Benefits of Individual Coaching


Coaching for Survivors and Aging Adults


Major interventions for stroke survivors are often medically based in their model of practice. This includes physical therapy, cognitive and speech therapy, and physician involvement (2014). While rehabilitation in physical and cognitive areas are vital to the recovery of stroke, studies have found that survivors often report an insufficient level of attention paid to their emotional wellness and needs (2008).

Stroke survivors are at high risk to experience anxiety (2012) (2007), depression (2009) (2008) (2015) , and report a decrease in quality of life (2001).  


Depression and anxiety can also impact an individual’s cognitive abilities as well as emotional functioning (2006).


This is where individual coaching with Unalome Lotus can help. We use a combination of mindfulness, therapy modalities, and psychoeducation with a client-centered approach to create a personalized coaching plan for each client. All intervention practices are heavily supported by research.



It’s been shown that active and cognitive strategies like psychoeducation, problem solving, and distraction activities were beneficial and successful interventions utilized throughout their stroke recovery (2008).



Mindfulness in particular have been shown to produce a plethora of benefits on a survivors psychological, physiological, and psychosocial health. This includes mental fatigue, blood pressure, perceived health, and quality of life (2013).


A Mix of Therapeutic and Behavioral Modalities:

Sessions incorporate a mix of therapeutic and behavior modality components to help clients to reduce stress, manage emotions, and learn coping strategies to build resiliency and improve quality of life after stroke (2017). These include, but are not limited to CBT, SFBT, and Narrative Therapy.


  • Element of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) are also shown to beneficial to survivors in coping with changes and challenges post-stroke (2010).
  • Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is shown to be helpful in survivors coping with anxiety and depression (2017).
  • Narrative Therapy has been found to help survivors self-esteem, coping skills, and meaning of life (2017).


Coaching for Caregivers


Coaching isn’t only for survivors as strokes impact more than just the individual; they impact families, friends, and the community as a whole. Loved ones may be required to take on the role of a caregiver, providing physical and mental support with activities of daily living (ADLs) and other needs, or take on responsibilities that were previously handled by the survivor such as bill paying, housework, and other previously separated work. This is a huge shift in roles and expectations cause a significant increase in stress and burden for both parties.


With this increase in responsibilities, change in social roles, and loss of self and independence, it is no surprise that studies have found that caregivers for stroke survivors, both formal and informal, have a high risk for anxiety and depressive symptoms (2015) (2018), experience a negative impact on their overall wellbeing (2015) and report a decrease in quality of life (2009) (2010). This is because in stroke recovery, the focus of care tends to be solely on the survivor and caregiver needs often go unmet and unsupported (2014).


Fortunately, there is a way to help. Studies have found that caregivers who received psychoeducation reported an increase in psychosocial wellbeing and decrease in use of healthcare resources for survivors (2014). Other psychological techniques, such as coping skill-training, problem-solving therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy were found to help caregivers reduce feelings of anxiety and depression and increase caregivers’ overall health and wellbeing (2019) (2004) (2017) (2007).


Coaching for caregivers and family members focus on caregiver burden, types of loss (ambiguous, identity, self), identify and implement coping strategies, and other treatment goals identified in-session. We focus on how to ease caregiver burden and work on self-care and overall health.


Studies also show that a number of caregivers experience a significant level of burden not just immediately after the occurrence of a stroke, but indefinitely after (2009).

It’s also shown that family function and caregiver overall health is directly related to stroke outcomes (2003) (2010).


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