October Coaching Conversation: What to do when a client's past trauma impacts future growth

When: 10/19/2021 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Underlying core beliefs influence thoughts and feelings which influence actions and behaviors. What do you do when the client's growth goals and strategies are being derailed by limiting beliefs created from past trauma or abuse? How do you ground yourself effectively to create a safe space when energy shifts and evidence of a deeper, unhealthy pattern emerges? Where do you take the line of inquiry when new layers of mental and emotional trauma become evident, even to the client themselves? How do you determine what you can do to coach a trauma survivor and when you need to refer?

This presentation will build awareness around the prevalence of trauma and abuse that is hidden "below the waterline" of the human iceberg. By exploring ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how neuroscience continues to expand awareness of the mind-body connection, we will increase understanding and decrease the stigma that often surrounds this topic. A case study is offered to demonstrate how limiting beliefs are created through trauma and how memories are suppressed until the body is forced to release them. Examples of shifting behaviors and grounding elements are provided illustrating change management principles. Coaching competencies of Listening Actively, Cultivating Trust, Maintaining Presence, Evoking Awareness, Facilitating Client Growth and Demonstrating Ethical Practices are explored to deepen these skills to more effectively serve clients whose limiting beliefs and unhealthy patterns must be examined to move into a desired future.

CCEUs will be available: 1 Core Competencies CCEUs

Meet Your Presenters: Tambry Harris, ACC

Spiritual director and life coach who helps others claim their best selves by looking at their innate character strengths, limiting beliefs, and deepest desires to intentionally embrace their whole selves and claim a wholehearted, meaningful life.  Twenty years of coaching and seven years of spiritual direction translate into her work with survivors of sexual abuse through the Going Forward: Survivors to Thrivers (GFS2T) organization.  Masters in Applied Psychology and certifications in Leadership Coaching, Spiritual Direction, Change Management, and Diversity provide a grounded foundation to serve these beautiful souls.  Her organization, GFS2T, provides individual guidance, small group retreats, and speaking engagements to bring awareness to the shame and silence of abuse and trauma. Tambry's Book: Awakening the Light: A Survivors to Thrivers Going-Forward Story (A 2020 American Book Fest Best Book Finalist)  This story of wounding, struggle, and healing encourages survivors to understand their limiting beliefs, unhealthy patterns and claim their going-forward stories. Tambry's experiences, concepts, and heart shine light into the darkness that surrounds sexual abuse and domestic violence.  Section I invites reader into the author's story by asking reflection questions. Together, author and reader walk through the stages of forming, launching, evolving, awakening, claiming, and thriving.  Section II focuses on the reader's exploration and moves through a mindful process of exploring the main character of the story, the reader, and seeing that person more holistically, maybe even more compassionately than ever before. The reader claims a vision for future life-giving chapters. To learn more, please visit