Integral Coaching is an ongoing, evolving methodology intended to be the most
comprehensive response to human life.
Its practitioners reach deeply into the past, gathering wisdom from East and West, while still staying current with the frontiers of new discovery in cognitive science, genetics, and other disciplines.
We call our work integral because we include everything about the client and the client’s world in our coaching. This includes what the client is aware of along with her potential—what could be brought about through focused, skillful methods. Our coaches bring forth a view of the client that includes how the client represents herself and also investigates her social world, habits, relationship with her body, the quality of self-care, the amount of attention and energy available to take on change, and much more.
The method attends to the individuality of the person as well as the social context in which he is always embedded. Our individuality includes our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and intentions as well as everything that is happening to us physiologically. Our social context includes the language(s) we speak, the culturally specific practices we engage in, the relationships we are a part of and the history of the groups we belong to. Additionally, we are always in a shared physical environment that includes nature and human artifacts, and our background, sense of possibility and our mood are shaped by the physical space we’re in.
In the most straightforward terms, coaching means building someone’s competence to better face their life circumstances. Practically speaking, successful coaching leaves people with the following outcomes:
In action, this means coaches understand their clients with great depth and scope, converse with them in a way that opens up insights and possibilities, and offer a path forward that includes activities custom-designed for them.
Addressing the inner and outer world of the individual and the inner and outer world of the groups of which they are a part opens up a huge template in which coaching can occur. Working this broadly requires coaches who can understand how each of these human domains operates, both singularly and in their combinations.