When people are dealing with things like depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, unhealthy relationships or painful, unresolved issues from their past, they need to seek counseling with a licensed trained therapist who specializes in the area of need.
Many people seek out therapy when they are feeling below their typical level of functioning. Therapy often focuses on bringing people back to their average state of functioning.
Therapists are highly trained experts in their field who nurture a person’s emotional and mental state back to health to make them stronger. Mental health professionals dedicate years of study in master’s and doctoral programs, as well as participate in ongoing training programs and receive numerous certifications.
Therapists are well equipped to handle difficult emotional issues that people are dealing with. Therapists are also bound by certain laws and ethics that protect the client as well as help them navigate the best possible route to helping someone back to a better emotional state.
Coaching is a method used to take your life, relationship, career or business to the next level of success.
Coaching helps in increasing peak performance, overall life satisfaction and taking things from good to GREAT!
A coach helps you define and set the right goals, formulate a strategy, guide you through tough decisions, aid in breaking through obstacles, coach you in specific strategies, motivate you and structure your life to help you achieve success.
Maybe you have a professional goal like starting your own business or a personal goal like getting over your fear of flying. Whatever it may be, a coach is there to hold you accountable and provide expertise that will speed up the process of achieving your goals.
Coaching keeps the focus on the present and the future keeping in mind what is possible, identifies effective strategies, and creates goals with a plan helping clients design their lives.
Which one is right for you?
There are many options to choose from when it comes to bettering yourself. The stage you are at emotionally and mentally, your beliefs, philosophies about change and transformation will determine if you need counseling or coaching.
It is very important to note that coaching is not counseling. When people are feeling bad and have not resolved past issues or traumas, it is extremely difficult for them to start working with a coach and take action to achieve success.
These unresolved issues become roadblocks that stop people from getting what they want in their lives. A coach is not trained to handle past emotional issues and these people need to seek counseling with a licensed, highly trained mental health professional.
Coaching focuses on making changes in the present in order to achieve defined goals in the future. A person who is stronger emotionally and feels they can handle the challenges associated with turning a dream into a reality is ready to seek help and guidance through a coach.
My Style – Counseling and Coaching
In certain departments and stages of our lives, we need a therapist while in others we need a coach.
I find, wherever your starting point is, we need to use bits and pieces from both strategies.
My therapeutic style combines the best of both worlds. I combine many elements of being a coach. I am a natural teach, trainer, guide, mentor and coach. I take and simplify things helping people easily understand the concepts and apply them.
As a therapist, I provide a safe place to seek the healing of emotional wounds and begin personal growth while making an action plan and providing clarity, accountability and encouragement like a coach.
I enjoy guiding and leading people by using strategies that will help shift a person’s awareness, thinking and insight. My role is to help you heal the past, resolve issues in the present and create a more successful future.