What is Trauma Sensitive Coaching?
Trauma sensitive coaching (TSC) starts from a trauma informed perspective, which moves away from asking, “What’s wrong with you?” to focus on “What’s happened to you?” TSC goes beyond the trauma informed perspective and asks, “What’s right with you? What’s working well?” TSC goes beyond an individual focus and incorporates the need for social justice. TSC recognizes that providers need the process of self-care and community care to support them in their work.
Focuses on fostering well-being and growth rather than eliminating symptoms
The first stages of recovering from trauma often focuses on reducing the symptoms of PTSD, and that’s valuable and necessary work. It’s also necessary to recognize that you are much more than your experience of trauma. We know that it is possible to lead a richer, more meaningful life after experiencing trauma. The goal is not to deny the effects of having been wounded. The goal is to heal like the Japanese practice of Kintsugi, mending broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks of ceramic ware, leaving it more beautiful than it was originally.
Explores the context of trauma, highlighting systemic issues and the need for social justice.
Often, we are expected to learn to cope and take care of our selves in ways that allow the people around us to be comfortable and in ways that support the systems we live and work in. Instead, we can recognize that trauma is not an individual experience. It happens in systems that support it and even inflict it. The goal of TSC is to take care of our selves well enough that we can change the oppressive systems around us and create communities of support for each other. This calls us to use a social justice perspective as our guide and to include the most marginalized groups among us in our movement forward.
Supports providers in self-care and community care to reduce secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.
We often view survivors of trauma and providers of services as if they were two distinct groups of people. The professionals are “over here,” the clients “over there.” But most of us are exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, whether they are experienced directly or indirectly. The circumstances that foster thriving and the kind of care that nurtures growth are the same. That doesn’t mean I, in the role of provider, share my trauma experiences with you. It means I am called to practice the skills and use the tools that support my own healing and growth.
I became a Whole Person Certified Coach in December, 2018, bringing over 20 years experience as a therapist to this new adventure. As a therapist, I worked primarily with people who experienced lots of trauma in childhood, or ACESs, Adverse Childhood Events. I learned ways to help my clients work through the lingering impact of trauma on their lives and my clients helped me understand their pathways to healing. I’m deeply grateful for the people who shared their experiences with me, and awed at the strength and resilience of my clients.
As a coach, I accompany people on the next steps of their healing journey. The focus shifts from reducing symptoms to building skills and nurturing well-being. The term “Post-Traumatic Growth” is fairly new, but “becoming stronger in the broken places” is not a new concept. I walk with you as you find ways to build a life that lets you thrive.
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“Fausta is a great listener with a calm and soothing demeanor. She will always give you the space you need to do your inner work while gently guiding you and providing support along the way.
“Fausta is an incredibly warm and empathetic listener who brings a genuine curiosity to her work. I especially appreciate her ability to step into my perspective and stay with me as I search for solutions that work for me…
“ Fausta’s approach always causes introspection and builds a framework for a mindful and thoughtful approach to the most difficult issues I’ve encountered in life.“
“Although there are occasions when it is more pronounced and awful and occasions when it is actually horrific, trauma does not just happen to a few unlucky people. It is the bedrock of our biology.
~~ Mark Epstein
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