Systemic Coaches consider human beings as being in many ways richly multifaceted in a world itself richly multifaceted, where everything somehow interacts with everything. Human beings will therefore always be considered in their context. On one hand, every human is part of many "systems" like his or her romantic relationship, family, workplace, recreation or sports clubs, a judicial system, a society, a town or city, humanity. When a human being changes, it affects all systems in which she or he takes part, and vice-versa - like touching a part of a mobile. When a system triggers changes within a person that cause unease or pain, that person may change the system, if that is possible, or leave the system. But there are mor alternatives: the person may also make sense to develop the strength to endure the discomfort of what cannot be changed, at least not within a short timespan. And perhaps this person will learn to transfigure these difficulties into resources, e.g. by developing an acceptance and managing to distil the teachings and experiences contained within the current situation and thus receiving what life actually wants to teach or tell through it, which might well be outside the comfort zone. Or he or she might realise that, albeit not being able to change the whole system, there still is an operating area of personal influence within the system where the individual has very much latitude to act efficiently and change things instead of cultivating a self-corroding sense of powerlessness. Indeed, even the "great and powerful" have their servitudes, and even their range of influence and action meets many limitations. On the other hand, a human being is not all of a piece, but made of many moving parts. Often it is the context that activates this part rather than that one. When we talk to two different people, we are ourself two different people - does that feeling sound familiar? Some of these parts have the full maturity of the person itself, sometimes even beyond, whilst others may well have remained at an earlier maturity stage. Or it may be that some given contexts (e.g., certain types of relationship) make them freeze into old patterns and automated behaviours. When that happens, the resources held by these parts usually slip out of reach and are unavailable for a while. But nothing is definitive. The following realisation alone may suffice to trigger a beginning liberation from old patterns and a return to a self-reliant life in full awareness: "I am not this or that, I only acknowdlede that in the present moment, in this present context, a part of me becomes like this or that." We are so much more than that single part that is active in this moment. Then, parts of ourselves might refuse to cooperate with each other or even impede each other or enter outright conflict or a stall in a polarised state. Such a state often stubbornly blocks any change, produces nothing, yet uses up lots of available energy. We may then feel a state of "inner disruption" oder "inner conflict" or a "blockade". When we work with these suffering parts, bring them into light, and let them express their deep motivations and intentions and possibly find appeasement, it might be that much of the energy formerly captured by that inner conflict is becoming available again for conducting a more fulfilling life. The next time you feel something that you would want to express with metaphors like "a part of me sees / feels / thinks this, and another part sees / feels / thinks that", do not hesitate to consider this partition seriously, even literally instead of metaphorically. Each of us is many parts - and that assumption is where many models and techniques of Systemic Coaching start. As these parts find their real place within the individual and the harmony of the total increases, we acquire more flexibility and awareness and even virtosity in conducting our life. Perhaps you feel that the polarisations and opposites that you see in the world rouse diffuse polarisations and opposites in yourself and that this is no pleasant sensation. Working with a systemic coach tends to make inner parts visible, name them, and try to make them communicate and reconcile and reunite again. In case of success, you may experience that those outside conflicts and the general "state of the world" affect and upset you less because they do not activate some inner conflicts anymore. There are many tools and methods we can use to work together. Among these, there are those listed below. Please be aware that some of theses models are originally therapies, but that we do no not use them for therapy but only extract the tools that are actually useful in coaching.
Conversation techniques, immobile and in movement Mindfulness techniques Framework and tools from ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Introvision (an add-on to ACT) Systemic Constellations Developing the autonomous Directing Self and reintegrating frozen or conflicting parts Integral Approach - the 9 maturity stages of individuals an organisations Imaginary journeys in light trance (hypnosis)
Age recessions and timeline travelling from a meta position Core-Transformation Working with the Inner Child(ren) Clarifying and developing life goals, e.g. with the Disney method or the "burner plate" method Identifying deep individual values and separating them from roles, to empower a life committed to your truest values instead of roles and outer expectations Models for teams and organisations
 What is Systemic Coaching?

