Transforming Healthcare Coaching
Transforming Healthcare Coaching

Episode 12: Debunking Coaching Myths in Healthcare

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Welcome to the Transforming Healthcare Coaching Podcast! In this episode, hosted by Klaus Grim, we dive into the world of healthcare coaching with guest speakers Amy Bubser, a life transition and career coach, and Griselda Anguiano, a mental health pediatrician and certified professional coach. They discuss common misconceptions about coaching, particularly within the healthcare field, and how it can significantly improve both personal and professional lives. From debunking the myth of self-care as selfishness to explaining the differences between coaching and therapy, this episode is filled with practical insights on how coaching can help healthcare professionals achieve their goals. Don’t miss out on this valuable conversation that can empower you to thrive at work and in life. Tune in, subscribe, and take the first step towards transforming your healthcare journey!

Lillian: Welcome to the transforming healthcare coaching podcast, where we bring you guidance and coaching perspectives so that you can level up in your life and work.
Klaus Grim: I’m Klaus Grim, your host for today’s episode and I’m thrilled to be here with you today. Our mission at Transforming Healthcare Coaching is to revolutionize healthcare by empowering clinicians and leaders like you to thrive both at work and in life. I’m excited to introduce to you our guest speakers today.
Amy Bubser: Hi, my name is Amy, Life Transition and Career Coach. From mind body therapist to an ultrasound technologist, I’ve worked hands on with thousands of clients. I understand the challenges of balancing work and self care, especially in the healthcare field. We work together to ignite your inner motivations and line up your goals with your career and your personal life sometimes a simple shift is all it takes.
Grizelda Anguiano: Hello, I’m Griselda Anguiano, mental health pediatrician and certified professional coach. My passion lies in partnering to empower parents as they navigate the joys and challenges of raising neurodiverse children, or as they themselves seek support for their own neurodiversity. Through a holistic and collaborative approach, I strive to foster resilience, understanding, and growth in families.
Klaus Grim: And I’m an emergency medicine and urgent care physician assistant and clinical assistant professor practicing in the Boston area. I enjoy partnering with healthcare professionals across all specialties, students and frontline workers to empower them to thrive in their personal and professional lives by reclaiming joy at home and at work and turning their life goals into reality.
So today we’re talking about misconceptions in coaching. And can you share some common misconceptions people have about coaching, especially in the context of healthcare professionals?
Amy Bubser: So there’s a really big myth in taking care of oneself. And that is the saying, I am selfish if I just focus on myself. And it seems to be a very common one that people think that if they are spending so much time and energy and money on themselves that it’s really taking away from other people.
Klaus Grim: Yeah, I think that’s huge that a lot of people don’t find the need to take care of themselves. And yeah, that’s a misconception that, they’re taking away from others. And I think that’s that level four energy that we talk a lot about in our coaching that, when we care for a lot of other people it has this kind of disadvantage too, that you can suffer from this level four energy and it’s that, you give so much to others that you’re not giving to yourself.
Amy Bubser: The metaphor for that is, when you’re on an airplane and they talk about, if you need oxygen, put the oxygen mask on yourself first, you can’t help others if you don’t have the oxygen yourself. And that is really the best way to help other people is to give yourself that oxygen primarily so that you can take care of other people.
So it actually proves that myth. It’s a myth buster because it’s not selfish.
Grizelda Anguiano: So another misconception is that life coaching is only for those who are struggling or failing. And so maybe some people might not want to come and say I’m not having problems or why are they trying to, recommend I go get coaching, but actually anyone can, tap into their higher potential to those higher energies and outperform what even what they thought they could do.
Klaus Grim: Yeah. Another thing that’s coming up for me as well, I think Griselda, we actually talked about this in one of our episodes, is that a lot of times people think of coaching as therapy, and in therapy sometimes gets its own bias which it really shouldn’t, addressing your mental health issues should never be something that’s not a priority.
But I think a lot of people think of what we do as coaches is therapy, and we like to say a lot of times that it’s therapeutic, but not exactly therapy. And I guess another thing that comes up to mind as a misconception is when people think of coaching, they think of, Like a sports coach or like a consultant or mentorship . But going to the analogy of the sports coaches, we aren’t giving advice and we are not, yelling at you, screaming at you. We’re there to guide you and help you come up to these answers and awareness through your own thought process. We are your guiders in your life journey.
Grizelda Anguiano: And to add a little bit more to that, Klaus is if you go to the basketball coach, you’re going to really learn how to play basketball. And the awesome part about coaching is you learn how just to be. Alright, so you learn ways and how to show up and we’ve said this before also, but just the way you show up for anything is the way you show up for everything.
So that’s what I really loved about coaching is being able to show up authentically the way you want to show up and being able to tap into those. higher energies and everything that you learn with each session. They’re going to be applicable not only at your work and how to show up for your patients more authentically, but also how to be there for your family, friends even the environment.
Klaus Grim: Yeah, how you show up for anything is how you show up for everything. I think you coined that phrase Griselda. I guess I’ll lead us on to our next question. How do these misconceptions impact the perception and effectiveness of coaching for healthcare workers?
Amy Bubser: I find that when people may have had these misconceptions, once they start doing the coaching, they start to see the value in it, and they break their own myths about it. And earlier Griselda talked about, sometimes people think just if they have problems, they get the coaching.
So what happens is they start not only addressing some primary issues, some priorities in their life, but they start to realize they can start using this in all areas of their life and actually create new goals and improve like you said, just their being and how they show up in their life.
So it starts to just spread out and give them better results in their lives in many different ways than they did not expect.
