In the end, it’s really very simple: we all need a deeper bench. That’s why I founded Lodestar.
Regardless of why or how physicians or other professionals come to Lodestar, the goal is the same: highly-personalized, confidential, compassionate, professional, trauma-informed coaching that moves the client forward in their professional and personal life.
Great coaching begins with the assumption that the client creative, competent and whole. Trauma-mitigation coaching adds a layer of awareness regarding nuances specific to high-achieving professionals working in environments of chronic, caustic stress. My coaching paradigm focuses on deep, intuitive listening, and holds liminal space for the client as they work through their experience(s) and rebuild capacity. This type of coaching is both transformative and redemptive.
Clients come to Lodestar coaching in a myriad of ways. Often, they are doing very well professionally, but recognize the dangers of working in extremely high-stress environments. They may wish to hone their leadership, management or other skills in order to maximize their professional and personal successes. They may also be looking to gain a professional edge, and recognize they need to cultivate "soft skills" that will be critical to their future success.
Others seek coaching because they suddenly find themselves in the midst of professional or personal crisis. There's great discrepancy between the demands being made of them, and the resources they have available to deal with those demands. They’re disenchanted and disconnected, and they rightly recognize it is impacting their professional and personal lives, as well as their delivery of care or leadership capacity. They may feel harmed, and are seeking tools to reestablish their equilibrium and improve their professional and personal lives.
Increasingly, hospital systems and organizations refer excellent, high value physicians and leaders for intensive coaching. These clients have often experienced tremendous success, but suddenly find themselves at a crisis point, and may be at risk of damaging or losing their careers, their personal relationships, or both. Helping these individuals retain or regain their balance and restore their professional standing is of utmost importance. Some days, good coaching looks like a professional ICU...
Few things are as isolating as the belief that you are the only one who thinks and feels - or struggles - the way you do. And while coaching is not therapy, most clients ultimately find great coaching to be incredibly therapeutic. Lodestar coaches are willing to hold space and enter into the gray zone of uncertainty with you, willing to stay as complex thoughts, emotions and ideas are processed, and willing to hold you accountable in your crazy with humor, compassion and insight.
- Dr. Kemia Sarraf -