Jakob focuses on three core coaching and therapeutic approaches when providing coaching to young adults, including positive psychology, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and solution focused brief therapy.
How do these theories and approaches work?
Positive Psychology (PP)
In the past, the study of psychology focused on ‘what is wrong’ and how to fix it. Positive psychology, a relatively new science, focuses on ‘what is going right’ and how to nurture and develop it. Positive psychology is not a self-help movement based simply on ‘the power of positive thinking’, it is a science, backed by thousands of studies related to the question; how and why do people flourish?
Positive Psychology approaches have been used with young adults in a range of settings and have showed some amazing results. To read about how Positive Psychology has been used with young people in schools around the world click HERE.
When working with this theory, young adults can expect to complete a range of questionnaires that measure their personal traits and character strengths. Once this information is collected, they will participate in a range of activities and exercises that will support them learn more about themselves and build self esteem and confidence.
Research shows that being aware of your personal traits and strengths has the following positive affects:
– Increases life satisfaction and wellbeing
– Has a positive effect on relationships, career and goal setting
– Builds confidence, self-esteem and self-identity
A positive psychology approach to coaching provides the support young adults need to further develop their unique identity, uncover their hidden strengths, and learn to use them to meet any challenges that come their way.
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT is a third wave behavioral therapy approach, which combines the most effective elements of a range of existing therapies.
‘ACT is not just proven effective treatment for anxiety, stress, addictions, eating disordered, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder and a myriad other psychological issues. It’s also a revolutionary new way to view the human condition, packed full of exciting new tools, techniques and strategies for promoting profound behavioural change’ – Dr. Russ Harris (2009).
ACT is interested in aligning your life values with your behavior and your goals. These core values, once aligned, can be used in conjunction with a range of approaches including mindfulness and awareness training, to guide, motivate and inspire behavioural change.
When working with ACT, Jakob teaches young adults psychological skills and a common language for discussing the processes of their minds. This allows them to handle painful or uncomfortable thoughts and feelings more effectively and in a way that has much less impact or influence over their life, these are called mindfulness skills.
Learning and practicing mindfulness skills has a range of benefits including:
- The improved ability to manage stress and anxiety and anger levels
- The improved ability to handle painful thoughts, feelings, emotions, sensations and memories, in a way that has far less impact on your life
- Improved concentration and attention
- A common language to understand and discuss different processes of the mind
- Enhanced sense of self-love, empathy and compassion
Values re-alignment is another important part of the ACT work. This involves clarifying was truly important and meaningful to young adults and using this to guide, inspire and motivate them to set goals that enrich their lives and take action towards them.
Values re-alignment work involves undertaking a range of challenging but rewarding activities to re-discover personal values in a range of life domains. Once re-aligned, young adults are supported to set values directed goals leading to positive and sustainable change.
Supporting young adults to re-aligning with their values helps to give their life a sense of meaning and purpose and serves as a guide that will inspire and motivate them to build confidence and flourish.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
This approach is based around having quality goal setting conversations. Support is provided to discuss and develop goals that are inspiring, motivating and achievable to young adults. They are gently challenged to consider alternatives, dive deeper and uncover potential blind spots. Together we explore a range of questions, for example:
– What is currently happening and what needs to change?
– What options have you already tried?
– What are your roadblocks to success and how will you overcome these?
Learnings gained through Positive Psychology and ACT work will be called upon to ensure the goals are values guided and incorporate the use of character strengths. Once your goal is set we will put together an action plan and re-visit your progress over the coming weeks and months.
Through this time, Jakob gives young adults the support and accountability required to make real lasting change. Goals often shift or change and we may need to re-define the scope as progress occurs.
Having these quality goal setting conversations as a sounding board for progress, challenges and wins, will support young adults to grow and develop into their best possible selves.
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