What is Coaching Psychology?

by Peta Duncan on March 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Do you want to be the best version of yourself?

To be okay is well…………..okay. Wouldn’t it be better to be great…………fantastic………………fabulous?

Being guided by a coaching psychologist provides you with an opportunity to promote positive changes and direction in your life. Coaching psychology applies the principles of positive psychology to enhance your wellbeing in the absence of ill health. It’s about supporting people to set goals that are meaningful and align with their personal values and strengths. Positive psychology suggests that by aligning our goals with our core beliefs and values, we have a greater sense of purpose and psychological wellbeing.

Positive psychology addresses these three components:

  1. The Pleasant Life (positive emotions) – that is experiencing and cultivating a range of these positive emotions, such as hope, optimism, faith, trust and confidence.
  2. The engaged life – getting involved in your own life. Identifying your strengths and using these strengths in the activities that you engage in. The premise is, the better skilled you are at an activity, the easier it is and you gain more enjoyment out of it.
  3. The meaningful life – Using your strengths and virtues to become involved in something that is bigger than self.

At times people find themselves on a path heading in a direction away from their beliefs. That’s not to say that path is a bumpy or rocky, it’s just not their path. If you set your life goals according to someone else’s core beliefs and values, then you are less likely to experience true contented happiness.

Coaching is a collaborative process that allows for exploration of your own personal strengths and core beliefs and encourages identification of realistic, achievable goals that align closely with them. It is a supportive process whereby any potential or actual barriers to achieving these goals are identified and strategies to overcome these obstacles are addressed.  Successful coaching is dependent on the client’s readiness for change and commitment to an action orientated, outcome driven process.

“If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life” Abraham Maslow 1908-1970


Gale, Janette (2007). Health psychology meets coaching psychology in the practice of health coaching. InPsych. June.

Grant, A. M. & Cavanagh, M. J. (2007). Evidence-based coaching: Florishing or languishing? Australian Psychologist. 42(4). 239-254.

Seligman, M. E. P, Rashid, T. & Parks, A. C. (2006). Positive Psychotherapy. American Psychologist.  774-787.

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