Episode 80: Trauma-Sensitive Coaching with Lisa Kuzman

As coaches, I believe it’s our ethical obligation to be trauma-sensitive so that we can show up and serve our clients powerfully and safely. Lisa Kuzman joins me on this episode to talk about what it means to be trauma-sensitive, what it looks like to bring a trauma-sensitive approach to our work, and more.

80: Trauma-Sensitive Coaching with Lisa Kuzman

Most of us have been affected by trauma in some way, whether we ourselves are trauma survivors or through someone we're connected to. That's why I believe that as coaches, it's our ethical obligation to be trauma-sensitive so that we can show up and serve our clients powerfully and safely.

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Show Notes

Most of us have been affected by trauma in some way, whether we ourselves are trauma survivors or through someone we're connected to. That's why I believe that as coaches, it's our ethical obligation to be trauma-sensitive so that we can show up and serve our clients powerfully and safely.

If you're not familiar with the term trauma-sensitive or you're wondering what it looks like to be a trauma-sensitive coach, this episode is for you. I'm joined by Lisa Kuzman, the go-to expert for all things related to trauma-sensitive coaching.

Lisa Kuzman is an outdoor-loving, craft-beer sipping, leadership coach for people of influence who wants to make trauma-sensitive education just as exciting as a 6-figure launch. She is also a former clinical social worker with 15 years of mental health experience. As a trauma survivor herself, Lisa's mission is to share the power of her knowledge and understanding with as many people as humanly possible.

In the course of the episode, we talk about trauma and indirectly reference sexual assault and sexual abuse. This can be a triggering topic so I want to give you the opportunity to choose if, when, and where to listen to this interview.

Topics covered

  • Who is Lisa Kuzman?
  • What coaches need to understand about trauma-sensitive coaching
  • The three foundational pieces we should prioritize for our clients
  • Consent at every turn
  • The important distinction between trauma-informed therapists and trauma-sensitive coaches
  • How clients’ trauma histories are at play in our work
  • Signs that your client might benefit from trauma-informed therapy instead of coaching
  • Getting clear on how your history shows up in your work as a coach
  • Why Lisa is so passionate about trauma-sensitive coaching

Resources mentioned

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TRANSCRIPT

 

Well, hello, my friend. Welcome to the Coach with Clarity podcast. My name is Lee Chaix McDonough, and today's episode, woo, is a good one. I am so excited to share it with you. My guest today is Lisa Kuzman. She is the go-to expert for all things related to trauma sensitive coaching. Now, if you are not familiar with the term “trauma sensitive”, or if you're wondering, “Wait, what does it look like to incorporate trauma into coaching? I thought that was the auspices of therapy”. Well, then you definitely need to listen to my interview with Lisa. We cover all of the basics: What does it mean to be trauma sensitive? How does that differ from being trauma informed? And what do we as coaches need to know about trauma when we're working with clients? And what does it look like to bring a trauma sensitive approach to the work that we do? Lisa and I cover so much in this interview. And personally, I think this needs to be mandatory listening for every coach out there. Because the fact is, most of us have been affected by trauma in some form or fashion. Whether we ourselves are trauma survivors, or whether we live, work with, or love someone who has experienced trauma. It is a part of our lives. And as coaches, it is our obligation, our ethical obligation, to be trauma sensitive so that we can show up and serve our clients powerfully and safely. And safety is something that Lisa and I talked about at length in this episode. Now a quick heads up, because we are talking about trauma sensitive coaching, we are talking about trauma. And we do have some indirect references to sexual assault and sexual abuse. We do not share any specific examples of abuse or trauma. But because I know that this can be a triggering topic for many people, I just wanted to give you a heads up before you listen to today's episode so that you can choose if, when, and where to listen to it. And now it is my honor to introduce you to Lisa Kuzman.

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