Problem Solving

“More than anything, clients need to find resolutions to their own problems, as their own solutions
will always be the most powerful. However, to find these solutions, the client must first be able
to fully explore the problem and herself emotionally. The possible causes of the problem, the
ways in which the problem affects her life, and the consequences of avoiding it must all be
investigated. This is a very important process, as frequently clients are not aware of just how
much the problem is affecting their life. Further, the client may not be aware of underlying
feelings that contribute to the problem. It is only when able to discuss the problem fully, in the
presence of a nonjudging life coach, that she may become fully aware of these emotions. And in
order for the life coach to begin to ask the types of questions of the client that will help her begin
to explore herself, her life, and the problem, the life coach will first need to establish a safe place
for the client. Unconditional acceptance then allows the client to feel safe enough to begin to
explore her hidden feelings, but also lays the groundwork for the life coach to ask the types of
questions that will facilitate this process.”
From Environments for Change by Claire Dorotik