What is Laavu's Psychological Coaching about?

In a nutshell

Laavu's psychological coaching helps managers and business leaders perform under high pressure.

Our solution

Exact data

In data we trust. By measuring your psychological performance we are able to truly understand your situation – but also make sure we make progress together.

Coaching sessions

Workshops, team coaching, and 1:1 - f2f or remotely. Our coaching is science-based, tailored to your specific needs, and guaranteed to give you concrete tools for self-development. No petting and pitying but clear actions and results.

Digital platform

You'll get an access to an online platform, where you may set goals, take notes and track development. Everything in a same place - information security guaranteed.

Continuous support

We provide you with continuous support from a licensed work psychologist, who is dedicated to improving your and your organization's psychological performance.

Business and psychology hand in hand

Our method bridges the gap between psychotherapy and business coaching.
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Hear directly from our coachees

“When I leave the coaching meetings, I feel good and relieved. The best thing is that I get to vent openly, and someone is there to listen to what I have to say! Coaching is a bit like a hobby for me. In the same way that I take care of my physical well-being, at Laavu I have a professional taking care of the mental side. It's great to regularly structure and spar your thoughts with a professional who truly understands the context I'm living in. Laavu's approach is really fresh and effective. I have recommended their coaching to many friends!"

Juhana Rintala

Juhana Rintala

Co-Founder & CEO, Ruokaboksi

From the start, I have seen coaching as a long-term project of continuous development. It has given me tools to analyze and unravel challenging issues and practical insights that help me improve my work and my resilience. Whenever something is preoccupying my mind, my coach helps me delve deeper into the causes of the problem and find ways to solve and prevent it in the future. Sometimes I wonder how to find time for coaching in the middle of a busy week, but after each coaching session, I’m happy that I decided to take the time for it.

Henri Lindgren

Henri Lindgren

CEO, Lightneer

"I’ve been really satisfied with Laavu’s coaching and I feel I have developed as a person because of it. Talking to someone about things that you don’t usually consider, already brings the added value. My coach knows how to ask the right questions, and encourages me to come up with solutions myself. The topics of the meetings may vary a lot, but I always have more energy after the discussion than before. In addition, I always have a concrete idea or action in mind that I can work on next."

Jaakko Harlas

Jaakko Harlas

Developer Relations Lead, Supercell

Laavu facilitated a valuable workshop for our team on collaboration and working methods. We focused on many concrete tools and methods for topics such as communication and how to share feedback. Working with Laavu took us toward a better working team. We were happy with Laavu’s service for several reasons. First, they were efficient in their actions and provided us with a well-thought-out proposal. The digital tools used in the workshop provided a great way to engage our whole team. In addition, we were impressed with Laavu’s professionalism and expertise that combines psychology and business. Throughout the collaboration, we felt we were in capable hands. The whole experience reflected that Laavu is an ambitious and growth-minded company.

Elina Kajosaari

Elina Kajosaari

Chief Commercial Officer, Sulapac

We approached Laavu to enhance our executive team's collaboration and communication processes. With the help of Laavu's Performance Psychologist, our executive team worked on topics such as clarifying their purpose, creating team norms, and establishing a feedback process. With Laavu's guidance, we were able to lay a solid foundation for a high-performing executive team. Our team was especially happy with the well-structured sessions, positive atmosphere, and successful outcome. Overall, the coaching sessions were a fruitful investment that helped us improve our executive team's performance.

Patrik Schaer

Patrik Schaer

CEO, Selma Finance

Being a CEO you get pressures from all directions, and it is not always so easy to deal with all of them. Laavu has been really beneficial for helping manage those pressures. At Laavu, I can leave all kinds of roles at the front door. After the sessions, I often feel relieved and restful. Overall my well-being, personal growth, performance and productivity at work have increased, and I can honestly say that my work-life is just better. I've also got a hunch that all of that might also have a positive effect on the whole company. Quite a nice combo I think!

Julius Haukkasalo

Julius Haukkasalo

CEO, Evermade

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Frequently asked questions

What's the language spoken in the coaching sessions?

It depends on you – the sessions can be in Finnish, Swedish or English. Same thing with the supporting materials: the language is chose by the client.

Why Laavu?

Let's be honest. There are plenty of life coaches, business coaches, and any kind of angel therapists, all of whom undoubtedly have good intentions to support your well-being. However, Laavu's Psychological Coaching is given by certified psychologists and backed by science – and we know the shit our clients struggle with. We have given more than 3000 hours of coaching, and our overall client satisfaction rate is 4.68/5. That says quite a lot.

What is Psychological Coaching about?

Psychological coaching bridges the gap between psychotherapy and business coaching. It is a preventive service that aims to improve the client's psychological performance. Our coaches are certified psychologists, allowing them to dig deeper into the root causes of the issues and help you with more personal problems. At the same time, all of Laavu's coaches are business oriented. They have deep knowledge of work and organisational psychology, allowing them to better understand your context and issues.

What are the themes and topics addressed in Laavu's Coaching?

