Is counseling or coaching right for me?
There are many reasons why people seek out counseling or coaching. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, as problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to changes in one's life such as a geographical move, a job change or loss of someone significant to you. Many people simply seek the feedback of a counselor or coach as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with one can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Counseling or coaching is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their life.
What can I expect in a session?
Every counseling or coaching session is unique and focuses on your specific needs and goals. What is it that you want to be different in your life? What tools do you want to learn to help you live your best life? My agenda would be helping you learn how to become your own counselor or coach. I believe in helping you learn a wide variety of concrete, practical tools so you can make better decisions, set healthier boundaries with others, learn how to nurture, love and forgive yourself, deal with conflict in a healthier way, re-connect with a sense of spirituality if you desire, and learn how to create greater joy and happiness. During a session it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life, and to work on learning and implementing new tools for more effectively dealing with them. Counseling can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues. Counseling often includes taking a look at things from your past that may be having an impact on current behavior or thought patterns. Coaching is primarily focused on ongoing personal growth and helping you implement change for your future. There may be times when you will be encouraged to take certain actions outside of a session, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Counseling and coaching are most effective when you are an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a Counselor or Coach?
Both counseling and coaching can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help you create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a counselor or coach can enhance personal development, improve relationships, help you navigate through various life transitions, and can help you to set and reach your goals in life. Most of all, both counseling and coaching can help you live your life with a greater sense of direction, fulfillment and happiness.
Is it confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a counselor/coach. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are several exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. A counselor is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. A counselor must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. A counselor must make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.