Together, we will work to discover and utilize practical strategies to meet your relationship and communication goals.
- The longest relationship you will have is with yourself. Together, we will look at your goals for what you want in relationship to yourself, as well as your goals in relationship to others.
Is this Big Change? Yes! And it is so possible. As your Coach, it is my job to help you feel courageous enough to talk about your current concerns and problem areas in a variety of areas of your life and achieve your vision for yourself and your future. Our main focus will be on present/recent conflicts and the future. Often, many of our current day beliefs and behaviors formed in childhood. It is possible I may suggest you work with an individual therapist to address any old wounds that may be contributing to present day concerns.
Coaching and Therapy Differences
- Focuses on the Present and Future
- Assist client in achieving goals in any aspect of life
- Encourages immediate Action.
- Sounding board when exploring choices.
- Seeks to Empower. Led to self-discovery.
- Coach and client are Partners in the Coaching Relationship. Co-collaborators.
- There’s no diagnosis. Client doesn’t have to share if they are in therapy or on psychotropic medications.
- Focuses on Present and Past issues
- Explore underlying causes of symptoms or behaviors. Addresses trauma.
- Explores issues like Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, OCD, Disordered Eating, and self-harm.
- Guides towards healing.
- Seek to remove pain.
- Therapist leads client. Therapist can be an “expert”.
- To use insurance, client must receive a mental health diagnosis.
Coaching helps people achieve personal, relationship, and professional goals. Coaching is for clients whose basic needs are met and are ready to work with an equal to achieve their goals. A coach helps you discover and utilize practical strategies to meet your goals. Coaches do not give a mental health diagnose or treat emotional and mental health issues. As a coach who is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I can help you become aware of any blocks to reaching your goals that are related to your past, so you can make lasting changes, and move forward with confidence in reaching your goals.
Therapy addresses emotional and mental health concerns. In therapy or counseling, goals are focused on reducing the frequency, intensity, and severity of symptoms with a diagnosis. Additionally, therapy focuses on healing trauma and old emotional wounds. If you are wanting to address deep emotional pain, trauma, and/or dysfunctional patterns of behavior, you will want to work with a therapist. While I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I can only conduct therapy with clients in the states of Iowa and Florida.
Becoming a licensed therapist requires graduating graduate school with several hundred hours of supervised practice, two additional years of leading sessions while receiving supervision, passing a national exam, and requirements for continuing education every two years. There is a licensing board and ethical standards to be adhered to. Sessions and client information is protected by HIPAA, which lists clients rights.
Anyone can call themselves a coach. While there are certification programs, there are no legal or educational requirements, regulations or governing bodies.
If your past is greatly affecting your present and limiting your future, therapy would be most appropriate in helping you address old wounds and beliefs. If we begin a coaching relationship, I will continuously assess if therapy would be most beneficial (and ethical) for you. If I should determine therapy is what is needed at the time, I will provide you with some referrals. You may choose to return to coaching after completing therapy.