Alexander Hohmann

Systemic Coach in Freiburg (Black Forest)

Systemic Coaches consider human beings as being in many ways richly multifaceted in a world itself richly multifaceted, where everything somehow interacts with everything. On one hand, every human is part of many "systems" like his or her romantic relationship, family, workplace, recreation or sports clubs, a judicial system, a society, a town or city, humanity. When a human being changes, it affects all systems in which she or he takes part, and vice-versa - like touching a part of a mobile. When a system triggers changes within a person that cause unease or pain, that person may change the system, if that is possible, or leave the system. But it may also make sense to develop the strength to endure the discomfort of what cannot be changed, at least not in a short timespan. And perhaps this person will learn to transfigure these difficulties into resources, e.g. by developing an acceptance and managing to distil the teachings and experiences contained within the current situation and thus receiving what life actually wants to teach or tell through it. Or he or she might realise that, albeit not being able to change the whole system, there still is an operating area within the system where the individual has very much latitude to act efficiently and change things instead of cultivating a self- corroding sense of powerlessness. Because even the "great and powerful" have their servitudes and even their range of action meets many limitations. On the other hand, a human being is not all of a piece, but made of many moving parts. Often it is the context that activates this part rather than that one. When we talk to two different people, we are ourself two different people - does that feeling sound familiar? Some of these parts have the full maturity of the person itself, sometimes even beyond, whilst others may well have remained at an early maturity stage. Or it may be that some given contexts make them freeze into old patterns and automated behaviours. When that happens, the resources held by these parts usually are out of reach and unavailable for a while. But nothing is definitive. The following realisation alone may suffice to trigger a liberation from old patterns and a return to a self-reliant life in full awareness: "I am not this or that, I only acknowdlede that in the present moment, in this present context, a part of me becomes like this or that." We are so much more than that single part that is active in this moment. Then, parts of ourselves might refuse to cooperate with each other or even impede each other or enter outright conflict, in a polarised state. Such a state often stubbornly blocks any change, produces nothing, yet uses up lots of available energy. We may then feel a state of "inner disruption" oder "inner conflict" or a "blockade". When we work with these suffering parts, bring them into light, and let them express their deep motivations and intentions and possibly find appeasement, it might be that much of the energy captured by that inner conflict is made available for conducting a more fulfilling life. The next time you feel something that you would want to express with metaphors like "a part of me sees / feels / thinks this, and another part sees / feels / thinks that", do not hesitate to consider this partition seriously, even literally instead of metaphorically. Each of us is many parts - and that assumption is where many models and techniques of Systemic Coaching start. As these parts find their real place within the individual and the harmony of the total increases, we acquire more flexibility and awareness and even virtosity in conducting our life. Perhaps you feel that the polarisations and opposites that you see in the world rouse diffuse polarisations and opposites in yourself and that this is no pleasant sensation. Working with a systemic coach tends to make inner parts visible, name them, and try to make them communicate and reconcile and reunite again. In case of success, you may experience that those outside conflicts and the general "state of the world" affect and upset you less because they do not activate some inner conflicts anymore. There are many tools and methods we can use to work together. Among these, there are those listed below. Please be aware that some of theses models are originally therapies, but that we do no not use them for therapy but only extract the tools that are actually useful in coaching.
What is Systemic Coaching?
Conversation techniques, immobile and in movement Mindfulness techniques Framework and tools from ACT - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Introvision Systemic Constellations Developing the autonomous Directing Self and reintegrating frozen or conflicting parts Integral Approach - the 9 maturity stages of individuals an organisations Imaginary journeys in light trance (hypnosis) Age recessions and timeline travelling from a meta position Core-Transformation Working with the Inner Child(ren) Clarifying and developing life goals, e.g. with the Disney method or the "burner plate" method Identifying deep individual values and separating them from roles, to empower a life committed to your truest values instead of roles and outer expectations Models for teams and organisations
Alexander Hohmann Systemic Coach in Freiburg (Black Forest)
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