Being a friend and a coach

Hi Brooke

After becomming a coach, I’ve started struggling with seperating “being a friend” with “being a coach”. When friends and family talk about issues and get angry about things like “their friend’s husband cheated on their friend”, I just feel confusion and compassion for the husband.

I feel like they want me to be angry with them. They say “I’d punch him if I saw him” and I just sorta get confused about what to say as I’m in the middle of thinking like a coach and a friend. Should I generate anger within me and match them, or simply do active listening and reflecting, or just feel what I feel?

Have you struggled with this? How do you reconcile it?