees benefit from programs? What's the ROI for employers?
For employees, I offer programs that help to strengthen relationships, engender deeper engagement, and foster more enjoyment at work by introducing evidence-based interventions towards greater inspiration, innovation, and investment in the greater good.
Most organizations that work with me see tremendous potential in their products, services, and team. They are willing to work hard. They take their mission seriously. And they don't believe a culture of cut-throat competition, shady business practices, or employee burn-out serves the greater good.
Instead they want to serve people by bringing products, services, and experiences that actually have value in the world.
They want to cultivate a work environment that is so engaging, so energizing, and so innovative that it draws the best people into the work; people who want to craft and carry the vision forward.
Intuitively most of us know there is a better way… So, how do we find it?
Enter the field of applied positive psychology: a 21st century evidence-based body of knowledge that offers countless pathways to flourishing, both personally and professionally.
Research has shown that organizations can and do profit from the positive; creating more productive employees, happier customers and clients, and substantial business growth.
By introducing the practice and principles that are emerging from the study of human flourishing, 21st century business leaders can organically cultivate healthier and happier organizations.
Who wouldn’t admire and aspire to a new reality like that?
What topics do you speak about?
I offer 20- to 60-minute talks, based on my interactive workshops, about the following:
- Dare to Speak Grief (at work)
- Creating a Culture of Connection
- How to Profit from Positive Psychology
- Growth Mindset
- Leveraging Positivity
- Finding Your Flow
- Rethinking Relationships
- Neuroscience & Personal Mastery
- Start from Your Strengths
- Working with Worry
- Goalsetting for Growth
- Mindfulness Matters
- Leveraging Language
- Energy & Innovation Workspace Tips
- Habits & Happiness
I'm also happy to design a talk and/or workshop based on your businesses unique needs. Please contact me with details about what you're looking for at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am seeing a therapist. Why would I need more grief support?
Maybe you don't. You're the only one who knows. Many of my clients see therapists and I encourage them to continue. Some choose to participate in my programs also because they offer a different vantage point, a sense of community (in groups), and a focused way of exploring a topic that is messy and unpredictable.
There's something powerful about working through a method/program each week with an agenda and learning outcomes.
Whether you're interested in the Wholehearted Healing Programs or the Grief Recovery Method, we offer limited-duration programs so that you can measure your progress and walk away seeing, feeling, and experiencing the world in a new way.
I can't afford your grief support programs. What options do I have?
I offer two scholarships for each Grief Recovery Series I facilitate. Email me a little about your loss, your need, and why you think this series would be helpful for you. I still require scholarship recipients to purchase the book and to make an investment in your healing by donating money to the scholarship fund, as you're able.
If all the scholarships are spoken for, consider asking family or friends to support your healing so you can attend a group. I've had clients set up GoFundMe pages for this purpose.
I also offer free grief support groups twice a year. Email me for details.
I'm working to develop more free and low-cost resources also, so please keep checking back on the website. While I would love to do this work completely pro bono, I do have three boys to feed, water, and educate... so... please bear with me while I get my act together!
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Resilience coach, speaker, and grief support specialist, Rachel E. Roth, has been studying grief and post-traumatic growth since her husband Noah died in 2012.
Rachel is known for her authentic and integrated approach to wholehearted living. Although her work is focused on navigating transition, loss, and adversity, her goal is to help people live with greater connection, conviction, and character. Her work offers pathways of hope and possibility for people who are navigating life’s seasons of joy and hardship, and learning to embrace the beauty and complexity of wholehearted living.
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