FAQ: What are the themes and topics addressed in Laavu's Psychological Coaching? The topics in Laavu's coaching may be work-related (such as leadership challenges, time management issues, giving feedback, etc.) or more personal, like self-criticism and demandingness. One can address these themes either in individual coaching or team coaching. Team coaching can also help you improve communication, increase psychological safety, address interpersonal conflicts, clarify goals, etc. Laavu's psychologists can help you identify the most relevant topics for your team or organisation. Some individual coaching clients may not have a clear problem. In this case, the topics are often related to personal growth. Finally, for some clients, Laavu provides the time and space to sit down and reflect on their day-to-day life and thoughts – to make space for new insights. Even if the themes may vary, the purpose remains: Laavu's Psychological Coaching aims to improve an individual's/team's psychological performance.

What is Laavu Method?

Our individual coaching is based on three psychological frameworks: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Coaching and Person-Centered Therapy. All of these are well-known frameworks supported by research. In short, our method focuses on thoughts, emotions and beliefs-systems (CBT). At the same time, we want to maintain practicality and seek solutions (Solution-Focused). The bedrock for all change is the relationship between the client and the coach (Person-Centered). As for our team coaching, we also utilise the principles of Nonviolent Communication and the theory of the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. If you are interested in learning more about our coaching style, feel free to contact our Head Coach, Lasse Karjalainen

Do you organise team workshops?

Our team sessions are not your typical workshops but something more – team coaching. We believe that for the team sessions to have an impact, they should not be based on transferring information that anyone can find online. Instead, the true impact comes with self-reflection, deep-diving discussions, and practising together. That’s what our team coaching sessions are all about.

What are Laavu Paths?

Laavu paths were created to ensure that our clients reach their desired outcomes as efficiently as possible. After delivering over 1000 hours of coaching for leaders, executives, and specialists operating in high-pressure environments, we noticed some topics recurred in the discussions. Based on this, we created six (6) paths structured to tackle our clients' most common challenges. Laavu paths are Less Stress, Deal with perfectionism, Know Yourself, Transitioning to a new role and Emotional Rollercoaster.

What solutions do you offer for businesses?

We offer individual and team coaching for businesses. When it comes to team coaching, we have tailored packages for co-founders, executive teams and bigger teams.

How Psychological Coaching differs from Business Coaching?

The most significant difference between Psychological Coaching and business coaching is that Psychological Coaching is always given by a certified psychologist. Whereas business coaching targets the issues on a practical surface level, psychological coaching digs into the deeper root causes of the issues, connecting them to your mental models, beliefs, etc. All of our coaches are experts in work and organisational psychology. Before starting as a coach, they undergo extensive onboarding and acquire a Laavu certificate. Furthermore, Laavu method is based on science and recent research. What you'll get is science-based, tailored coaching to improve your psychological performance.

Are the coaching expenses tax-deductible?

Laavu's coaching is a service that supports the company's business activities and is therefore deductible as a company expense. As usual, you can also deduct the VAT on the service.

What are the terms of service like?

Laavu's coaching is membership-based and billed monthly. The agreement is valid until further notice, so you can terminate your membership when you no longer find the service helpful. The notice period is one calendar month. If you ever need to cancel your individual coaching session, it can be saved for later, and you can use it when it's more convenient for you.

What does my membership include?

As a Laavu member, you get regular sessions with your dedicated Performance Psychologist, access to Laavu's digital platform, and ongoing support from your coach between the sessions. In addition, you get access to Laavu's library and customer events, such as webinars and seminars.

Can coaching sessions be held remotely?

We recommend holding the sessions face-to-face: the level of trust and connection required for effective coaching is easier to achieve in person. Based on our experience, at least the first session should be held in person. After that, coaching can be held remotely if needed.

What does coaching require from me?

The effectiveness of Psychological Coaching depends not only on the coach but also on your contribution. If you want to get the most out of your sessions, keep open-minded and curious – while accepting that the complexities of the mind are not solvable with a simple, quick-fix. Following the Laavu method, your coach will be there to guide and support you but does not provide any ready-made solutions. You are the best expert in developing your "mental muscles". Sometimes exploring thoughts and feelings can feel heavy and laborious. A good coaching session can be similar to a good workout: despite feeling hard during the session, it will always bring more energy than it takes.

How Psychological Coaching differs from psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a form of treatment developed to ease or eliminate mental suffering. Psychological coaching, in turn, is a self-development service where the focus is on psychological performance and prevention of mental health problems. The objective of psychological coaching is to help individuals with good or moderate mental health in solving their everyday problems and achieving their goals.

What happens in Laavu's Psychological Coaching?

At the beginning of each coaching session, your coach helps you define a theme, goal, or question you'll cover during that specific session. Then they will help you dive into this theme with insightful questions, summaries, exercises, etc., and challenge your existing maladaptive behaviours, thoughts and beliefs. Your job here is to stop and reflect on the topic – while maintaining an open mind. Your coach is there to support you in finding clarity, new perspectives, and solutions. Before wrapping up the meeting, you and your coach summarise the benefits gained from the discussion and consider ways you can work with the issue in question before the next session.

Is Psychological Coaching for leaders only?

We aim to enable businesses to succeed by building their leaders' and other key players' psychological performance. Laavu's specialty is to coach the founders, leaders, and management teams of fast-growing companies. However, it doesn't mean your title would matter – anyone can benefit from Psychological Coaching.