What's a coaching psychologist?
How does Free Spirit's coaching differ from therapy and life coaching?
Free Spirit encourages being outdoors for your coaching sessions and incorporates spirituality including meditation. There is an outdoor gazebo and Zen and meditation garden where you can choose to do your session or you can meet your coach at a trailhead and do your session as you hike. Learn more about the psychological benefits of nature, fresh air, and exercise.
Why is Confidentiality important?
One of the biggest reasons therapy works so well is that the psychologist is legally and ethically mandated to maintain confidentiality (with some exceptions). Clients are able to open up much easier when they know their information will be protected. Only licensed mental health professionals are required to maintain confidentiality.
How can coaching help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in coaching. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Coaching psychologists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Coaches can also provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks.The benefits you obtain from coaching depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from coaching include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, coaching is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking coaching. Coaching provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. When working with your coach you get objective feedback. You don't have to worry about being judged. Worrying or burdening friends or family with your problems is not an issue. You're information will not be gossiped about to other friends and family. You'll receive unconditional support and encouragement to achieve your goals.
Why do people go to coaching and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for getting a coach. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Coaching can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking a coaching psychologist are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is coaching like and how long does it last?
Because each person has different issues and goals, coaching will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous coaching session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your coach (usually weekly). It is important to understand that you will get more results from coaching if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of coaching is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in coaching sessions, your coach may suggest some things you can do outside of the sessions to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking a coaching psychologist are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. coaching?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, coaching addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and coaching is the right course of action.
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