Episode 18: Coaching Through Sadness

When we experience difficult emotions like sadness, they can block our path to change, and that makes it increasingly difficult for us to want to take action in our lives. So as coaches, it's imperative that we know how to support our clients when they are experiencing challenging emotions, like sadness.
Coach with Clarity Podcast - Coaching Through Sadness

18: Coaching Through Sadness

Right now, there is so much going on in the world and I'm so honored that you would carve time out of your day to spend with me, listening to this show. Thank you so much, it means a great deal to me.

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Show Notes

Right now, there is so much going on in the world and I’m so honored that you would carve time out of your day to spend with me, listening to this show. Thank you so much, it means a great deal to me.

With all that is going on in the world right now, I’ve found both in coaching sessions, and with the members of the Coach with Clarity membership, lots of difficult and unwanted emotions are regularly surfacing. I believe every emotion serves a purpose and that whatever we are feeling is okay, but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's an emotion that we want to experience. To help us to process these emotions for ourselves and with our clients, I thought it would be helpful to explore them over the course of a few separate episodes, starting with sadness.

So when you're ready, I want you to take a deep breath, buckle up, and let's spend a little time exploring the emotion of sadness, what it is, what it means, how it can potentially serve us, and then as coaches how we can work with our clients to help them break through their sadness, and allow it to inspire action.

Topics covered

  • Why I don’t believe emotions are positive or negative
  • The unwanted emotions I’ve been dealing with recently
  • How unwanted emotions show up in our coaching practices
  • Why difficult emotions sometimes block our path to change
  • Differentiating between therapy and coaching
  • When to consider referring your client to a therapist
  • What is sadness?
  • Red flags that suggest depression versus sadness
  • The gift behind sadness
  • Common environmental and personal triggers for sadness
  • Four steps you should take when clients present with sadness
  • How to hold space for clients to emotionally express their sadness
  • Partnering with your clients to figure out what further action, if any, is needed
  • Creating a self-care plan for you to use after sessions

 

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TRANSCRIPT

Hey there, friend. Thank you for joining me for another episode of the Coach with Clarity podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, and I'm so honored that you are joining me here today because I know right now there is a lot going on in the world. And so the fact that you would carve time out of your day to spend it with me listening to this show means a great deal. So I want to open simply by saying thank you. Thank you for joining me. 

And because there is a lot going on in the world right now, I am finding that in the coaching I'm conducting with my clients and with the members of the Coach with Clarity membership, there are some difficult and unwanted emotions that are regularly surfacing. I've noticed that my clients have been experiencing emotions that many of us might call negative. 

I prefer to call them unwanted or maybe difficult, because truly, I don't believe that an emotion is good or bad, or positive or negative. I believe every emotion serves a purpose, and that whatever it is we are feeling, it's understandable and it's okay. But that doesn't necessarily mean that it feels pleasant or that it's an emotion that we want to experience. So rather than calling them negative emotions, I prefer to call them unwanted emotions or sometimes difficult emotions.

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