Simply put, a life coach works collaboratively with you to get you from “where you are to where you want to be.” Individuals who seek coaching are essentially healthy and want to get to the next level of success in their lives.
As your coach, I would guide you with thoughtful questions, and through your answers, we would find insights and solutions to help catapult you toward your goals. My goal is to keep you inspired, motivated, and on track to make time for the positive changes you want in your life.
As a coaching or counseling client, you will receive tools and homework to empower you to continue the work outside of and in between sessions. This may include journaling, reading, practicing new skills, or just tracking your observations and changes. We’ll come up with the best approach for you.
Increasingly, many successful people are using coaches to live extraordinary lives.
If you are looking for healing from an eating disorder, depression, anxiety or loss, counseling (otherwise known as psychotherapy or “therapy”) can be extremely helpful. Having a safe place to share your story, and a trusted, accepting person with whom you can express your feelings and your struggles, can be healing in and of itself.
I use an eclectic approach, which means I draw from many different models of therapy and I use research about what techniques and approaches are most effective. Since you have a unique personality and individualized concerns, your treatment goals and strategies will be personalized to help you get the most out of our time together.
The models I use most often are: Solution-focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Relational Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems, and Acceptance and Commitment therapy. Articles will be posted on my resource page to describe more of the techniques from these approaches.
I believe it’s important to give you skills to cope in the present. We will also explore your past, but with a goal to find your best solutions to help you move forward. You will learn skills to help you cope more effectively. This may include mindfulness, relaxation techniques, or reframing thoughts to improve body image/self-esteem.
Mindfulness for example, can be extremely helpful when you are coping with stress, having urges to use an addictive behavior, or just wanting to be more intentional about your choices and experience more joy.
HOW ARE COUNSELING AND COACHING DIFFERENT?
- I once heard an analogy that helped clarify this question for me. Therapy has been compared to helping someone with a broken leg to walk again. Coaching is like helping a runner run a five-minute mile. One is more about healing, while the other is about moving forward from an essentially healthy place.
- Coaching can be done over the phone from anywhere in the world, or in my Andover office.
- Coaching is on a self-pay basis, and has different packages available
- Psychotherapy sessions can often be covered by insurance. I accept PPO plans, most Blue Cross Blue Shield, and self-payment.
- With both my counseling and coaching process I use active listening, compassion, and encouragement to help clients get to the place where they can discover their own internal strengths, resources, and solutions.
For those clients who come to me with their Christian faith and want to incorporate their relationship with God into their counseling or coaching work, I am glad to help support and guide this process.
Through the American Association of Christian Counselors, I’m a Board Certified Christian Counselor. When my clients have a longing for a deeper or more authentic relationship with God, we can explore how to pursue this and how to truly accept God’s grace and His love.
Usually our ideas about spirituality affect our goals in life and how we view ourselves. We will look at how a connection to the One who created you can influence every aspect of your daily life and the healing process.
LIVE A NEW LIFE STORY
I am also a Certified Live A New Life Story Wellness Coach.
I trained with David Krueger, MD, a premier psychiatrist who is now a top Executive Coach.
He developed training on “The Art and Science of Change, Reinvention, and Success,” which offers the best research into how neuroscience and the psychology of change can help us reinvent our personal stories.
I would be happy to speak with you about how to reinvent your story.
If any of these options sound like a good fit for you, I would love to hear from you! You can call or email me today.
Voice mail: 978.475.1775