Energizing Coaching Conversations with Metaphors

Join ILCT founder Dr. Patrick Williams, MCC, to play with and explore the use of metaphors, guided imagery, and symbols in coaching. These pathways to creativity evoke powerful images and invite energetic & emotional awareness. They can draw forth imagination, unlock creativity and simulate resourcefulness.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand metaphors as a tool for direct communication and building client awareness
  2. Practice developing metaphors that stimulate client thinking, provoke awareness and/or provide motivation and framework for client action
  3. Learn how to incorporate guided imagery as an additional resource for client learning.

Competencies deployed by the Coach in the mastery of this skill

  1. Offer tool Skillfully (Make conscious choices; act experimentally)
  2. Energize Others (Infuse the work with purpose; start where they are; discover connecting interests)
  3. Assess Situation (Test multiple interpretations)

Frequency: This course is offered once or twice a year, depending on level of interest. 

Course Prerequisites



I just completed this course and found it invaluable. Helping clients to take a "shortcut to their brain" through the use of metaphors really helps them increase their clarity and move forward in their lives. Dr. Patrick Williams makes this a very rich and fun learning experience. By also learning to incorporate clean language, the coach assists the client to expand their learning while preserving the uniqueness of client-generated metaphors. I have implemented many of the skills from this course with my clients and have added a very important dimension to their coaching experience with me. I recommend it highly.
- Nick B.