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Scientific Tracks Abstracts: J Psychol Psychother
Counseling, coaching and short term therapy becomes more and more popular in Germany. The problems, wishes, requirements are vary in a wide range as well as the personalities, fates and experiences of the clients. It is challenging to build up a trustful client-coach-relationship in several hours, sort the demands of the clients, identify the main problem and root cause, find the best fitting technique and accompany the client through the process. Some clients report serious life events, negative experiences, irrational behavior and anxiety. Sometimes clients change their view on their problems, have strong negative emotions, produce transference, feel fury and become unstable during the coaching process. Although this is a progress it lowers the capability of the client for effective goal oriented work and cost time. The polyvagal-theory describes the three stages of the autonomous system the frozen state (dorsal vagus nerve), the flight-fight state (sympathicus) and the social engagement system SES (ventral vagus nerve) activation. Clients exhibit a preferred activation state for example the permanent action-oriented/fight mode of workaholic. The problems which suffer a client are mostly coupled with one of the flight-fight-freeze stress reaction which means with the dorsal vagus nerve or sympathicus activation. For the coaching process which bases on positive social interaction and re-learning with positive emotions the SES state is the most effective. This state can be reached quite quickly by safety mediating instructions and embodiment techniques which activates the SES related brain nerves. In contradiction to existing procedures positive affirmations and relaxation will be not used in the beginning of the process. The paper will explain the implications of the polyvagal-theory for effective short term counseling (coaching) and therapy investigations and it will present a concept for the activation of the SES in an early stage of the work with the clients.
Verena Hein has her professional qualification as Personal Coach 2006, Hypno-Coach 2007 and Therapist for dolphin assisted therapy 2012. She has graduated in BSc Psychology (2014) and presently studies at University Hagen (MSc Psychology). She works in her company 4academy since 2010 as Counselor/Personal and Business Coach. She is Dive Leader and offers special coaching concepts for scuba divers. In her first profession, she is a Scientist (Diplom Kristallograph, University Leipzig, 1988), works as Technical Coordinator for global projects in reliability of microelectronics. She uses her experience in industry to develop and to adapt coaching concepts for engineering offices and knowledge workers. Her special topics of interest are management complexity, encourage creativity, burnout prevention, stress and anxiety reduction.