Coaching Questions to Ask When a Client Feels Stuck

Feeling stuck, like you can’t make decisions or envision a plan to move forward in your health or wellness goals can feel confining, uncomfortable, even limiting to the vision you see yourself moving towards.

The Cambridge Dictionary defines stuck as being unable to move from a particular position or place, or unable to change a situation.

When a Coaching Client Feels Stuck

When a client is feeling stuck, they may not know which way to go and what next step to take and everything may seem to feel overwhelming.  Feeling frozen is another word that comes to mind. Their feet are stuck in the ice, and they can’t move forwards, or backwards, or sideways- they are stuck.  Sometimes it can feel like they ‘re jumping up and down and using excessive energy to get nowhere.

Questions To Ask When A Client Feels Stuck

Supporting clients through these challenging situations is what Nurse Coaches love to do, and sometimes, those challenging situations can cause you to also feel discomfort.  As a Nurse Coach you might feel limited too, like, what do I say?  How can I help?  What questions can I ask to support him or her?  I feel like I need a perfect question…

Integrative Nurse Coaches are experts at holding space for clients, patients and communities, and you know in your heart that just the act of being with someone unconditionally can help them get unstuck, and yet, it can also help if you do have some probing, supportive, open ended questions in your back pocket to help them explore this situation deeper into their wisdom.

Feeling Un Stuck

Coaching Questions to Ask When a Client Feels Stuck

  1. What specifically is holding you back?  Explain it like you were talking to a small child.
  2. What would a successful outcome look like to you in your imagination?
  3. What teeny-tiny next step could you do now?
  4. What would you do if you didn’t have this opportunity?
  5. If you had a magic wand that could do anything, what magic spell would you put on this situation?
  6. Suppose you had all the information you needed, what would you next step be?
  7. If you were me, coaching you, what question would you ask next?
  8. If you were me, coaching you, what question would you not want me to ask next?
  9. What would your most loving friend suggest if they were giving you the best advice?
  10. Look at this situation through the eyes of someone you admire.  What options do you have now?
  11. Where else in your life has this feeling shown up?
  12. Have you run out of answers?  Or have you run out of easy answers?
  13. Who have you heard of that has overcome something like you are experiencing?
  14. If you were willing to take a risk and step out of your comfort zone, what solutions could you discover?
  15. What is your gut telling you to do?
  16. What action that would take less than 15 minutes would help you move you in the direction of your goals?
  17. What action could you take right now that would help you feel closer to yourself?

I’m guessing you’ll find a coaching question on this list that can support you and your client if and when they get stuck. 

What other questions have you used that have helped?   Please leave a comment as it may be the perfect questions another Nurse Coach is seeking to help them and their clients.

Thanks for being here!  Until next time.  You are loved, Nurse Coach Nicole

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After two decades as an Intensive Care Nurse caring for the sickest of patients, Nicole left the one-size fits all healthcare industry, and created Blue Monarch Health, where she is; Active Aging Specialist, Health Protection Expert and Head Motivator! Instead of waiting for you to get sick, she meets you where you live, work and play, to enhance your health and vitality.
Nicole listens deeply, and takes you by the hand to co-create a health and vitality plan with you, so you can really do it in your life. She is an authentic, heart-centered stick of dynamite, who focuses your energies, builds up your strengths, and leverages your unique gifts!
Nicole Vienneau achieved a Master’s in Nursing Science from the University of Arizona, a board certification in Integrative Nurse Coaching from the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation, and is Senior Faculty with the Integrative Nurse Coach® Academy. She is a Functional Aging Specialist, personal trainer, yoga teacher, and group fitness instructor and a retired Reebok-sponsored Fitness Athlete.  When she’s not coaching clients or writing blogs, or hosting the Integrative Nurse Coaches in ACTION! Podcast, you can find her teaching active older adult fitness classes, volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association, lounging in the sun with her cat babies, or on a hike with her awesome husband.
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