Yes, TCP is trauma-informed and you will learn not only how to identify the markers of trauma, but also how to approach trauma sensitively and constructively when it presents.
Regarding trauma, TCP draws from the work of Bessel van der Kolk (treating trauma), Richard Schwartz (Internal Family Systems), Gabor Maté (healing the root of trauma), Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Thomas Hübl (healing collective trauma), Deb Dana (Polyvagal Theory and trauma), Daniel Siegel (Interpersonal Neurobiology), as well as knowledge from healing practices in the field of transpersonal psychology, such as applied mindfulness, breathwork and psychedelic assisted therapies.
Since our unique form of coaching utilizes transpersonal states and perspectives, these coaching processes frequently enter the grey zone – where therapy and coaching intersect. We train our coaches to hold this liminal space with care, compassion and open awareness. In so doing, the root causes of clients’ issues may be unveiled, including deep wounds and trauma, if that exists for the client.
Traditional forms of coaching steer away from confronting those underlying issues, sometimes leaving the client feeling fragmented and confused, but we in transpersonal coaching recognize that these phenomena cannot be ignored and that it’s not always appropriate for the coach to immediately refer a client to a therapist that the client is not familiar with, when they have entrusted the coach to help them. In these cases, compassionate support and guidance for integration are crucial, and this is one of the hallmarks of our transpersonal coaching approach.
Transpersonal coaches also know their limits in terms of professional expertise and they are able to identify if the client should be referred for more clinical care.