Coaching, counseling, consulting..... call it what you want,
but it is different than psychotherapy. Psychotherapy
often deals with past relationships, particularly past relationships with
family members, while coaching deals more with current relationships and
situations. Psychotherapy often attempts
to uncover underlying motivations that keep individuals stuck in destructive
relationship dynamics. Coaching on the
other hand, is more concrete, with a focus on identifying tools and techniques
and strategies that are applied in an individual’s sphere. The goals of psychotherapy are related to
decreasing negative patterns and psychological symptoms. Coaching goals are related to improved
communication, conflict resolution, and stress management, leading to a more
harmonious work and home environment.
There are times, however, that my background in psychology is
helpful. For example, there may be co-workers
that rub you the wrong way and you don't know why. It may be that a past family relationship is
triggering your response, and gaining this insight can be helpful.
Finally, the coach - client relationship
offers something different than psychotherapy, even giving you the opportunity
for assistance at your work or home if desired.
For example, the highest scoring college basketball player had his
personal life coach talk him through a visualization to decrease anxiety just
before each game. Most people opt for
confidential sessions in my office, but I can be active in your sphere if
needed and appropriate.