What are some typical reasons someone might work with a physician coach?

What are some typical reasons someone might work with a physician coach?

Coaching can help with a number of issues physicians and physician leaders commonly face. Here are some of the top ones:

• You feel stuck somewhere in your life and/or career and you need help figuring out and taking the next steps
• There’s a gap in skills, confidence, or resources needed to achieve professional success—as defined by you
• You have been told that you would benefit from coaching
• Loss of sense of purpose
• You want to advance your career and you’re not sure how to do so
• Anger, detachment, or other signs of burnout
• Assistance with negotiating terms of employment
• You are successful, but success is problematic or scary, or comes with unwanted expectations
• Improved work-life balance
• You want to enhance your emotional awareness and intelligence
• Identification of your core strengths and how best to leverage them in all areas of your life

Physician coaching provides a supportive and non-judgmental ally to assist you in overcoming whatever challenges you face. Give it a try… you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.

Coaching versus Therapy: Is There a Difference?

You bet! While both coaching and psychotherapy have a lot to offer, physician coaching is very different from psychotherapy. Psychotherapy looks at the past and the “why” of behavior. Psychological issues and emotions may come up in coaching, but physician coaching is less about the “why” and more about the simple reality of who you are today and about what is getting in the way of you living the full and satisfying work and personal life you deserve. Coaching requires motivation to change; it is often said that psychotherapy is for people who need to change while coaching is for people who want to change.

Coaching also involves a lot of laughter and playfulness, two things most physicians experience a shortage of in their professional and personal lives.

One thing that is the same is 100% confidentiality. In coaching, that is sacred.

In addition, coaching is all about moving forward and achieving results. The pace of change is much faster than in psychotherapy. Everyone has heard about people being in therapy for years and never changing. With coaching, you will find yourself growing and changing within the first few sessions. Both coaching and psychotherapy can be helpful but, if you are ready to make changes in your life, you will get results MUCH more rapidly with coaching. A few months of coaching can jump-start a refreshing new lease on life. That could take years of therapy.