“I came into this course with a rudimentary knowledge of Coaching from an 8-month Eating Psychology Coaching online course around nourishment, and little practical experience. I was not sure what to expect, particularly given my own recovery experience through AA. What drew me to Coaching was the inherent premise that , in the wellness universe, we are all whole and unbroken and that we have the ability to solve our issues if we only dared to explore our own thoughts. I was also attracted by my own belief that there must other be ways to help people in the different stages of addiction than those centered on the debate of “are you and addict or not”? Recovery Coaching seemed to offer that possibility.

The Recovery Coach training has given me a firm grounding in Coaching: the theory and practice and provides an excellent springboard into the world of the Integral Coach which is where I would like to go. I love the idea of the Co-Active coaching model, the power of open questions and limiting assumptions, and the fact that our greatest skills as a coach lie in our ability to listen. I come from a profession that likes to shout first and shout again later: coaching has introduced me to the power of silence. It is so easy feel the need to interrupt, put words in the mouths of others and try and look smart by projecting one’s will at all opportunities.  The Co-Active Model of Intervention suggests that our role as Recovery Coaches operates both in the culture of addiction and through the other side into a culture of recovery. This hope is what excites me: that we don’t have to hit rock bottom, and that there is help on the other side. I suspect it was this philosophy that challenged my thinking most after the very first session.”

 – Thoby Solheim