"When nothing is sure, everything is possible" -Margaret Drabble
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart" -Confucius
"The most important things in life are the connections you make with others" -Tom Ford
Coaching for the Healthcare Professional
SOUL HONEY COACHING:
As a highly trained, dedicated professional, you spend your days taking care of others and often your nights worrying about them. You have devoted your life to your calling. Yet, if asked the question, "Do you love what you do?", you may find yourself answering, "Yes, but only parts of it." Does this sound strangely familiar? If so, I get it, because I share the sentiment, and it is very common among healthcare professionals today. You went into healthcare to serve others, to help people heal so that they are able to live vibrant and healthy lives- and, that is the part you love! In fact, if I gave you the opportunity to share stories about your favorite and most challenging patients, I just know that you would "light up" and quickly be reminded of why you were drawn to this work in the first place- the why behind what you do.
The trouble is, as we all know too well, we are all spending a lot more time on things that have very little to do with taking care of patients. This can begin to feel burdensome, overwhelming, and generally fails to provide fulfillment. As a consequence, we risk losing our joy; and worse yet, this often translates into dissatisfaction and poor outcomes in our patients, as well as disconnection from our family and friends.
The bottom line is that something must change. Certainly, there is much in our healthcare system that is broken and must be corrected in order to provide optimal healthcare for our patients. And, at the risk of sounding cliché, I would offer to you that you are perfectly positioned "to be that change" .
It is my belief that our power lies within in us and reveals itself to the world, not in our actions, but rather in how we hold ourselves (our being) and in our compassion for self and others- it's in how we show up.
I want to encourage you to get very curious and honest about how you are showing up. In what ways can you begin to create positive change from the inside out? And, if you are really ready to breathe some life back into your life and career and to look at your circumstances with fresh eyes, consider adding your own personal champion, partner, and guide- invest in a life coach. I would love to visit with you about the tools and resources that are available to you through Soul Honey Coaching. One thing I know for certain is that you have the wisdom and experience that you need to gracefully navigate your way back to that place of joy and fulfillment, and as your professional life coach, I would be honored to guide you and champion you on your journey.
Contact me via phone or email with questions or to set up your complimentary coaching session.
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"Betsy offers a valuable service for those who feel trapped in circumstances outside their control. Her insight and ability to meet people where they are at lays a groundwork for success. Coaching has helped me cope in spite of my circumstances. I have learned ways of peace in chaos. I now realize that I have more power & ability to face challenge."
" All of our sessions were by phone, which I was hesitant about at first, but Betsy made me feel completely comfortable and at ease. Her calm thoughtful questions made me identify and rethink many of the automatic assumptions I have made throughout my life that are no longer serving me. Of the most value to me is, that after coaching, I am more focused on what I really want the purpose of my life to be."
"Working with Betsy has allowed me to identify various area in my life that I want to improve. I have been able to work through some blocks in my life that have kept me "stuck". I've started to trust my intuition and not get stuck in my head. For someone not sure about coaching, I would encourage them to be open to the possibility, to allow for positive change into your life."
LIFE AND CAREER COACHING
For Physicians & other Healthcare Professionals
You may be just starting your career in medicine, you may be mid-career, or perhaps you are contemplating retirement. You have unique challenges, needs and goals for your career, your family and your future. As your personal coach, I would love to help you move from where you are today to where you most want to be.
Standard Coaching Package:
Complimentary Introductory Session includes:
One 30-minute coaching session and a 30-minute Q & A
Your first month includes:
One 90-minute Discovery Session and
one 60-minute Coaching Session which
may be split into two 30-minute sessions
Successive months include:
Two 60-minute Coaching Sessions which
may be split into four 30-minute sessions
Email support available between sessions
STUDENT COACHING PACKAGE
For Residents & Medical Students
There are so many things that you can do to positively position yourself now so that stress, burnout and work-life balance issues don't control you. A life coach can help you navigate this challenging time. This is an investment in your future, your life, and ultimately your happiness.
Student Coaching Package:
Complimentary Introductory Coaching Session includes:
One 30-minute coaching session and a 30 minute Q&A
Your first month includes:
One 60-minute Discovery Session and two 30-minute coaching sessions
Successive months include:
Three 30-minute coaching sessions
Email support available between sessions
COACHING RATES AND PACKAGES
I have coaching packages available for both the practicing healthcare professional and the student or resident. All of my coaching packages are flexible and fully customizable depending on the circumstances and experiences of each specific client.
