These options for getting help provide the ultimate in convenience and confidentiality! Often people want to get help, but their busy lives don’t allow time to attend an office appointment; cutting out commuting time to and from an office can make life coaching or therapy something you can fit into your schedule. Great for busy executives, busy employees, or busy moms and dads! Also, it is ideal if you see you are a good match with one of our clinicians, yet you do not live in our area. For people with medical issues that make commuting difficult or impossible, life coaching and distance therapy make getting help possible. Lastly, distance therapy is a good alternative to ensure the privacy of individuals who do not want to attend therapy in the community where they live and work. Life coaching allows an individual to work with a professional to explore ways to live more fully and on purpose (it can be done in the office or online).
What Will You Achieve With The Right Motivation?
A life coach can help you:
- Develop more balance between your personal and professional life
- Increase your level of success in personal relationships by enjoying your relationships more
- Increase your level of success in your career by enjoying your job more
- Establish what your values are and decide whether or not you are living within that value system
- Make an action plan to live by those values
- Make an action plan to discontinue behaviors that do not match your values
- Get more out of life by living in the moment and being mindful of your experiences
A life coach motivates the client, who is often in the midst of a life-changing decision, and helps the client discover his or her goals and make them a reality. A life coach helps a person of good mental health look to the future and move forward with his or her life. In life coaching, the client takes the action in determining where he or she is in life and where he or she would like to be. The coach assists in this process, making recommendations, but ultimately relying on the client to make the final play, much like an athletic coach.
TYPES OF COACHING:
Wellness coaching, healthy living coaching, life vision and life path coaching, life decision coaching, relationship coaching, parenting coaching, business coaching, career coaching, and executive coaching.
WHY COACHING VERSUS THERAPY?
Many people want to make changes and improvements in their life, and benefit from the assistance of a motivator and guide and helper to reach their goal. But these people are often not experiencing any mental health problems. Life coaching allows an individual to focus on a specific growth area or problem in a brief period of time. It is a convenient and very private way to work on your goals. Life coaching can occur in the office or online, eliminating the need to travel to an office or take time off from work. It also does not require the client to delve into personal issues that he or she does not feel directly impacts their particular problem or goal.
THE MERITS OF HAVING A THERAPIST AS A LIFE COACH:
- Therapists are already trained in skillful listening. They have had professional experience honing their listening skills and have the professional ability to detect nuances of expression, voice, and energy to comprehensively evaluate what a client is saying with verbal and non-verbal cues. This helps a client clarify feelings and notice when verbal statements do not match their own non-verbal cues. This can be very important when learning to successfully communicate with others.
- Therapists have the gift of reframing. A trained therapist can skillfully put a positive spin on a statement or belief expressed by a client, which helps the client turn problems into opportunities and positive thinking.
- Therapists suspend judgment. Since therapists have heard everything, they can listen to clients’ “truth telling” without being shocked (or judgmental). This creates a safe place for the client to discuss all aspects of life that may be affecting the problem he or she is looking to solve.
- Therapists are trained to respect confidentiality and have strong ethical guidelines. The two create a feeling of safety which allows for adequate disclosure of life events, allowing for all pertinent information to be shared and utilized in problem solving.
- Therapists are trained in the practice of seeking solutions and thinking of possibilities. Professional training and experience has enhanced these skills, especially for therapists specializing in solution-focused therapy.
- Therapists can assess whether coaching is a good fit for you or whether more intense or long-term therapy appears to be warranted. This allows the client to utilize the best approach for working on his problem.
- Therapists are trained to look at situations holistically. This means being able to consider the psychological, environmental, biological, and social factors involved in your situation. This allows the client to be aware of all aspects of her life which she may utilize to solve her problem.
HOW DOES COACHING WORK?
The coaching process begins with a 55-minute intake meeting that includes reviewing your goals and reasons for entering life coaching. In each meeting, the client chooses the focus of the conversation, while the therapist-as-coach listens and contributes observations, questions, and motivation. The coaching process accelerates the client’s progress by providing greater focus and deepening the client’s learning. The client is expected to come to meetings prepared.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST?
Our per-session fee is the same as for therapy; please see our list of fees on this website for our current costs.
Distance therapy is simply psychotherapy provided via this different venue, using online video telehealth. You work with a therapist to address your concerns. It is a good fit for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems, such as sadness and depression, grief, general anxiety, social anxiety, anger issues, work or personal relationship issues, attention problems, sleep disorders, adjustment disorders, and personality disorders. It can also be helpful for some presentations of phobias, agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and trauma; your therapist can help you decide if it is a good fit for you. Like in-office talk therapy, sessions are 45-55 minutes in length and people typically meet once a week in the beginning, then as the problem alleviates, meet less and eventually finish; of course, length of therapy differs for everyone thus you could meet with your psychologist more or less depending on your specific needs. (Distance therapy is not appropriate for people who are suicidal, have an eating disorder, or have severe and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia, severe bi-polar disorder, or any disorder with psychosis.)