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  • Writer's pictureHelen Burt Iain McCormick

Self Practice Self Reflection for Burnout

Many coaches see four or five clients a day for four or five days a week. The work requires endless concentration, empathy and compassion. Sometimes these things just run out! Job burnout is a form of work-related stress characterised by a state of physical and emotional exhaustion, a reduced sense of accomplishment and even a loss of personal identity.

What are the options for coaches to restore balance, take care of themselves and build their sense of achievement and identity? One option is self-practice/self reflection (SP/SR) which involves a group of likeminded coaches caring for each other and then reflecting on their experience. The fundamental idea is that coaches meet and help to coach each other, thus providing a safe, helpful environment to be open and vulnerable.

A typical programme could involve a small group of coaches (5 or 6) attending a one-day SP/SR programme and applying a coaching approach such as the GROW model (Goals, Reality, Options and Way Forward) to their own personal challenges and problems. After the course the group would be able to provide support and connection for each other as they need it.

If you are interested in learning more about this approach contact Dr Iain McCormick of the Executive Coaching Centre – 021 575449 or or Stewart Forsyth - 021 392 667 or

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Mar 05, 2020

Self care can be developed in a caring professional environment. Thanks Iain for clarifying the issues.

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