I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Brandon Baker with Life Coach Path and National Coach Academy.
The National Coach Academy’s main objective is to enable aspiring coaches to reach their full professional potential. One of the most effective ways to educate students about the world of coaching is by offering them a window into the world of real, practicing coaches and showing them all the different ways coaches make a difference in the lives of their clients.
NCA: Can you describe your coaching practice and the kinds of clients you typically work with?
Andrea: I am a Gestaltist. I do personal and emotional work co-actively with my horses. I help heal the unfinished business from someone’s past traumas.
Gestalt is a German word that means “wholeness.” We hear what’s going on in the present moment, the horses and I, and then figure out what happened in the past. That may be something recent or it may be as far back as some sort of childhood trauma.
I believe that we all have trauma. It’s just a matter of how it affects us. You and I could experience the same event and it would transfer to each of us differently depending on our age, our life experiences, the filter we see through — things of that nature. Something as little as somebody telling you that you’re fat and ugly. If it came from somebody with authority and depending on your age of development, you could easily suck that in and believe that whereas somebody who is 15 or 17 and hears that same thing would go, “Yeah, whatever. You mean nothing to me.” and move on.
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