Klaus Grim: Yeah, and I also find that, these misconceptions that we just talked about are the barrier into people seeking help in the first place. And as you just mentioned, Amy, once they start to actually go through the coaching process, they break those myths from themselves. I think of my own journey of going through coaching, and that was something that, I had as well.
I don’t need to be working with somebody to accomplish goals or to figure out what my life’s all about. But little did I know that having that person that I could, communicate with, in such a confidential, safe manner, but in somebody who’s an expert in guiding was important.
And I think yeah we break our own myths when we start to see the value in things.
Grizelda Anguiano: I think a great thing to add would be the way we show up in coaching and with the first sessions being the ELI debrief, I think that is a great place to just start breaking some of those myths in that. You really start to see we’re asking the questions, we’re talking about the energy and we really get to see how it’s showing up in our lives.
And we can hear that it’s not only in the job, but it can be at home, it could be when we’re driving, it could be when we’re, even the way we have fun or the lack thereof. But I think that is really helpful to say, okay, I guess I thought I was just coming for this, but now I guess it can help and shape in all the areas of my life.
Klaus Grim: I love that it’s multifactorial, right? You come in for one thing and you get another added benefit. And I think that speaks to what we do at transforming healthcare coaching with the energy leadership. That’s what we like to preach upon a lot of the times is, when you start to see where your energy is lying in certain aspects of your life and you start to address them, you start to realize how that actually affects other facets of your life in such, anabolic ways.
Amy Bubser: I just wanted to add one more Klaus. Somebody shared with me at the end of a series that they walked in thinking they were being selfish. They thought this was just such a luxury to do for themselves and spent all this money and they couldn’t believe they were doing it. And then they realized at the end, this is priceless.
Because not only is this improved my life, I see how much it’s affecting my family’s life and in my job , it’s like this ripple effect and they just were so amazed at how valuable it was and it, their initial misconception that this was just really a ridiculous thing to do for themselves. They were like that is the last thing in the world I can think of now.
Klaus Grim: That brings up a great point is that a lot of people, and we’re going to have a talk on this as well as the return on investment with coaching, but how do you invest in yourself? I think that is a big barrier for a lot of people is how do you say, I’m worth this amount of money.
And a lot of the times I ask my clients, we go through some wishes. What are your greatest wishes in life? How much would it cost you if you had this wish come true. Thousands, I would pay thousands of dollars. Millions if I had it. Say my wish is to have this beautiful house and or this beautiful relationship that’s crumbling, whatever it may be.
That’s worth so much money if you really think about it. So I thought I would give that little pitch there. So what advice would you give to healthcare professionals who are hesitant or maybe skeptical about engaging in a coaching relationship?
Grizelda Anguiano: And even with what’s coming up for me is just giving it a try. If you had that intuitive hit to reach out or I do need help, or if someone’s saying, hey, why don’t you try coaching? Just maybe thinking that maybe there’s a reason for that little nudge and let me figure it out. I just to try to see if it’s something that I could benefit from or, we know that it’s not only can they benefit from it, but the world can benefit from it. And so just the patience and just that impact and, we’ve talked about ripple effects before, but just, how it does impact the whole.
Klaus Grim: Yeah, and sometimes that little nudge that we need and what’s nice about what we all do is that we do offer a discovery call where you get to actually experience a short taste of coaching and see if it is a right fit for you, because it may not be a right fit for you. But from what you’re hearing in these podcast episodes, this may generally be something that you could benefit from and how else would you know unless you have this kind of tailored talk with a coach? So that might be something that if you’re listening on and curious about if, that nudge is something truly you should be, following on, Talk to one of us and see if it really is.
Amy Bubser: Yeah, Klaus I love that and it’s really an experiential. And it’s an unknown, just like when we have a big dream or a big goal and we really want to get there. If we knew how to do it, we’d already be there. And sometimes this dream or this nudge or this goal is what pulls us through to get there.
And we just don’t know it yet because we haven’t experienced it. Same thing with coaching. For some people, they just really, they’re like, what is this about? I’ve heard so much about it and it’s an experiential event. So sometimes people do have a hard time putting words on it. So just give it a try.
Klaus Grim: Yeah the coaching process is all about you and I think that’s one beautiful thing to remember is that you get to talk all about yourself all about the issues or the goals that you may have and be directed to make forward actions and making the changes that you want for your life in such a safe space but also a space that allows for that quick development to happen that oftentimes It may take months to years, or never happen sometimes if you didn’t work with a coach.
Grizelda Anguiano: And I think another thing is that, many of our listeners may be thinking like, okay so this is just going to be focusing on healthcare or, my part in healthcare but just tying back to the beginning too, as far as it’s going to help with the whole thing. So yes, you might come in because it’s, should I leave?
Should I stay? Should I, specialize transition, whatever it is that you’re dealing with. But we take it all. And we really focus on saying you each client gets to decide what to talk about when we’re going to meet. So if something is going on at home, that’s what we’re going to address.
If something’s going on in the office, we can talk about that too. So it’s a, you’re going to be getting to decide what you want to talk about and what you want to support with.
Klaus Grim: I love all this information and advice you guys have provided. As a health care worker, I can feel it and I can see this working for me. If you’re listening now and finding that, hey, this whole coaching process might be for me, I encourage you to take that next leap and see if it really is.
Book a free discovery call with any of us, and let’s see if we can make your dreams come true.
Lillian: Thank you so much for listening to the Transforming Healthcare Coaching Podcast. If you found this episode interesting or useful, please share this with your friends and colleagues in healthcare, and we will love it if you hit subscribe so that you never miss an episode. Leave us a review on wherever you are listening to us.
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