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12/26/2020

Double-sided reflection and Shifted-focus reflection

double-sided reflections - these reflections are like the images seen in trifold mirrors; they reveal multiple perespectives at the same time. by encouraging clients to look at different facets, perhaps comparing a current resistant statement with a prior readiness statement, they gain perspective and make different decisions as to if and how they want to move forward.

client : I don't have time to exercise. My friends and spouse don't either.

coach : I hear you saying that you don't have time to exercise and that your friends and spouse don'T either. But I7ve also heard you say that exercise makes you feel better and that regular exercise would be good for your energy and health.

client : That's the problem. I want to exercise, and it does make me feel better, but it cuts into my time with family and friends. If I could figure out how to do both, perhaps I could make exercise stick.

coach : It sounds like you are feeling discouraged because it's hard to mert your needs for both exercise and connection, and it would be worthwhile to find a way.

shifted-focus reflections - these reflections are like the images we see in a periscope. they redirect our attention away from a resistance-provoking subject in order to focus on another area. Once change talk begins in that area, the resistance-provoking subject can be reconsidered with more success.

client : I don't have time to exercise. My friends and spouse don't either.

coach : This sounds challenging, so little time to exercise. I'm wondering about the dance class you started with your partner. You were doing pretty well with that; I remember you saying that you were enjoying the classes.

client : Yes, that's the best decision in quite a while. No more sitting in front of the TV on Thursday nights ! it's been great to do something active together. We may even add a second night to the schedule.

coach : It sounds like you are feeling happy with dancing and the time with your partner because it's meeting your needs for both physical activity and connection (Moore, Jackson, & Tschannen-Moran. 2026).

Retrieved from
Moore, M., Jackson, E., & Tschannen-Moran, B. (2016).
Coaching psychology manual, second edition.
Philadelphia, PA : Wolters Kluwer.

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