Services provided include counseling and psychotherapy, as well as personal coaching. You can learn more about each service below.
Counseling and Psychotherapy
Counseling, also known as psychotherapy, is a professional service that seeks to assess, prevent, and treat emotional, mental, or behavioral concerns. Counseling and psychotherapy are active processes that include an initial evaluation stage of defining the presenting problem and clearly defining treatment goals, a transition stage exploring motivation and readiness for change, a working stage of actively taking clear steps to achieve the treatment goals and evaluating ways to overcome barriers, and termination stage that involves preparing to complete counseling and essentially ‘graduate’ from the process. Counseling and psychotherapy can be conducted with one or multiple participants (i.e. individual, couples, families, etc).
People pursue therapy and counseling for various reasons. Sometimes one recognizes the need to seek support for achieving an improvement in their lives, sometimes a loved one suggests seeking such support. Therapy and counseling are powerful tools that can allow you to:
- Develop skills in identifying, understanding and managing upsetting emotions
- Feel more in control of thoughts, feelings, and actions
- Identify barriers to reaching personal goals, and making a plan to conquer those barriers
- Overcome a specific concern or stressor, such as a strained relationship
- Improve parenting skills and reduce stress of family living
- Strengthen confidence and sense of self worth
- Cope with grief or loss of a loved one
- Strengthen important life relationships
- Gain support in navigating life changes, such as moves, job changes, or divorce
- Enhance effective communication and conflict resolution skills
- Respond effectively to work and/or school related stress
Sometimes referred to as ‘life coaching’ or ‘executive coaching’, this professional service is for individuals who are doing fairly well on a psychological level, but would like to improve areas of their lives even further. With the assistance of an objective, supportive coach, clients find ways to accomplish challenging personal goals. These goals may be related to work (career advancement, developing new professional skills, starting a business); relationships (increasing level of emotional intelligence, finding a long-term companion); health (losing weight, improving fitness); life purpose (exploring and identifying what is deeply meaningful and satisfying to you); and finances (saving money, buying a home).
When working with coaching clients, I draw on my training as a therapist, as many of the methods used in therapy are effective with coaching. Additionally, I utilize my experience and knowledge gained in the business world through my MBA training and experience in mental health services management in a large hospital system.
Contrary to popular belief, there is much overlap in the field of coaching and therapy, in terms of techniques and skills used. Active listening, empathic understanding and critical thinking skills are integral components to both practices. A major difference, however, is that coaching does not put much as much emphasis on the past as therapy does. In addition, psychotherapy is most appropriate when significant psychological pain or dysfunction is interfering with one’s life.