Hiring a coach that is also a Licensed Psychotherapist is smart.
Licensed Counselors from a credentialed University have a minimum of a Master’s Degree, incredibly high standards, and many years of theoretical, philisophical and psychological knowledge to back up their coaching practice.
Entering into a change relationship with a life coach (read: mentor, educator, teacher) is smart because you already know what you want, you no longer feel a need to go down “memory lane” with family demons of the past, and you have specific goals you want to accomplish.
A Counselor is a Life Coach with in-depth training.
But a Life Coach can never be Counselor. Not without a higher education, proper training and proper licensure. It’s just that simple.
Our coaching clients will learn core principles of the change process, including:
How thoughts, emotions, and actions are connected
Why subconscious thoughts drive behavior
The role intuition and mindfulness play in change
The unique connection between mind, body and spirit
How homework and journal exercises between sessions make change happen more swiftly
How meditation, self-talk, role-playing, role rehearsal can aide the change process
How to recognize destructive thoughts that keep you stuck
How to set realistic goals and take action on them
Develop a support group meant to hold you accountable during your change process
How to push yourself out of your comfort zone at work, at home, and in social settings
All suffering and discomfort is self-generated. Individuals are responsible for their own actions and have the ability to control their own thoughts, feelings, and actions, thereby creating less discomfort and suffering. – Epictetus
Coaching and counseling can look very similar. The main difference is that some clients have a diagnosable disorder such as Major Depressive Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder or addictions that need to be delved into a bit more deeply. However, the result is often very similar: Behavioral changes are made.
Is Coaching Right for Me?
If you can answer “Yes” to the below questions, you might be a good candidate for coaching:
My life runs fine most of the time, but I could use a mentor to help push me out of my comfort zone now and again.
I’d like to re-examine my thoughts, feelings and actions to see if they need to be changed.
I need to set new goals in my personal or professional life, and I need to run some ideas by someone experienced in problem-solving and goal-setting.
I like my life, but sometimes it could use a little “tweeking” and I’m not sure how to do that on my own.
It would be nice to have someone to keep me accountable.
I’d really like to become a better version of who I am now.
Many seek out a coach with help on issues such as these:
Parenting concerns and effectiveness strategies
Marital and relationship enhancement
Workplace and career dissatisfaction
Personal and professional growth
Depression and Bipolar Disorder Symptom Management
Anxiety, Phobias, and Fear Symptom Management
Marriage and Relationship Issues
Chronic Health Afflictions
Personal and Professional Growth
Grief and Loss Issues Symptom Management
Disorganization, General Unhappiness and Feelings of Low Self-Worth
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Initial Consultations are an “in office” clinical assessment with a licensed therapist . They are are charged at our usual fee levels. Skype and telephone consultations are also available.
You may book an Initial Consultation using our booking system or call I Choose Change / Allen Counseling Center to schedule 214-547-1318
If you are not sure whether the therapist will be a good fit or will meet your needs please call our office to set up a free 30 minute telephone consultation.
These appointments are not available via our online booking service.
Please note a telephone consultation is not a clinical meeting. It is intended to be a “get to know you” session only, to find out if the counselor is the best fit.
The counselor will share their methodology and practice style with you during this time.