Community Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Dr. MC McDonald

Get to know Lumia coach and instructor, Dr. MC McDonald, primarily devoted to understanding trauma, she teaches for Lumia Coaching and coaches students as well.

Instructor Spotlight features one of our amazing coaches and instructors of the Lumia Coach Training program! 

Name: Dr. MC McDonald, Ph.D

Professor, Researcher, Coach!

Class Taught for Lumia Coaching:

Understanding Trauma

Coaching is client-led and directed, sometimes leading to unresolved trauma bubbling up. Coaching steers clear of working with trauma directly. Learn how to identify it, respond appropriately, understand when to refer out, and practice in a trauma-informed way.

“People who have trauma in their past are not fragile. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.” — Dr. MC McDonald

1. Three words to describe yourself

Curious, fun-loving, empathetic

2. Your superpower is:

Seeing the gray area in any situation.

3. What are you most passionate about and why?

Rethinking the way that we understand, describe, and treat trauma.

4. Area of coaching that interests you the most and why?

Relationship dynamics, grief and mourning, career transitions, and of course - all things trauma.

These areas interest me the most because they are the most vulnerable moments for us and where we need the most support. They are also some of the most fruitful times for growth and empowerment in our lives because when we face these things we also have to face our beliefs about ourselves and the world (that are often no longer serving us), any shame and self-judgment that we hide away, and any unprocessed stuff from the past.

5. What got you into coaching and what do you love about coaching?

I got into coaching because I wanted the things that I was researching at the time - death, grief, and trauma - to be able to have some impact and involvement outside of academia.

I love lots of things about coaching - but if I had to say one thing it would be this: getting into that flow state in a session with clients where we are both looking at the problem at hand and coming up with new and creative solutions.

6. Your favorite thing about Lumia Coaching?

I love the Cohort model - getting to know each group of coaches and learning about them!

7. What's your #1 advice to someone who is interested in becoming a coach?

I think the most important thing to learn how to do is put aside judgment - of yourself and your potential clients. It really changes the way you interact with people across your life in general.

8. Where can people find you online?

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