October 10, 2017

What is a Holistic Coach?

Happy Tuesday!

Today’s blog and vlog is about holistic coaching and the model I developed, based on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory.


As you can see from the image above, the 4 Quadrants in the model are:

  • The personal interior, which also encompasses the concepts of myth, archetype and soul (see the article I reference below for more on archetypes).
  • The personal exterior, whose aspects are measurable, and include behavior and symptoms. This is the role the actor is playing.
  • The collective interior, which comprises the subjective dynamics of a relationship or relationships (in other words the “cast” supporting the actor).
  • The collective exterior, which includes systems, places and things and can be thought of as the stage upon which everything else is set.

When you understand this framework, it becomes much easier to evaluate your clients and provide them with a holistic or integrated context within which they can progress. In the vlog, I mention a vegan athlete I worked with several years ago, who was experiencing recurrent musculoskeletal injuries (the symptoms in the personal exterior quadrant).

In order to coach the client, I had to view the athlete from multiple quadrants, since this person was a Rastafarian, so their collective interior (the religious beliefs of the group) had an overriding influence on the personal interior (how the client lived their inner life), which was affecting the personal exterior, showing up as orthopedic issues.

This 4 Quadrant model harmonizes well with my 4 Doctors model, which you can see in the cross below the 4 quadrants in the image above. As I have said many times before, if you are not paying attention to all four of your doctors, then your life will be out of balance with subsequent consequences!


  • 2:00: What is a coach?
  • 3:20: The difference between a traditional coach and a holistic coach.
  • 6:00: My 4 Quadrant model adapted from Ken Wilber’s model.
  • 6:30: The Personal Interior quadrant.
  • 7:15: The Collective Interior quadrant.
  • 9:45: The Personal Exterior quadrant.
  • 12:17: The Collective Exterior quadrant.
  • 14:10: Myth, Archetype and Soul.
  • 19:40: Adding the 4 Doctors to the 4 Quadrants.

If you enjoy reading articles, then you’ll want to review one I wrote for the CHEK Blog last year on Identifying Your Archetype. It is a great companion to this video and an important resource for the holistic coach as identifying and understanding your archetype is a great source of motivation to express yourself creatively, and it is the pathway to the true realization of your authentic self.

Both the video and article are just a small sample of the principles, tools and techniques that are in the newly launched CHEK 4 Quadrant Coaching Mastery Program, something I’ve put a tremendous amount of work into building.

This is the largest and most comprehensive of all the programs I’ve created so far in my professional career and, I believe, the most important.

First and foremost, this is a self-healing, self-awareness and self-development program. Why? My philosophy and experience tells me it’s not wise to use methodologies or techniques with clients that you’ve not worked with on your own because you really don’t know what you’re putting people through or what kinds of challenges they may face.

I built the 4 Quadrant Coaching Mastery Program for three important reasons:

  1. What is a Holistic Coach?To give CHEK Professionals a model with which to go through the process of healing themselves and learning how to work with the psyche, not just the physical body.
  2. To showcase what enlightenment really is, the different stages of consciousness and how we can identify them in ourselves and our clients.
  3. To create for therapists, coaches, doctors (or anyone who works with human beings!) a structured framework so they can recognize where their clients and patients are at in the process of healing, and so to help them move forward.

I hope you’ll take a look at my first 4 Quadrant Mastery Program lesson, which is available for free, so you can enjoy, experience and benefit from part of my newest program for yourself.

Love and chi,