Your Questions Answered
HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M BURNED OUT?
Burnout has been described as the inverse of wellness. Wellness is the state of good physical, mental, and emotional health, which puts burnout on the other end of that spectrum.
Many providers are somewhere in the middle, exhibiting some or all of these signs of burnout:
* Emotional Exhaustion- feeling emotionally depleted and no longer able to give to others emotionally
* Depersonalization/Cynicism- having a distant or uncaring attitude toward patients and work
* A Low Sense of Personal Accomplishment- a tendency to negatively regard yourself and your accomplishments at work.
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms of burnout, you are at higher risk for increased clinical errors, decreased empathy for your patients, diminished patient satisfaction and reduced patient adherence to your treatment recommendations. Not to mention, you are at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and suicide.
Take this Burnout Quiz to see if you are burned out and to receive a FREE Burnout Prevention Workbook.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I CAN DO RIGHT NOW TO START DEALING WITH THE OVERWHELM?
When you are feeling overwhelmed, your body has likely engaged your sympathetic nervous system and your "fight or flight" reflex is running the show. With a flood of adrenaline and cortisol coursing through your body, your brain is literally not capable of resourcefulness or logical thinking.
First of all, DO NOT create more "TO DO's", as this serves only to stress you out further. Find things that you are already doing on a regular basis and just make simple shifts in the way you approach these things. This will serve to calm you and return you to a more centered and resourceful place.
I recommend that you start with your breathing and your listening.
BREATHE. Take the time to breathe several slow, deep breaths and fully oxygenate your brain. You will begin to think more clearly and respond more positively- avoiding hasty reactions that can get you into trouble. This is also a terrific tool for centering yourself before or after a challenging patient or interaction.
LISTEN. You already do a lot of listening, so what is so special about it? I challenge you to slow down and really LISTEN to someone today. Get curious about what they have to say, don't interject your own thoughts or opinions, and really notice what is being said and what is not being said. Do this with a colleague, a spouse, your child, or even a patient and just notice the impact both on you and the other person when you listen with the intention to really HEAR.
WHAT IS LIFE COACHING AND HOW WILL IT BENEFIT ME?
Partnering with a life coach is a unique opportunity to take an honest look at where you are in your life (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually), and with your eyes and heart wide open, looking toward the life of your dreams. You will begin the journey by getting really clear on your personal values and connecting with your most genuine self- the YOU that is courageous, confident, knowing and wise.
Life Coaching is all about being the real you, making powerful, meaningful choices, and moving with purpose into a life of fulfillment and balance.
The Bottom Line: You already have what it takes to navigate this world, but you may be needing a personal champion, a Life Coach, to remind you of your strengths, to assist you as you make your plan, and to provide some accountability so you can get "unstuck" and on with your best life.
Working with a Life Coach, you will put some new tools in your "Resiliency Toolbox" and be on your way to building a healthier and more fulfilled future.
Life Coach and Physician
Betsy is a Life and Career Coach, a Family Physician with over 15 years of clinical practice, a wife of over 20 years to her high school sweetheart, and a mother of two lovely daughters.
After many years as a busy physician, wife and mother, Betsy began to feel the impact of her struggle to create balance in her life. Trying to “do it all” resulted in less than optimal health, mood, and overall effectiveness at work and at home. She found herself in pure survival mode, and she wanted more.
In her quest to recapture her joy, Betsy ultimately elected to take a break from her clinical practice of medicine. She now finds herself in what she calls her "sweet spot"- perfectly positioned to fulfill her life purpose in service to others as both a physician and a life and career coach.
Betsy trained with the Coaches Training Institute and she is a certified professional Co-Active Coach. Through coaching, she has the pleasure of working with individuals who have a deep desire to contribute to this world in powerful and meaningful ways, both at home and in the workplace.
Betsy loves working with students, physicians and other healthcare professionals as they navigate the uncertain terrain of today’s healthcare arena. She is passionate about the role that coaching plays in setting healthcare professionals up to thrive.
Contact me with any thoughts or questions that you have. I would love to hear from you!
Let me me know if you are interested in exploring coaching for yourself. I would love to schedule a complimentary sample coaching session with you.
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