What is Trauma-Responsive Coaching?

Physicians are smart, tough, durable, resourceful people. If there was a way to MacGyver themselves out of this situation by working harder, smarter, or differently, they would have done it already.

- Simon G. Talbot & Wendy Dean; STAT 7.18

Burnout, Secondary Trauma & Moral Injury

Severe burnout is the leading edge of much more profound harm including primary, secondary and vicarious trauma and moral injury. 


The multivariate sources of harm accelerated and intensified over the last two years. The harm to physicians and providers and the impact of the Tridemic will reverberate for decades. 

The suggestion that medical professionals lack resilience is, in fact, the weaponization of TOO MUCH resilience: too willing to adapt, too willing to work harder and longer, and too willing to sacrifice self at the altar of medicine and humanity.

Intratraumatic growth can happen

Intratraumatic growth requires mindful, deliberative and intentional coaching towards aspirational goals. To imagine that such a thing is possible in the midst of ongoing pain and harm is the very definition of hope. 

Lodestar methodologies mindfully and intentionally hold space for all the emotions that may arise in times of toxic stress. Our coaches are highly experienced, boundlessly compassionate, and extraordinarily skilled at working with clients as harm and pain is converted into sources of insight and wisdom. 

Physicians often are reluctant to seek help...

Physicians are high-achieving, committed to the health and lives of their patient’s, and programmed – by years of schooling and intensive, sometimes brutal training – to cope alone with a survivalist mentality.

Professional coaching appeals to doctors specifically because it is goal oriented, solutions seeking, and proactive. 


Great coaching facilitates perspective-taking and the shift away from scarcity or fear-based thinking and into abundance and opportunity.

Rarely do engaged physicians burn out

The importance of feeling safe and heard by a colleague who understands the demands and challenges of the profession, and who is willing to hold space in non-judgement, cannot be overstated

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Coaching is not therapy.
Great coaching is incredibly therapeutic.