Coaching is regarded as a process that aims to get someone from where they are to where they want to be and is frequently carried out via structured one to one conversations. Many of the principles of coaching lie in the psychology of Carl Rogers and Gerard Egan, and cross over from the world of sport too. A well-referenced resource is “The Inner Game of Tennis” by Timothy Gallwey – the revolutionary thinking that uses humanistic psychology to suggest “one gets out of your own way to let your best game emerge” – in life, as in sport. As a relationship coach, Steve Potiphar, director at Gabriel, continues to maintain continuous professional development to evolve thinking and practices not as a “purist” and blends approaches to suit the uniqueness of the situation he finds himself in with male and female clients. Clients will find him as a person that is not afraid to experiment and to bring insights gained from his own relationship experiences.
Coaching has a rich and established pedigree utilising the skills of listening, questioning, being supportive but challenging and helping individuals clarify their thoughts. Coaching can help move individuals from outside their comfort zone to fully realise their potential and provoke change in the context of their personal relationships. As a coach, Steve takes time to focus on the thoughts and feelings of the individual client, with an investment made in understanding and exploring. Relationship coaching is not about providing a standard list of advice to improve an individual’s relationships but it is about finding the right approach for each individual to achieve what they desire. This might involve building methodology and skills in order to realise goals.