- Therapy for Individuals, Couples, and Groups
Professional Coaching for Individuals and Groups
- Public Speaking
- Facilitation of Seminars, Workshops, Training
- Writing for Magazines, Newsletters, and Websites
Differences Between Therapy and Coaching
- Clients have specific complaints or symptoms, a deficiency in functioning, or overwhelming reactions to certain stressors or relationship distress. Clients may or may not have a clear explanation for the causes of dysfunction.
- First goal is to determine diagnosis and necessary treatment, possibly including medication.
- Process evolves over the course of several weeks, months or years; research indicates most people get the biggest bang for the buck in the first 20 sessions. Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes.
- Sessions are usually in person (except for rural or remote areas) and are ideally once a week initially.
- Significant attention is paid to the distant past where earliest life lessons were acquired, and those lessons or emotional injuries are related to present maladaptive thought and action.
- Attempts are made to put the past in perspective and to introduce new perspectives that facilitate growth and mental health.
- Psychologists work under a license by the state, and psychological services may be supported by insurance coverage.
- Clients have a specific goal, aspiration, or desire; it works best when an individual knows what he or she wants to achieve; life is fine overall but there is a desire for more fulfillment.
- Diagnosis is irrelevant. Ideas for desired support are largely generated by the client.
- Process is laser-focused on the present and future; progress is expected to happen rapidly though a lengthy coaching relationship is possible as long as progress toward the goal(s) is demonstrably occurring.
- Sessions are usually over the telephone and may be as brief as 30 minutes; hence clients may be worldwide.
- No attention is paid to the past, early life lessons, or improvement in mental health; client is expected to be mentally healthy and any observations to the contrary necessitate a referral to another mental health professional.
- Coaching is not a licensed field and is not supported by insurance coverage.