PRESENCE AND USE OF SELF


Gestalt-based coaching can be called “metamorphic” or “transformational” coaching in that it seeks to elicit client change through awareness, choice, and integration in ways that are profound, liberating, and self-sustaining. The coach’s work is to inspire and support clients’ capacity to access courage, energy, hope, and perseverance on their journey to new possibilities. The coach’s presence and use of self are key variables in that work which exceed any particular conceptual model or procedural tool. Presence is a quality of self-identity that embodies our visceral, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual learnings, and the values and wisdom we have accrued. Use of self is knowing when and how to best leverage one’s presence in service of the client’s learning and goals.