Sometimes referred to as “personal coaching” or “life coaching,” this professional service is for individuals who are doing fairly well on a psychological level, but would like even more out of life. With the assistance of a 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 and as a former competitive athlete and coach.

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.

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